HOW TO CHOOSE A BREAST PUMP

 

1. Which type of breast pump should I choose?

 

As far as breast pump technology is concerned, you have three main choices. Understanding these will help you when you’re deciding what you want from a breast pump.

 

  • A manual or electric pump?
    Manual breast pumps are cheaper than electric models, quiet and handy for occasional expressing. But they can be hard work if used frequently. Electric breast pumps are easier and more convenient to use, as the motor does the pumping for you.

 

  • A single or double breast pump?
    A single electric breast pump is ideal for expressing from time to time. A double breast pump (which draws milk from both your breasts simultaneously) is more convenient for expressing regularly.

 

2. Figure Out Your Needs

 

Many moms don't need to pump often, if you don't plan to need to pump often a hand pump could be ideal for your occasional pumping needs.

 

If pumping is being used to replace breastfeeding, establishing or boosting your supply, or for when you return to work, then a high-end double electric breast pump is needed.

 

3. What About Accessories?

 

Breastfeeding and pumping alike can take up a lot of time. 

Many moms find hands-free bras and vehicle adapters helpful.

 

Flange sizing prior to pumping is needed both for optimal milk removal with pumping and to avoid nipple and areola damage. Please refer to our flange sizing instructions - https://www.militarymedical.us.com/flange-sizing  Please contact our lactation consult for any questions or concerns regarding pumping or flange sizing.

 

Cleaning products, cooling bags and breast pump bags are also very helpful if you will be pumping outside the home.