Choosing a pump is directly related to the use that you are going to give it. Foreseeing what would be like your breastfeeding story is a gamble that does not always fulfill our needs.
Most of us, who do not have the luxury to be able to afford the most expensive pump in the market, here is a review that will break all misconceptions. Not always expensive is the best and a Well-known brand, does not guarantee best outcomes vs the unknown ones
What to consider when choosing the pump?
- Pumping time: Using a double electrical pump means that you are reducing by half the pumping time.
- Motor Life: Most motor pumps have a life of 500h. Which is the equivalent of pumping 3 times a day for a year, if you pump more often, then the motor life will expire sooner.
- Portability: A pump should be small, lightweight and easy to carry.
- Battery: Having a pump with a battery may be useful if you need to pump on a place where there is no electric outlet.
- Milk expression sequence: Having a pump that has both massage and suction phase is a must. This will mimic what the baby does on the breast.
- Breast shield size: It is important that the pump you choose has different sizes of breast shield. Not all breasts nor nipples have the same size.
- Type of circuit: Close circuit is the type of pump that prevents the milk from reaching tubes and other parts of the pump. This is the reason why these pumps are used by multiple users. This is the case of Hospital grade pumps. This is what you need to look for when you read “like hospital grade pumps!” All personal pumps are Open Circuit. The open circuit refers to those pumps that allow circulation of air and milk along the tube and the pump parts. This is a sanitary risk, if the pump is not cleaned properly. Most of the time, the pump may develop mold and it could put at risk your newborn’s health. This is the main reason why pumps should not be sold on the black market, nor on facebook!
- BPA free: BPA or Bisphenol A is a plastic chemical that dissolves into the food when heated. It is known to cause infertility besides interfering with estrogen levels. For this reason, you should keep this element away from your child.
- Car Adapter? Why not, to pump on the go!!!
- Wireless Sync: YES!! No more notebook, no more “I forgot to write what time I started to pump”. Life is already quite complicated, so let’s buy ourselves a peace of mind!
Types of Pump
Nowadays, we have so many pumps in the market. Choosing a pump could be overwhelming for new-parent to be. Let me help you!
Hospital Grade Electrical Pump
This is the most efficient pump in the market. They are NOT indicated for personal use only, unless you are willing to pay over 1.5 to 2K. These pumps are closed circuit and it is used at a hospital setting for multiple clients. They are available for rental and their use is mostly indicated on mothers with premature babies, relactation or induction of lactation.
Double Personal Electrical Pump
If you are looking for maximization of pumping time, these are the pumps for you! Using a double pump means that you will express your breast in a short amount of time. These pumps have an open pumping circuit and you will see your milk going into the tubing and at times reaching the motor. The life of the pump depends on the care and sanitation of the product. These pumps are used to replace a breastfeeding session when the mother is away from the baby. They could help to stimulate your milk production on someone who is experiencing a mild low milk supply.
Single Personal Electrical Pump
If you are looking into pumping your breast 2 or 3 times a day and you are not experiencing any milk supply issues. This is the pump for you. Most mothers want to have some milk storage and this is the perfect way to do so.
Manual Personal Pump
If a mother has an adequate milk supply and only wants to pump enough to release her breast, this is the pump for you. You may not need to use it frequently and this is a replacement to the hand expression. Though it may not work to extract colostrum.
Cordless Personal Pump
Nowadays, we have seen new pumps in the market and the most exciting is the small cordless pump. No more sitting in one place to pump your breast. No more secluding yourself in order to pump. Most working women love this pump, and it can be used under your clothes and in front of others, because it is discrete. Though, these pumps are not as strong as other electrical pumps and if used as frequently, you may experience a low milk production.