Manual Breast Pumps: Are They Really Slow?

Manual stuff is known to be slow, and that may make you think that you’ll spend every spare minute expressing milk from your breast when using a manual breast pump.

Look, if you plan to feed your young one on expressed milk entirely, then you need to collect as much as your baby needs. And it would help if you did it within the shortest time possible.

Sadly, some breast pumps are painfully slow, resulting in a frustrating experience. If you’re not careful, you may need to supplement breast milk with milk formula.

The way forward

●      Always buy a quality pump

Price is a common determinant when making a buying decision for many people. However, it doesn’t guarantee to get a quality product. In some cases, some pumps look cheap because they are cheap. Such breast pumps won’t perform as expected. Trust me; these pumps will give your breasts a torturing experience – pain and low milk supply.

Pricy pumps come with additional features that make expressing milk a painless and flawless process. At the same time, you get a high volume of milk per expression session. So always strive to get one of the finest models within your budget range.

●      Manual pumps are great, but electric pumps work faster

A manual breast pump can offer adequate services if you express milk once a day or occasionally. Additionally, these pumps work well if you are expressing milk from home. You need some privacy to pump the fists in the air.

But if you need more milk per day or at a go, you should consider an electric pump. A double electric pump can be an excellent choice for those needing to express breast milk several times each day.  However, they are a bit noisy, and most parts require sterilizing.

Keep in mind; manual breast pumps aren’t that bad. The major concern with these breast pumps is the amount of time and effort you need to express milk but not their ability to express breast milk.

Even if you buy an electric breast pump, it’s good to have an electric pump too. The manual pumps might be a nice option for drying breasts after using your electric pump. This increases the milk supply in the long run.

●      Always follow the instruction manual

Breast pumps slightly differ in mode of action and structure. More often, you may find yourself mixing up modes, i.e., expression and massaging modes. Worse, you may not know that pump has certain features that you wanted.

Always carefully read the instruction of the pump you use. Otherwise, the wrong usage of a pump may result in unnecessary pain. Such pain affects the whole process of milk expression – shorten sessions or skip altogether.

●      Try different pumps

Newer pumps are being produced each year. Do not be afraid to try different models available. If it’s time to ditch your current pump, do it and get a highly functional one. Ditch them when they don’t function properly, or they do not fit your breast.

Keep in mind; a flange is the most important part of a breast pump. If it doesn’t come with proper fitting shields, it fails and causes pain.

Do you know that breast pump shields are based on the size of the nipple but not breast size? This helps to fit the nipple; thus, forming a tight seal around your areola.

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