There is no doubt that a lot of people believe that breastfeeding is still the best for babies. There is also no doubt that moms can find difficulty breastfeeding for a multitude of reasons. From low milk supply to babies who won’t latch, nursing proves to be difficult for many new moms. For those working mommas, when maternity leave is up and the need to get back to work has come, it’s hard to continue a strictly nursing plan. In order to get your baby the benefits of breastfeeding, without giving up on the idea completely, a breast pump is a necessary life saver. With the rate at which the baby world evolves, its hard to keep up with new products and product improvements. And like any other technology that has been created to help make our lives easier and more convenient, breast pumps have also gone through many advancements and iterations.
Manual breast pump
The first breast pump design, which first emerged in 1854, included a cone-shaped cup placed over the nipples, and a pump that creates the suction needed to stimulate milk production when squeezed by the hand. Despite the advances that have happened over the century, manual breast pumps are still around today. Although they are less popular than electric pumps, there are several reasons why they are still preferable over the latter: for one thing, manual pumps are less expensive. Another thing is, manual pumps are handier; you can still use manual pumps when there is no electricity, in car rides for instance, and it is ideal for moms who do not pump frequently.
Electric Breast pump
Electric pumps, which became popular in the 1980’s, are used by more moms today because, contrary to manual pumps, there is no need to manually squeeze the suction. With a simple switch of the on button, the machine does the job of extracting the milk from the breasts. Compared to manual pumps, electric pumps leave your hands free, which lets you do other tasks simultaneously, like checking your emails or other simple activities. Recent innovations include electric pumps that are lightweight and are easy to carry around which can be beneficial for travelling, and pumps that are rechargeable.
Wearable breast pump
Many moms still find using breast pumps to be a laborious and painful experience despite the huge leap in the advancement of breast pumps. The suction often causes chafed nipples, leaving them raw and painful. Also, electric pumps tend to be clunky and noisy. These lead to the reinvention of the next generation of breast pumps that are designed to be more efficient, comfortable, and quieter than their older counterparts. The wearable breast pump is not your typical breast pump; it fits with the bra, with wireless spheres being slip inside the nursing bra and milk being pumped into plastic bags rather than bottles, which makes it even more portable. This allows for more mobility for moms, and less hassle with the absence of wires or tubing.
Other innovations in breast pumps
In addition, there are also a brand of breast pump that uses water-based suction instead of the typical air-based suction, which creates a more comfortable and productive pumping experience. It is also believed to yield more breast milk in less time compared to air-based pumps, and is so much easier to clean, so it can save more time to allow mom to pursue more activities. Alongside the wearable breast pump, they can be connected to apps that can help moms track their pumping session on a regular basis.
For bottle feeding, strictly pumping and working moms, these advances have enormously helped them to better juggle motherhood and their parenting goals. With the right research and considering other factors, you can definitely find the right product that fits you and your needs.
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