Top 5 Things to Consider in Purchasing a Breast Pump
Whether you are expecting a baby soon, have just had a baby or are having difficulties getting your baby to attach to the breast, you would probably find it convenient to have a breast pump available that you could use when required.
So to help you out we have put together the top 5 things we believe you should consider before buying a breast pump:
Frequency of Use
To save you time and hassle in choosing the best breast pump for you, you should first determine how often you would want to use the pump.
If you are a mother who only plans to use a pump once or twice a week, you may be best choosing a manual breast pump or small electric breast pump. A manual pump is generally designed for occasional use, whereas an electric one is better suited to mothers who plan on frequently bottle feeding their baby breast milk.
For moms who plan to use a pump regularly, using an electric double breast pump will save you a lot of time. The advantage of a double pump is that it pumps both breasts at once, hence, saving you time and effort. With this kind of pump, you will be able to express more milk in a shorter period of time.
For mothers whose babies are less than eight weeks old and who have not yet established their milk supply, you might need a hospital-grade electric double pump. This type of breast pump helps you to bring in more milk and maintain your milk supply.
Level of Comfort
A breast pump that works for your lactating mother, sister or friend does not necessarily work for you. Make sure that the breast shield fits you just right. Breast shields are those cone-shaped cups that fit your breast and nipples. Also, check that the breast pump will allow you to adjust the level of suction – you don’t want to end up causing yourself pain.
Portability of a breast pump is an important factor that mothers should consider. If you pump at work or travel a lot, you should consider buying a small, easy-to-assemble and lightweight pump to transport efficiently wherever you go.
In buying a breast pump, you should take into consideration its power options. Where do you plan to use the pump? Is there an available electric outlet? Usually, an AC adapter is a reliable power source. However, you can also consider having batteries and car adapters as alternatives if you are worried about having access to power.
It is important to consider your budget when you are determining which breast pump you want to purchase. How much are you willing to spend? Some hospital grade breast pumps can retail for up to $1,000, while many of the smaller ones can still cost a couple of hundred dollars. So be sure you know what you need before you go out shopping.
Speaking of shopping, if you need to buy a breast pump urgently, breast pumps are commonly available in pharmacies and department stores. Although if you can afford to wait, often it is considerably cheaper to buy a pump online or to rent one.