You may have heard experienced mothers or many of the fellow members at the new-moms club talking about the benefits of breast pumps, but when it comes to buying one, every mother has to consider her own needs. Whether you want to buy a breast pump because you are resuming work after delivery, or simply because it gives you the flexibility of use and lets you train your baby for bottle feeding as early as possible, you will have to filter many options to pick the one that is best for you.
It is important to note that although breast pumps are as essential as buying other baby gears and accessories, it is advised to make this purchase after the baby is born so you are better aware of your needs. If, at this point, you are worried about not being able to take time out for shopping once the baby is born, then hold on. You can buy your breast pump online. Many online portals offer a variety of breast pumps from renowned brands like MeeMee, Chicco, Medela, Nuby and many more at attractive prices and discounts. You can pay for your purchase online or offline, and get it delivered to your doorstep.
All you need to know is the following information that will guide you in choosing the right breast pump :
- Learn about the mode of operation of the two major categories of breast pumps – electric and manual. Buy a top-end electric breast pump if you have trouble in breastfeeding during the initial weeks or if you can't feed your baby throughout the day since you have to return to work. They are designed to be fully-automatic and with adjustable pumping speed so that you don't feel any discomfort. If you need a breast pump to express milk occasionally, for example, when you leave your baby with her sitter for an hour or two, or while travelling, then you can opt for a manual/ battery operated breast pump. They are semi-automatic, have larger cycling times, are less expensive than the electrical pumps, and are usually smaller and quieter.
- Know whether you need to express milk from both breasts or from one breast at a time. Many pumps come with two collection kits so that you can effectively pump both breasts by cutting down on the time taken.
- If you already have a well-built milk supply, then buy a pump that not only stimulates the baby's latching and milk-sucking patterns, but also comes with adjustable levels for suction so that you don't suffer from sore nipples.
- If you are buying an electric breast pump only for use during travelling, then consider buying one that can be plugged into your car's cigarette lighter for operation.
Whichever model you choose, ensure that you maintain the hygiene of this accessory just like the other baby accessories. Clean it thoroughly with warm water and a bottle brush before and after every use to wash away any residual bacteria that can be harmful for your baby's health.