Choosing a breast pump
• Manual: These are a great for never having to worry about power outlets or batteries. There are few different type of manual breast pumps such as the bulb type one and the squeeze handle method. The downside is that they are a bit time consuming and are not hands-free. My experience left me with sore wrists and lost time. However, they are good to have as a back up or just for small pump sessions after baby has eaten. If you’re looking for a full-time pumping option I would recommend a Battery or Electric quality pump.
• Battery operated: These pumps are growing more and more popular as they become more innovative. The benefits to these pumps are that they have handsfree options and are worn just on the breasts, or backpack style. With a battery pump you can move about with out restrictions like you would with a wall outlet plug pump. There is even a battery operated breast pump that connects to an app over blue tooth to keep a record for you on your pumping. And get this… it’s tube free!
The downside to some of these pumps is the limited amount of breast milk they can collect each pump session. So, you will have to stop and switch bags if you have a high output and make sure to do so before they get full. There is also the constant cost of replacement batteries too.
• Electric: I personally use an electric pump as it has the most options for my needs as a full-time pumping mom. There are different levels of pumps from the lesser expensive ones only intended for part-time pumping needs and then there are the more spendy pumps that are hospital grade or close to hospital grade meant for full-time pumping moms.
These pumps use wall outlets, battery packs and even DC power plugs for cars. I find that really convenient as then I can use it anywhere I go and have some power source option; just make sure to keep spare batteries with the pump.
Electric pumps tend to have more power to produce a better and more efficient output of breast milk. This helps for those who are pumping often and/or want to get the best results in the least amount of time with a longer lasting pump.
For those who wish to pump for a short amount of time there is the option of renting breast pumps. Check with the manufacture guidelines before borrowing or sharing breast pumps between friends. Some are meant to be used only by one person due to health and safety risks. There is a difference between personal use pumps and rental pumps. Learn more here.
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