To many moms, the breast pump is a lifesaver. Whether you are planning to go back to work, or have to leave your baby alone with your husband, a breast pump is definitely the best solution out there. Also in a situation where you don’t regularly produce milk, breast pumps really are useful as they help in stimulating lactation in women. Check out our breast pumping guide to help you buy one that’s just right for you.
1. Types of breast pumps:
They come in two broad categories- electric/battery powered or manual that are completely operated by hand. There are also several subcategories that you can choose from, like- • Hospital grade: They weigh somewhere between two to five kgs. Their major electric apparatus is the size of a car battery. They are for hospitals, clinics or for renting purposes mainly. They are still relatively lighter than other breast pumps. And they usually come without a case so carrying them around discreetly can prove to be a task. They are best for mums who have trouble breastfeeding. • High-quality electric pumps: These automatic pumps are best for moms who have to pump breast milk out more than once. Their side is about that of a briefcase and they weigh about three and a half kilos or less. They’re quick to use and can be carried around conveniently in their cases. • Manually operated: They are great for a mother who wants to occasionally leave their baby at home, or just want to have an off day. They mostly come in a one breast per pumping session model, but there are some manual ones where both breasts can be stimulated at the same time to secrete milk. Go for the newer, less tedious models of this pump for best results. • Hands-free: If you are a multi-tasker you might want to opt for this option. It lets you do other things while pumping out milk for your baby. But setting it up can be a task if you’re tired or sleep deprived. You can take help from friends or relatives who are experienced in this area.
• Batteries- You should go for an option with a decent battery life because you might not be able to get a charging point while traveling or otherwise out on the daily as well. • Carrying case- Try and get your hands on a pump which comes with a case, or can be put safely into another case so that having it with you when you’re on the go doesn’t prove to be a cumbersome task. • Warranty- A good warranty period by the company is a sign or durability and quality, and for that reason you should buy one which has at least a year’s warranty. • Suction settings- Go for a pump that has good suction settings that can best mimic a baby’s suction rhythm for the most amount of comfort. • Weight- If you are always working or are moving quite a lot then you should consider one which isn’t very heavy so that it doesn’t add to your burden, literally.
3. Safety Measures
• Clean the pump properly after each use for basic hygiene. • Avoid using the same pump for two different babies, or buying a pre-owned one because there is always a chance of infections. If you have to buy a used one, then clean it properly and replace the tubing. • Avoid cleaning the tubing, unless milk gets into it and completely dry it out before attaching it back to the breast pump. Take the help of the manual in doing so.