For many breastfeeding mothers, not having to buy any baby feeding equipment is a decisive factor in deciding to breastfeed their baby. Exclusive breastfeeding saves money, time and effort.
However there are many times when you may have to be away from your baby. You can continue to breastfeed by expressing breast milk with or without a breast pump and having someone feed your baby breast milk when you’re away. This will allow you to maintain your milk supply, breastfeed your baby as long as you wish and your baby will benefit from having milk exactly tailored to his needs and developmental stage.
Choosing the right breast pump is essential. The most important criteria will be how often you need to use your breast pump:
- When you’re planning to express only every now and then. Even if you’re not planning to be away from your baby, being able to express can help relieve engorged breasts. It can also be useful to feed your baby in long car journeys when baby needs a drink more often than you can stop. If you’re not planning to express more than a few times, then learning to express breast milk by hand is very handy. Contact you local breastfeeding support group.
- For infrequent uses, you might be more comfortable with a manual breast pump. A manual breast pump is easy to use and affordable. It is a good idea to keep one handy should you need to express.
- If you are planning to express more often, an electric breast pump is a wise investment. You will be able to express breast milk more comfortable and more efficiently. Breastfeeding mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding their baby when they return to work often choose a double electric breast pump like the Lansinoh breast pump or the Medela double electric breast pump. These pumps are designed to express both sides at one time. The Medela pump is nice and compact, a handy choice if you’re having to take your pump to work every day. The Lansinoh pump can also be used as a single pump.
Expressing breast milk can feel daunting at first. Choosing the right breast pump is essential for your comfort. You will be able to continue a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.