So excited :)
The nice people at Ardo UK are giving us one of their lovely new Calypso breast pumps to give away when we reach 6,000 'likes' on the Facebook group!
Unlike almost all other breast pump manufacturers (including Medela, Avent, Lansinoh, Tommy Tippee, Breastflow & more), Ardo are in full compliance with the WHO Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. This really matters when it comes to protecting breastfeeding. As you can see, Ardo are in competition with some serious brand heavyweights when it comes to breast pumps, and they're a relative newcomer to the UK market. However, unlike these other companies they have put their commitment to the WHO code at the heart of their company philosophy.
To learn more about Code, what it does and why it matters, click here. Ardo have this to say about the WHO code:
'ARDO is in compliance with the WHO Code and strongly promotes breastfeeding - ARDO is your responsible partner when working with the WHO International Code. As producers of breastfeeding aids, we support the practice of breastfeeding with products of highest quality and functionality. Our nursing aids offer solutions to breastfeeding difficulties, and treat this natural process in a holistic and effective manner. Thus, compliance with the WHO Code is of the utmost importance to us.'
Not all breast pumps are created equal as this blog post shows. All Ardo's pumps have a 'closed' system which makes them the safest type of pump you can buy. Other very popular models have an 'open' design which means that - sadly - contamination is a real possibility. All Ardo pumps can be safely used by more than one person, (using replacement attachments). This means they can be sold on with a clear conscience once your pumping days are over! The Calypso is guaranteed for 400 hours or two years. That's a lot of worry-free expressing!
The Calypso can also be easily converted for use as a double breast pump. Double pumping helps to maximise milk removal and stimulates more prolactin than expressing just one breast at a time. It also cuts the time it takes to pump in half! The Calypso therefore enables you to choose between double and single pumping depending on your needs. It's easily portable, has a good range of suction and frequency settings, works on battery mode or mains electricity AND it's by far the quietest breast pump I've ever used. When I was looking to buy a new pump to use after the birth of my second child this was the one I chose. I consider it an ethical, safe, everyday pump which is good value for money and should suit the needs of a majority of breastfeeding mums.
You can read independent reviews of this pump here.
So how would you like to win one? :)
When we reach 6,000 'likes' on the Facebook group I'll post the multiple choice question. We'll draw the winner on January 1st 2012.
So get sharing and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately this competition is open to DBM members living in the UK or Republic of Ireland ONLY
DISCLAIMER: I have not received any payment or other inducement/ freebie of any kind to write this piece.