Breast milk pumps are automatic devices that are used to express or pump milk from a breastfeeding mom. These can come in electric (powered by electricity or batteries) or manual (hand or foot pumps). They are invaluable to working moms, mothers who can’t be with their breastfed babies all the time or to give mom a much-needed night out.
A new mother looking to purchase a breast pump will have a lot of choices. Much of her choices will depend on whether or not she wants a manual pump or an automatic pump and where she will have to pump. Mother’s who work and will have to pump at work will want a pump that will absolutely do the job fast and efficiently.
Others may want to pump from the comfort of their own homes and won’t be on a time crunch, or need to be as discreet. A manual one may be a better choice.
Cost is a factor too. The prices of breast pumps vary greatly, depending on purchasing a manual or an electric or battery run or even a hands free unit. They come in various brands, prices, sizes and modes of use.
Breast Pump Manufacturers
The most popular brands of breast pumps are:
- Medela Breast Pumps
- Ameda Breast Pumps
- Avent Breast Pumps
These are generally considered to be top quality and among the easiest to use on the market.
Lesser known brands are:
- Bailey Medical
- Dr. Brown
- Whisper Wear
These brands, though not as well known for breast pumps, seem to have satisfied customers.
Additional Breast Milk Pump Tips
No matter which brand is chosen, it is wise to thoroughly read through the manufacturer instructions prior to pumping the first time to give the optimal outcome. Pumping your breasts correctly can take a little practice, time to get used to how it feels and to be able to relax while doing it.
If you have trouble with letdown, try to relax. You can also encourage let down with hot packs or a warm wash cloth, gently massaging the breasts and nipples and even smelling something that belongs to the baby like baby lotion or powder. This will often help to bring in more milk, and will help the pumping session to go successfully.