At Philips AVENT, we’re here to support you however you plan to feed your baby, and whatever decisions you make along the way. Here’s some information about how to choose some basic products that come in handy for breastfeeding and combination feeding, plus basic equipment for bottle feeding.
At Philips AVENT, we believe that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies. But it’s not always easy – or possible – to be available for every feed. That’s why many mums use breast pumps. With a breast pump, you can express milk so that someone else can continue to feed your baby with your milk while you take a break or go back to work. Using a breast pump can also help to relieve the discomfort of engorged breasts.
Things to consider when choosing a breast pump include:
You can choose from manual and electric breast pumps, single or double breast pumps, and breast pumps with a variety of cushion sizes. Remember, the more comfortable you are when expressing, the more easily your milk will flow, and we’ve designed our pumps with that in mind. All our pumps have a unique design that gives you a more comfortable pumping position. And our soft massage cushion gives a warm feel to the skin to gently stimulate your milk flow.
Using thermopads is another way to make sure you are as comfortable as possible before and after breastfeeding. Our 2-in-1 thermopads can be used either warm or cool to stimulate milk flow or soothe engorged breasts. They also come with soft sleeves so they sit as softly as possible on your skin.
Store your breast milk in a sterile container, clearly labelled with the date. You can keep expressed milk in the back of the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or in the freezer for up to three months. Stock up on plenty of breastmilk storage containers and bags – which attach to your breast pump and can be used to store milk.
Whether you choose to express milk or plan to bottle-feed only, you’ll also need:
The best bottles are those designed to give your baby a feeding experience that is as close to breastfeeding as possible. Some have been designed to reduce colic as well.
Look for a bottle that accommodates teats with different flows so that you can increase the flow rate as your baby grows. Newborn teats have the smallest feeding hole so use these at the beginning. Most midwives don’t advise introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby too early, so wait at least six weeks then start with a 0-3 months teat.
Before you make your choice, find out whether the bottle:
Our bottles include all these features to make feeding as easy as possible for mum and baby.
Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.