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Guiding every unique breastfeeding journey together

Every breastfeeding journey is unique and beautiful, but it’s not always easy for every new mother. Philips Avent is committed to be right by your side with clinically proven ways to support you as the healthcare professional delivering the best care to mums and babies, so they can enjoy the experience and breastfeed for longer.

    World Prematurity Day

    Celebrating small moments that lead to extraordinary steps. Breast milk the best start in life for pre-term babies

    Breast milk provides babies with all the nutrients needed for a healthy start in life.

     

    Breastfeeding is highly beneficial for mothers and babies. All the nutrients necessary for healthy infant growth and development are present in breast milk. Children who are breastfed for longer have less chronic health issues, lower infection, fewer dental malocclusions, and higher intelligence than those who are breastfed for shorter periods, or not breastfed2. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age3.

     

    But this very natural act does not come easily to every new mother. Stress, embarrassment, and lack of knowledge are all impediments to successful breastfeeding. So it’s important that parents feel comfortable turning to you for expert advice.

     

    As a healthcare professional, you can provide parents with critical support, guiding them to the feeding solution best suited to them – one that will give their baby the best start in life.

     

    As a healthcare professional, you can provide parents with critical support, guiding them to the feeding solution best suited to them – one that will give their baby the best start in life.

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    Up to 60% of women who breastfeed stop earlier than they want to1.

    Parent support materials

    Do you get questions on how to best manage sore nipples? 

    how to manage sore nipples guide cover

    Do you get questions on how to best manage engorgement?

    Do you get questions on how to best relieve engorgement?

    Do you want to provide a comprehensive resource guide on establishing and maintaining breastfeeding? 

    o you want to provide a comprehensive resource guide on establishing and maintaining breastfeeding?

    Supporting successful breastfeeding

     

    Our range supports mums and babies from one feed to the next—from initiating breast milk to protecting and maintaining a supply.

    Breast pumps

    Breast pumps

    Clinically proven comfort4-7, designed for discreet milk expression. Enabling mums to express enough milk in one session for one feed4.

    Breast care

    Breast care

    Providing breastfeeding mothers relief from breastfeeding challenges, Philips Avent has an extensive breast care accessories range to support mother to breastfeed for longer.

    Breast milk storage

    Breast milk storage

    This versatile, space saving storage system allows a nursing mother to use the same cup to express, store, and feed breast milk to her baby. The cups are ideal for storing food both at home and away.

    Breast pumps

    • Comfort Twin Electric Breast Pump

      Comfort Twin Electric Breast Pump

      Enables busy mothers to express more milk in less time

    • Comfort Manual Breast Pump

      Comfort Manual Breast Pump

      Compact design to help mothers fulfill their breastfeeding needs

    • Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump

      Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump

      Three vacuum settings for expressing at the touch of a button

    Breast care

    • Comfort Breast Shells

      Comfort Breast Shells

      Protects sore nipples, eases engorgement, and prevents leakage

    • Disposable Breast Pads

      Disposable Breast Pads

      Contoured, multi-layer comfort for nursing mothers, day or night

    • 2-in-1 Thermogel pads

      2-in-1 Thermogel pads

      Warm or cold to stimulate milk flow and to soothe tender breasts

    • Nipple Protectors

      Nipple Protectors

      Soft, ultra-thin silicone protects nursing mother’s sore nipples

    • Niplette™

      Niplette™

      A simple, painless solution for flat or inverted nipples

    Breast milk storage

    • Breast Milk Storage Cups

      Breast Milk Storage Cups

      Versatile, space saving storage cups for breast milk or food

    Participate now!

     

    This year’s Philips Avent campaign ‘Laying the best foundation for a healthy start in life’  is all about empowering mums with knowledge on preparing and establishing breastfeeding, so they can enjoy the experience and breastfeed for longer.

     

    Recent research done by the european foundation for the care of newborn infants (EFCNI)1 has demonstrated that mums, looking back at their breastfeeding experience, wished to have had more knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding.

     

    You can get involved and empower mums with the right knowledge to enable them to lay the best foundation for a healthy start in life.

     

    There are posters available with tips for your clients on the benefits of breastfeeding and how to best prepare for breastfeeding.

     

    Additionally, parent support materials are available that can support you in guiding mums in establishing breastfeeding. 

    Quick-print: World Breastfeeding week 2018 campaign materials


    Philips Avent breastfeeding posters and parent brochures are available here to download and print. Take advantage of these materials that emphasize the importance of early breastfeeding for new mothers.

    Poster #1: Celebrating breastmilk

    Celebrating breastmilk poster cover

    Poster #2: Prepare yourself for success

    Preparing yourself poster cover

    Parent brochure #1: Soothing sore nipples

    Soothing sore nipples

    Parent brochure #2: Relieving engorgement

    relieving engorgement poster cover

    Opportunities for improved breastfeeding adherence

    As a healthcare professional you are a nursing mother’s primary source for expertise on initiation, positioning, and routine. Some new mothers experience problems with infant sucking or latching on, which can cause pain or discomfort during breastfeeding; others believe that they do not produce enough milk; some encounter medical problems, or choose to return to work early1,8. When mothers and parents need help, you can help them find the best infant feeding solution.

     

    Key to success is the ability to relax. Milk volume and flow are closely linked to mother’s psychological wellbeing and stress levels10-12. In a study carried out by Philips Avent, mothers expressed significantly more milk after 10–15 minutes of doing a breathing exercise or listening to music13. In addition, a quiet location away from daily distractions or prying eyes can help. Today, many family-friendly venues provide dedicated spaces where a mother can breastfeed her baby or express milk in a calm relaxing environment.

    Returning to work can be another barrier. Nearly one in five mothers in the United States8 and one in ten mothers in Europe1 stop breastfeeding upon returning to work. These mothers must be supported to find appropriate infant feeding solutions to help express milk during the workday. Mothers can ask for a dedicated place to breastfeed or express breast milk and may seek support from their healthcare professional in doing so.

     

    Educational materials to support infant feeding are available along with tips and instructions for proper lactation, expressing, and comfort.

     

    Your valued opinion can make a difference. Remember, women asking for support or having direct access to healthcare professionals are more likely to continue to breastfeed for a longer period of time8.

    Educational videos ​for healthcare professionals​


    Take a look at the videos with Vicki Scott, midwife and breastfeeding advisor. The videos can help you to further support parents with breastfeeding.​
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    Prepare for breastfeeding
    Breastfeeding positions
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    Breastfeeding positions
    Perfect latch and attach​
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    Perfect latch and attach​

    Breastfeeding training

    The Ultimate Marathon Supporting Optimal Milk Supply for Pump-Dependent Mothers in the NICU
    Changing the Culture of Postpartum Skin-to-Skin Contact to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

    Valuable breastfeeding resources for professionals

    Mother holding baby
    Relaxation study
    Evaluating the effect of relaxation on milk expression with lactating mothers
    mother pumping breast milk using philips avent breast pump

    Predictors of expressed breast milk volume in mothers expressing milk for their preterm infant

    Predictors of expressed breast milk volume in mothers expressing milk for their preterm infant
    This study concludes: “In multivariate analyses, double pumping, early establishment of milk production and perceived comfort of the breast pump were the strongest predictors of milk production.”
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    Real-time 3D ultrasound imaging of infant tongue movements during breastfeeding

    Predictors of expressed breast milk volume in mothers expressing milk for their preterm infant
    3D ultrasound scanning can be used to view an infant’s tongue movements. Study was conducted to better understand the physiology of breastfeeding and the relative importance of vacuum and peristalsis in milk extraction.
    mother pumping breast milk using philips avent electric breast pump

    Randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of two electric breast pumps in the NICU

    Predictors of expressed breast milk volume in mothers expressing milk for their preterm infant
    Many preterm infants are too weak to breastfeed, leading to reliance on expressed milk. This trial compares two double electric breast pumps and details the primary and secondary results.

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      Bottles to fit baby’s growing needs

    • Infant Soothing

      Infant Soothing

      Learn how Philips Infant Soothing products help soothe and calm newborns and babies in the NICU. Explore Our infant soothing product range.

    References
     

    1. Odom EC, et al. Pediatrics 2013;131:e726

    2. Victora CG, et al. Lancet 2016;387:475–490

    3. World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund. Global strategy for infant and young child feeding. http://www. who.int/nutrition/topics/global_strategy/en/. Published 2002. Accessed March 5, 2013

    4. Fewtrell MS, Kennedy K, Lucas A,. Randomised trial comparing the efficacy and acceptability of the Philips Avent Comfort single electric breast pump and the Medela Swing single electric breast pump in mothers exclusively breastfeeding their healthy term infant: analysis of primary outcomes, March 2016. 

    5. Fewtrell M, Lucas P, Collier S, Lucas A. Randomized study comparing the efficacy of a novel manual breast pump with a mini-electric breast pump in mothers of term infants. J Hum Lact 17: 126-131, 2001.

    6. Fewtrell MS, Lucas P, Collier S, Singhal A, Ahluwalia JS & Lucas A. Randomized trial comparing the efficacy of a novel manual breast pump with a standard electric breast pump in mothers who delivered preterm infants. Pediatrics 107: 1291-1297, 2001.

    7. Burton PM, Kennedy K, Ahluwalia J, Nicholl R, Lucas A, Fewtrell M. Breast pump design and milk production: A randomised control trial. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, October 2010 birth

    8. De Jager M, et al. Eur Obstet Gyn Suppl 2012:25–30. http://www.newscenter.philips.com/pwc_nc/main/shared/assets/es/Downloadablefile/breastfeeding/bareers_to_breastfeeding.pdf; accessed June 1, 2016

    9. Li R., et al. Pediatrics 2008;12:S69–S76

    10. Lau C. Pediatr Clin North Am 2001;48:221–234

    11. Newton M, et al. J Pediatr 1948;33:698–704

    12. Ueda T, et al. Obstet Gynecol 1994;84:259–262

    13. Philips Avent Relaxation Study. Data on file.