REVIEW – Philips Avent Comfort Breast Shells

In all my shopping for baby and motherhood, I’d never heard of these bad boys… a friend told me about them when I told her I had an abundant milk supply. She suggested these as an easy way to ‘catch’ excess milk, so I thought I’d give them a shot.

Review: Avent Breast Shell set
Review: Avent Breast Shell set

What they are: basically a plastic ‘shell’ (with silicone backing) with a hole in them for where your nipple goes…. you pop them into your bra and et voila, you can catch milk as it leaks!

I see faces...
I see faces…

How did they work for me?

I decided the best way to use these is to pop one in your bra while you’re feeding off the other breast (when I get the most leakage).

The first time I tried this, most of it leaked and I was ready to write a scathing review!

The second time I tried it, I managed to catch a load of milk without leakage! (I’d say 10-20ml)

The third time, I caught a load of milk but I spilt some as I was moving around too much!

Milk caught in the Avent breast shell
Milk caught in the Avent breast shell

I’ve used them plenty of times since, and honestly the leakage only happens if you manage to fill the shell; if you move around too much and/or if you’ve positioned it slightly wrong.

I should add that you need to wash and sterilise them before and after using. I should also add that I don’t think you would catch much by wearing them day in, day out. You need to be ready to pop one in when your ‘let down’ is about to start so maybe as your breasts start feeling hard and full!

My verdict?

I think these are fab! I haven’t precisely measured how much they can catch, but based on the milk storage bags I use, I’d estimate around 20ml each time.

So this is a really easy way of getting milk for your fridge/freezer supplies and topping up expressed milk – it’s practically effortless!

Because of the silicone backing, they’re comfy and you can easily forget you’re wearing them (although I feel a nice, funny sensation when the milk starts pouring in – not sure if that’s normal :)) The silicone helps them to almost stick to you – they don’t move around (or shouldn’t!)

Obviously these only work if you have a good, active milk supply. If you do, like me, these could also save you a bit of money on breast pads and cut down on how often you need to wash (or buy new!) bras!


I don’t use them as often as I could as I’m quite often bra-less around the house so the only downside I can think of is that you need to wear a bra to use them! 🙂

At first I thought they were a bit pricey at £12 for essentially bits of plastic – but I don’t think anybody else makes them, and I do think they’re worth the money as it’s such an easy, lazy way of catching milk. Although I just said they are just ‘bits of plastic’ they are high quality and strong – I think they’ll last a long time if not forever!

Other info

They also come with 2 shells with ventilation holes in them to soothe cracked nipples by avoiding chaffing, but I didn’t use these as I didn’t need to. Once you add those in, they become even better value for money!

Was this useful? Let me know in the comments below and if you found it useful, why not share it with a breastfeeding mummy? thank you!

Disclaimer: I wasn’t asked to review these by anyone, I bought them myself and wanted to share my thoughts!



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8 thoughts on “REVIEW – Philips Avent Comfort Breast Shells”

  1. I used these too when I was still breastfeeding/expressing milk. I did put them in my bra the wrong way round a few times – D’oh! They were pretty useful though. xx


  2. I’ve got to say, when I saw this post my mind went immediately to those menstruation cups that traumatized me so badly I thought I’d never be able to leave my bathroom with any sense of pride again. But you did a stunning review. I didn’t find out until after my second child that I was allergic to disposable nursing pads (something that would have saved me so much pain) and so I’m hoping to be able to nurse for longer with baby number three. I’ll definitely keep these in mind!


    1. Glad you found the review useful Laura… I’ve not heard of anyone being allergic to the disposable breast pads, what a pain! (Literally!!) hope these shells work for you 🙂


  3. Like you, I had never heard of a breast shell and when the lactation consultant mentioned them in hospital I totally has visions of Ariel from The Little Mermaid 🙂 I found then useful for catching milk when feeding but also, if you have flat nipples then they can be used to draw them out a bit, making latching on easier. I wore mine around the park and all sorts!!!



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