After much debate and research, you have made your mind up. For your baby Breast is Best. But how can you stick to this commitment? Whether you are headed back to work, want to give daddy special feeding bonding time, or are just looking to give your nipples a break, breast pumps are your answer.
Now, which on to choose? There are SO MANY OPTIONS!
Manual? or Electric? Is a great place to begin. The Mayo Clinic has created a great list of questions based on your lifestyle that can help guide your decision, Here is our list:
· Will you be pumping on a tight schedule?
o Do you need a double pump?
· Does the pump come assembled?
· Is the pump light, quiet and convenient to transport?
o Does it come with an insulated carrying case?
· How easy is the pump to clean?
· Is it BPA Free?
· Can you adjust shield size, speed, rhythm, and suction levels?
· Is it able to be used without a plug-in power source?
o Does it come with a battery backup or a car charger?
· Where can you find reliable product reviews?
· Finally…What is your budget?
This will help determine where you may want to get your pump.
Buying isn’t the only option. You can also borrow one from a trusted acquaintance or rent one. There are many resources on the benefits and how where to rent or borrow .
If you are looking to purchase your pump many models can be seen on display at Brand name baby stores and big box stores. For a thriftier option you can often purchase used systems from medical supply stores, community newspapers, even social media swap and sells are great go tos.
But, did you know most health insurance plans cover the cost of buying or renting a breast pump. There are even places like Acelleron who’s staff are skilled in helping you pick the pump best for you.
Remember, Maine doulas are here to support you in all your lactation needs, from set up to clean up, reviews and even How Tos. We are available to make sure you are picking the perfect pump.