If you’ve been around my website for some time, you will know I’m one of those moms who favor double electric breast pumps as the #1 accessory for new moms. I always used to wonder about the efficacy of manual pumps and till I started researching didn’t realize that like everything else, manual pumps have a place in the breastfeeding universe!
For starters, not all moms need or want to pump frequently. So a manual pump like the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump is a perfect choice for moms who occasionally need to relieve an engorged breast or work through a plugged milk duct.
Also, not everyone wants to spend a lot of money for a breast pump. You can usually get a manual pump around $30 whereas an electric pump, specially a double electric will cost in the $200 range.
And there’s something to be said about the portability of a manual pump. No tubes, wires and motors.
Read on for my complete review of the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump.
- 1 Philips Avent Comfort manual pump, including the pump body, diaphragm and valve.
- 1 standard sized silicone cushion
- Shield cover for safe storage or travel
- 1 4-oz bottle which converts to feeding bottle with the nipple
- 1 Natural newborn nipple with lid and sealing disc
- 2 Day & 2 Night Breast Pads
Will the breast cushion fit me?
The Philips Avent Comfort manual pump comes with a standard sized cushion which according to users, fits almost everyone. A larger size is available if needed and is sold separately.
Is the breast cushion separate from the pump body?
The cushion is a soft textured insert that fits into the breast shield (the funnel shaped part of the pump body). It is designed for comfort and to help mimic a baby’s feeding pattern, stimulating milk flow.
Can I use other Philips bottles with this pump?
Yes, this pump is compatible with both Natural and Classic AVENT bottles
Can I use glass bottles with it? I’m concerned about BPA in plastic bottles?
Philips products are all made without BPA so you can rest assured about that concern. If you still have a preference for glass, the pump is compatible with Philips natural and classic bottles. However, because a glass bottle tends to make this pump much heavier, it is recommended that you pump into the given bottle and transfer to a glass bottle for storage or feeding.
How often can I use it?
Any manual pump is only good for occasional pumping. Likewise, this pump is designed for light, infrequent use. So if you are a mom who needs to pump all the time or very frequently, it is just not practical to use a manual pump. You would be much better off investing in a single or double electric pump.
How comfortable is the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump?
The Philips Avent Manual breast pump is designed with one thing in mind: comfort!
It has an ergonomic handle that allows you to operate with just one hand.
It is also designed to allow you to sit upright and pump instead of having to lean forward like other pumps.
Lastly, the velvety soft cushion is also another comfort feature that a lot of moms have approved of.
Will my hand get tired while using it?
With extended use, any manual activity involving your hand will tire you out. However, with occasional use, which this pump is designed for, you should have no problems.
If you need to pump frequently, go for the double or single electric. Your hands will thank you for it!
Can I control the suction and pressure?
This is a manual pump, there are no pre-sets like an electric pump. You control the speed and therefore pressure and can modify according to your comfort level.
Is it portable?
Most users find the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump very portable, it fits in any medium sized purse or diaper bag.
Is it noisy?
No, it’s very quiet and very discreet.
Is clean up easy?
Clean up is easy and the parts are washable in the dishwasher.
Where is it made?
What’s the manufacturer warranty?
Philips provides a full 2-year warranty against defects and workmanship.
Overall Rating 4.1
We give the Philips Swing Breast pump a 4.1 star overall rating. We found it very close in price and performance to the Medela Harmony manual pump and if you’re in the market for a manual pump, you would do fine with either product.
Here’s a summary of the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump:
- Very portable and discreet.
- Very affordable
- Design allows you to sit upright instead of leaning forward, which is very comfortable
- Good suction
- Takes longer than electric and can be tiring.
- Does not have the 2-phase suction like the Medela Harmony manual pump
- Hard to see in the bottle because of the upright position when pumping.
And now, the most important question! How much is this going to cost?
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