There are two types of breast pumps: the manual breast pump and the electric breast pump. The manual breast pump is the ally of moms who wish to draw their milk discreetly. Indeed, it is compact and lightweight, it is carried everywhere, it fits easily in a bag and takes place both at your place of work and on vacation. The real advantage of the manual breast pump? It offers the possibility of extracting milk at its own pace. You can pump your milk with one hand, gently, a real plus if your breasts are painful. Equipped with a dial to adjust the power of expression of milk, you can enjoy a suitable comfort. A breast pump (manual or electric) cleans itself after each use, so it is better to choose a model that is easy to disassemble, clean and assemble. If possible, check that it does not have a multitude of small parts, they are easy to lose.
The electric breast pump has more than one benefit. If it stimulates lactation, it also offers a real time saver: equipped with a small motor, the extraction of milk is done without muscular effort. Electric models for sale on the internet or in specialized stores are also versatile: you express your milk at home and on the move, they are rather compact and easy to carry. If you want to use it at the office, make sure to buy that the noise of the electric breast pump motor is quite discreet. With twins, for example, the need to draw milk can become more important. Buy a double breast pump or rent a more powerful and advanced electric breast pump in a pharmacy or on a specialized site.
Here is an overview of the different models available on the market:
“Hospital grade / Professional” electric breast pump
These devices are available in hospitals and sometimes rented in your pharmacies. They are generally too expensive to buy at retail ($ 1500 to $ 2000) and are intended for daily use, several times a day. It is usually the mothers who have to be separated from their child because of premature birth or illness (of the mother or the baby) who rent this kind of machine.
Electric breast pump with double expression
These machines are intended for regular use, but not for all feedings in a day. They express milk quickly on both breasts at a time and are ideal for active moms working outdoors. They have an adapter to connect to the mains. Their price varies between $ 200 and $ 350 and is an excellent investment if you plan to continue breastfeeding for several months while resuming an outdoor activity.
Electronic breast pump (single)
It is a single breast pump (one breast at a time) that runs on a battery. It is sometimes sold with an adapter to connect it to the mains. These devices are perfect for sporadic use, for example, if you want to let your spouse take care of the feeding of the night while you recover. Their price varies from 120 to 200 $.
Manual breast pump
They are intended for infrequent use. These are the favorites of moms who only want to use it in case of occasional outing, punctual engorgement or just to have in the freezer some reserves of breast milk. They work with a manual pump. Their price is very affordable (about $ 40 to $ 100).