I received the Avent ISIS Manual Breast Pump as a baby shower gift. It was an item I selected on my registry at Babies R Us.
The reason I select it was because it came with 2 bottles 4oz (125ml) bottles and 2 sets of diaphrams and valves. It also came with a stand that could also be used as a funnel cover, screw ring (great for keeping bottle nipples clean on the go) and a sealing base/disc (great to use for storing milk in the bottle without having the nipple attached to it). Another great thing about this breast pump is that it could be used with Advent VIA Disposable Nursers.
Assembly and Care
This breast pump is easy to assemble and disassemble however, I did find the instructions included in the box a little confusing and set it up wrong the first time! After that, I reviewed the setps again, corrected my mistakes and I've been successfully using this breast pump ever since.
Disassembling this breast pump for washing and serilization is a breeze! It literally takes about a minute to pull it apart. This breast pump is so compact that it fits in the Medela Quick Steam bags so I serilize it in about 1.5 minutes in the microwave.
Ease of Use
The first time I used this breast pump I couldn't get it to work properly. After squeezing the trigger a few times I couldn't get a strong enough suction so I thought it was broken. Well, I was engorged and the little stimulation my felt during that first trial caused my milk to let down and start coming out. So, I started squeezing the trigger again and immediately felt the suction and saw the milk being pumped into the attached bottle. What lesson did I learn? You need to wet your nipple a little so that an air-tight vacuum could be created which is what the pump needs in order to work properly.
I am still using this breast pump and my son is 8 months old. It is small and can fit in his diaper bag. It quiet so if I need to pump because my baby isn't with me, I can do so anywhere. I'm so glad I received this gift!