Breastfeeding mothers, even those who intend to exclusively breastfeed and stay at home with their child, should strongly consider investing in a breast pump. With a wide range of prices and types, a breast pump doesn’t have to be an expensive or unused addition to your baby collection. Abreast pump can be a lifesaver in the event of an unexpected separation from baby or to build up a supply of stored milk to return to work.
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a breast pump, determining which option is best for you might seem overwhelming. By answering these simple questions, you can help decide which type of breast pump is right for you.
How regularly do you expect to pump?
If you need to pump regularly, are separated from your baby daily, or are working to build up a supply of stored breast milk, an electric pump is likely to be the best choice for you. Medela, for example, refers to these as daily use or hospital grade breast pumps.
Alternately, if you pump only occasionally or sporadically, you can save money with a manual or single electric breast pump that can meet your needs.
What’s your price range?
Breast pumps come in a variety of price ranges. As a stay-at-home mother of three, I was always able to use an occasional use, manual breast pump like the Medela Harmony, which cost less than $40. Daily use, electric, and/or hospital-grade breast pumps can cost hundreds of dollars to purchase, so if your budget doesn’t allow for the pump you need, consider renting a breast pump instead. This is a better option than using a pump that isn’t meant to do what you need it to do.
How long do you have available to you for pumping?
My sister works full time from home and sends her son to an in-home daycare provider. A single electric pump was a great choice for her because she has time to pump built into her day. However, a friend who worked full time on a hectic teaching schedule had less time to pump. She needed a double pump so that she could pump from both sides at the same time.
Are you considering more children?
A double electric breast pump might seem incredibly expensive, but if this is an item you’ll be able to use down the line, it is well worth the investment. Similarly, for an occasional pumper like myself, I used my Medela Harmony breast pump for one child, and when I needed it for another baby years later, didn’t feel bad to spend the money on a new one.
Finding the right breast pump for you, and having that pump ready when finish your pregnancy and arrive home with baby, can help make your breastfeeding relationship successful.
Medela; Breast pumps; http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/breast-pumps