You are about to have your first child and you have decided to breastfeed. You know you will need to purchase a breast pump for the times when you will not be able to breast feed your child yourself. Pumping your breast milk in advance and keeping it ready in a bottle is the best course of action and should be introduced to your little one within the first couple of months that you are nursing. Getting him used to drinking from a bottle will help to let you continue breast feeding while giving you a little more freedom.
When it comes to choosing which type of breast pump will work best for you and your little one, you have a number of pumps to select from. There are heavy duty pumps that are hospital-grade, and smaller, portable pumps that are battery operated. There are single pumps as well as double pumps so you can pump both breasts at the same time. You may even opt for a hands-free model so you can multi-task while gathering up breast milk for your baby.
A baby’s sucking cycle is around 40 to 60 per minute so you will want to find a pump that is as close to that as you can get. Many of the hospital-grade or automatic pumps work at 30 to 50 cycles every minute so they may work best for you. If you aren’t sure which one to get you might want to see if you can rent a hospital-grade pump to try out. If you plan on pumping a greater quantity of milk you should check out at mid-sized portable pump that is automatic and either uses electricity or batteries. If you are not going to need to pump more than once a day you can probably get away with using a manual breast pump.
If you always seem to have a great deal of things to do you may want to either pick up a hands-free pump or a double pump. The hands-free model will let you do other things while you are preparing your breast milk for baby bottles. Some of these models have breast shields that can easily work with your nursing bra to provide you with a little privacy while you are doing more than one thing at a time. If you want to speed things up you can try out a double pump. This means exactly what it sounds like – you can actually pump both breasts at the same time making for a quicker and more efficient process.
A manual breast pump is less expensive and will fit the bill if you are not going to need to use it very often. You won’t need to find a power source as most of the manual pumps use good old fashions mom power. Once you find a breast pump you are happy with, you will quickly become used to pumping and it will feel like second nature to you. Our advice – find one that you are most comfortable with.