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Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2018 Shortlisted Best Breast Pump
  • 2017 Shortlisted Best Breast Pump
  • 2015 Bronze Best Product for Breastfeeding (excluding breast pumps)
Mother & Baby 2018 Shortlist

At a glance:

This little electric breast pump is one of the most comfortable on the market, even for engorged breasts. The pump design means you don’t have to lean forward to stop milk spilling. All in all, a great little breast pump, however pretty noisy compared to others on the market.

What they say:

“The breast pump has a unique design, so your milk flows directly from your breast into the bottle, even when you are sitting up straight. This means that you can sit more comfortably when pumping: no need for you to lean forward to make sure all your milk ends up in the bottle. Sitting comfortably and being relaxed when pumping, naturally helps your milk to flow more easily. When switched on, the pump automatically starts in gentle stimulation mode to get your milk flowing. Then choose from 3 pumping settings to make milk flow in the way that is most comfortable for you. Our massage cushion has a new soft, velvety texture that gives the skin a warm feeling for comfortable, gentle stimulation of your milk flow. The cushion is designed to gently mimic your baby's suckling to help stimulate let-down.”

Tested by mum Laura Underwood for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this to a mum who is going back to work but wants to continue to pump during the day, as it could be easily transported in a larger handbag. It’s also suitable for a mum who is going on holiday or away from her baby for a few days. This pump would also be great for somebody who doesn't respond to a manual pump but can't afford the expensive double pumps.

How did this product make your life easier?

This is probably the most compact electric pump I've seen on the market. It's easy to assemble and would be great to take on holiday or maybe to work. The unit is very simply to use and has three different settings to suit a variance of flows and supplies. It is comfortable and suitable for larger breast sizes, which some smaller pumps are not.

Would you choose this product to win?

I would choose this product as it is compact, easy to assemble and use, easy to clean and dismantle and is good value for money. The design is comfortable and the pump is easily as effective as the other pumps I have used. If finances allow I would recommend this as a 'travel' pump or secondary pump to use at work.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing I would change about this product is that it really is quite loud. This is not so much of a problem at home (although you will need to turn the TV up), but it you were to use it at work or on holiday it would not be very discreet. I would say it is actually louder than the hospital grade double pump I have.

Tested by mum Elena Saunders for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this product as pumping and expressing milk is not a glamorous or enjoyable activity, but for me and many mums it is an essential part of breast feeding. This product has made it much easier and comfortable as well as quick! It is easy to use and to assemble, as well as quick to take apart from sterilising. The lead is also very long meaning you can pump in most places. The cushion around the pump is comfortable on breasts, even engorged ones! Although it is louder than a hand pump, the sound is more relaxing than a squeaky hand pump as well as not being too loud or overpowering. Expressing whilst feeding is also possible as the sound is not too intrusive or disruptive.

How did this product make your life easier?

This product has made expressing milk much easier, quicker, comfortable and convenient! After using a manual hand pump I can definitely say this is a massive improvement. The time is takes to pump the same amount of milk has been greatly reduced which has meant I can spend more time on more important activities like playing with my baby and sleeping!

Would you choose this product to win?

This pump works well and has helped me to express milk quickly, easily and comfortably. I have been particularly impressed by the cushion part, which makes it particularly comfortable when expressing. The only thing that makes it less appealing is the price as others are cheaper and would do a similar job. It is simple to use and effective - a great product!

What changes would you make to this product?

If there is one thing that would be useful it would be somewhere to store the product when it is not in use. In particular, it would be good to have a travel bag for when you go away. The price of this product is also quite high considering there are other very similar products on the market. In all other areas the product has been great to use!

Tested by mum Katie Morrison for the Mother & Baby Awards 2017:

Would you recommend the Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump to other mums?    

I would highly recommend this Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump  to any mum if expressing due to the following reasons: The design is small enough to take with you anywhere if you choose to go away, it is sleek and easy to use with not many buttons to get confused with. I love the fact that you can put batteries in the pump so that your not tied to a mains cable. It is one of the easiest pumps to use with reguard to fit and easy to wash and sterilise.

How did this product make your life easier?

Prior to using this pump I was using a manual pump as I do not express so much. This Philips Avent pump makes life 10 times easier and quicker, I just hook up and within 20 minutes I have a good 4 oz, before this used to take 40 minutes manually, the suction on it is amazing. This pump allows me to spend more time with my baby.    

Would you choose this product to win?

I find the design compact and easily portable so this is a big winner for going away. It has incredible suction so you dont have to be on it for ages to get quite a lot of milk. The parts come to bits, are easily washed and sterilised, you can also put them in the dishwasher. I also find the bottles come in cheaper than other brands.

What changes would you make to this product?

I think the only thing I would change about this pump would be is to make it possible to use with other bottles so that you dont have to buy all new bottles. I found the bottle that came with it was too small for the amount of milk that i can express off in one sitting. Also would be handy if the pump came with breastmilk bags.

Tested by mum Valerie Nixon for the Mother & Baby Awards 2017:

Would you recommend the Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump to other mums?    

I would recommend this product to a friend because it does exactly as it says. I love that it has 3 strength settings. The low one would be good with a newborn baby if you were only starting to feed. Whereas the fastest and stronger one is good now my flow is faster and milk established. The pump is compact and easy to use.

How did this product make your life easier?     

I have previously been using a manual pump which I have to use 2 hands with. However with this product I can do it one handed which leaves me one hand to entertain a baby or have a cup of tea. I think that the electric pump is also quicker than the manual one, which is very important for a mum of 2.

Would you choose this product to win?

It is easy to use and reliable. It has a variety of settings, including a massage setting. With my first child the midwife told me to massage before I expressed as I had difficulty at first feeding my baby. I wish I had this product at that time as hand massage is not as effective.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing I would change if possible would be the noise of the pump. It's not a discreet noise and I don't think I would feel comfortable using the product anywhere apart from at home because of it. It wouldn’t put me off the product though as I am sure it's the same for most electric pumps. My husband and I laughed as the top sounds a bit like a cow.

Tested by mum Rebecca Wilcox for the Mother & Baby Awards 2017:

Would you recommend the Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump to other mums?    

I would recommend this product to other mothers as I feel it supports the breastfeeding journey by allowing for comfortable expressing, I exclusively breastfeed my little girl and this has supported our journey by being a product that is easy to assemble, comfortable to use and compact to take away with us when we have been away from home. My little girl found the teat easy to use and the bottle was a perfect size to support our pace feeding when required.

How did this product make your life easier?     

I have found that the pump was easy to transport when I went away for the weekend, the bottle that comes with the pump is an ideal size to support pace feeding with my baby’s natural breastfeeding schedule. The pump is easy to assemble and use. It's comfortable to use along side feeding due to how it gently attaches to the breast.

Would you choose this product to win?

I have liked several aspects of this product from its compact size, easy assembly to comfortable pumping and feel that it is a great product to work alongside breastfeeding. This has allowed me to pump at home and away with a bottle an appropriate size to support pace feeding. I feel the size of this pump is its standout aspect compared to other pumps I have used.

What changes would you make to this product?

There are two things I would change about this product is, first I would like to see a variety of teats to accompany the pump and the second, the pump is a little noisier than a previous pump I have used but this would not stop me from purchasing the product. Thirdly it would be useful if a travel pouch was provided with the product to make transportation easier.

Tested by mum Carolann Dick for the Mother & Baby Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I've tried other pumps but this has been the best!  It's light and compact, easy to take apart, easy to clean, and also can be used with batteries.  This makes it ideal for when I need to express and I am away from home.  The cushion warms my breast so milk flows much easier.  The different setting make it easy to choose the one that's best for me.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I would really recommend this one principally because it is so compact and portable, which makes my life easier.

Tested by mum Elizabeth Emmanuel for the Mother & Baby Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump is so easy to use.  It actually has a cushion that warms the breast making it easier and faster for milk to flow!  It is also compact, portable and can run on batteries!

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The pump having different settings I was able to find he one that suited me.  It did not feel uncomfortable, and I will be using it with confidence.  It's also easy to take a part and clean.

Tested by mum Vicci Hughes for the Mother & Baby Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I never thought that pumping breast milk could be so painless and hassle free.  It's actually painless and doesn't give me sore nipples!  I like that his model is portable and can run off batteries.  This is ideal when I'm away from my baby and need to express milk.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

This is ideal for me.  My breasts have stopped being engorged and I always have a supply of milk for my baby when I have to leave him in someone else's care. Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump is also easy to assemble, take apart and clean.

Tested by mum Chris Brotherton for the Mother & Baby Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Brilliant breast pump, so comfortable to use with sore breasts and it's a very efficient pump, I she. Found that not all breast pumps have the same suction so I was pleased that this has a strong but comfortable sucrion that is continuous and really feels like it's doing its job. It's not the quietest so not good for night-time pumping.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Pumping is comfortable so I'm more likely to continue and breastfeed for longer.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Needs to be quieter and have more comfortable flange cups. 

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