There is little doubt among both experts and moms that feeding baby breast milk is ideal. The next question is how to maintain a regular feeding schedule when breastfeeding. Even women who don’t work full time away from the home may find they need to use a breast pump occasionally to maintain a regular feeding schedule. The following discusses different types of breast pumps, and when and how a new mom may want to use them.
Manual Breast Pumps
Manual pumps are the least expensive and are often used by moms who only need to pump occasionally. They are also called hand breast pumps because they require the mother to actually pump or squeeze a handle to operate. A hand breast pump takes longer to operate and usually more effort. However, there are many advantages to these types if the mother only needs to pump a few times a week. The manual pumps are less expensive, smaller, and quieter to operate. Some of them are small enough to even fit into a diaper bag or large purse. Some women say they are more comfortable and are similar to the sucking sensation a baby would actually make.
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
If you are looking for a manual pump, look no further! This is the most comfortable manual pump out there. The pump is quiet, easy to use and clean, efficient, affordable, and compact.
Electric Breast Pumps
An electric breast pump may still be a good choice for moms who only need to pump occasionally. Some of these pumps allow the user to adjust the suction levels. This enables a woman to set up the pump at her own comfort level. Most of these pumps come in a convenient carrying case and can be charged by plugging them into a cigarette lighter in the car. The main advantage to electric pumps is that they are quicker. Even if you only need to pump a few times a week, an electric pump will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Using an electric pump may even increase milk production. There are even some pumps on the market that can be used manually or as electric pumps.
Evenflo Single Breast Pump
Very useful and compact in design to bring around, especially on battery mode. The pump is strong enough to extract milk and the clean-up is easy enough with one-hand operation.
Breast Pump Rental
For women who have decided they would rather rent than buy, there are several places to rent breast pumps. Lactation departments at hospitals sometimes rent breast pumps as well as medical supply stores. There are a variety of online stores that sell or rent pumps. Pumps may also be available in pharmacies, some department stores, and basically anyplace that sells baby and maternity items. There are a wide range of costs to consider. Renting a simple hand pump can be as low as $50 a month. It can be hundreds of dollars a month for a pump that is hospital grade. When renting or using a used pump new breast shields and tubing should be used to make sure it is sterile and completely safe.