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Breast Pumps For You

Updated on June 9, 2012

All the help you need in using breast pumps

Breast milk is still best for babies. Undeniably, however, time is at consideration. For career moms who find it difficult to breast-feed, the only solution is to use a breast pump. But first time moms should not use a breast pump right away because this might cause nipple confusion. The baby might refuse the breast entirely. The baby should be at least two to three months old already before breast-pumped milk in a bottle is introduced.

Early start on the pump is recommended only if mom doesn't have access to the baby --- such as when the infant is confined in an incubator --- and she already wants to stimulate milk production. Breast pumps are also advisable for those with inverted nipples that need to be worked up to protrude, in which case an OB-gyne has to be consulted about the proper procedure.

Of course, you can also opt for manual expression. With this there's no need for any sterilizers, batteries, or plugs --- you just need your hands, and the only prep work required is washing them. But the art of manual expression, must be studied or else suffer bruised or prematurely sagging breasts.

The following are the kinds of pumps that are commercially available:

1. Single electric: These electric breast pumps serve only one breast at a time.

2. Double electric: Perfect for the on-the-go mom, it works two breasts at the same time. A bit more expensive than the single electric.

3. Manual: These are best for traveling, especially to places where you are unsure of the voltage system.

4. Bulb pump or bicycle horn pump: This type has four parts: horn, cylinder, funnel, and container. This type of pump is not recommended because the milk goes straight to the horn, collection is not that careful and contamination is more likely.

It is very important to sterilize your breast pump before use. Boiling time varies with the brand, normally extending between two and 20 minutes after boiling point. Be sure to label the time and date of milk collection when storing. Use the first-in-first-out system when consuming.

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