Ardo works closely with healthcare professionals within the hospital environment, and we are proud to be an approved supplier to the NHS. Our Carum and Calypso electric breast pumps are used in NHS hospitals throughout the UK by healthcare professionals, within maternity and neonatal wards to help mums establish and maintain their breastmilk supplies, in milk banks, and children’s centres.
Many mums worry about whether the amount of breastmilk they are producing is enough to feed their baby. Ardo Belly Balls have been designed as a supportive teaching product to show how small the stomach of an infant is, and also to show that the amount of breastmilk they receive is, as a rule, completely sufficient.
The Belly Balls correspond to the estimated average size of a newborn's elastic stomach:
- on the first day: 5-7 ml
- on the third day: 22-27 ml
- on the fifth day: approx. 57ml.
The breast is an excellent teaching aid for demonstrating to mums the differences between the suction pattern on stimulation and expression, also excellent for breast massage and hand expression.
It is a very common feeling amongst breastfeeding/expressing mums that they are not feeding their baby enough breastmilk, but rest-assured that healthy, full-term, newborn babies usually only need colostrum and breastmilk and do not require additional nourishment or fluids. The specialist and professional community are in complete agreement about this. In fact, the WHO (World Health Organisation) actually recommends that supplementary feeding be avoided because it may compromise successful breastfeeding.
One of the reasons new mums might have this concern, is that during previous decades, additional fluids and starter-nourishment were routinely given to healthy, full-term babies, and so you might hear from family and older friends, that the reason your baby is unsettled, is because they are hungry. However, this is usually not the case – newborn babies often cry or are restless in the first few days after birth because they miss the close contact with the body-warmth and heartbeat of the mother. So rest assured, after your baby’s first week (during which they might have lost some of their birth weight), you will certainly be producing enough milk if your baby gains around 120-140g per week.
References: Wang, Y et al: Preliminary Study on the Blood Glucose Level in the Exclusively Breastfed Newborn; J Trop Peds 1994, 40:187-88. Saint L, Smith M, Hartmann P.E: The yield and nutrient content of colostrum and milk of women from giving birth to one month post-partum; British Journal of Nutrition 1984, 52, 87-95. Scammon, R, Doyle L: Observations on the capacity of the stomach in the first ten days of postnatal life. Am J Dis Child 1920; 20:516-38
1 x Pack of Belly Balls
1 x Demonstration Breast
UK Mainland orders
Orders placed before 2 pm, Monday to Friday, choose from the following delivery options:
FREE delivery – 2-4 days working days
Next working day delivery £7.50* – however this is not guaranteed, due to incidents that may occur beyond our control.
Saturday delivery is £12.50* – available on orders made before 2 pm on Friday.
*Excludes Scottish Highland & Islands
It is important to allow up to 3 days for delivery to the following areas: Scottish Highlands, including Post Codes: AB31 - 38, AB41 - 56, FK17 - 21, G83, IV1 - 99, KW1 - 14, PA20 - 40, PH17 - 40, PH49 - 50.
Northern Ireland – £17.50 - delivery is 2-4 working days.
Orders are only processed and despatched from Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. If you order after 2 pm on a Friday, over a weekend or a bank holiday your order will not be processed until the next working day.
Returns – Ardo Breast Pumps and accessories are classed as personal hygiene products, the electric Breast Pumps are classified as medical devices, therefore cannot be returned or refunded unless:
A. The product is in a saleable condition – no seals or packaging opened; no products or components have been used.
B. The product is faulty.
If you need any further help then please give our Customer Service team a call on 01823 336362.