One of the things that any future mother should have before the baby is born is a breast pump. From my personal experience as well as that of all my girlfriends, the breast pump is something that needs to have.
Breastfeeding is a natural process, but in the beginning, it takes some time for the colostrum and then the milk to flow normally. This can take several hours or even days. A breast pump can help you to stimulate the process. Some moms express milk very easily with any type of breast pump, while other moms may use the best pump and still only get a little. Have in mind that how much milk you pump is not a very strong indicator of how much milk you actually make. Usually, babies can remove about 70% of the milk in a breast during one feeding. But pumping for the same period will remove only about 30%.
If you have too much milk you will also need to use a breast pump. You could freeze the excess amount of breast milk and give it to your baby later. And if you will be away from the baby only occasionally and your milk supply is well established or if you are pumping on the side just to build up a supply for your freezer, then any pump will be good for you. When pumping is being used to replace breastfeeding, establishing, boosting your supply, or for when you return to work, then a double electric breast pump will be better for you.
Before I gave birth to my daughter, I bought a simple electric breast pump. I had a C section. Thankfully, everything went well. In the hospital as well as in pregnancy courses before, explained that usually breastfeeding comes after three to five days if you had a cesarean. But no one told me to start stimulating my breasts. I was not prepared for it. On the day after birth, my breasts began to hurt and swell. After one more night, they became triple. On the third day, my breasts were very big, they were hurting me, were very warm and heavy. Then I checked and talked to a doctor and I began to make compresses with towels and hot water as well as massages. I started to use the pump too. All that helped me a lot. When the baby sucks, it also stimulates lactation. I was doing everything. In the end, things happened. Unfortunately, I did not have much milk. I tried a lot of things but was not enough for my baby and I was feeding it with formulated milk as well. During the first two months, I was doing two things most of the time – nursing the baby and pumping to stimulate lactation. I even bought a manual breast pump to check if it would be better and easier. It turned out that it wasn’t for me. But I used that manual pump when we were traveling for a few days out of town or when we went out for long walks during the day.
Everybody is different. I wish your breastfeeding is easier and smoother. But also believe that being prepared with a manual breast pump “just in case” will make you more relaxed. This is why, I would advise you to get a manual breast pump as they are efficient, cheap and will surely do your job in the hospital after birth. When you get home and if you need to use a breast pump often, then buy an electric one. It will make it much easier for you and you will not strain your hands a lot.
When choosing a breast pump:
– consider how much you will be using it and what your purpose of having one is
– look for the pump to be adjustable
– the assembly of the pump – it’s important for the cleaning, it is better for you to be easy
– if you will transport the pump you will need a bag
– do you need all the parts and how will you store the milk
– size of your budget
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