It is recommended that mothers first establish their milk supply fully, via exclusive breastfeeding before pumping, unless there is some reason why the mother and baby cannot breastfeed immediately after birth.
Reasons why mothers might need or want to express…
There are so many pumps to choose from. I always suggest that a mother uses a manual pump for normal pumping, but if you have a tight schedule and are pumping large amounts, quickly, then it is always best to get a good quality, electrical, double action breast pump. This will save you a lot of time and effort; these pumps will keep your milk supply up better than a manual breast pump.
If you are pumping exclusively, then a hospital grade, double electric breast pump is best. These hospital grade breast pumps can be rented at a hospital for about $3 a day.
Good accessories to look out for that come with electric breast pumps are; car AC adapters, built-in milk coolers, travel cases and hands-free kits.
Non electric hand pumps are smaller, lighter, cheaper, quieter and nice if you like to control the suction, but definitely take up a lot of time. Some moms also complain that manual pumps do not get all the milk out.
Questions that can help you choose a breast pump
Moms can hire a breast pump too, breast pump rental goes for about $30 – 60 per month, but most of these pumps can pay for themselves after a month or so, if you compare it to the price of formula. Breast pumps can cost between $30 and $1000, depending on make, manual or electric. (Browse our breast pump store below)
Which feature should you look for, when buying a pump?
Used breast pumps
Hospital breast pumps that are hired are FDA cleared and safe because of their special parts, but it is not wise using any secondhand pump. These used breast pumps could carry diseases.
You can find all types of breast pumps, to suit different needs in our store below.
Even with the best breast pumps, pumping can never be used as a measuring tool, to see if you are producing enough milk. No pump can extract milk like your baby can. The amount of milk that comes out, is different for everyone.
Some mothers will only need to pump for 15 minutes, while other moms might need to pump for a whole 40 minutes at a time.
Your breasts will only start to flow after a few minutes, this is called “let down” so try to be patient. The more milk you remove from your breasts, the more milk you will produce.
Best breast pumps accessories you might need:
How to clean a breast pump
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