Tips to Finding the Right Breast Pumps

Breast Pumps

A breast pump is basically a mechanical hand-held device which lactating ladies use to extract liquid from their own breasts. Nowadays they can be battery operated or manually powered, either powered by arm or foot activities or automatically powered using electricity. The manual pumps were basically designed for breastfeeding mothers who could not pump milk while they were sitting down on the sofa in front of the baby. But the battery powered models were invented to help working women in the office or in public transportation. There are various models available nowadays.


There are various types of breast pumps: breast pumps made of plastic, stainless steel, ceramic or plastic, and motor-driven ones. The breast pumps that have plastic parts are suitable for use under the sink where there is no water supply. However, they need to be thoroughly cleaned under running water regularly, as the parts can deteriorate over time.


In most cases, these pump bottles do not leak milk when you are cleaning them. The stainless steel breast pumps are the best pump bottles for moms who want maximum comfort. They are also very durable and the motor does not wear out easily. These pumps start pumping milk immediately upon turning on the engine and most of them have an auto shut off feature so that you don't have to interrupt your feeding to go take a break and switch on the engine again.


One-handle electric pumps are the cheapest pumps available. The manual pumps have a similar design to the one-handled electric breast pumps. They are also very efficient. On the downside, these pumps do not produce very much milk and the amount can vary depending on how you use it. Also, the battery needs to be recharged regularly, unlike electric breast pumps which can be plugged into the wall and run on electricity.


Mini electric breast pumps are the cheapest and most popular breast pumps around. The electric breast pumps are easy to use and have many features, like suction and auto shut off. Most of the time, these are rechargeable and you can use them for longer periods. These are very convenient and most women prefer them over manual ones as they can go almost anywhere. However, mini electric breast pumps can leak milk occasionally and you will need to clean them after each use.


A collection bottle is used to collect the breast milk when pumping. There are two types of collection bottle - disposable and bag-type. Disposable collection bottles are convenient and easy to use. However, these may leak milk occasionally and it may not keep the nipple from getting dirty. On the other hand, the bags-type collection bottle will have a built-in collection bottle and will make it easier to clean and it has a more secure lid which prevents spills from happening.


Different breast pumps can be used depending on your baby's needs. Your breast milk supply will depend on the age and type of your baby. Babies who are starting to nurse will need lower powered breast pumps compared to those that have higher power. If you think that you might need different breast pumps at different stages in your pregnancy, you should let your doctor know so that you can get the best pump that suits your baby's needs. The baby's diet and the mother's diet also affect milk production so you will need to check with your doctor if you are following a special diet or if you are breast feeding exclusively.


Having health insurance can help you with the price of your breast pumps. Most insurance plans will cover the price of the products so you don't have to worry about the cost. You can ask your health insurance provider if they can help you buy the right pump for your family. If you have no health insurance, then you might want to look around and see if you can buy a cheap one. You can even borrow from your family and friends if you are desperate.