Choosing a breast pump doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can decide on a great breast pump that fits your needs just by asking yourself a few easy questions.
How often are you planning on using a breast pump?
Some breastfeeding moms find it helpful to have a supply of expressed breast milk occasionally on hand. In that case, a hand-powered breast pump, like the Medela Harmony, might be right for you. Or, if you’d prefer an electric pump, the Medela Swing single breast pump could be your choice. These pumps are great for a mom that occasionally relies on pumped milk for her little one.
Are you planning returning to work full or part time?
If you are planning to return to work full or part time, it may not be possible to breastfeed your little one during work hours. So, many working moms rely on a double electric breast pump such as the Medela Pump In Style Advanced or Freestyle. Each of these breast pumps also include a cooler bag, ice pack and breast milk bottles for convenient breast milk storage and transport until you arrive home.
Would you prefer to buy or rent a breast pump?
Some moms choose to rent a breast pump for a variety of reasons. Some may only need a pump for a short time, so a rental may be more cost effective. Some moms simply want to use the same pump they used in the hospital. If there are medical issues, such as a premature or hospitalized baby, a hospital-grade rental pump is always recommended. If you’re interested in renting, Medela offers an online tool to help you find hospital-grade breast pumps for rent in your area.
If you still have questions about what breast pump is right for you, consider reaching out to Medela’s Lactation Consultant for additional advice. Also, try our interactive product selector to help you through this process.
Moms, what breast pump are you using? Did you find certain features that you preferred about your pump over others? Share your answers in the comments below.