What Are The Different Types of Breast Pumps?
Have you decided to buy a breast pump? If so then it becomes all the more important for you to have a look at the different types of breast pumps that are available in the market today. Let’s now look at what are the different types of breast pumps as below:
1. Manual Breast Pumps
A manual breast pump needs you to pump through a handle so as to make suction and express milk. A manual pump also has the same set-up of breast shields and milk collection bottle as the electric alternative, but it also additionally has a handle to create suction instead of an electric breast pump.
A manual pump is lighter than an electric one, however it means your hand can become tired if you have to pump regularly or for a long duration.
Manual breast pumps are useful for those mothers who need to pump occasionally. They come handy for those moms who breastfeed their baby exclusively and may be away from them for a short period of time. The manual pump has a couple of cons to it: it requires time to learn, it can tire out your hands, and in fact takes more time than the alternative ones like the single or the double electric pumps.
2. Single Electric Breast Pumps
Battery-powered single breast electric pumps are available in the markets today. They are useful for the mother who needs pump breast milk just few times a week.
You can pump one breast at a time. So it's an upgrade from the manual as pumping automated with the help of an electric motor.
They are quite small and portable, hence can be carried in your handbag. Single Electric breast pumps can also assembled and cleaned very easily. The majority of the models have multiple settings for speed and suction. The parts such as breast shields and bottles are similar to that of manual pumps.
It takes most mothers almost 30 to 40 minutes to empty the breast off milk with a semi-electric pump.
3. Double Electric Breast Pumps
A double electric breast pump is most suitable for a mom who wants to breastfeed her baby exclusively but cannot do so because of baby cannot latch sue to some medical issues or she is a working mom.
Many times babies refuse to latch or do so improperly. This causes considerable pain, discomfort and frustration to the mother. In such cases double electric breast is optimal since it can handle higher frequency of pumping.
Similarly, many of you must be working moms and wish to feed their baby breast milk only. Double electric breast pumps can be taken to the work place where the mother can pump and store her breast milk for later use.
Double Electric breast pumps are nowadays very durable, lightweight, powerful and have many features such as speed & suction control, milk storage, LED display, memory to save preferred settings, timer, cool case, hands free operation, battery backup, adapter and much more.
When moms pump both breasts simultaneously then the hormones leading to milk making increases and help maintain the milk supply.
Double electric pumps are a bit noisy but some models like Spectra S1 are very silent.
Many breast pumps like Medela Pump In Style Advance come with 2 phase expression technology which mimic the suction and rhythm of a baby.
Double breast pumps enable mothers to establish, maintain and build up their milk supply as they take less time and are very efficient.
Author: Marissa Claire
Hi, I am Marissa. I am a wife of a very supportive husband and mother 3 precious kids. Even though my life is not picture perfect, I have too many blessings to be counted. I am an ordinary mom who has been through some tough times.
I have tried to collate the best information available and write personal & real reviews for the benefits of parents who are confused with the plethora of breast pumps available. I have made an effort to steer clear of technical jargons and used layman language which is understood by people like us.
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