Even if you intend to breastfeed exclusively (which is often referred to as EBF), it's still helpful to own a breast pump. And even if you never intend to be away from home for an entire night with your new baby or a few hours with friends, having a breast pump at hand gives you that freedom to do this. When you are breastfeeding your child, there are many benefits to using a breast pump besides making it easier for you to breastfeed. It also allows you to express any necessary milk that your body isn't producing on its own. Breast pumps for new moms are an excellent investment of time and money that will provide you and your baby many years of quality family time.
Breastfeeding does come with some risks. You may find yourself a bit sore and in pain from the hormones released during lactation, but it's important to remember that these are very normal reactions. Your baby is doing what comes naturally, which means that he or she can get hurt from the action. However, if the pain persists, contact your doctor to ensure that something more serious isn't wrong.
There are two main types of breast pumps for new moms to choose from: bottle-based and hands-free. Bottle-based pumps use milk bottles that you keep in a cup, and you just fill them with breast milk. Hands-free breast pumps don't require a cup, but you need to keep a cup with you at all times. These types of pumps often come with different options, such as auto pumping and quiet pumping. Which one is the best breast pump for you?
For most women, convenience is the key factor when selecting a pump. If you can't breastfeed on a daily basis due to work or other obligations, then an open-system pump might be perfect for you. These pumps don't have to be pumped by hand, which makes them easy to clean up afterward. An open-system pump will collect all of the milk that flows out of the bottle, and it will dispense it normally. A bottle-based breast pump can be hard to clean up afterwards, so this option may not be worth the extra money.
Another consideration for choosing the best breast pump is how comfortable it is. If you're going to spend several hours a day (or night) in the baby's bed, you want to make sure the pump is easy to clean up. You also want one that has a comfortable handle so you can reach it easily. Choose a breast pumping device with a good warranty that covers not just the pump itself, but also any accessories like bottle holders, bottle caps, nipple pads, and more.
Once you've decided how you're going to choose your best breast pump, you need to consider the suction strength. The lower the suction strength, the easier and more comfortable it will be for the mom to breastfeed. The stronger the suction strength, the more powerful the flow of milk from the bottle; obviously, the more powerful the flow, the quicker and larger the amount of milk that the mother will be able to breastfeed.
One last thing to consider is whether you would like a power unit or a breast shield. Power units are typically designed for faster, more intense pumping sessions. Because of the increased power, you'll get much more milky milk out of each pumping session, though there is also some additional work required on the part of the mom. On the flip side, a breast shield works much more gently, meaning that it will likely take longer to produce enough milk to satisfy a hungry baby.
Once you've chosen your personal model of breast pump, be sure to read the user's manual to see how the product is supposed to work. Some models have been modified in such a way that they can better relieve engorgement and protect the breasts from nasty irritations (such as the "tummy rub"). Also, make sure to know how long a session takes. Obviously, pumping a large amount of milk in a short time frame will probably cause discomfort and possibly damage the breasts. For most users, sessions should range between fifteen to thirty minutes. Be sure to use both the suction and the breast shield wisely to ensure that you get the most out of your first time with this important appliance.