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How to choose a breast pump?

How to choose a breast pump?

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At the very beginning I have a lot of problems with the breast pump. The basic dilemma is this whether to buy it immediately, even before the baby is born, or later, when the device proves to be really useful. In the first case, the effect may be that we will incur unnecessary expenditure, because the breast pump will not be used even once, in the second we can experience a real horror in the form of very aching, swollen breasts that will force greedy baby's food and swallowing air (read colic). Because the breast pump is not always used for expressing and storing food, it is invaluable also when eating, and when weaning the baby, as well as when additional stimulation is needed, because milk production is insufficient and the baby is not able to cope with sucking.

When to buy

There are many opinions. By weighing all the arguments, it seems most reasonable to buy a breast pump after delivery. When it is known whether breastfeeding is a solution that will be created just for us and when we learn our own needs: we will learn how often we will use this device. In addition, the breast pump is a considerable expense, therefore it seems quite risky to invest in its purchase before the solution.

In urgent situations of onset, you can always take advantage of a cheap, small, simple breast pump (available at any pharmacy) or ask for help from a partner. It is also worth asking a midwife who will teach you how to express milk manually. You never know when it will be useful to us.

For mothers having problems with feeding in hospitals available hospital breast pumps, which should be returned when leaving home. Most often they are simply manual pumps for sale. Using a hospital device has the advantage of allowing you to feel the breast pump and see if its mode of operation is good. Then, at home, you can decide what type of breast pump to buy. It's good to remember that for occasional use there is always the option of renting a breast pump from a medical facility.

Types of breast pumps: pear breast pump

The general way breast pumps work is the same. Regardless of the model chosen.

The simplest type of breast pump is pear, which is associated by parents with the most uncomfortable and often painful way of expressing food. In the past pears were made of glass. Today they are made of impact-resistant plastic.

The use of pears should be considered only if you need to express really small amounts of food or when silencing lactation after weaning. Pear will not work if you want to express and store food.

Manual or electric?

This is the most common dilemma of young mothers. Manual breast pumps are recommended for occasionally expressing milk (when the mother has to leave the house, when she has a lot of food, which flows out too quickly when she is experiencing a collapse). Devices rarely perform well and are well evaluated in the case of frequent extraction. In addition, often when the lactation is stabilized, the manual breast pump proves to be of little use. Simply expressing with it the food is very difficult. The manual breast pump, however, is perfect at the beginning of feeding, when milk is often too much.

There are quite a few models of breast pumps on the market that are easy can be combined with a food storage container or a bottle. These are very convenient and practical. It is also worth checking whether there is a possibility of buying the fastest-wearing parts of the breast pumps (e.g. valves). Many manufacturers attach spare valves and covers to the purchased breast pump. Before buying it is difficult to assess whether the breast pump is easy to clean and disinfect, it usually turns out later ...

The best are manual pumps from an additional silicone sheath that massages the breast and stimulates the flow of food, which allows for painless and comfortable milk extraction. In addition, a good breast pump should be light and easy to use with one hand (in this way you can feed the baby with one breast, and at the same time collect food with a breast pump. The flow of milk while feeding the baby is natural and thus storage of food is not a problem). However, mains-powered breast pumps and battery-operated devices were created for frequent travelers.