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    What is the breast pump?

    Jumpsuits can be chosen for the cute factor. Breast pumps, on the other hand, often need a little more consideration. If you’re new to parenthood, this quick guide will help you understand which breast pump will best suit your lifestyle.

    Why express?

    Mums express milk for all sorts of reasons. Some mums start expressing milk if their baby is having trouble nursing and they’d like to continue breastfeeding further down the line. Others use it as a way to relieve full breasts, or give their baby breast milk when they can’t be there.

    The three types of breast pumps

    In the world of breast pumps there are three key players to consider:

     

    • Double electric breast pump
    • Single electric breast pump
    • Manual breast pump

    Some mums swear by the speed of a double electric breast pump, while others prefer the mobility of a manual breast pump. So when we talk about choosing the best pump, we’re not so much talking about a ‘correct’ choice we think all mums should go with. The best breast pump for you is the one that suits your lifestyle, your baby’s needs, and even personal preference.

     

     

    Get clear on your needs

    Let’s narrow down the search by getting clear on your and your baby’s needs—or at the very least try to anticipate them!

    Here are some things to ask yourself:

     

    • How frequently do you plan to express? Every day or just every so often?
    • How important is it to express quickly?
    • Will you need to travel with the pump? Or is it just for home?

     

    Don’t worry if it feels a little like guesswork. You’re allowed to be a beginner! A healthcare professional can also offer advice.

    Find the best breast pump for you

    So now that you know what to consider, here’s how each pump stacks up against one another.

     

    Double Comfort Electric breast pump

    The Double Comfort Electric breast pump is the most efficient of the three. Although it’s a bigger investment, you’ll get more milk in a shorter amount of time, making it a good choice for mums who express every day, at home or at work.

    Best for: Mums who want to save time

     

    Single Comfort Electric breast pump

    The Single Comfort Electric breast pump is the more portable option in the electric range. You’ll get the same comfortable design and technology as the Double Electric, plus a battery pack that allows you to pump if there’s no electricity outlet close by.

    Best for: Mums who want an everyday all-rounder

     

    Manual Comfort breast pump

    What manual breast pumps lose in time, they gain in portability. Want something that’s light and fits in your hand bag, or only planning to express every so often? A manual breast pump gives you flexibility and a simple backup option.

    Best for: Mums who want a portable option for on the go, or occasional expressing.

     

    Still unsure?

    Still not sure which breast pump is the best for you? That’s okay. It can be hard to anticipate exactly what you’ll need—which is why we designed our electric breast pump to convert easily into a manual pump. For those times when you need something for on the go, just attach a handle and diaphragm and stem (both available online) to your electric pump. You’re now good to go!

     

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