Choosing The Right Breast Pump
The pumps might come unexpected for nursing moms. They provide an option of going to work at ease with assurance that the baby is well nourished, being fed by anyone including the dad who will have a taste of the feeding experience as you rest.
Most moms might purchase the pump before the child arrives, this gives them the trial experience and they also get to familiarize with the pumps before the child arrives. It is advisable to introduce the feeding bottle to the child as early as possible; this ensures the child familiarizes with the bottle since later introduction might prove hectic as the child might reject the bottle.
The pumps are of various types, so it is only right the feeding mum understands what pump she will use as they come with differentiated settings. Below are some compiled instructions to assist in choosing the breast pump that is compatible with the mom’s needs.
The main pumps available are the manual pumps and the electric pumps.
Manual breast pumps, these are handled manually by pumping a handle which creates a space forcing the milk to pass from the breast shield (part in contact with the breast) through a tube to some container ( mostly feeding bottles). Most of these manual pumps have single handles while others might have two.
Their light weight is convenient as moms can carry them to work and pump as they work since they are quitter compared to electric pumps.
If they are to be used regularly on the side it would be advisable to use the electric pump as the manual one uses more time and might need a little more effort in pumping.
Electrical breast pump, this uses a motor unlike hand pumping in the manual pumps.
The electric pump has proven more convenient as it uses less time compared to the manual pump and its suction rate is also high. A good breast pump comes with complex backpacks that process more conveniently in terms of transportation if the mum plans to travel with the pump this is also on advantage as the surplus can be stored for later.
Unlike the manual pumps the electric pumps are noisier although there exists a variety that is whisper quiet.
The electric pump exists in two varieties,
1.) The single breast pump.
2.) Double breast pumps
Single breast pump – Processed with a single flange or a breast shield (part constructed to cover breast) and a bottle.
Double breast pump – Normally comes with two breast shields and two collecting bottles.
The double breast pump is however more convenient as it consumes less time in producing the milk. Getting used to them can however be complicated but there much more convenient if they are to be used progressively.
Mothers should however be careful as they use the pumps and make sure that the parts that are in contact with the baby or the milk are BPA free. BPA is a compound extensively used in plastic manufacturing and might prove harmful to the child.
The mother should also check out if the pump uses an open or closed system.
A closed system has the motor enclosed in a way that it is not in contact with the parts of the pumps that are in contact with the produced milk, whereas the open systems may have the milk pour up to the motor and the milk might be infected with bacteria since it is impossible to clean.
As much as closed systems gives the mother a piece of mind, contamination is rare especially if the pumping is done carefully to prevent overflow.Most top open breast pumps however have pumps created to prevent against overflow
The most helpful feature in the electric pump is the let-down function. Thelet-down function causes for an easier milk flow as it stimulates the breasts in the earlier days of pumping. It is not a major necessity however its use by earlier users of the pump has proved it necessary.
It is important that you call your insurance company to find out whether your policy covers the purchase or rental of breast pumps.
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