How To Choose A Pump & Accessories
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Choosing a Breastpump
Every breastfeeding mom has a unique experience. Some moms find breastfeeding easy and uncomplicated, while others may find it more challenging. No matter what the experience, all moms breastfeed better with the support of family, friends, and often with the help of a good breastpump.
Different moms have different needs, so Medela makes a variety of breastpumps. While manual breastpumps are great for moms who spend most of their days and nights with their babies, electric breastpumps are the better choice for moms who are frequently separated from the babies because of work or health problems.
This chart lists all available Medela breastpumps. To choose the best pump, look in the far left column for the circumstances that apply. Any pump checked next to that circumstance is recommended. You can narrow your choices by considering whether you want:
- An electric or manual pump
- For daily or occasional pumping
Hospital-Grade pumps: Recommended if mom is unable to nurse at all due to medical reasons. These pumps are designed to help build and maintain milk supply and are available on a rental basis from hospitals, lactation consultants, or medical equipment rental stores.
Daily use double pumps: Recommended if mom is employed full-time or needs to pump every few hours.
Occasional use single or double pumps: Recommended if mom needs to pump just once or twice per day, or a few times per week.
To find Medela breastpumps in your local area, visit the Breastfeeding National Network (BNN) or call 1-800-TELL YOU.
Why are Medela pumps different? Because Medela breastpumps have the original 2-Phase Expression® technology which, using the one-touch let down button, has been shown to produce more milk in less time.*
- Medela is the only company to provide proven, research-based pump technology that mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern.
- Through research, Medela learned that there are two distinct phases of how babies breastfeed.
- Stimulation phase – when babies first go to breast, they suck faster to start milk flowing.
- Expression phase – after milk flow or “let down” starts, babies breastfeed with a slower deep suck to remove milk.
- The original 2-Phase Expression technology can only be found in Medela breastpumps.
- Medela offers a wide range of breastshield sizes. Using the right breastshield size is important to:
- Ensure proper suction
- Experience optimal milk removal.
- Achieve maximum pumping comfort.
*When pumping at Maximum Comfort Vacuum in the Expression phase.Shop Breastpumps