The world of breast pumps can be a confusing one! There are a whole range of different products in the market and choosing one that best suits your needs can be a little overwhelming!
Let's take a look at the two primary categories; manual and electric breast pumps, their advantages, and how to choose one depending on your lifestyle and breastfeeding needs.
Manual Breast Pumps
Manual breast pumps work without electricity. They are hand operated and can only be used for one breast at a time. The pump is placed over the breast and the other hand is used to ‘pump’ the lever in order to create suction.
The Advantages Of A Manual Breast Pump
These breast pumps are often:
- Lightweight and extremely portable 1,2 - Manual breast pumps are super lightweight and can usually be popped inside your diaper bag for pumping on the go.
- Easy to use 1,2 - With a manual pump, there are no wires to connect or settings to adjust. Simply attach it to your breast and off you go.
- Budget friendly 1,2 - The majority of manual breast pumps are cost effective than their electric counterparts, thanks to their simple design.
- Available anytime, anywhere 1,2 - With a manual pump, you are not dependent on finding a power source or ensuring you've got batteries handy. All you need is the pump itself.
Electric Breast Pumps
Electric Breast Pumps are operated either through a power outlet or battery. They come in models that allow for single or double breast expressing. The cup is placed over the breast and the suction is created for you, freeing one hand for other tasks3 – or just a good excuse to relax. For moms who need to pump breast milk daily, an electric breast pump is usually preferable.
The Advantages Of An Electric Breast Pump
These pumps are often:
- Powerful 3 - A good electric breast pump helps you to pump more milk in less time.
- Fast 4 - It is easy to quickly work out the best mode and speed for expressing the required amount in a shorter time.
- Fuss-free 4 - With the right electric pump, your breastfeeding experience can be more comfortable and fuss-free.
- Supply boosting 3,4 - Mums who may need help in establishing or building their milk supply can try an electric pump for extra stimulation and to boost milk production.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Between A Manual & An Electric Breast Pump
Choosing the right breast pump option can be daunting for some. While looking for the best pumping option, consider the following factors:
- Frequency of use
- Where you will be pumping
Both manual as well as an electric breast pump can be very effective in drawing out milk for storing and/or bottle feeding. Though it may take a while for you to find your best match, you’ll eventually figure it out!
Usually your lifestyle, pumping schedule and budget will determine your breast pump choice. However, if you’re having trouble pumping or using a breast pump, a consultation with your doctor can help.
Once you’ve ensured adequate milk supply, it is also important to make sure that your breast milk is packed with essential nutrients necessary for your baby’s growth.
Let’s take a moment to talk about one such essential component- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid.
DHA has many health benefits for the baby. It is crucial for the growth and development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. It also supports healthy cardiac function 5. DHA represents about 15% of all fatty acids in the human frontal cortex, which is a region of the brain that is involved in attention, memory and judgment response. 6 In addition, optimal DHA intake is important for new moms as well, as it reduces the risk of postpartum depression. 7 Thus, it's very important for breastfeeding mothers to take DHA in adequate amounts.
To ensure that breastfeeding women do not lack DHA, they can monitor its levels from time to time. And, to help in this endeavor, LifeCell brings OmegaScore-N for lactating women! It is an easy-to-use, self-collection kit that measures and tracks the DHA levels in breast milk.
All you have to do is add a few drops of your breast milk on the collection card and schedule a sample pickup. Our executive will collect the kit box from your doorstep and deliver it safely to the lab for testing. Rest assured, you’ll soon receive a digital report with all the insights about your DHA level.
Based on the results, you can modify your diet by including foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This is because breast milk’s nutritional value is mostly derived from the lactating mother’s diet. 8
So, why wait any longer? Book your OmegaScore-N Test Kit now!