We all know how important milk is for our babies. They say human breast feeding is the best milk for our babies and that it is recommended that we breast feed our babies for at least six months to 2 years as these are the 'vital years'.
While we need to breastfeed them 'on demand' during the 6 months vital period, there are times when stuff happens. What if we're sick or we have to attend an emergency? It is indeed important to have a stored bottle or two that will feed the babies whenever it is not possible to attend to their persuading cries.
That is the time when a breast pump comes in handy.
Breast pumps can either be battery operated, hand operated, semi automatic electric, or even self cycling electric.
Manual hand pumps are designed to use the strength of your hand or arm muscles for pumping one breast at a time. You can also get pumps that will use the leg and foot muscles for pumping both breasts at a time. Mothers that with carpal tunnel syndrome may want to consider using a pump designed for the arm or leg muscles or even an automatic model.
Pumps with battery operation are the best for women who have an established supply of milk and want to pump once or even twice a day. These pumps use batteries to create suction, minimizing any type of muscle fatigue. Most battery type breast pumps are designed for pumping one breast at a time and are recommended for occasional usage.
Even though electric pumps are more efficient than hand or even battery operated pumps, they also tend to be more expensive. You can however, rent them if you need to. Electric pumps can normally plug directly into an outlet and are designed for pumping both breasts at a time and even frequent use. Hospital grade breast pumps are the most efficient for initiating and maintaining milk supply, and are available for rent or purchase.