Reasons to use a breast pump
You may ask yourself whether you will need to buy a breast pump and if so, which one will fit your needs best. A breast pump allows you to express your breast milk so that your baby always has access to what they need most. Most breastfeeding mums purchase a breast pump as part of their breastfeeding experience.
Why buy a breast pump?
There are many reasons for buying a breast pump and for incorporating breast pumping into your breastfeeding routine. Some of these reasons are:
- It allows your partner to share the rewards and responsibilities that feeding your baby brings.
- You can get a little more time to yourself.
- It is useful when returning to work or study.
- You need to pump milk if your baby is premature or in hospital.
- Using a breast pump increases breast milk supply in addition to breastfeeding.
- Pumping helps to initiate lactation if you have adopted a baby or after breastfeeding has been interrupted.
- It can prevent engorgement and sore nipples.
Choosing the right breast pump
Here are a few things to consider before choosing a breast pump:
- How often will you, your partner or someone else be feeding your baby breast milk from a bottle?
- Are you planning on having more children?
- How long do you plan on feeding your baby breast milk?
Use the handy chart "Which breastpump is best for you" (PDF, 144 KB) to see which breast pump fits your needs best.
Just like breastfeeding, breast pumping is a learned skill. It may take you a few tries to get used to pumping breast milk, and you may not be able to express as much as you expect at first.