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Tips to Help the Nursing Mom Choose the Right Breast Pump

Sep 10, 2008
It is a well-known fact that the best milk for baby is their mother's breast milk. Breast milk contains the right amounts of nutrients and fats for baby, and is very good for baby's digestive systems, not to mention it helps them grow healthy and strong.

Most doctors suggest breastfeeding over formula bottles because the formula doesn't have as much of the good stuff like breast milk does. For women who prefer the convenience of bottle feeding, but still want to provide their baby with the healthiest option, the breast pump is a potential solution.

Breast pumps are great for women who can't always be there to feed the baby or to make feeding time easier by having a fresh bottle in the refrigerator. The breast pump is a mechanical devise used to pump the mother's milk from her breasts.

There are several different types of pumps. Some are electric and some are pumped by hand. There are also many different set ups such as a double breast pump which pumps both breasts at one time, which is a lot faster than single pumps.

You can rent hospital breast pumps which are usually a top of the line pump that has the newest technology. There are also manual hand pumps which are very lightweight and portable, allowing you to pump almost anywhere with it.

There are a few things to consider when you want to purchase a breast pump such as how much you can afford. That will play a big factor in your decision, not to mention you don't want to pay a lot of money for something you will not use every day. How often will you use the breast pump?

If you have to go to work and work full time, you may be more prone to use an electric breast pump versus a mother staying at home with their child who would probably want something like a manual breast pump.

There are other considerations to think of when purchasing your breast pump. For example, if the shields of the breast pump are going to fit you correctly. Often times you can get different shields from the manufacturer. Another helpful tip is to make sure you can get a pump that you can adjust the suction with which can help alleviate pain or tenderness in the case that you have sensitive breasts, which can occur for a variety of reasons.

If you are not sure what would be right for you there are people that can help you decide that specialize in breast feeding. You can usually ask your doctor and they will point you in the right direction.
About the Author
For more information on breast feeding tools like the breast pump, visit Got Breast Milk LLC online at http://www.gotbreastpump.com. Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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