Types of Breast Pumps

here’s a lot of research that goes into becoming a new mom. Even when you’ve had one or two children, there’s always something new to learn about being a parent. When you’re planning for a newborn’s arrival in the next few months, you’ll need to consider whether or not you’ll be breastfeeding your baby. Breastfeeding provides your baby with the nutrients and support that they need to thrive in the first months of life. While you may have the intention of breastfeeding on demand, having a breast pump is useful. This provides you with a method of developing a supply of breast milk in your refrigerator or freezer. You can also use your breast pump to relieve engorged breasts. This is something that can frequently happen once your milk supply comes in. But what kind of breast pump should you get? There are a few different types to take into consideration.

Manual Pumps
Manual pumps allow you to conveniently expel milk without having to utilize a power source of some sort. You simply squeeze the handle on the pump to create the suction needed. It can be tedious if you plan on pumping a lot, or if you are planning to breastfeed your baby for the entire first year (or longer). A manual pump can be a nice backup to your electric pump however. If you’re going to be away from home and don’t plan on having a power source that you can plug into, a manual pump provides you with the option of pumping.

Battery-Powered & Electric
A battery powered or electric breast pump is very convenient in many ways. You can plug your unit in or turn it on using the included battery. This power will create an intermittent suction to the breast that will help you to expel milk. It’s definitely a convenient baby item to have on hand when you are exhausted from feedings, and need to release some of the milk you have built up. The only downside of the battery powered unit is the reliance that you have on a power source. If you’re in the car or away from home, you may need to find somewhere to plug in, in order to get your pumping done. Luckily, many businesses and retail locations are providing safe and discreet locations for moms to pump while away from their babies.

Single / Double Pumps
Regardless of what type of pump that you choose (manual or electric), you can also choose between a single pump or double pump. A single pump will suction on one of your breasts at a time. That essentially means that it will take you twice as long to pump. Or, you can feed your baby on one side, and pump your other breast at the same time if you know that your baby isn’t going to be feeding off the other breast. A double pump consists of two pumps that can function at the same time. This makes for a much faster and simpler pumping experience. You’ll receive two of everything with your pump. That includes two breast pump bodies, two sets of tubing, two valves and probably a few different bottles with lids. This is a complete set that usually provides you with everything you need for a successful breastfeeding experience.

It’s important to mention that allowing milk to engorge your breasts for long periods of time can lead to an increased risk of mastitis. This is an infection or inflammation within your breast tissue that occurs when you’re producing milk. It’s a very painful condition that can lead to a high grade fever if you’re not careful.

Many insurance companies will cover the cost of a breast pump, so make sure that you check with your provider or doctor to see if you qualify. If you have to buy one on your own, it’s worth spending a little bit of extra money to get the convenience features that you want. As a new mom, you should do whatever you need to do in order to make your life easier. Breastfeeding can be a challenge, and the purchase of a breast pump can make feeding your baby much easier.

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