When you are a working mother, you need to make sure that you leave milk for the baby even when you are apart. Even if you are a stay-at-home mother, you may need to go outside the home and there can be some times when you will need to keep the baby with another caregiver. In this situation, you can look into the use of a breast pump.
There are many different breast pumps and what you choose will depend on the frequency of pumping, whether both or only one breast is to be pumped, affordability and whether you need to have your hands free. You have to understand the different options and the price points when selecting the right pump for you. You can also consider a breast pump hire but make sure that you select hospital-grade pumps if you’re getting used pumps. There will be a big cost saving from this decision but you need to be sure of the safety of the pump.
If cost is a big issue, you can also express milk by hand without using any equipment. But there will be a bit of a learning curve for this. There are hand-operated pumps that are more affordable but you will need both hands to operate it. You can only pump one breast at one time. So if pumping is something you have to do more than once a day, this may not be the most convenient option. It can get tiring after some time.
You can find different sizes for the flanges as many manufacturers provide a range of sizes. There are standard sizes but if this is not something that fits you properly, you can always check with the manufacturer if they have more options for sizes. There are many electric pump options that you can find at a range of prices and these are preferred by most working mothers because they enable you to pump both breasts at the same time.
There are more settings provided such as adjusting the suction power and the cycling times. You can customise the settings of the pump according to your requirements. These pumps also come with add-ons such as car adapters, carrying cases, etc. that will increase their convenience. You can check with your insurance regarding which electric pumps are covered by them.
There are battery-operated pumps that you can use if you are not pumping daily. This will be sufficient to maintain your milk supply. The battery will also reduce in power over time and the effectiveness of the pump will decrease. Suction is poor compared to electric pumps but it is a low-cost option that you can consider. Hospital-grade pumps are a superior option and they are highly durable.
They can also be used by more than one mother as long as each mother has their own collection kits. These are usually the pumps that are provided for hire. But out of all the options, these pumps are the most expensive. However, these pumps are not very portable.