Choosing the right pump:
Manual pumps are great for occasional pumping. Pros: These pumps are small, lightweight, quiet can be used anywhere, and are generally inexpensive. You’ll have more control over suction as well. Cons: You’ll need to pump one breast a time and your hand may get tired.
Single electric pumps are good if you plan to pump the other breast while nursing. Pros: they are sometimes less expensive than double electric pumps. Cons: As the name suggests, you can only pump one side at time.
Double electric pumps are preferred if you plan to pump fairly often or will be returning to work. Pros: These pumps are quicker, may have battery or plug in options, and allow you to pump both breasts at the same time, which can increase output. Cons: They are often more expensive and can be loud.
Hospital grade pumps are the top of the line pump. If mother and baby are separated early on or baby is not feeding at the breast, this is the kind of pump recommended to establish a milk supply. Pros: These pumps are the strongest and most efficient on the market. Cons: They are very expensive and are often bulky. Typically, these pumps are rented rather than purchased.
Within each category, there are a wide variety of pumps available at different price points. We would love to discuss your personal situation with you prior to selecting your pump to help you find the right fit! The Breastfeeding Center of Chicago also offers 1 month, 3 month or 5 month hospital grade pump rentals. For more information, click here.
If you have any questions, please call one of our Certified Lactation Consultants at 847-398-0434