When it comes to breastfeeding, a breast pump is going to be your best friend. Whether you’re returning to work, feeding multiple babies (hello, twins!) or looking for a convenient way to leave a bottle with the babysitter – breast pumps offer an efficient option for expressing milk.
What types of breast pump are there?
For a new mum, the choice of breast pump can seem overwhelming. But don’t panic, we’re here to help you find the best breast pump for you.
Generally speaking, there are four variations of breast pump: single, double, electric or manual. The type of breast pump you choose is really down to personal preference and what your requirements are.
Single vs double breast pumps
With a single breast pump you can only express milk from one breast at a time. A double breast pump can cut pumping time in half – which is ideal for all you busy mummies! They are more expensive than single pumps, but the convenience and speed is worth every penny. Both single and double breast pumps come in electric or manual versions.
What is a manual breast pump?
A manual breast pump is hand-operated by you via a piston or lever. They take a little more effort than electric pumps (which we’ll get on to in a second), but are a more cost-effective option for mums that only want to express milk now and then. Consider a manual breast pump if you’re leaving your baby with the babysitter but don’t want to supplement with formula, for example.
What about an electric breast pump?
If you pump more than once a day, you may want to opt for an electric pump. They require minimum effort from you and can get the job done quickly, particularly if you have a double pump.
Most electric pumps have adjustable suction and variable cycling times to make the process as comfortable as possible. Electric pumps are designed to mimic a baby’s sucking pattern, which can also add to overall comfort. Some electric pumps can even be powered by batteries, making them perfect for use on the go. Many electric breast pumps are double pumps, but you can get single electric pumps like the AVENT Electric Breast Pump.
Anything else I should know about breast pumps?
For safety reasons, you should never buy a used pump or borrow a friend’s. Breast milk can carry bacteria and viruses, which could then infect your baby. Remember to give your own breast pump a good wash with soap and water after each use too.
You can kick-start your breastfeeding journey with one of our starter kits, which contains everything you need in one set, like bottles, breast pads and storage pots.
What else can help with my breastfeeding journey?
Breastfeeding mums are lucky to have a whole host of products on the market designed to support the breastfeeding journey. We know how challenging breastfeeding can be and that’s why we stock a huge host of tried-and-tested products that can help make things lots easier.
In the early months we’d recommend grabbing yourself a couple of packets of breastpads. When your milk comes in you’re likely to have an oversupply of milk and that can mean you might get the occasional leak! These breastcare thermo pads are a godsend to cool sore, engorged breasts, but they can also be heated up and used to stimulate your milk-flow. Our customers absolutely love our PreciousLittleOne breastfeeding support pack which includes a nursing pillow, breastfeeding shawl and pregnancy pillow.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything you need advice on!