Which Breast Pump Is Best For You?

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I remember the days, before pregnancy and motherhood, when I would trawl the malls in search of the perfect handbag. I’d spend hours comparing size, length, shape and style to find the ideal tote. Who’d have thought I’d put the same, no… strike that, more effort into finding the perfect breast pump?

That’s right. As any breast feeding mum will tell you, a breast pump isn’t just any old mum-baby accessory. It’s an investment. And having the right one for your nursing needs can make your life a whole lot easier. For that reason I’ve put together the five key questions every mum-to-be should ask herself before she takes the plunge.

1. How often will I use it?

In the early days of breast feeding many women find that expressing helps to increase milk flow. If you’re planning to pump for this period only, you may decided to opt for a manual pump, which will be considerably cheaper than an electric one. A great option is the Mii Manual Breast Pump which is lightweight, compact and simple to use.

2. Will I need to use it quickly

That said, the downside of manual pumps is that they can be slow and require one or both hands to operate, so if your plan is to express several times a day, and you want those sessions to be as short as possible, it might be worth spending a little more and investing in a double electric breast pump, such as the Medela Freestyle.

3. Where will I be using it?

For those who plan to pump predominantly at home, a breast pump with a large noisy motor isn’t likely to be an issue. However, if you are intending to return to work down the line, and your plan is to continue expressing, you may find a discreet low-noise pump better suits your needs.

4. What’s my budget?

Breast pumps range massively in price from super-basic to the bells and whistles variety, and how much you spend really depends on your needs. As a rule, the more expensive products are faster, longer lasting and have more features, like double-pumping, adjustable speed and suction settings.

5. Does it take batteries?
Electric pumps need to be plugged in, which is great, until the power fails, then you’ll find yourself reaching for either a rechargeable battery pack, or a pack of AAs. If your pump doesn’t take batteries, it’s always wise to have a manual pump handy.

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