choose a pump
There are many types of breast pumps on the market today
and it can be difficult to decide which one to use.
Avoid bulb type pumps. Cleaning is difficult and suction
cannot be regulated. A recently introduced hand pump allows
one handed action for pumping. Hand-operated cylinder pumps
can be used with a draw and hold method that is strong,
controlled and firm. Battery and small electric pumps use a
mechanism that creates a continuous vacuum that needs to be
interrupted by the woman.
If only working part-time, a woman may choose to use a
hand-operated pump because it is less expensive and more
portable than an electric pump. If several feedings will be
missed, she may want to consider using a full-service
electric breast pump. Ameda/Egnell has a fully automatic,
portable electric breast pump which is easily transported
and can be rented inexpensively on a long term basis.
Some women have access to electric breast pumps at their
workplace. If the company is large enough or employs several
breastfeeding women, they may consider having a pump on-site
for their employees to use.
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