The Best Electric Breast Pumps That Will Suit All Moms
These Breast Pumps Will Make Pumpin’ It And Increasing Breast Milk Supply A Lot Easier
Either you are having a baby, or your friend is. Congratulations for the new mommy! Bringing a new life into the world is amazing…and it is never easy for the new mom. She has a big decision to make: To breastfeed or not to breastfeed. Every situation is different. However, breast milk is best! Breast milk has antibodies, vitamins, and nutrients the precious baby needs in its first few months. Some moms breastfeed for a few months. Some breastfeed for a year until the baby has learned to eat solid food for a while, usually about 6 months. Some moms breastfeed up to 2 year old kids, or even longer! Every mom is in a different situation. Whatever she decides, a breast pump is necessary.
Breastfed babies need less milk than formula babies. They also vary how much they eat during feeding. It is a good idea to have an extra bottle in the refrigerator ready for hungry babies! So, here are the top 9 best electric breast pumps!
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- The First Years Double Breast Pump, Quiet Expressions
- Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump
- Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump
- Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump
- Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump
- Philips AVENT Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump
- Philips AVENT Single Electric Comfort Breast Pump
- Freemie Freedom Double Electric Hands Free and Concealable Breast Pump
- Bellema Melon Double Electric Breast Pump
- Buying Guide When Selecting the Best Breast Pump
- What problems do moms have with electric breast pumps?
- What should I look for in an electric breast pump?
- What do I need other than the breast pump?
Buying Guide When Selecting the Best Breast Pump
Why do nursing moms need electric breast pumps? First, nursing moms need rest! If baby is sleeping when mom’s body needs to express milk, the baby should sleep! Mom can pump the milk, store the breast milk in a bag and place in the refrigerator, and wait until the baby wakes up–and get a much-needed nap herself. The flip side is true as well. Mommies need things like sleep and showers and brushing teeth. A screaming, hungry baby makes these things seem like distant memories. Please, please give Mom some time to take care of herself by getting a breast pump so she can have someone else feed the baby while she gets just five more minutes of sleep. Also, moms may need medications that don’t let them breastfeed for a few days. Breast milk in the refrigerator or freezer–yes, you can freeze breast milk–takes care of this problem. Breast milk can be kept outside the refrigerator for 4-6 hours, in the fridge up to week, in the freezer up to 3 months, and in a deep freezer for 6–12 months. Defrosted milk from frozen should be used within 24 hours.
Secondly, not all moms leave the hospital beds at the same time baby does. A baby might swallow amniotic fluid on his way out and develop an infection. The mom can express the milk with a breast pump when she isn’t at the hospital to give the baby her antibodies. Within a few weeks, you will have a fat and healthy baby!
Thirdly, Dad or Partner, Grandma or Grandpa, or Best Friend–they all want to feed the baby, too. Feeding the baby is a tender bonding experience that everyone in the baby’s life wants to experience. We all relished feeding our baby brothers, baby sisters or nieces and nephews…a good thing, since they will eventually graduate into that 2-year-old destroy-sister’s-homework phase. If you hadn’t bonded with them when they were tiny, they might not grow up to be wonderful fathers or mothers to their own kids! (Not really, but you get the idea.) Bonding is sacred. Share the experience! Buy a baby sling while you’re at it so the friends and family can hold the baby close while feeding more easily! Consider purchasing a quality baby swing, as this can help calm you baby down at times when you need those extra minutes of rest.
Fourth, babies are not always with Mom. Mom may have work. Many dads take over half or all the night feeding so Mom can get a good night’s sleep. Those on staggered shifts can have one parent feed the baby while the other sleeps. Even stay-at-home-job moms need time away from Baby in order to complete tasks in a time crunch. In addition, Mom may need to go see the doctor, take a coffee break with a friend, or shop for baby diapers. What if Dad, Auntie, Grandma, Uncle, Grandpa, or Best Friend have the baby for a short time…and that time runs into feeding time with no mom? Breast milk is better than formula, every time! If mom is out when the urge to express milk comes upon her, she can withdraw to a bathroom and pump some milk. She can carry a little cooler bag in her purse to keep the milk at a good temperature until she gets home. Better still, give Mom a spa day, or a Stay In Bed day! She will appreciate it!
Hospital-grade electric breast pumps are the gold standard of pumps…and have the price tag to match. They are super-fast with many sucks per minute, have powerful motors, and are pretty quiet.
Personal electric breast pumps can pump both breasts at the same time, thereby halving the time it takes to pump the milk. They generally come with a power cord or battery, and a little cooler for the milk. Do not buy one that pumps only one breast at a time, unless you want Mom to get even more tired.
There are manual pumps Mom pumps herself. The one-handed varieties are much easier to handle than the two-handed ones. They are quiet and small, about the size of a bottle. Mom may want one of these to handle short trips or occasional pumping. Be sure to buy a little cooler bag for the bottle as well.
All three types have a flange, or breast shield, to cover the breast while pumping. These electric breast pumps come in various sizes depending on the type of pump and the brand. Some models offer multiple sizes for all models included, and some have an extra charge for multiple sizes. If the breast shield is still uncomfortable, coat the inside with a little olive oil. You will have to wash the breastshields more often if you use olive oil, however.
If it doesn’t come with a tote bag, buy one! Moms need to carry bottles, flanges, anti-leakage nursing pads, creams, wipes, and more with the pump.
Remember that Mom will be pumping every 3 hours for about 20 minutes each! And, yes, that is through the night. So, she must have a safe, comfortable, lightweight breast pump that is easy to clean. Go for portable if Mom works! And, be sure it is easy to clean and PABA free. Go for the quiet models. Something chugging away in the background while Baby or others in the house are trying to sleep can be very annoying.
What problems do moms have with electric breast pumps?
Electric breast pumps have tubing that has to be cleaned. This is a pain. Also, some breast pumps are loud. Some have a soft whirring and some have a much louder sound. Check the comments left by other shoppers before you buy to be sure it is as quiet as possible.
To remove the tubing, turn off and unplug the breast pump. Pull the tubing straight out of the tubing ports. Remove the tubing from the breast shield. Then, rinse it in cool water to remove breast milk. Wash in warm, soapy water. Rinse carefully, and hang it to air dry. Only clean it about once a month or if it is dirty.
To clean other parts like breast shields (flanges), boil water over a stove, microwave, or in a kettle. Put the parts in a heat-safe bowl (if it can go in a microwave, it is safe). Pour the boiling water over the parts. Move them around with tongs. Take them out very carefully and lay them on a clean, dry towel. Let air dry.
Make sure all tubing and other parts are completely dry before storing! Mold and bacteria can get on the tubing…and make one very sick baby.
What should I look for in an electric breast pump?
If you have a lot of money and want the best, get a hospital-grade pump or rent it from a hospital. This may be a good idea if you have multiple children. As fertility drugs help more and more women become moms, having multiple children simultaneously is becoming more and more common! Many moms have two to even six, seven, or eight babies at once. Mom may also have very young children in the house and may be pumping for two 9 months or more apart!
If you aren’t looking at multiples and/or don’t want to drain your wallet dry, get a regular motorized one. Try to get a motorized one that expresses milk from both breasts simultaneously, and has both a battery and an electrical cord. As with children’s toys. Battery Not Included is a bad thing. Find out what batteries the breast pump takes and buy LOTS of them! It is suggested you buy rechargable batteries and a charger because those batteries can be sucked dry quickly!
Go ahead and get a manual breast pump, too, for those times Mom is out and just needs to do a quick pump. You won’t need to buy batteries or need power, so this is the quietest method.
Get electric breast pumps with multiple sizes of breast shields (flanges), or order 1 or 2 extra sizes yourself. They generally start at 24 mm. They generally range between 21 and 36 mm. It is suggested to get the size above and below the one that comes standard, so the 21, 24, and 27 mm to be sure it doesn’t chafe Mom or block the milk ducts. Some moms need different size shields for each breast!
Make sure the model comes with a cooler bag, or buy one yourself. Be sure it has a carrying case and is as compact and lightweight as possible. Obviously, make sure there are no lead parts and the plastic is BPA-free.
What do I need other than the breast pump?
Moms need creams, breast pads, wipes, a breast milk cooler, gel ice for the cooler, and multiple bottles or cups that fit the breast pump (at least 4). Get extra bottles that fit the breast pump–they always come in handy! Moms also need bottle brushes and dish soap to clean the bottles–and the machine parts, like the breast shield. Friends and family can go in together for the baby shower to get EVERYTHING Mom needs! Mom also needs a comfy chair, near a TV or music, and lots of water or tea to keep her hydrated. You might even want to get her a Kindle so she can read quietly in the dark if she has to pump milk at night. Another great idea to keep a kid happy to is getting a ride on car for them to jet around in while giving the mother some much needed rest.
So, now you know what breast pump to get for a new mommy! Remember to for quiet and fast. Don’t forget the batteries!