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I've spoken previously on Instagram about Matilda and I's feeding journey and mentioned that we have always had some level of combination feeding as that was what worked best for our family.

Now that Matilda is over 6 months old we have recently moved onto the Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra-ADVANCE.

The reason we chose Aptamil Follow On Milk is because we felt so reassured by the research and expertise that has gone into developing the formula. They have over 40 years of breastmilk research, which they have developed with a team of 500 scientists and experts and this has enabled them to develop a formulation that is specifically tailored to support babies nutritional needs from 6-12 months. Knowing this made the decision to choose Aptamil Follow On Milk really easy.

It was so important to me when starting to introduce Aptamil Follow On Milk that Matilda continued to receive the right level of nutrients to support her development. Knowing that it contained a formulation of Vitamin A, C and D and Iron made me feel so reassured as vitamin D is important for supporting the normal function of the immune system and iron supports normal cognitive development. 

As we're still currently combination feeding we tend to give Aptamil Follow On Milk before Matilda's afternoon nap and then before bedtime. It's so easy and quick to make and once I've made up the feed I then take Matilda into her nursery, place her in her sleeping bag and snuggle up to feed. I love the closeness of this moment because often she's starting to get sleepy and will be holding my hand that holds the bottle or stroking her hair. As soon as I bring the bottle to her mouth to feed she grabs it and pushes it in her mouth, and she always finishes the full feed.

I've always found the Aptamil Follow On Milk easy to make up, and I especially love their pre-made bottles which you can just throw into the changing bag for when you're out and about. Something I'm very excited about is that Aptamil Follow On Milk have just launched pre measured sachets, which I think is so genius because often when we go out I have to measure out the powder into a little tupperware pot which is often quite bulky, so the fact that these are so small and light makes life so much easier!

As you can probably tell, we're big fans of Aptamil Follow On Milk in our house as Matilda took to the formulation really well and I always recommend the brand to my friends as I know that with all the years of research I can trust them.

*Disclaimer from Aptamil Follow On Milk: Important Notice: Breastfeeding
is best for babies. Follow On Milk should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of your healthcare professional

*I have been compensated for my time in writing it but this is an honest Aptamil Follow On Milk review and all content and opinions are my own.


Ad: Our Feeding Journey with Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra-ADVANCE










I've spoken previously on Instagram about Matilda and I's feeding journey and mentioned that we have always had some level of combination feeding as that was what worked best for our family.

Now that Matilda is over 6 months old we have recently moved onto the Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra-ADVANCE.

The reason we chose Aptamil Follow On Milk is because we felt so reassured by the research and expertise that has gone into developing the formula. They have over 40 years of breastmilk research, which they have developed with a team of 500 scientists and experts and this has enabled them to develop a formulation that is specifically tailored to support babies nutritional needs from 6-12 months. Knowing this made the decision to choose Aptamil Follow On Milk really easy.

It was so important to me when starting to introduce Aptamil Follow On Milk that Matilda continued to receive the right level of nutrients to support her development. Knowing that it contained a formulation of Vitamin A, C and D and Iron made me feel so reassured as vitamin D is important for supporting the normal function of the immune system and iron supports normal cognitive development. 

As we're still currently combination feeding we tend to give Aptamil Follow On Milk before Matilda's afternoon nap and then before bedtime. It's so easy and quick to make and once I've made up the feed I then take Matilda into her nursery, place her in her sleeping bag and snuggle up to feed. I love the closeness of this moment because often she's starting to get sleepy and will be holding my hand that holds the bottle or stroking her hair. As soon as I bring the bottle to her mouth to feed she grabs it and pushes it in her mouth, and she always finishes the full feed.

I've always found the Aptamil Follow On Milk easy to make up, and I especially love their pre-made bottles which you can just throw into the changing bag for when you're out and about. Something I'm very excited about is that Aptamil Follow On Milk have just launched pre measured sachets, which I think is so genius because often when we go out I have to measure out the powder into a little tupperware pot which is often quite bulky, so the fact that these are so small and light makes life so much easier!

As you can probably tell, we're big fans of Aptamil Follow On Milk in our house as Matilda took to the formulation really well and I always recommend the brand to my friends as I know that with all the years of research I can trust them.

*Disclaimer from Aptamil Follow On Milk: Important Notice: Breastfeeding
is best for babies. Follow On Milk should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of your healthcare professional

*I have been compensated for my time in writing it but this is an honest Aptamil Follow On Milk review and all content and opinions are my own.


I've spoken on Instagram before about my breastfeeding journey and raved about how much of a huge part the Elvie pump played in this so I thought it was about time that I actually sat down and gave a full review of the pump.

The reason why I was drawn to the Elvie pump when I was pregnant was because it looked so discrete and compact compared to all the other pumps on the market. I loved that there were no wires to make you feel like a cow being milked and that it was almost silent when on. In the early days when visitors came round to see Matilda, I sat pumping with the Elvie pump in my bra under my top and people had no idea what I was doing. My sister in law was sat right next to me once whilst I pumped and said she had no clue I was sat there pumping.

The Elvie Pump Review

Just after Matilda was born the Elvie really saved my breastfeeding journey as she was born with jaundice which meant that from the very start she was often too sleepy to feed off me. I therefore started pumping using the Elvie as soon as my milk came in so that I was able to feed her from the bottle. I truly believe that this saved our breastfeeding journey as without being able to pump I wouldn't have been able to feed Matilda and it's likely that my milk would have dried up. Pumping also helped enormously with the day 3 engorgement which for me was absolute agony as Matilda was barely feeding off me. I remember ringing my mum in tears because I was in so much pain and she said I should have a hot shower and then try to pump. I did this and it immediately helped so much.

The Elvie Pump Review

I've since used the pump everywhere, in the hairdressers, in the car (as a passenger) and whilst I potter around the house or play on the floor with Matilda. I love that it's hands free so I literally can pump everywhere and anywhere.

Now that we've spoken about why I chose and love the Elvie pump lets talk about specifics. Along with being super compact it's also so easy to use. There's a simple On button in the middle and a Start/Pause button at the top, which I use if I'm in the middle of doing something or if I need to reposition it because I placed it on my boob at an odd angle. Either side of the Start/Pause button are the L and R buttons which allow you to switch between boobs when you're pumping. The reason for these is if you move from one boob to another the pump then changes the rhythm of pumping to mimic how a baby sucks at the start of a feeding session. Then finally there is a button which allows you to change up the intensity of the pumping, which is great if you want to do a quick pump.

The Elvie Pump Review

When you order the Elvie you are sent two breast guards which means that the pump should fit perfectly to your breast. If the two sizes included in the box don't fit you then there is also a third size which is available on the Elvie website, which I didn't need but it's great there are multiple options to give you a custom fit. There are excellent instructions on how to check if the guard fits to you breast in the information booklet to help ensure that it's fitted correctly to your boob.

The Elvie Pump Review

Also included in the box are two reusable 150ml BPA free bottles, which come with lids so once you're done pumping you can pop the milk straight into the fridge.

In terms of battery life, I would say that it lasts for around 3 long pumping sessions before it needs recharging but it takes no time at all to charge, which is one of the features I love the most about it. Another feature I love is that it comes with an app which you can link up your pump to. This tells you how much milk is in the bottle during a pumping session, battery level and a bunch of other features.

I get asked online and in person all the time if I would recommend the Elvie pump and I whole heartedly say yes every single time. It's really saved me on a number of occasions like at the very start of my breast feeding journey and on the odd occasion when I'm away from Matilda for more than 3 hours and need to pump. It's small enough to fit into my handbag, which I just think is so incredible, and you really can use it without anyone knowing what you're doing.

I appreciate that the price tag is quite expensive but for something that has been so vital to my breastfeeding journey I think it's totally worth it. I had a friend who recently gave birth and had a standard pump with all the wires and loud suction noises and she found that it effected her mental health too much to use it and so stopped. I have never had that experience with the Elvie, if anything, every time I use it I just think about how easy it is.

Even 6 months into breastfeeding I still use the pump and imagine I will continue to use it until we stop feeding.

So there we have it, my honest and long overdue thoughts on the Elvie breast pump. As you can tell it's been a big hit for me and my feeding journey. I've linked to the Elvie website here, which gives lots more information that I may have missed off and some really helpful videos.

Elvie have very kindly given me a 15% off code on the pump for my followers, which is live until Monday 27th January. Use the code GEMMALONDON15 at check out.

The Elvie Pump Review / AD

I've spoken on Instagram before about my breastfeeding journey and raved about how much of a huge part the Elvie pump played in this so I thought it was about time that I actually sat down and gave a full review of the pump.

The reason why I was drawn to the Elvie pump when I was pregnant was because it looked so discrete and compact compared to all the other pumps on the market. I loved that there were no wires to make you feel like a cow being milked and that it was almost silent when on. In the early days when visitors came round to see Matilda, I sat pumping with the Elvie pump in my bra under my top and people had no idea what I was doing. My sister in law was sat right next to me once whilst I pumped and said she had no clue I was sat there pumping.

The Elvie Pump Review

Just after Matilda was born the Elvie really saved my breastfeeding journey as she was born with jaundice which meant that from the very start she was often too sleepy to feed off me. I therefore started pumping using the Elvie as soon as my milk came in so that I was able to feed her from the bottle. I truly believe that this saved our breastfeeding journey as without being able to pump I wouldn't have been able to feed Matilda and it's likely that my milk would have dried up. Pumping also helped enormously with the day 3 engorgement which for me was absolute agony as Matilda was barely feeding off me. I remember ringing my mum in tears because I was in so much pain and she said I should have a hot shower and then try to pump. I did this and it immediately helped so much.

The Elvie Pump Review

I've since used the pump everywhere, in the hairdressers, in the car (as a passenger) and whilst I potter around the house or play on the floor with Matilda. I love that it's hands free so I literally can pump everywhere and anywhere.

Now that we've spoken about why I chose and love the Elvie pump lets talk about specifics. Along with being super compact it's also so easy to use. There's a simple On button in the middle and a Start/Pause button at the top, which I use if I'm in the middle of doing something or if I need to reposition it because I placed it on my boob at an odd angle. Either side of the Start/Pause button are the L and R buttons which allow you to switch between boobs when you're pumping. The reason for these is if you move from one boob to another the pump then changes the rhythm of pumping to mimic how a baby sucks at the start of a feeding session. Then finally there is a button which allows you to change up the intensity of the pumping, which is great if you want to do a quick pump.

The Elvie Pump Review

When you order the Elvie you are sent two breast guards which means that the pump should fit perfectly to your breast. If the two sizes included in the box don't fit you then there is also a third size which is available on the Elvie website, which I didn't need but it's great there are multiple options to give you a custom fit. There are excellent instructions on how to check if the guard fits to you breast in the information booklet to help ensure that it's fitted correctly to your boob.

The Elvie Pump Review

Also included in the box are two reusable 150ml BPA free bottles, which come with lids so once you're done pumping you can pop the milk straight into the fridge.

In terms of battery life, I would say that it lasts for around 3 long pumping sessions before it needs recharging but it takes no time at all to charge, which is one of the features I love the most about it. Another feature I love is that it comes with an app which you can link up your pump to. This tells you how much milk is in the bottle during a pumping session, battery level and a bunch of other features.

I get asked online and in person all the time if I would recommend the Elvie pump and I whole heartedly say yes every single time. It's really saved me on a number of occasions like at the very start of my breast feeding journey and on the odd occasion when I'm away from Matilda for more than 3 hours and need to pump. It's small enough to fit into my handbag, which I just think is so incredible, and you really can use it without anyone knowing what you're doing.

I appreciate that the price tag is quite expensive but for something that has been so vital to my breastfeeding journey I think it's totally worth it. I had a friend who recently gave birth and had a standard pump with all the wires and loud suction noises and she found that it effected her mental health too much to use it and so stopped. I have never had that experience with the Elvie, if anything, every time I use it I just think about how easy it is.

Even 6 months into breastfeeding I still use the pump and imagine I will continue to use it until we stop feeding.

So there we have it, my honest and long overdue thoughts on the Elvie breast pump. As you can tell it's been a big hit for me and my feeding journey. I've linked to the Elvie website here, which gives lots more information that I may have missed off and some really helpful videos.

Elvie have very kindly given me a 15% off code on the pump for my followers, which is live until Monday 27th January. Use the code GEMMALONDON15 at check out.

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