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Many mums choose to express breast milk for their baby, and using a breast pump can be particularly helpful if...
If you're thinking of using a breast pump as part of your feeding routine, we're here to help find the perfect one for you.
Some breast pumps make expressing breast milk easier and quicker. Before you purchase yours, it's a good idea to check the reviews from other mums to see how easy the pump is to use.
If you're going to have plenty of time to pump, or just want to pump occasionally, a hand-powered manual breast pump might suit you. But if you'd like to pump at work or you don't have a lot of time to pump, you may want to consider an electric breast pump.
Wearable pumps are another option that work well for mums who want to express breast milk discreetly and hands-free.
Which pump you choose is entirely up to you!
There are only two types - manual and electric - but there're lots of different brands and options available, from single or double, to wearable, so it's all about finding one that you're comfortable with.
According to Which?, 53% of mums own an electric breast pump, 38% have a manual breast pump, and 9% have both*.
If you think you'll be using your breast pump a lot, then choosing an electric one is probably your best bet. They work fast and do all the work for you, so save your wrists and hands from aches and pains that can be caused by prolonged manual pumping.
In addition, for parents with babies in special care baby units (SCBU) or neonatal intensive care units (NICU) who're exclusively expressing, it's best to spend a little more on an electric breast pump. This will help make feeding your baby a little easier and maintain your breast milk supply.
Manual breast pumps are often cheaper than electric ones. So, if you're only going to be expressing occasionally, then a manual, hand-held pump may be the best choice for you.
They can also be quieter, easier to use on the go, and mean that you're totally in control of the pace at which you pump. This can be appealing to some mums who may find electric pumps a little daunting when they're just getting started.
When you're shopping for your perfect breast pump, you might hear about open and closed systems, but what does this mean?
Whichever type of pump you choose, they all need to be cleaned and sterilised after each use.
When planning which kind of pump you'd like to use, it can help to consider your budget, as well as how often you'll be using your pump.
If you're mainly breastfeeding and only pumping occasionally, you may not need to spend as much on a pump as you will if you're going to be using it a lot.
*Based on a survey from Which? of 1,008 parents who had used a breast pump within the last five years (January 2018).