Tips on Picking the Right Breast Pump

It takes a while for all new mothers to get a hang of breastfeeding, so if you’re facing problems such as engorgement, insufficient supply or need to get back to work, then you can benefit from a breast pump.  Breast pump is actually an ingenious device and it comes in multiple shapes and sizes. The operation and cost will also varies and it is not uncommon for new mothers to get confused about which breast pump to buy. Let’s find out which breast pump is right for you!

Types of breast pumps
Sometimes a good breast pump is all you need to turn a stressful breastfeeding session into a smooth one. There are two main types of breast pumps, a manual and an electric pump. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and you need to select one based on what will meet your needs. 

Manual breast pumps
As the name suggests, manual breast pumps are hand operated. These have the ability to pump a single breast in one go. Manual breast pumps make use of a manual lever and flange to create suction. They cost less in comparison to electric breast pumps and are also small and light. You can easily carry a manual breast pump in your purse when going out or travelling.

Electric breast pumps
Electric breast pumps are operated by batteries or AC power adapter. Some electric breast pumps can be powered with a car adapter, AC adapter, a battery pack or a rechargeable battery. Electric breast pumps are available for pumping a single breast or both breasts (simultaneously).

Pumps for working mothers
When deciding on which pump to choose for breastfeeding your baby, you need to think about the frequency at which you would be using the breast pump. Every pump works for a fixed level of usage. So you will benefit the most by picking a pump which comes very close to your personal circumstances.

Let’s take the example of working mothers to understand this better. If you need to pump more than three times a week, then it might be a good idea to invest in a double electric breast pump. This type of breast pump is ideal for working mothers and those with a poor milk supply. It is also a great option for mothers who like to exclusively feed their babies at all times.

Single electric breast pumps are good for stay-home moms or those with less pumping requirements. You also need to pay attention to the size of the breast shield. The right size of breast shield will offer maximum comfort to the mother and also increase pumping efficiency.

*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding breastfeeding.*

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