Supporting the breastfeeding mom #AVENTmoms

Having had two NICU babies, I’ve had a love hate relationship with pumping. With Quincy, I pumped the entire time she was in the NICU – 5 weeks and 1 day and then for several months afterwards, I was also breastfeeding at the same time. For many moms, pumping and breastfeeding go hand in hand. Now that I’m expecting my 3rd child in just about two weeks, I know I’m going to be pumping again.

Why I think breastfeeding is important.

My two NICU babies are now a healthy preschooler and toddler. I’ve seen one ear infection per kiddo in 5 years. They actually got them at about the same time, so it was probably the result of a wicked cold that was going around. I’d like to give breastfeeding some credit, a lot of credit. Being able to provide my children with that natural antibioties that breastfeeding provides is a huge deal to me. A good pump means that I am still able to provide my baby with breast milk and go out to dinner, get a haircut or go to a doctor’s appointment. And whether my kids got it from my breastfeeding or pumping, I know I was giving them the best possibile nutrition that I could.

Choosing the right breast pump.

Comfort Pump Double

Let’s face it, pumping is hard work. So why make it harder? Philips AVENT sent me their new Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump to use after 3.0’s arrival. I obviously haven’t used it yet, so here is some great information from Philips AVENT about their Comfort Pump:

· The Comfort Pump has a unique design, which allows women to sit back, making pumping more comfortable. Moms have told us when they’re comfortable, they are more relaxed, and that allows them to produce more milk.
· The Comfort Pump is the only breast pump that allows women to pump in a reclined position, eliminating the need to lean forward, which often results in discomfort and back pain.
· Developed with lactation consultants, The Comfort Pump features a massage cushion and soft petal to help stimulate flow. This design allows mothers to breastfeed longer.
· To help meet mom’s needs no matter where they are, the Comfort Pump has few small parts, which makes pumping more discreet if you’re on the go. It comes with the redesigned Natural Bottle, enabling women to easily combine breast and bottle feeding.
· The Comfort Pump is available in several models – manual and electric, single and double – at major retailers. Price ranges from $44.99 (Comfort Manual Pump) to $274.99 (Comfort Electric Pump, double).

Stay tuned later next month (or probably in April. let’s be honest, I’ll be a crazy mom with 3 kids) for my full review on the new pump!

I’m a Philips AVENT Mom!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m a Philips AVENT Mom for 2013. I am a huge supporter of both breastfeeding and pumping moms and I can’t think of better company to work with to share this support! Be sure to keep an eye out for great articles, reviews, Twitter Parties and more! You can follow the #AVENTmoms hashtag on Twitter too!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Philips AVENTmoms. Regardless, all experiences and opinions are my own.

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Cristi Comes says:

    Oh man did I ever have a love-hate relationship with pumping! I pumped for my first for 13 months and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but so so worth it. I’m excited that you’ll be using this new comfort pump, that’s really cool. looking forward to seeing your review. Anything to help promote pumping and breast-feeding rocks!

  2. So glad you found a pump you are going to love. Congrats on being an Avent Mom!

  3. I’m a mom of a 2.5 year old and a 10 month old. For the most part my children received/receive breast milk straight from the source. Every now and then I will use my pump. While my pump gets the job done, I wish I had read more reviews about pumps. If I had to do it over again things I would have paid more attention to wold have been: 1. noise of the pump. 2. If pumping into bags do you have to sit and hold the bag. 3. How many parts do you need to clean and how difficult it is to clean them. 4. Single or Double pump 5. Nipple shield size.
    I don’t see myself replacing my pump if we expand or family, but if we do I will read The Maven’s experience.

  4. After my son’s NICU stint, he wouldn’t latch so from day one in the hospital and for five months thereafter, I spent hours a day “becoming one” with my breastpump! This one looks great. Comfortable AND compact (unlike those huge hospital ones!). Good luck!

  5. I love the avent products, especially the bottles. I’ve pumped and used them with both boys. I love that this pump allows you to pump in a reclined position, that’s a definite plus. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. I’m interested to see what you think of the pump! I am searching for a pump right now and I feel like it’s such a tough decision!

  7. Boy, I don’t miss pumping. But I do agree that a great pump makes all the difference! I’m super happy to have a new nursling and that we’re still nursing our 3yo, but I am not looking forward to pumping again when I go back to work. That’s one of the things that make me want to stay at home! It makes all the difference to have a comfortable, efficient pump that takes some of the work out of pumping. Thanks for putting the word out, and for supporting breastfeeding moms!

  8. Pumping is no joke…it is work and takes dedication but having a great pump can greatly contribute to one’s success. I’ve been pumping at work going on a year now since I returned to work when my daughter was born. I pumped for 11 months at work after my son was born. The Avent pump sounds great and congrats on being an Avent Mom!! 🙂

  9. With my son, I ended up exclusively pumping for about 50% of his food so I know the value of a good pump. Thanks to a good pump I was able to make it 4 months before my supply completely disappeared. Looking forward to hearing about all the great things coming from Avent this year!

  10. You know, I never knew pumping was that difficult. I’ll have to keep this one in mind if I ever children. 🙂

  11. I pumped while at work for both my son and daughter and was so grateful for an awesome pump. Without it I don’t think I would have been able to last as long breastfeeding. Cannot wait to hear what your experience with this pump!

  12. My first was a NCIU baby and we started pumping at the hospital on the first day. It was something that with the help of the lactation consultants I mastered. I pumped everyday, every two hours as I returned to work when he was eight weeks old. Then I pumped again with my daughter although not as often as I only returned to work for three weeks. Now that I am expecting #3 I need to look at the pump options as I will be pumping once again I am certain!

    Can’t wait to hear more about Advent!

  13. I chose the wrong breast pump with Jasmine. Short story, I got a horrible infection in my right breast. I couldn’t get any milk out of it and eventually it dried up. I nursed using my left breast for 3 weeks. It was rough. That’s as long as I could go with only have 1 useful utter. I’m proud of breastfeeding Jasmine for the first 3 weeks of her life.

    Congrats on being an Avent ambassador!

  14. With #1 I attempted to pump for a month, but was highly unsuccessful. Bfing just was not a fit for us and being young with little support, it just didn’t happen. With #2, I was able to bf for 4 months, but that included pumping when I had to work. With #3 just being born a few days ago, we are struggling with bfing (I swear, it’s a girl thing!), but I have been pumping in between feedings to not only help my supply, but to be able to provide supplemental momma milk instead of formula (which is my preference – not an opinion or judgement on anyone).

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the pump as I think I am in the market for a new one. I’m not enjoying the results of my current pump!


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