If you are an expecting mother on the brink of a delightful addition to your life, you may have a list of baby necessities including a breast pump. A breast pump is a mechanical helper to extract milk from lactating mothers, for feeding and for storing for future use. They are especially useful for working mothers who are separated from their babies. Before buying a breast pump there are some crucial details that you need to consider. Take a peek at the following pointers.
- Consider the right time to purchase the pump
This depends on the situation that you and the baby may face. If you are a planning to be a working mother it is better to get a personal pump in advance. If you are unable to nurse after the birth, it is suitable to get a hospital grade pump that is designed to help you with milk production.
- Consider the nature of your needs
According to the nature of your needs, the kind of breast pump you need may differ. There are three kinds of pumps designed for occasional use, regular use and for the use of mothers who have not established milk supply, whose babies are less than eight weeks old.
Pumps for occasional use- Pumps used for occasional use are manual pumps with thirty to ninety days warranty period. There are small motorised pumps available as well but they may be a bit expensive to run on electricity as they have to be charged frequently. They are suitable for mothers who are separated from their babies about once or twice a week.
Pumps for regular use- If you are a working mother who needs a regular use of a breast pump an efficient electric double pump is more suitable for you. Multi-user pumps carrying three-year warranties that can be resold or recycled are available now as well.
Pumps for mothers who have not established milk supply with very young babies- This is already established as a hospital grade electric double pump. This is helpful for babies who are premature, too sick to be nursed, babies with physical anomalies and having difficulty nursing due to other reasons. And for mothers who are exclusively feeding or with any medical or other reasons that make nursing difficult.
- Prize, Warranty, Fit Size
The most important details to check when buying a breast pump are its price, warranty and fit size. Beware of cheap pumps that may breakdown and even cause nipple damage. The warranty gives you an idea of the expected lifetime of the pump, and the fit size should be your nipple size as breast pumps are made to fit one’s nipple. The fit is an important aspect of comfort and efficiency.
All these details should be inclusive to your decision of choosing a pump. Further, the Medela pumps provided by ILS babycare are guaranteed for safety and a natural experience.