Breastfeeding is the best option for feeding baby. While breast milk is the best option for nourishment, there may be reasons baby is not able to breastfeed. Baby may not be able to latch on for some reason and mom may not always be available. In these cases, you probably want to continue giving your baby breast milk. The only way to do that is to express the milk by hand or with a pump. Generally speaking, a breast pump is the easiest option. |
Breast pumps come in many styles but the two basic options are manual pumps and electric or battery operated pumps. Manual pumps, while easier than hand expressing, are harder to use and take longer. Mothers that have to pump at least once a day will prefer the electric or battery operated models. Electric breast pumps usually have more power than the battery operated ones. Pumps also have different accessories that make it easier to pump milk depending on the model. Prices range widely, with the manual pumps being the cheapest and the hospital grade pumps being the most expensive. Moms should look at different options, costs, and maintenance requirement when choosing the right breast pump.
The best electric breast pump is the hospital grade pump; but it comes with an equal great price. These pumps do the best job of stimulating the breast and nipples, more closely mimicking baby’s suction, for maximum milk production. Breast pumps designed for personal, home use are more affordable and differ greatly in quality. These pumps are usually not as efficient in milk production, but are suitable for use as supplementing breastfeeding. Moms should breastfeed baby naturally when able to stimulate milk production. Cheaper models are probably not sufficient for everyday use.
Moms who work full-time or travel for work usually choose top of the line electric pumps or rent hospital-grade pumps. These breast pumps are fully automatic, have quick cycling times and adjustable suction. Finding a portable model makes it easier to carry to and from work. A decent electric breast pump will cost around $250 and more. For most moms, the cost is more than outweighed by the benefits and convenience.
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