Breast Feeding Pump



Choosing a Breast Feeding Pump

Different mums have different needs, so there is a a variety of breast pumps. While manual breast pumps are great for mums who spend most of their days and nights with their babies, electric breast pumps are the better choice for mums who are frequently separated from the babies because of work or health problems.I will give you a list of all available breast pumps.Whether you're going back to work or simply want the flexibility a breast pump offers, you'll have many choices. Some breast pumps are hand-operated, and others run on electricity. The designs also vary. Some models attach to only one breast. Others let you express milk from both breasts at once.

 

To decide which type of breast nurturing pump is best for you, ask yourself these questions.

1- How often do you plan to use the breast pump?

If you'll be away from the baby only occasionally, a simple hand pump may be all you need. These pumps are small and inexpensive. You simply squeeze the handle to express the milk. You may even choose to pump one breast while the baby nurses on the other breast.

If you're returning to work full-time or you're planning to be away from your baby for more than a few hours a day, you may want to invest in an electric pump. Electric pumps stimulate the breasts more effectively than hand pumps. This helps empty your breasts and protect your milk supply.

2- How long will it take to pump each breast?

Electric breast pumps are faster than manual pumps. If you'll be pumping at work or in other time-crunched situations, you may want to invest in a model that allows you to pump both breasts at once. Double breast pumps help stimulate milk production while cutting pumping time in half.

3- Is the breast pump easy to assemble?

If the breast pump is difficult to assemble, take apart or clean, it's bound to be frustrating — which may reduce your enthusiasm for pumping. Make sure you can remove any parts of the pump that come in contact with your skin or milk for cleaning after use.

4- Is the suction adjustable?

What's comfortable for one mum may be uncomfortable for another. Choose a breast nurturing pump that allows you to control the degree of suction. Some manual models allow you to adjust the position of the pump handle.

5- Is the breast feeding pump heavy?

If you'll be taking the breast feeding pump to work every day or traveling with it, look for a lighter-weight model. Some breast feeding pumps come in a carrying case with an insulated section for storing expressed milk.

6- How noisy is the breast feeding pump?

Some electric models are quieter than others. If it's important to be discreet, make sure the breast feeding pump's noise level is acceptable.

7- Are the breast shields the correct size?

Every pump has a shield to place over your breast. If you're concerned that the standard breast shield is too small, check with individual manufacturers about other options. If you want to pump both breasts at once, make sure the pump is equipped with two breast shields.

8- If you're considering an electric pump, does it have backup power options?

An electric breast feeding pump needs to be plugged in. If an outlet isn't accessible, you'll need a rechargeable battery pack. Some models offer adapters that run on a car's cigarette lighter.

9- Is cost a concern?

You can buy breast nurturing pumps from medical supply stores and most drug and baby stores. Manual models cost less than $50. Electric breast nurturing pumps that include a carrying case and insulated section for storing milk may cost more than $200. Some hospitals rent hospital-grade breast feeding pumps, although the equipment that attaches your breast to the pump must be purchased. Because there is a small risk of contamination, borrowing a breast pump or buying a used pump isn't recommended.

10- What if you're just not sure?

Ask for help. A lactation consultant can help you make the best choice — and offer support as you start to use your breast feeding pumps or if you run into trouble. If you haven't worked with a lactation consultant, ask your doctor for a referral. Counselors from La Leche League and similar organizations can help, too.

 

Recommendations:

Hospital-Grade pumps: Recommended if mom is unable to nurse at all due to medical reasons. These pumps are designed to help build and maintain milk supply and are available on a rental basis from hospitals, lactation consultants, or medical equipment rental stores.

 

Daily Use double pumps: Recommended if mom is employed full-time or needs to pump every few hours.

 

Occasional Use single or double pumps: Recommended if mom needs to pump just once or twice per day, or a few times per week.

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