How To Find The Right Breast Pump For Your Needs
Many mothers often do not know what kind of breast pump is best for their needs before baby is born. Some mothers may have intended to breastfeed only to experience problems such as baby being unable to latch, having to turn for pumping as an alternative. Pumping can be a lifesaver in such instances – your baby still gets all the nutrition your breast milk can provide and you do not have to worry about issues such as being unable to breastfeed after returning to work and more. In this article, we list out some factors that will help you determine the right breast pump for your needs.
Manual or Electric
Breast pumps come in two main operation modes: manual or electric. While manual pumps tend to be cheaper, they can also be hard work to use as you are constantly pushing the handle in order to pump. On the other hand, electric breast pumps operate on batteries, with the motor doing all the hard work for you.
At Patient Solutions, we stock a Medela Breast Pump with 2-Phase Expression technology, which imitates the natural sucking movements of a baby. At the start of each feeding, babies suck fast and in short spurts, whereas they begin to suck slowly and more strongly once the milk gets flowing. This breast pump has been specially designed to mimic such a feeding pattern, ensuring a natural and effective way of expressing.
Single or Double
If you are feeding baby on a mixture of breast milk and formula, a single breast pump may do the job. However, if you are expressing regularly, a double breast pump which draws milk from both breasts at the same time can be more suitable. Whether it is due to medical or work reasons, you may be unable to breastfeed but still wish for your baby to enjoy the benefits of breast milk.
Double breast pumps not only reduce the length of time you spend expressing, more milk is produced from each session than with a single breast pump. That makes it the perfect choice for busy mothers – saving on time while getting up to 18% more milk. What’s more, milk obtained from double pumping has a higher fat and calorie content.
Get Breast Pumps from Patient Solutions
At Patient Solutions, we understand that the decision to pump is a personal one and always made in the best interests of mother and baby. Some mothers may not be able to breastfeed for medical reasons or have a busy schedule to adhere to that gets in the way of breastfeeding. When that’s the case, pumping can be a lifesaver, allowing your baby to reap the full benefits of breast milk while freeing mum up to rest or attend to work. If you have any questions about our breast pumping products or would like a recommendation, please feel free to contact us.