Breastfeeding used to be a lost trend that is resurfacing in the recent years with more and more people and celebrities endorsing it, and for good reasons. If you think you will breastfeed your baby, chances are you are looking for the best breast pump, the one that is the most efficient and offers the most comfort for yourself. There is two categories of breast pump: manual and electric. The manual breast pump that mothers around the world prefer is the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump and the electric breast pump they prefer is the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump.
By Belly n Baby
Even though it is possible to remove milk from the breast by hand when feeling too full, it is next to impossible to get enough milk for storage this way. When you want to store milk for your baby or you want to relieve your breast at work, nothing works better than using a breast pump. But which one should you use? A manual breast pump or an electric breast pump? Both of them have their advantage and inconvenient but they can also work hand in hand for different purposes. But first of all…
Why Should I Breastfeed?
It was proven that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, and the longer you continue, the less chance you have of developing breast cancer. Sir Richard Doll discovered that “a woman’s average risk of developing the cancer – which currently stands at one in 12 –decreases by four per cent for every year she breastfeeds”, which is very good since breastfeeding until the baby is 2 years old is perfectly natural and is the average age where the baby will wean himself or herself. Another advantage to breastfeeding is the effect on the baby’s immune system. It is known that breast milk will kick-start the immune system of the child and help reduce chances of ear infection, chest infection and general sickness.
Why Should I Pump My Milk Then?
Whether you are feeding your baby or pumping your milk, you body won’t make the difference, which means that all the advantages of breastfeeding for the mom will prevail when you pump. Pumping your milk will also relieve your breast if you make too much milk or, to the opposite, will help you produce more milk if you don’t produce enough. Since your body doesn’t know the difference between a baby and a pump, it will think that your baby demands more milk and will produce more.
The other reason you need to pump your milk is to keep milk bags in storage if you need to have your baby taking care of by a babysitter or you need to leave dad alone at home. Frozen milk can be kept in storage between 6 to 12 months so having a few bags around is always good.
Manual Breast Pump: Traveling Made Easy
The first major difference between a manual breast pump and an electrical one is the portability. A manual breast pump will weight about 3 pounds less than the electric and the size its way smaller too. Since you are able to carry it in a bag, you can always have it with you for emergencies or quick relief. The manual pump is always less expansive than the electric pump by a good margin. We recommend keeping the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump in your purse or baby’s traveling bag at all time for quick access to a manual breast pump.
Although if you want to store your milk for later use, you can’t compare between manual and electric: the electric breast pump will win 100% of the time as it is more efficient.
Electric Breast Pump : Be Efficient
An electric breast pump is all about efficiency. When using it, you will be able to fill up a few milk bottles per session and you will easily be able to put a few bag of milk in storage. The downfall is its portability and sound. Although they are getting less and less noisy, an electric breast pump can be a bit noisy to use at the office. We suggest that mothers who go back to work and still need to pump milk ask for a closed office when pumping time arrives. Some people are still uncomfortable with breastfeeding – even if it is perfectly natural! – and might not like to hear you pump in an open office.
An electric breast pump will help you keep a steady flow of milk even if you are not breastfeeding your baby all the time. Around one year old, your baby will most likely breastfeed only in the morning and at night, which means that using a breast pump will help you keep your valuable milk production.
Did You Know?
If you need a little boost in milk production, drinking a beer will help you. The yeast in the beer will increase you milk production drastically and as long as you don’t breastfeed your baby for the next three hours, the alcohol will never reach its system!
And the Best Breast Pump Is…
The Medela Advanced Personal Double Breast Pump! Also known as the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump, this double electric breast pump is considered their golden pump by many mothers in moms’ circles. No other breast pump beat its efficiency and even portability since this electric breast pump comes in a transport bag with enough pockets to fit milk bags and bottles. The bag has a compartment with an ice pack that enable you to keep a couple of milk bottles cold for a few hours. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced also comes with a one year warranty on the motor and 90 days warranty for other parts.