While we speak a lot about the advantages of breast milk and how convenient it is for mothers to feed their babies this wonder food, we often tend to forget that even breastfeeding has its limitations. Don't you agree?
Think about working moms, or moms who need to strike a balance between home and other outdoor chores while taking care of a newborn. During such situations, breastfeeding can often become tiring and unmanageable, especially sans the privacy and comfort of your home.
A breast pump helps a nursing mother to pump and store breast milk in order to allow the baby to enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding even when the mother is not around. This helps working mothers ensure that their babies get their due share of breastfeeding despite the distance. But its advantages are not only limited to working moms, even stay at home mothers can use a pump to store milk and ask an attendant to give a feed when needed while catching up on some me-time.
How often can you use a breast pump in a day?
Breast pumps can be used as many times a day as the mother wishes. However, if the mother only expresses and does not latch the baby on, eventually the milk supply will start reducing as the baby is considered more effective than any man-made model.
So take breaks from the pump and space out the usage throughout the day to ensure effective pumping.
How to choose the right breast pump?
Choosing a breast pump depends on the mother's usage and needs. If it is for an occasional use, a manual pump will serve the purpose. But if the mother plans to go back to work and the baby is less than six months old then an electronic breast pump will be more convenient. One important aspect to keep in mind while choosing a breastpump is to be sure to pick the phalanges or shields of the right fit for the nipples and position them correctly to avoid any discomfort or irritation. A good breast pump mimics the suckling action of the baby and doesn't cause any pain.