Types of Breast Pumps Available in the Market

Breast feeding is important for toddlers because breast milk provides all necessary nutrients essential for the baby during the first six months and all necessary elements needed for growth. Breast pump is a device helps to breastfeed little ones to make sure infants are fed using breast milk when, working mums stay away from their baby. Breast pumps can be also used to store milk.it is preferable to store one hour before the lactating time. Since lactating little one is important, breast pumps may induce milk production to ensure proper nutrients for the baby. Breast pumping may induce necessary healing hormones to aid in the recovery of pregnancy and it also provides a relief to engorgement. The Condition which is very painful among lactating mums where breasts are overfull because of improper lactation.

It is very healthy option for lactating mums to go for a breast pump. but there are different kinds of breast pumps available. The good option is to look for quality, budget and the frequency of feeding time.

  • Manual breast pumps.
  • Single Electric breast pumps
  • Double Electric Breast Pumps.

Manual Breast Pumps:

Manual breast pumps are operated by covering it over the breasts and operated by pumping out the handle continuously. Manual breast pumps are affordable but require more effort.” Bicycle horn breast pumps” can damage the breast tissues. Foot-powered breast pumps require the same effort as the manual pumps but have the option for electric outlet along with privacy. Manual pumps come with the facility of storage so that you can store the breast milk for feeding your infant later. Manual pumps are compact and can be carried out anywhere in a handbag but are not efficient as electric pumps. Manual breast pumps consist of the funnel, funnel cover and pump handle. Manual pumps can be used to induce the function of the breasts during an emergency.

Single-Electric Breast pumps:

Single-electric pumps are small electric pumps can be used to extract milk using an electric motor. These pumps are recommended for lactating mums who may want to lactate few times a week. The majority of single-electric pumps are designed with the variation in speed and suction.it is an upgrade from the manual breast pump and can be assembled easily. These are compact and easy to carry everywhere in handbags. Single electric pumps can be used over one breast at a time.

Double Electric Breast pumps:

Double –Electric breast pumps can be taken to work places when you are running out of time, when the baby refuses to latch for feeding. which may be one of frustrating conditions for working moms of not feeding the baby properly. Double-electric pumps are compact, can be used to express milk during work and save it for later to make sure their infants are fed. Double electric pumps comes with an adapter. Double electric pumps are efficient breast pumps. Double electric can be used to extract milk from two breasts at a time.

The pressure level in pumps should be at a comfortable vacuum condition. Maximum comfortable vacuum yields milk flow thus easing up the stressful condition of low milk production.

Most breast pumps can be pumped directly over the container, which can be stored in a container for later usage. These breast milk can be kept in bags, frozen into packets for later usage. Extracted milk can be stored in a room temperature for up to six hours and can last up to 8 days when kept in a refrigerator and up to year when frozen.it is important to clean up the breast pump after every use to avoid sanitation problems. Breast shields, breast milk bottles, membranes and all other parts should be cleaned and sanitized to protect from bacteria.

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Wash your hands, make a pot of boiling water which is enough to soak the parts of breast pump. separate all the parts, immerse them in boiling water for over ten minutes. Allow the water to cool, carefully lift them using thongs and place them over the clean wet towel to dry. Store these parts always in a clean and dry place. You can alternatively sanitize breast pumps quickly by using steam pads, sanitizing spray and cleaning pads to sanitize the breast pumps on the go. Too much of usage of breast pumps may lead to damage on the breast tissues as it induces lactation.

Choosing the right pump, may help in lactating mums who work after maternity phase. Double-electric pumps are quite effective and popular among young new mom who loved it

Because of its settings and speed. Read the guidelines which will be mentioned in the manual of the package for a proper operation and cleaning of the breast pump. There is news stating that Infants die of contaminated milk. Always sterilize the breast pumps to avoid frustrations.

The damaged part of the pump may interfere in milk supply. Look for tears and cracks along its parts to avoid problems in feeding. You should also replace the tubes that are not in good in condition and unclean. Always store breast milk in clean containers preferably approved by FDA.

Cost of breast pumps may vary accordingly.  Double Electric breast pumps may cost between £300 to £ 500 dollars, single electric breast pumps may cost between £100-£300 dollars. Manual breast Pumps may cost under £30 dollars.

Breast pumps help out to express milk for lactating mums who need to work after maternity. Consult your doctor about using breast pump she will guide you through lactation levels. Bottle feeding does not replace the bonding time on breastfeeding. American Academy of paediatrics and other American paediatricians strongly recommend breast milk for vital nutrients for the baby.

Breast pumps are an effective way to feed mums milk to a baby who cannot latch itself to the breast and moms who particularly care about mum’s milk and want to continue breastfeeding after returning to office for work. Pump between breastfeeding may help in improving the lactation level because all mums care is concerned about infant nutrition and development thereby saving time for mums who work hard.


I’m Mackenzie and a proud mum of 2 (Alice & Callum). While doing research into how I could handle becoming a first time mum and juggle my studies, I found there wasn’t a lot of help out there for ‘student mums’. So I thought I’d create a blog to help those who might be struggling to get the support and help they need, while writing about life as an expecting mum, a student mum and life after! You can read more about me here