Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Breast Pump

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Apart from choosing whether to breastfeed or not, another thing most new mothers find very difficult to decide upon is what breast pump to buy. The factors that need to be considered when choosing a breast pump usually centers on the mother’s preference, but most of the time, on her lifestyle and needs.

Breast PumpType of Breast Pump

For your information, there are two general types of breast pumps: manual and electric. Each of these types of breast pumps has their own pros and cons. The manual breast pump, for instance, is less expensive, but is very time-consuming to use. The electric type, however, is more efficient when it comes to drawing out milk, and operates a lot quicker than the manual type.


The weight of the breast pump is an important thing to consider. If you are a stay-at-home mom, the weight is not a huge factor at all, but it is if you are returning to work. As much as possible, you would want a portable breast pump and one that is not bulky to carry around with you. A manual breast pump should work well in this type of situations, but you should also consider the fact that you only have a few moments during your office break to pump milk, which means you will also need a faster pump.

Noise Level

Most breast pumps produce a certain level of noise, especially electric pumps. Some manual breast pumps are also known for producing annoying, squeaky sounds, although such problems can be solved with a few adjustments of the pump’s parts. The key here then is to choose a brand that produces a noise level that’s pretty much acceptable.

Power Options 

Power options are not a factor for manual pumps at all, but they are when you’re talking about electric pumps. When you’re on the go, the best option is a battery-operated breast pump. Unlike manual and electric breast pumps, battery-operated pumps are not very popular and that is also because they are not often recommended by doctors and lactation consultants. The reason is that they are generally weaker and can cause significant drops in milk supply if used on a regular basis. They are a good option, though, if you are on the go and need to express milk quickly.


Whether you’re renting or buying, and whether it’s a manual or an electric breast pump you pick, you should always go for a pump that carries a trusted brand name. There are several different manufacturers of breast pumps out there, but not all of them work similarly. Some brands are okay, and some are not. As much as possible, go for the more popular brands because even though they are a bit more expensive, you can rest assured that they can deliver the best results ninety-nine percent of the time.

Where to Shop

When it comes to breast pumps, there is no doubt that the best place to shop is the World Wide Web. Aside from being convenient, online shopping helps you save tons of money through discounts, voucher codes, and by the fact that products sold online are more often a lot cheaper than those sold in malls and local stores.

Keep these practical tips in mind when shopping for a breast pump and you can rest assured that nothing will ever go wrong.



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