The Best Breast Pump Products & Accessories
If you choose to breastfeed your child, you should know that it can be a special bonding experience between you and your baby, but it can also be demanding as you'll need to nurse your baby between 8-12 times a day in the first month. At some point, you might consider expressing breast milk which involves pumping and storing milk for future feedings. Take a look at some of the reasons why you should consider expressing your milk and some of our top products and accessories to make breast pumping easier for you.
Why Should Moms Express Breast Milk?
There are a range of benefits and reasons for expressing breast milk, such as:
- Mom is traveling or working and cannot be present to feed the baby physically.
- The baby might not be latching on to the breast or feeding properly
- Mom might prefer to use a bottle when feeding
- The parents might wish to take turns feeding the baby by sharing feeding time
- Mom's breasts can become too full of milk which can make them feel heavy or even painful, but the effects can be mitigated by expressing breast milk.
What Breast Pumps and Accessories Should You Use?
If you choose to express your breast milk, you can benefit from a range of products and accessories to simplify the process and make it more convenient.
Breast Pump: You can choose from a range of manual or electric breast pumps to suit your pumping needs. Manual breast pumps come with a mechanism to manually squeeze milk from the breast, such as the Medela Harmony™ Breast, which has 2-Phase Expression® technology a stimulation phase which simulates when baby first goes to breast and an expression phase which simulates after milk flow or let-down starts . Electric breast pumps come with an AC power source or battery to extract the milk; the Medela Swing® Breast Pump is a great option if you're looking for an electric breast pump. It mimics the baby's nursing rhythm, and it has multiple settings so you can be comfortable during the process.
Storage Bottles: Once you select a breast pump, you'll need to settle on milk storage bottles or bags such as the Medela Breast Milk Storage Solution, Medela Breast Milk Storage Bags, and the Zip Top Reusable Breast Milk Storage with Freezer Tray which are convenient and sealable storage options to prevent the milk from spoiling or spilling in the fridge or freezer until you need to give it to your baby.
Bottle Whisks: These are designed to declump and mix milk so it is well incorporated. The Baby Blends Bottle Whisk is dishwasher safe and optimally shaped to do its job just right.
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