Choosing A Breast Pump

[ 0 ] April 6, 2015 |

Jill-Lindquist

Choosing a pump that best fits your personal needs can be tricky. Every mom has a different plan, need and budget in mind.

Hospital-grade pumps are heavy-duty efficient pumps that have a rapid suck and release cycle. They are used by hospitals, clinics and lactation rooms for employees to pump while at work. This type of pump is designed to be a multi-user pump, since many people can use the same breast pump. Each person however needs their personal pumping kit which contains all the plastic pieces that collect the milk. These pumps are high quality and typically too expensive to own as your personal pump. They range in cost from $700-$2,500 per pump.  However, these pumps can be rented on a monthly basis. Some find they want or need the quality and efficiency of a hospital-grade pump and renting will provide them with this option less expensively.

The next option is a personal use double electric pump. These are affordable, portable and convenient for women who have an established milk supply. Designed for a single user, these pumps are not meant for sharing. This double electric pump is designed to pump both breasts at the same time. This is essential when a woman is relying on a pump to help keep up her supply. Not only will double pumping save you time, it stimulates better than a single pump.  If you are planning to use your pump daily, you will likely need a double pump to keep an adequate milk supply. The cost of this type of pump ranges from $250-$350.

Another option would be a less expensive electric or battery operated breast pump. These are designed for short term or occasional use. They generally allow for one sided pumping, therefore taking more time. The motor often does not last as long as the more expensive models. If the pump is battery operated, the batteries will need replacing often. These pumps can range in price from $100-$200.

Lastly, there is a manual pump. They typically require you to squeeze a lever or pump a piston to create the suction. They are designed to pump one breast at a time and may require both hands to use. Hand pumps are generally the most affordable and quiet of the pumps available. Some moms have trouble moving milk down when using a hand pump and find them rather tedious. If you are going to pump only rarely, maybe to leave milk for an evening out, this might work well for you. The price range for this breast pump is from $50-$100.

If you plan to return to work and pump, you may be using your pump for a full year or more and the price of a good pump will be well worth it. Remember while you are feeding breast milk to your baby, the cost savings of not purchasing alternative milk or formula will pay for the pump rather quickly. Don’t try to get by cheaply, as you will get what you pay for. Never purchase a used personal breast pump. You do not know if the previous user’s milk may have backed into the pump and bacteria will grow in the milk residue. When looking at breast pumps the advice and assistance of a lactation consultant is extremely valuable. They are often asked for breast pump advice and they are the ones that see the results of most pumps on the market.

There are many options out there so find the pump that will work best for your situation. If your goal is long-term nursing, invest in a good pump because it will likely keep you nursing/pumping longer. Your choice of a breast pump will most likely impact your total breastfeeding experience. Also, pumping helps get your partner involved which is a win-win situation. Good luck!

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About Jill Lindquist: Jill Lindquist is very passionate about breastfeeding and helping moms and babies along their breastfeeding journey. She’s also about empowering the mother and giving her the confidence and education she needs to love, nurture and [...]
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