When it comes to breast pumps, questions abound. From the best model to choose, to Manual versus electric pumps and even why we need a pump in the first place. We decided to go to the source, our Milkbar mums, to find out their thoughts on all things breast pumps. We surveyed 318 mums who responded to our various call outs for participants on our social media accounts and in our weekly newsletter.
We asked our mums a range of questions from what their favourite breast pump was, to why they decided to purchase a pump in the first place and the advice they’d give other mums new to pumping.
The world of breast pumps can be a confusing one! Let's take a look at manual vs electric breast pumps, how they differ, the advantages and disadvantages and how to choose one that will best suit your lifestyle and needs.
When buying a new breast pump it is important to make sure that the breast shield not only works for your expressing needs and lifestyle, but also that it’s comfortable and easy to use, so you can get the maximum milk for your efforts.
I opened the box and pulled out all the little ‘bits’. There were long things, round things, rubbery things and a suspicious-looking suction valve I think was meant to go on my boobs…maybe. My first introduction to a breast pump was a little bit overwhelming and in my sleep-deprived state (and we’re going to assume every new mum is sleep-deprived!) is looked really really complicated.
Unless you've been living under a large rock, we'd bet that you're well aware that breastfeeding is a great thing for your bub. But what happens if you want or need to return to work, spend time away from your baby or are having difficulties putting them to the breast BUT want to continue to feed? While some mamas may choose to wean, there is another option; a goodbreast pump.