How To Choose A Pump & Accessories

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How often will you be pumping?
  • I’ll be working or attending school full or part time.
  • I prefer pumping or otherwise plan to pump on a daily basis.
  • I’ll be breastfeeding most of the time but need pumped milk once in a while to run errands or enjoy an afternoon or night out.
  • I don’t plan to pump; I’ll always be able to breastfeed my baby.
Would you like to rent or buy a pump?
  • I need a breast pump for medical reasons (e.g., premature baby, hospitalized baby, low milk supply)
  • I’m not sure if breastfeeding or pumping will work and I want to “try before I buy.”
  • I want to use the same pump I used in the hospital.
  • There are no medical issues requiring a hospital rental pump.
  • I want the greater portability of a purchased pump.
  • I have long-term breastmilk feeding goals and am comfortable with purchasing my own pump.
Which type of pump would you prefer?
  • I want to save time by pumping both breasts at the same time.
  • I want everything I need to pump and store breastmilk in one convenient bag for ease and portability.
  • I have the extra time to pump just one side at a time.
  • I want to pump on one side while breastfeeding on the other.
  • I’ll only pump once in a while, and I don’t need to focus on other things while pumping. For these reasons, I want the most economical option.
What best describes you?
  • I’d like to be able to walk around while pumping, so I’d like something really lightweight that doesn’t have to be connected to a power cord. (at my job, doing school work, working around the house, etc.)
  • I need to be able to pump anywhere and everywhere!
  • I don’t mind sitting in one place while I pump.
  • I’ll have a pretty steady pumping routine, pumping in mainly the same place each time.
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Breast Pump Facts

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 breast pump.

Different moms have different needs, so Medela makes a variety of breast pumps. While manual breast pumps are great for moms who spend most of their days and nights with their babies, electric breast pumps are the better choice for moms who are frequently separated from the babies because of work or health problems.

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.

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Why are Medela pumps different? Because Medela breast pumps 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 breast pumps.
  • 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.

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