It is never too early to start your research on breastfeeding as well as breastpump options available to you. For better or worse there are multiple breastpump options on the market today, however, with so many options it can become overwhelming if you are unsure exactly what you will need. We understand that making these decisions does not happen lightly and because of that we’ve compiled a list of criteria you will want to take into consideration during your breastpump comparison journey.
Criteria for Breastpump Comparison
- Effectiveness – When choosing a breastpump it is important to ensure the pump cycles at a range that closely mimics the suckling of a nursing baby. A nursing infant generally sucks at a rate of 45-55 times per minute; choosing a pump that falls closely in this range will more than likely produce the most amount of expressed milk. It is also important to take note of the breastpump’s vacuum strength. It is a good rule of thumb to choose a pump at or below 250 mm Hg; anything greater could result in severe pain, or, choose a pump that allows you to adjust the vacuum strength so you get the perfect suction each time you pump.
- Durability – Your breastpump will become a vital component in your day to day life and it is important to choose one that is going to last. Each manufacturer will have different warranty conditions so be sure to check the warranty label before purchase. Also, be sure to take note of the recommended use of the pump in question. Some breastpump motors are small and are only recommended for occasional pumping. If you are going to use your breastpump frequently, be sure to look for a bigger, durable motor that is designed for frequent, daily pumping.
- Type of Pump – Most breastpump manufacturers offer both manual and electric breastpumps. When choosing between manual or electric breastpumps you should consider what you are using the pump for. If you are going to be able to breastfeed for the most part and only occasionally use a breastpump, a manual pump might be the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you are going back to work, have difficulties breastfeeding, or are just looking for more flexibility and efficiency is a priority, an electric breastpump is your best choice. Electric breastpumps are offered as single, double alternating or double simultaneous. Double simultaneous pumps are more efficient and effective than the others, stimulating both breasts at the same time which can cut your pumping time down significantly and increase your milk supply.
- Comfort level – Breastfeeding or using a breastpump is all about comfort. In order to express the most milk and achieve your breastfeeding goals, your comfort must be top priority. Properly fitting breast shields for your breastpump will not only ensure comfort, but efficient milk expression as well. Most breastpumps come with standard breast shields so if you have larger breasts and/or nipples you will benefit from investing in breast shields that properly fit you.
- Noise Level – The amount of noise your pump makes is almost directly correlated to the size of your pump’s motor. Larger motors tend to be quieter than smaller motors so if discretion is important to you, this should be taken into account.
- Power Options – Your breastpump’s power source is incredibly important believe it or not. Although the most standard and reliable power source is an AC adapter, it is not often the most convenient. Will you always have access to an outlet? Will you be traveling often? If so, you will want to choose a pump that has the option to run off of batteries and/or offers a car adapter.
Choosing a breastpump is a big decision however if you use these tools during your breastpump comparison you will have no problem knowing which pump is right for you. As always, we are here to help you along the way; let’s get started on your breastfeeding adventure and get you qualified for a breastpump through your insurance. The process takes only minutes and we do all of the work for you. Simply fill out the Qualification Through Insurance form and we will take care of the rest. We are glad we were able to help during your breastpump comparison and look forward to hearing from you soon!