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What You Need to Know About Breast Pumps and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby. But for some moms, it doesn't always come easy. That's where breast pumps come in. Breast pumps can help you increase your milk supply, latch your baby, and even pump milk for later use. 

With so many different types of breast pumps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. This guide will walk you through the different types of breast pumps, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. If you’re still curious as to which pump would be right for your or have general questions about pumping, please click the button below.

Breast Pump FAQs

Manual vs. Electric Breast Pumps 

Manual breast pumps are operated by hand, while electric breast pumps use a motor to create suction. Manual pumps are typically less expensive than electric pumps, but they can be more tiring to use. Electric pumps are more convenient and easier to use, but they can be more expensive and louder. 

Single vs. Double Breast Pumps 

Single breast pumps pump milk from one breast at a time, while double breast pumps pump milk from both breasts at the same time. Double breast pumps are generally more efficient than single breast pumps, but they can be more expensive and bulkier. 

Open vs. Closed System Breast Pumps 

Open system breast pumps have a collection bottle that is open to the air, while closed system breast pumps have a closed system that prevents milk from coming into contact with the pump tubing. Closed system pumps are generally considered to be more hygienic than open system pumps. 

Hospital-grade Breast Pumps 

Hospital-grade breast pumps are the most powerful type of breast pump available. They are often used by mothers who have premature babies or who have difficulty breastfeeding. Hospital-grade pumps are typically rented or provided by insurance companies. 

Wearable Breast Pumps 

Wearable breast pumps are hands-free pumps that can be worn under your clothes. They are a good option for mothers who want to pump discreetly or who need to get things done while pumping. 

Additional Factors to Consider When Choosing a Breast Pump 

Pumping frequency

If you only need to pump occasionally, a manual or portable pump may be sufficient. If you plan to pump regularly, an electric pump may be a better choice. 

Breast Pump Brands

There are numerous different pump brands to choose from. Doing your research can help you decide which is best for your needs. We carry on hand pumps by:  

  • Medela 
  • Spectra 
  • Ameda 
  • Lansinoh 
  • Megna 

Your Budget for Breast Pumps

Manual pumps are the most affordable option, followed by electric pumps, which are often covered by insurance. Wearable pumps and hospital-grade pumps are the most expensive and may result in out-of-pocket costs outside of insurance coverage. If you’re interested in insurance covering your pump, fill out our insurance form below. 

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A Breast Pump that Fits Your Lifestyle:

If you are on the go often, pump at work or like to multitask while pumping, a wearable pump may be a good option. 


It is important to choose a pump that is comfortable to use, especially if you pump often or are exclusively pumping.  

So, are you ready to find the perfect breast pump for you and your baby’s needs? Reach out to a member of our team and we can help you make an informed decision on what suits your needs best!

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