Once you have landed on the decision that you would like to breastfeed your baby, the next step is to choose what kind of breast pump you want to use. The world of breast pumps is a daunting one. With the wide variety available to new moms in the market, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the one that fits your needs.
The two major types of breast pumps are manual breast pumps and electric breast pumps. Picking which type you’ll be choosing requires careful consideration, weighing of pros and cons, and understanding your requirements. Don’t worry! We’ve covered the hard part for you and noted down all the crucial facts about both these types of breast pumps so that you can make an informed decision.
- Frequency of pumping:
For stay-at-home moms who don’t pump too often and prefer to nurse their babies, manual breast pumps are a better option as they won’t be separated from their babies for long durations.
However, moms who are considering returning to work sometime after giving birth would be required to pump once or twice a day at the least. For these mommies, an electric breast pump is the better choice and a big time-saver as it pumps milk much faster as compared to a manual breast pump.
- Spending limitations:
Cost plays a big factor for most moms when shopping for breast pumps, along with all the other essentials you’ll be needing for your little one and yourself. For mommies who wish to stay within their spending limits, an electric breast pump is a no-no. Electric breast pumps, single or double, cost higher than manual breast pumps.
In such situations, manual breast pumps are the ideal option. However, do ensure that you don’t compromise on quality over your budget.
Both, the electric and the manual breast pumps, are easy to pack and carry anywhere, be it work or even a vacation. However, in terms of portability and convenience, manual pumps are the better choice as they are lighter in weight, smaller in size, and relatively easier to clean. Also, manual breast pumps will never run out of power and you won’t be required to be near a power outlet to express, in urgent cases.
- Noise and convenience:
Manual breast pumps are quiet and handy, while electric breast pumps make a loud noise while in use. Manual breast pumps require effort as you’re required to squeeze the lever continuously to express the milk, whereas electric breast pumps keep your hands free and allow you to multitask.
Before you make a decision, we’d like to recommend getting one of each. However, if you’d rather only pick one, look closely at your lifestyle, your and your baby’s needs, your budget, and plan the purchase accordingly. In case you’re having a hard time coming to a decision, do consult your lactation specialist to help make this process easier.