[fb_button][wdgpo_plusone]A breast pump is a mechanical device that extracts milk from the breasts of a lactating woman. Breast pumps may be manual devices powered by hand or foot movements or electrical devices powered by mains electricity or batteries. If you don’t mind, again I will start with my personal experience and personal notes (which I believe makes this site different than the others 😉 ) :
For our fist baby, I wasn’t sure if I really needed a breast pump or not. Even more, if I need one, what kind of pump should I get? 2 weeks after having a baby, I had mastitis infection (you can find more about mastitis infection from this link). I went to the doctor and he prescribed me antibiotics. He told me that I need to take out milk every hour or so!!… On that moment, have noticed that I definitely needed a breast pump (If the mother needs to take medication that affects the breast milk and may be harmful to the infant, the mother may “pump and dump” the breast milk to keep up her milk supply during the time period that she is on the medication and may resume nursing after the course of medication is completed). I ordered one electric pump (this one) and it worked great for me; of course not like my little son but still it took the milk out from my breast.
If you will be back to work not long after having the baby; I suggest you to buy double pump. Because the pumps are much much slower than babies (my son used to empty my breast in 10 minutes, on the other hand it was taking half an hour or more for the pump to do the same) – it is important to note that the amount of milk a woman is able to pump should not be compared to how much milk a baby can get; efficiency greatly varies. So if you don’t have much time buying double one is better.
If you will not go to work soon after having a baby and you will stay with your little one, having a breast pump is not a ‘must’. However, if you have room in your budget, good to have one. In this case you can go for a cheaper model (one pump, even manual model would work for you). [I need to warn you though, manual breast pumps are operated by squeezing or pulling a handle in a repetitive fashion, allowing the user to directly control the pressure and frequency of milk expression. Though manual pumps are small and inexpensive, they can require significant effort and can be tiring because the user provides all the power.]
Electric breast pumps can also be rented. Rental pumps are many times recommended for mothers or babies with medical problems such as a premature infant or mother on medication that contraindicates breastfeeding. Rental pumps will generally sustain a mothers milk supply better than personal use pumps. Lactation consultants may assist in selection and training in use. I haven’t rented so, I don’t have any suggestion to you… sorry 🙁
The manual pumps are relatively cheaper (starts from $25) than the electric ones. You can find breast pumps starting from $25, up to $250. I will give some links below for each different kind – you can check the types / user reviews yourself.