Choosing the Best Breast Pump and Getting the Best Value for Money
A good quality cheap breast pump can be one of your best buys when it comes to what you'll be needing for a new born baby. It offers a level of flexibility that's great for if you're going back to work, or if your partner is looking to take on some of the feeding duties.
Using a great pump takes a bit of organising and planning, and an initial investment, but the freedom you get from using a breast pump can be worth it.
Manual or Electric Breast Pumps
When deciding on either a manual great pump or an electric breast pump, it's best to consider how often you plan on using it. If you're not likely to be using a breast pump all that often, then manual breast pumps are cheaper, but they are more labour intensive. Argos, Very and Tesco all have some good quality cheap manual breast pumps for around £20-£30.
Other pluses when it comes to a manual breast pump are they are more portable as they are lighter and smaller than an electrical breast pump. They are also quieter to use too, so are fairly discreet to use on the go.
If you're looking to be at home for most of the early months with your new born baby, then we'd suggest you really look into a cheap electric breast pump. they're are a munch more efficient use of time and are a lot easier to use physically then a manual breast pump.
They are more expensive than an manual though. A good quality low priced single electric breast pump can be around £25-£35 and for a cheap double electric breast pump, we'd budget around the £130 mark. This is a fairly good budget to get hold of a quality electric double breast pump that will make this process so much easier.
For the top end in electric breast pumps, Philips have a great range. It's over £250 in value, but offers plenty of options in suction combinations and variants of speed. It's also got a natural protection against infections for your safety and the safety of your baby.
One thing to be aware of is that you won't fully know how your milk flow will be until your baby is born. You may have planned on a manual breast pump, but find this is too strenuous to get the milk and have to end up getting an electric breast pump anyway.
Open and Closed breast pumps
If you go for an open setup electric breast pump, this simply means that some air can get contained inside the milk. This is nothing to worry about as long as you sterilised it and is only going to be used by one person.
A closed system in a breast pump means that none of the milk touches the pump, or the air inside the pump. These are usually higher end electric breast pumps and will require a milk collection kit that some pumps sell separately.
An open breast pump system will work fine for the most part and we feel that for the saving in money, it's best to get an open system.
Breast Pump Features
Other than speed and suction control, which we feel are worth getting in a breast pump, many of the other features are a bonus if you can afford it. The speed and suction controls will make it less painful to start and give you better control over how much milk your releasing.
Best Breast Pump Brands
Philips are one of the best brands around.. There breast pumps are always very well reviewed and are very good quality. Event breast pumps and Amede breast pumps are also pretty good value for money and fairly easy to use too.
Tesco, Argos and Very sell these great brands, and also some other brands of cheap breast pumps too. If you're on a tight budget, and who isn't if they've just had a baby, then these are also good stores to get some good low prices sales on breast pumps, both electric and manual ones.
One thing to note. It's strongly recommended to never go for a 2nd hand breast pump, no matter how good the saving. Breast milk is very unique to each mother and if contaminated it can be harmful to your baby. Always makes sure everything is thoroughly sterilised when breast feeding.