Breast milk is the complete food for your newborn. It contains all the essential vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs for their growth. In addition, nursing your newborn is a one-of-a-kind and beautiful experience.
However, there comes a time when you have to be away from your baby for a while, like when you need to go to work, feel sick, need to run errands or want to rekindle a romance with your partner. And here is when a breastfeeding pump comes to your rescue. For nursing moms, breastfeeding mean no less than a life support tool.
What is a breastfeeding pump?
A breastfeeding pump typically consists of three parts: a breast shield, pump and milk container. The shield fits over the nipple and gentle vacuum is built up to express milk, which is stored in the attached bottle or container. A breast pump is quite useful to a nursing mom with low milk supply.
Types of breastfeeding pumps
There are mainly three types of breastfeeding pumps to choose from.
- Manual pumps: They are least expensive of all types of breast pumps available out there. You need to squeeze a lever or a handle manually to create suction and extract milk from the breasts; the milk is collected in the attached container. Using a manual breast pump demands more time and efforts. What's more, a manual breast pump can empty only one breast at a time.
- Consumer-grade electric pumps: These breast pumps run on battery or electrical supply, while some pumps offer both these power options. They can express a higher amount of milk in shorter time. They are a no.1 choice of nursing moms who are resuming work and thus aren't able to nurse regularly. They usually come with a bunch of accessories like a bottle, a storage bag, clips, and labels.
- Hospital-grade electrical pumps: These pumps feature powerful motors that can extract more volume of breast milk at a faster pace. These heavy-duty pumps are mainly designed for mothers who aren't able to produce enough milk and need help for extracting milk. These are usually rented due to their extremely high prices, and thus they are also known as rental-grade breast pumps.
Amongst hundreds of brands and types of pumps available out there, selecting a right pump makes a big difference. Look for breast pumps that are reliable in quality and easy to use. Make sure the pump you choose has the right size of breast shield as a smaller size can cause sore nipples.
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