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How To Choose The Right Breast Pump

Choosing the right breast pump is an important decision for nursing mothers. Using a breast pump gives nursing mothers the flexibility they need with breastfeeding due to many types of circumstances such as returning to work or sharing childcare responsibilities with others when you cannot nurse. Your ideal device will depend upon a number of factors, so it is important that you find one that fits with your lifestyle needs.

For instance, if you will only be away from your baby for short periods of time, you can make do with a hand pump. These pumps are typically small and inexpensive as well as easy to use. You operate them by squeezing the handle to draw out the milk. With a hand device, you can expect to pump one breast for about 15 minutes for each session you need.

You may also consider using an electric device if you are in a situation where you do not have as much time. With an electric pump, you can draw milk from both breasts simultaneously. A double breast device also helps stimulate the production of milk. Electric pumps are also more effective than hand pumps; they not only empty your breasts but they also help protect your supply of milk.

You should try to find a device that is easy to take apart and put back together, especially if you plan to travel and need to take it along. The pump should also be lightweight so that it is not only easy to carry but also comfortable to use. There are other practical concerns you should consider with your pump such as removable parts that can be easily cleaned after use for your electric breast pumps.

You may also look for other features such as suction control so that you can adjust the degree of suction. You may also need to check with the shield size to make sure that it will be a comfortable fit. Some standard size shields are too small, so you may have to look for larger shields. Having back up with a manual device in case the power fails is also a good idea.


Melissa Robinson-Healey is the webmaster for and is passionate about all things breastfeeding and newborn babies.

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