Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump

Philips AVENT Double Electric Breast Pump – when the focus is Comfort!

philips Avent Double electric breast pump
The Philips AVENT Double Electric Breast Pump is third on my list of top breast pumps after Medela and Spectra S2.

Avent by the global giant Philips is a well known brand in baby feeding products.  What’s unique about this breast pump is its focus on Comfort – it comes with a soft cushion in the shape of five textured petals that flex in and out to gently massage your breast while pumping.  This mimics a baby’s natural suckling and triggers let down.

Philips Avent claim the Comfort pump is their most comfortable pump yet.

Is it?

Let’s take a closer look.

 

What’s included?

  • A travel tote bag
  • AC adaptor
  • 2 BPA-free 4oz bottles with nipples, lids and sealing disks.
  • 2 Two large, 25mm massage cushions.
  • 2 suction tubes and valves
  • 2 extra soft new born slow flow nipples
  • Two breast pad sample packs (two day pads and two night pads)
  • Philips Avent double pump

 

What about battery?

The Philips Avent breast pump doesn’t come with a battery pack.  If a breast pump with a rechargeable battery is vital for you, for example if you travel a lot or have to go places without an electrical outlet, consider Medela Pump in Style or Spectra S1.

 

How do I know these 25mm cushions are the right size for my breast? 

According to Philips Avent, the standard 25mm cushion that comes with this pump fits a majority of moms.   However, if needed, a smaller 19.5mm size is available for purchase separately.

 

If I pump everyday with this breast pump will the motor wear out?

In theory, no.

The Philips Avent breast pump motor has a suggested motor life of 1000 hours.  That means if you pump an average of 3 times a day for 20 minutes each, the pump should last around 2.7 years.

Additionally, many moms report using it every day and several times a day with no issues.

However, other moms have reported that the pump lost suction within the first few months and they had to get a replacement.  Good thing the pump comes with a 2-year warranty so at least you are covered on that end.  But user experience is definitely mixed in this regard.

 

I’m concerned with BPA in the plastic bottles that come with this and want to use glass bottles.  Can I?

The Philips Avent breast pump is BPA free, however if you prefer glass, the Philips Avent Natural glass baby bottles should work fine.

 

How comfortable is this pump?

To me, the feature of this pump that sets it apart is the focus on comfort.

Unlike the Medela Pump In Style or Spectra S2 which come with hard plastic breast shields, the Philips Avent breast pump features a unique soft silicone breast flange with 5 textured petals that flex during suction to mimic a baby’s suckling.

Another comfort feature is the design of the Philips AVENT double electric breast pump.  The pump has an angled neck that lets milk flow naturally from breast to bottle.  This means that you can sit in a comfortable upright position instead of leaning forward while pumping.

Most moms who have used this pump agree that it is very comfortable to use and feels gentle even on the highest suction setting.  Once you switch on the pump, it starts in a gentle stimulation mode followed by the choice of 3 expression settings – low, medium and high so you can choose what’s works best for you.

 

Is it portable?

Yes.  The Phillips Avent double electric breast pump comes with a travel bag that neatly fits the pump and all the essential accessories for easy portability.

 

Is it noisy?

I wouldn’t call it noisy but it’s not the most discreet either.  Compared to other pumps, Philips Avent breast pump is definitely louder.

 

Is it easy to maintain and clean?

By all accounts yes.  The Philips Avent double electric breast pump is a closed system meaning breastmilk cannot get in the tubing or get to the pump motor, making is a very sanitary system.

This means that after a session, all you have to clean is the bottles and the breast shields, which is quick and easy.  These parts are also dishwasher safe as an added convenience.

 

Where is it made?

It is made in England, UK

 

Does it work with 220V?

Yes it will work with an input voltage range of 100-240V

 

Overall Rating

4 star 20

Based on user reviews I give this pump a 4 star rating.  It satisfies some but not all 4 criteria I look for in a breast pump.

  1. Comfort – can it mimic the nursing pattern of a baby?YES, it starts with a massage mode to get the milk flowing and gives an option of 3 expression settings.
  2. Suction – is it able to suck out the maximum amount of milk while being comfortable. Not quite, the reports are mixed.  While some users felt it did, others felt it did not empty out their breasts fully.  Also, while it gives you the option of choosing between 3 suction settings, there is no separate control for speed.
  3. Affordability – can you buy it without breaking the bank? YES but for almost the same price, you get more value with the Medela PIS which is more durable and comes with a rechargeable battery pack.
  4. Portability – can it go anywhere with you? YES, it is light and portable and comes equipped with a travel bag.

 

Any negatives?

  1. For some users, the silicone petal breast shield cushion, which is supposed to be ultra-comfortable, was a source of friction and soreness while pumping. This could be because the standard size of 25mm was the wrong size for them.  Solution is to order the smaller 19.5mm size.
  2. This model doesn’t come with a re-chargeable battery pack. You just have to make sure you are near an outlet when you need to pump.
  3. There are only 3 pre-set suction settings, low, medium and high with no separate adjustment for speed. Some moms find that a bit limiting. Personally, I think it simplifies things and allows you to choose what works best for you.

 

And now, the most important question!  How much is this going to cost?

I find the best price at Amazon so check it out here.