Designed with Comfort in mind
I love the word ‘comfort’ and the feelings it conjures up. Like hearing a visitor say - your home feels so comfortable, offering comfort to a fellow mum who’s having a hard time or putting on comfortable clothes and melting into a comfortable sofa or bed at the end of the day. Sometimes it can be good to be out of our comfort zone for a little while to grow and stretch but other times, especially the first few years of motherhood, when we are spending lots of time out of our comfort zone, its good to seek out a bit of comfort in the chaos.
One of the most memorable ‘out of my comfort zone’ experiences I had as a new mum was expressing milk. I’m sure there are lots of mums and dads for that matter that can relate! However the benefits of expressing were too good to pass up for the sake of comfort so I persevered. Mostly so my husband could share in the feeding experience if I needed to work or we could enjoy the occasional night out together. It also helped to boost my supply and relieve the occasional engorgement issue - oh the joys.
Luckily there were so many people on hand to help with advice, from seasoned mums to midwives and nurses, but what really made the difference for me was the pump that I used. Not all pumps are made equal that’s for sure, and number one on my list for this particular baby essential was comfort.
I was told early on that the more relaxed you feel when expressing, the more milk you’ll be able to express. The Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pumps are designed to help you feel more relaxed – allowing you to sit up straight as you express so you can feel confident that your milk will flow even if you’re not leaning forward.
The unique soft massage cushion on the breast pump funnel has a soft velvety texture that gives a warm feel to the skin, for comfortable, gentle stimulation of your milk flow. During pumping, it gently compresses the breast, mimicking baby's suckling for natural let down and clinically proven effectiveness.
Just like your baby’s suckling action, a breast pump triggers the release of oxytocin (a feel-good hormone) in your body. Oxytocin then gives your body the signal to start releasing milk. This means the higher your oxytocin levels, the easier it will be to trigger a let-down and draw out milk. So it also helps if your breast pump is designed with comfort in mind. It also comes with a useful milk storage system which is easy to clean and is compatible with other Philips Avent feeding products.
Philips Avent also make a manual breast pump with the same features that promote a comfortable experience. Expressing doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable experience any more, I might just add it to my, ‘these are a few of my favorite comfortable things list’.
More comfort = more milk = happy baby = happy mum