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There is comfort in feeling prepared. However, it’s tough to know what you need before your baby arrives. There are so many variables that will make your breastfeeding experience unique, and you won’t know the answers until after you hold your precious bundle in your arms. What if you have breastfeeding challenges and need a hospital grade pump for an extended time? What if your baby refuses the bottle no matter what you try? The choices can be quite overwhelming: single, double, manual, electric, hospital grade, etc.

Here are a few things to consider when determining what type of breast pump to buy:

Are you planning to use your pump for occasional feedings or are you planning to pump exclusively? If you are planning to exclusively breastfeed with the odd bottle given by dad, grandma, etc., then a manual pump will likely do the trick.

A manual pump uses hand-operation to create suction. You can collect as little or as much milk as you desire (comparable to an electric pump) but it is more time consuming and labour-intensive. Manual pumps can be great for travel as they don’t require a power source, or if you are planning to only pump occasionally.

If you plan to go back to work while you are still breastfeeding, a double electric pump is a no-brainer. It’s a particularly wise investment if you will be exclusively pumping or if this is your first child and you are planning for more in the future. It will undoubtedly become one of the more useful tools in your parenting arsenal!

Double electric pump: These pumps are run by a motor, either plug-in or battery-operated , and allow for pumping both breasts simultaneously with the motor doing the work for you. This will allow you to express more milk in a shorter period of time. Convenient and time-saving, a double electric pump is ideal for busy moms and frequent pumping.

Do your research!

Breastfeeding is a natural, unique, and rewarding experience for most families. Some will struggle and some won’t, every experience is unique. Should you decide to pump, keep in mind that a pump cannot replace skin-to-skin contact and all the benefits to mom and baby that come with it. Enjoy your pregnancy and when you start thinking about breastfeeding make sure you do your research. Take the time to really consider which pump fits you and your baby’s needs. And buy when the time is right. Breast pumps don’t usually go on sale and waiting until after you have your baby won’t change that.

Good luck and happy feeding!

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If you’re pregnant, you may have already started thinking about breastfeeding. You may even have a breastfeeding plan in place. But if you’re considering buying a breast pump while you’re pregnant or adding it to your registry, our advice is to wait.

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Well, not really! Buying a breastpump is something many pregnant women think about. When should you buy a pump? There are a few factors to consider when you are ready to buy. The first is are you planning to breastfeed, or are you planning to feed your baby breast milk? If you are going to exclusively breastfeed with the occasional bottle given by dad, or grandma or whomever then a manual pump will likely do the trick.
If you are planning to go back to work early then sure, a double electric pump is a no brainer! But what about if you are in between those stages? A double electric pump can be a good purchase especially if this is your first child and you are planning (hoping!) for more. You will get quite a bit of use out of it. If you can afford it then it will be a useful tool in your parenting arsenal! Should you buy a pump while pregnant? Our advice is no, you should wait. What if you have breastfeeding challenges and need a hospital grade pump for an extended time? What if your baby refuses the bottle no matter what you try? There are many factors in an individual breastfeeding experience and you won’t actually have the anwsers until you hold that precious bundle in your arms. Breastpumps don’t really go on sale, so waiting until you have your baby won’t change that. Plus they are readily available at most pharmacies, check behind the counter with your pharmacist! Breastfeeding is a unique and rewarding experience for most families, and some will struggle and some will have an easy time. Just remember a pump cannot replace skin to skin contact and the benefits to mom and baby that come with that! Enjoy your pregnancy, and start thinking about breastfeeding. Do your research, think about which pump you would purchase, but wait until the time is right!
Good luck and happy feeding.