If you’re a new mother that doesn’t have any previous experience with breast pumps you may find that choosing the best one is more difficult than breastfeeding your baby. It is important to note that buying a breast pump can be more convenient and more comfortable for some mothers. There are a variety of different types of breast pumps that you can choose from but finding the perfect one depends on your lifestyle and the expectations that you have of your pump.
The two main types of pumps are electric and manual, though they all have their own set of benefits and will be useful to you in certain situations.
If you’re the type of mother that doesn’t need to pump all of the time you will get the most benefits from manual pumps. They are small and lightweight tools that you can pack in your diaper bag and bring with you anywhere that you go. Another advantage is that manual breast pumps are less expensive than electric pumps as you will be doing all of the work yourself. In fact, most mothers find that starting out with a manual pump helps them to figure out how often they need to pump before they decide to put down a large sum of money on an electric one.
With a manual pump you will have the most control over the amount of suction that is applied to your nipples, though you may find that it gets tiring to manually get milk out of your breasts and you may not be able to get enough out to feed your child. You can find manual breast pumps from your local baby store or big box store for reasonable prices.
The main purpose of electric pumps is to give mothers the convenience that they need if they have to pump every day and women that want to return to work after they have had their child. With the use of an electric pump you will be able to gather more milk in a shorter period of time. If you find that you are having difficulty stimulating milk out of your breasts, the electric pump will help you.
Electric pumps also offer time efficiency as they have double-breasted models that allow you to pump two breasts at the same time, cutting the pumping time in half. It is important to note that electric pumps are generally heavy and noisy though with advanced technology, pumps are beginning to get lighter and quieter. If you’re an active mother, you may even be able to find models that take batteries so you can use them on-the-go.
If you’re interested in putting down the money on a reliable machine that will help you to pump quicker and produce more milk, electric pumps are your best bet. You may even be able to find models that come with their own carrying bags and backpacks with storage options for your milk and other necessities for your baby.