Finding the Right Breast Pump for You
While you are pregnant you will come to the decision if you will choose to feed your baby with breast milk or formula. If you decide to breast feed you will also want to do some research on breast pumps to decide which one will be best for you. A breast pump will come in handy during the first year.
Breast pumps are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pumps have many benefits for you. They can be used to maintain or increase your milk supply, relieve engorged breasts and plugged milk ducts, or pull out flat or inverted nipples so your baby can latch on easier.
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Breast pumps are either manual or powered by batteries or a plug in to an electrical source.
Pumps can be manual or powered. Powered pumps can use batteries or a cord that plugs into an electrical source. Pumps are either single or double pump. A double pump extracts milk from both breasts at the same time and a single pump from one breast.
Double pumps extract milk from both breasts at the same time, while single pumps extract milk from one breast.
Be sure to get the pump that will fit your needs. If you are a working mom who will be pumping at work you will want to look at the double electric pumps. Look for one that is compact and easy to carry with you. Will you have access to an electrical outlet or will you need a battery powered one. Pumps also come In different cases. There are some that have the cooler bag with it to store milk after pumping and has compartments for milk storage bags etc. If you will be pumping regularly but will be doing it at home an electrical single pump may fit your needs better. Many don’t have plans on needing a pump so having a manual pump on hand may be all you need. Having a pump on hand is great to have. If you need help increasing supply a manual pump will work fine for that. Many pump a few bottles a week to have milk on hand in case of emergency or to have so siblings, dad or other family members can feed baby too.
Before you purchase a breast pump contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies now cover the purchase of a breast pump. There are health risks for sharing of breast pumps if they are not intended for multiple users. Check with the manufacture of the breast pump first. Sometimes all that is needed is purchasing new tubing for the pump. Sharing a breast pump can cause infection to you or your baby.
Check with local breast feeding support groups or with your Midwife if you have further questions about breastfeeding and finding the right pump for you.