- Friday August 6th, 2021
- Posted by: Costas Halambalakis
- Category: blog
Breastfeeding is a strong emotional bond created between mother and baby. The feeling of safety and trust slowly transforms into the experience of bonding between the mother-baby duo. For successful breastfeeding, you need to have appetite, calmness, and patience. Breast milk contains all the necessary ingredients for the physical and mental development of the infant, ready antibodies, and anti-inflammatory substances. Many mothers have limited time in the day and this makes it difficult for them to breastfeed for the required hours. Therefore, a breast pump can prove to be a valuable helper for the mother in the breastfeeding process, as it can store the milk at any time.
What is a breast pump and what is its use?
A breast pump is a machine that helps mothers to produce more milk and to pump it without going into the process of breastfeeding. It is an ideal accessory for a mother who is unable to pump on her own. Breast pumps help working mothers pump and store milk for their babies.
What are the advantages of a breast pump?
The breast pump has technology that imitates the movements that the infant makes during breastfeeding. In this way, the nipple is stimulated, the mammary glands are activated and by extension, it helps the mother to pump breast milk faster and easier. This procedure increases the amount of breast milk the mother produces, while at the same time maintaining lactation.
When is a breast pump effective?
A breast pump is effective when it fulfills a woman’s needs. That’s why there are breastfeeding accessories to cover every woman. The right choice which matches the size of the mother’s breast is very important. Also, there are cases when it is necessary to change the size of the funnel during breastfeeding, due to small swellings in the nipple.
What is the process of pumping using a breast pump?
Breast pumps work by applying negative pressure which is applied at intervals to the nipple and to a part of the areola. This pressure reduces the resistance of the outflow of breast milk from the alveoli. Thus, the internal pressure exerted on the breast pushes the breast milk out. From there the breast milk is stored in the bottle of the breast pump and then you can either transfer it to the bottle or breast milk storage bags and store it in the fridge.
Which breast pump is ideal for pumping breast milk?
There are different types of breast pumps to suit every need. Electric breast pumps, manual breast pumps, travel breast pumps, hospital breast pumps, and single or double breast pumps. ARDO’s line of nursing products offers mothers all the necessary items they need. It is silent, with Vacuum Seal technology that imposes a 100% barrier between breast milk and pathogenic microorganisms, protecting the breast, milk, and pump from contamination.
Electric breast pumps are considered the best choice for systematic pumping as they have programs that simulate the pressures of the baby’s mouth during breastfeeding and pump more milk out. In this way, they help in more effective and efficient pumping.
Manual breast pumps are ideal for occasional use, on days when the mother needs to be away from home for a few hours. They are affordable, easy to use, and quite popular with mothers who use them.
Hospital breast pumps are ideal for frequent systematic use and have a better and safer performance as they activate the mammary glands of the breast and the mother can pump breast milk immediately. Due to their high cost, professional breast pumps are usually rented.
An electric breast pump can be single or double pumping. Double-pumping breast pumps offer simultaneous pumping from both breasts, saving time for the mother as it cuts the pumping time in half compared to that required for single pumping. At the same time, it helps to increase the production of breast milk as it increases the hormones that produce milk
What are the essential breastfeeding accessories?
In addition to breast pumps, there are also some aids/accessories that can be useful:
- Day & night breast pads that provide excellent absorbency, safety, and hygiene to any breast leaks.
- Breast milk storage bags and bottles for storing and transporting breast milk after pumping.
- Nipple creams with lanolin for the immediate care and treatment of damaged nipples.
- Ice packs and breastfeeding bag for easy and safe transport of breastfeeding and milk in cases of travel