Breast pumps are the solution for women who want guardavailability of breast milk for the baby. In choosing a breast pump, there are several things that must be considered so that the benefits and usability of this tool can be felt optimally.
Basically, there are two kinds of breast pumps sold in the market, namely manual and electric pumps. Both types of pumps are actually a tool to facilitate the process of expressing breast milk. However, each tool has its own advantages and disadvantages that are important for you to know.
Manual Breast Pump vs Electric Breast Pump
The following is a comparison of manual breast pumps with electric breast pumps in terms of advantages and disadvantages:
They are cheaper than electric pumps, can reduce electricity costs because they are hand driven, smaller in size, easy to use, and easier to clean
It takes our physical strength to operate it and a longer time to collect breast milk.
Powered by electricity or batteries so it's easy to use, doesn't make your hands tired, and collects breast milk faster (save time)
They are more expensive than manual pumps, weigh more, and make a lot of noise when used.
Pay attention to this when buying a breast pump
If you want to use a breast pump, it is recommended to buy it new and avoid buying a used breast pump. This is to prevent exposure to bacteria and viruses, such as hepatitis and HIV, which can contaminate the breast pump.
In addition, there are several things to consider when buying this tool, namely:
1. Duration of use of the breast pump
Consider how often the breast pump will be used. If you use it every day, especially if it takes a short time because you also have to pump breast milk at work, you should choose an electric breast pump with dual pumps, so that milk can be removed from both breasts at the same time.
However, if the breast pump will not be used often, you should choose an electric breast pump with a single pump or a manual breast pump.
2. Breast pump funnel size
Make sure the pump mouthpiece fits the bust size. The nipple should be in the middle of the funnel. This is so that the nipple does not rub against the mouthpiece and injure the breast.
3. Easy to use breast pump
You can learn how to use different products and brands of breast pumps online to determine which one is easier to use, disassemble, and clean. Do not buy a breast pump that is difficult to use, especially one that is large enough to be difficult to carry everywhere.
4. Breast pump price
Buy a breast pump at an affordable price according to your budget. As explained above, electric breast pumps tend to be more expensive than manual breast pumps.
Tips for Using a Breast Pump
The following are some healthy and safe tips for using a breast pump:
- Wash your hands with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds, before using the breast pump. Read the instructions for using the breast pump on the packaging, from how to assemble it to how to operate it.
- When you are done pumping, separate the parts of the breast pump and clean everything with soap and hot water.
- If there is any residual milk in the pump, clean it according to the instructions on the product package.
- Make sure that all components of breast milk are completely dry before storing.
Do not be mistaken in choosing a breast pump that suits your needs. Because with the right choice, this will make it easier for you to ensure the availability of breast milk for your baby.
If you feel it is necessary, you can consult a doctor for recommendations on breast pump products that are safe and according to your needs.