Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Choosing The Best Breast Pump: Things You Should Look For

by Hugh Larson

As an expectant mother, you're probably taking time to prepare your home and your life for the upcoming arrival. Whether you're thinking about breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you may still want to have a breast pump on hand. Even for mothers who don't want to actually breastfeed, having a breast pump allows you to bottle-feed your baby breast milk. If you're in the market for a breast pump, here's a look at some of the things that you should consider when you are evaluating your options.

Various Cycles And Suction Levels

Whenever possible, you should choose a breast pump that offers you a variety of different settings for pump cycles as well as the levels of suction. It's important to have these options if you can because they more closely simulate the way that an infant feeds. This will help to encourage your body's natural milk production. 

In addition, when your breast pump has all of these options, it ensures that you can adjust the pressure and the pump cycles for your own personal comfort. You won't have to worry about discomfort from excess pressure during pumping or cycles that exceed what works for your milk production. And, when you are able to adjust the pump according to your personal comfort, you can relax while pumping, which helps your letdown and your overall production.

Closed System

Another element you should consider is ensuring that the pump you choose is a closed unit. This ensures that the tubing is adequately sealed off from the pump itself so that there is no risk of milk or moisture of any kind being drawn back through the lines into the pump. Since this kind of issue could lead to a damaged pump, a sealed system is beneficial.

Access To Supplies

No matter what model of breast pump you're considering, you shouldn't make the investment without ensuring that you have access to the supplies that you'll need. That means making sure that you can get the bottles that you need for storage, replacement tubing if necessary, and even a variety of sizes of breast shields. That way, you can ensure that your breast pump will work as you need it and you can restock supplies as well.

These are some important factors to think about when you're looking for a breast pump. Talk with a supplier near you to explore your options and find the right model for your personal needs—there may even be a breast pump covered by insurance.


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.