I threw my last breastpump in the trash can right along with all of its bottles and accessories. When Lucy was a baby, I had an Avent pump and a couple of bottles just for occasional use. Thankfully I'm not a mom who has to pump on a daily basis - I have lots of respect for those of you that do! I only need to use a pump in the rare case that I'm leaving baby for an hour or so and want to leave some milk for her. Other times that I've used a pump include to relieve mastitis and plugged ducts, or to pump and bottle feed while on a long car trip. (I have also done the "lean over the car seat and try to breastfeed while holding a blanket over the window so no one thinks I'm crazy" thing. Its just a bit hard on my back, lol.)
So, why did my pump end up in the trash? After choosing to breastfeed and working so hard at getting through those first rough weeks, being committed to providing the best for my baby... I was so upset to find out that the bottles and pump I put my milk in contained a toxic chemical. BPA is a hormone disrupting toxin that leaches from certain types of plastic. Ugh.
Medela is BPA free. Any of their products that come in contact with breastmilk do not contain BPA. Avent is now BPA free as well, but to me it seems like they only did this in response to consumer outrage. They do not disclose what their bottles are now made of, whereas Medela uses polypropylene and has a clear statement about BPA on their website. Medela supports breastfeeding. You can find information, tips, and even a discussion board for nursing mothers on their website. When deciding on a new breastpump, I chose Medela.
We received a Harmony Breastpump and 5oz Breastmilk Bottle Set for review. I was very thankful to have the pump when dealing with Esther's nursing issues. Rather than resorting to formula because my nipples were too sore, my back up plan was to pump and feed Esther breastmilk in a bottle. I haven't had to do that yet, we're still working on getting her to latch correctly though. The pump looks confusing at first, but it comes with clear directions on how to assemble, disassemble, and wash it. The bottles are compatible with Medela pumps and come with storage lids as well.
If you need to pump more often than I do, check out Medela's product selector to find a pump that will meet your needs. Aside from the occasional use Harmony, they also carry daily use pumps on up to hospital grade pumps. Medela pumps use an exclusive 2-Phase Expression technology that mimics the way a baby breastfeeds. The Stimulation Phase is light and fast while the Expressions Phase is slow and stronger. The Harmony pump uses the 2-Phase Expression technology also. Overall I'm happy with the quality of this pump and its ease of use.
Medela is offering one of my readers a Harmony pump! To enter this giveaway, you must be a follower of my blog (either through blogger, email subscription, or a google reader, etc.). Leave a comment letting me know how you keep up with my blog, being sure to include your email address so that I can contact you. For another entry, leave a comment and let me know where you find inspiration or encouragement for breastfeeding. I'll close the giveaway on March 19th at midnight.
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back soon, I'm running a series of baby product reviews and giveaways this month including more fun items you won't want to miss!
**Giveaway is closed and a winner has been contacted. Random.org chose comment #13.**