Breast Pumps

Written by Serena Berger
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While you might not initially think that you will need or want a breast pump to care for your new baby, there reasons that you might end up needing one. If you plan on going back to work and will be leaving your baby with someone during the day, you may want to be able to leave milk for the baby. Even if you do not plan on returning to work right away, if you want to leave the baby with a sitter for a little bit (even if it's just to go out and refamiliarize yourself with the outside world), you may also want to leave a bottle of milk for the baby.

If you will be using the pump exclusively, you will find that you will need a stronger pump than someone who is primarily nursing her baby and only using a breast pump occasionally. Another factor to consider is whether or not you will have access to an electric outlet when you are pumping. If you will not, you'll have to consider either manual or battery-powered pumps.

Different Types of Breast Pumps

Manual pumps are the most affordable and portable. Though they can be tiring to use more than once a day, they are the most reliable as they have no mechanical parts. Battery-powered breast pumps are not as popular as manual or electric pumps, and are not often recommended because they do not mimic the baby's sucking pattern. Electric pumps usually extract milk from both breasts simultaneously and more closely resemble a baby's sucking pattern, which aids in maintaining the milk supply. These are the most expensive pumps, however, usually costing hundreds of dollars.

You also have the option of renting or buying a breast pump. If you only need it for a short period of time, renting may be a more reasonable option. Also, if you are unsure about using a breast pump or need to establish a milk supply, renting a hospital-quality breast pump may make more sense than spending more money to purchase one that will rarely be used.

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