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If you plan to
breastfeed and use a breast pump at times, research
your equipment options while you are pregnant. When evaluating the different
types of breast pumps, think about how often you will need to use the pump.
Whichever pump you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use the pump safely and how to clean the pump parts. Always wash your hands before pumping and before handling milk that will be stored.
Expressing breast milk by hand (manual expression) is one collection
method. But it takes a long time to completely empty a breast, and it is
rarely practical if you plan to return to work. Pumps can be operated manually,
with batteries, or with electricity.
Before your baby is born, talk to other moms or your health care provider about the pros and cons of different brands and types of pumps. Pick up different styles of pumps and feel how heavy they are. Evaluate each
pump for practicality, ease of use, and how it will meet your needs.
Some electric models pump both breasts at once (double electric
pumps). These often are preferred by working mothers because they are efficient
and fast. These may also be recommended for preterm infants to stimulate your
For more information about selecting and using a breast pump, talk to
a lactation consultant. Most hospitals can refer you to someone who can discuss
the options with you.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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