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Choosing the RIGHT Breast Pump

Not every woman uses a breast pump although most will use it at some point for reasons applicable to them. There are several types of breast pumps to choose from to suit mothers with their different needs. In fact these breast pumping aids have become a necessity with most mums, especially those who are working and those who are on the go. There are breast pumps designed for everyday and the occasional user.

Buy a Breast Pump according to your Needs

Not all breast pumps are of good quality; poor quality breast pumps though low-priced can be damaging to the breast. It is advisable to stick to reputable brands even if they cost slightly more. Of course budget can be a concern so it is good to browse around retail and online stores and compare prices. It is also advisable to get one that suits your needs and purposes; an assessment of factors (some are outlined below) will help you decide on your purchase.

Ease of use. Will you be a heavy user i.e. the breast pump needs to be used on a daily basis? Will you be exclusively expressing milk or will you combine it with nursing your infant (some mothers choose to go back to work soon after delivery so daily expressing becomes the only option)? Choose one that can be easily put together and cleaned.

Weight and size. Will electricity be easily available, will you be carrying it to work?

Cost. What is your budget - do you intend to use it again with other babies or does hiring make more sense?

Noise level. Choose one which is not noisy so you can pump discreetly.

Speed. How much time will you have to express milk? Choose one that can pump from both sides if time is an issue.

Suction strength. What may be comfortable for one woman may not suit another in terms of power. Get one with an adjustable suction.

Breast Pump Types

Manual Breast pumps

1. These types are inexpensive, in fact most affordable.

2. You need to use your hand power to create suction

3. Some hand breast pumps come with multiple settings of suction enabling you to decide on the suction speed.

4. The typical feature though is the ability to only pump one breast at a time.

5. Most suitable for the occasional user.

6. It is designed to be used on a not so frequent basis since power or speed isn't its main asset. In fact using manual breast pumps may tire you out if you become heavily dependant on it.

Battery operated Breast Pump

1. Offers the option of pumping both breasts consecutively.

2. These breast pumps are again better for mothers who only need to use them occasionally because they do not produce as much milk comparatively.

3. You need to exercise caution when choosing breast pumps from this category as the low budget ones may not be equipped with all the functions.

4. Low power models can cause injury to the breast more easily.

5. They can be noisy and require frequent battery replacement, (therein lies your hidden expense).

Electric Breast Pump

1. They are the hot favorites today as they are easy to use.

2. They are designed for everyday use and are portable.

3. They can do single or double pumping.

4. Moms who work or have 'supply problem' or need to pump exclusively find this extremely useful

5. Newer models have the added feature of 2-phase pumping rhythms: stimulation and expression.

6. They plug into the wall socket and you also have the option of using battery if electricity is not accessible or in a car with a car adapter. Very handy.

Hospital Grade Breast Pump

1. They are the most efficient but also the most expensive.

2. Fortunately they are available for rent

3. These high grade breast pumps are suitable for mothers with premature babies or babies who are too sick to nurse.

4. They offer double pumping and are great for establishing strong milk supply, ideal for working mothers as well.

5. They serve all purposes and do not cause discomfort or damage to the nipples.

6. This grade of breast pump comes in various sizes and weights; there are transportable versions which mean you can carry it to work and back.

7. They are cost-efficient and especially sensible if you use them regularly since the fees can be worked out on a schedule.

Did you know some breast pumps, especially the newer electric models, mimic the baby in terms of the sucking pattern. Sucking is quick at first to stimulate letdown and then goes more slowly. Also, with a press of a button you are able to manually switch speeds. The older models do not have this feature and run at a constant speed but do have adjustable suction rates. When choosing a pump, keep this factor in mind as well.

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