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Things to Consider When Buying a Pump

A newly expectant lady often knows what to buy when it comes to the layette and crib, but when she sets out to buy a breast pump, she may not have the slightest idea what to look for in her purchase. Since many retailers do not offer breast pump returns, it behooves the mama-to-be to learn about the breast pump's purposes before charging her card. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Does it have a stimulation phase to help the mother's milk let down?
  • Is it portable? A mom on the go may prefer a light and portable pump.
  • Does it have hand-free capabilities? Though it's not a necessity, some moms could benefit greatly from such amenities.
  • Can you control the strength and speed of the suction to mimic your own child's?

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  • Is it hand, battery or electric operated? Some offer all of the above. For moms pumping often, an electric pump may prove to be worth the investment.
  • How easy is it to clean and change the parts?
  • Can you pump both sides at once or is it a single breast pump?
  • Can bottles and bags collect the milk? Moms wanting to store the milk right away may like the choice of pumping directly into a bag.

Instead of buying ahead of the delivery, many women wait until they have started breastfeeding so they can get a feel for their needs. If she is still unsure of her pump requirements, she might choose to rent a pump (either from a breast pump store or the hospital) until she can determine what she needs.

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hazelnutt hazelnutt 7 years
Just to shade my experience with a single-side manual (Avent) as well as the double-sided electric Medela Pump In Style. With the manual pump, it was tough and my hands got really tired. The worst part was, when i had a let down, i could only contain the milk from one side and the milk on the other side goes to waste since it's a single sided pump. The Avent manual pump was very comfortable & easy to use, it's just the fact that it's a manual and single-sided pump that made it inconvenient and rather stressful to work with. Pump In Style on the other hand was a breeze to use - takes away a lot of unnecessary stress from a breastfeeding mother. It works very gently and was effective in boosting my milk production. Once i even dozed off while waiting for it to do its job.
Nicolescandy Nicolescandy 7 years
To be honest, i did not bother about all these questions as my mother in law came forward and took the command, bought me ameda ultra breast pump and directed me well, it's really great to have her around!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
I loved my manual pump while I was engorged and just starting out and also when my daughter was teething (she gave me really sore nipples). My sister who knew I was determined to nurse bought me a pump in style, which I loved as well.
kyleah kyleah 7 years
I own a Purely yours breast pump. As a sahm I love it. It also runs on batteries for when you're out and about. I liked the price too. u can buy it here:
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
I agree that renting a hospital grade pump is a great option. If you're pretty certain you're going to be pumping a lot (especially at work), get the Medela Pump in Style. If you're going to be a SAHM for a while and won't need to pump all the time, just get a manual pump, but get a decent one (an Ameda, Medela, or Avent). The ones that look like bicycle horns can damage your breast tissue so avoid those.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 7 years
This is great! It is so overwhelming to choose a pump, so this is really helpful!
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
These are all great ideas but I am still so confused about what to get. I usually love to read reviews and have that help me choose but they are so mixed that I just get overwelmed trying to figure out what to get.
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