Purchasing a breast pump for a first time mom, can be rather overwhelming. I often find that a breast pump is almost the last thing mom’s consider purchasing in preparation for the arrival of their newborn. Then, when they suddenly need one – for some unforeseen reason (i.e baby is not latching right) they run around in search for one.
So below I have listed some questions to consider when purchasing a breast pump. This will assist you in making the right decision, and spending your money on a product which you know will suit your needs.
- How often will I be expressing? If you are only expressing occasionally a hand pump would be sufficient, however if you will be expressing more frequently you definitely would like to consider investing in a double electric breast pump.
- Is it easy to operate?
- With an electric breast pump, is it possible to adjust the vacuum and cycle independently?
- Can I use the pump for single and/or double pumping?
- Is it safe and hygienic? Does it have a closed system? A closed system protects your milk against contamination, whilst also ensuring your breast pump stays in good working condition (with no milk entering the tubes).
- Is the pump quiet? If you will be expressing milk in a toilet cubicle (or small office space), you definitely would prefer to have a quiet pump!
- What size breast shell insert would I need? This is an very important feature, as the correct size insert would result in greater comfort and better results.
- What is my budget? What can I afford?
- Will my pump last, what is the warranty on the pump?
- Is it easy to assemble, disassemble and clean?
- Are my breast pump compliant to the World Health Organization in support of breastfeeding?