Wearable Breast Pumps: The Best Way to Pump On the Go
This article discusses the best ways to pump on the go using a hands-free wearable breast pump. It is easy to use and can be worn under clothes.
The Benefits of Wearing a Breast Pump
A breast pump is a mechanical device that extracts milk from the breasts of lactating women. Breast pumps may be manual devices, battery-operated, or electrically powered. They are used to extract milk when a woman is unable to do so herself, either because she is working or because her baby is not latching onto her nipple correctly. Some mothers use breast pumps to store milk for future use, while others use them exclusively for pumping and never feed their babies directly from the breast.
There are many benefits to wearing a breast pump, especially if you are a working mother. Pumps allow you to have autonomy over your own body and schedule. You can pump whenever and wherever you want or need to, whether that’s in your office bathroom or in your car on the way home from dropping the kids off at school.
Pumping also gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your baby will always have access to your milk, even if you’re not able to be there yourself. If you’re going on a business trip or taking an extended vacation, you can easily bring along enough pumped milk to last the entire time you’re away without having to worry about finding a place to store it or keeping it fresh.
Additionally, research has shown that babies who consume breastmilk – even if it’s via a bottle – tend to score higher on IQ tests than those who don’t, so pumping gives your child a little boost in addition to providing them with all the other wonderful benefits of breastmilk (like immunity against certain diseases and infections).
So even though it may take some time and effort to get used to using a breast pump, know that it’s definitely worth it in order to feel empowered and give your baby the best start in life possible.
Some Tips for Pumping on the Go
When you are on the go and need to pump, it's important to have a good pumping setup. Here are some tips for pumping on the go:
1. Make sure you have a good pump. A good pump will make all the difference in your pumping experience. Invest in a high-quality pump that will make your life easier.
2. If possible, find a place to sit while you pump. This will help you relax and feel more comfortable while you pump.
3. Pumping can be stressful, so take some time for yourself before you start pumping. Listen to calming music or take some deep breaths to centre yourself.
4. Have everything you need within reach before you start pumping. This includes your water bottle, snacks, phone, etc. Having everything close by will make the process much smoother and less stressful.
How to Choose a Wearable Breast Pump
Choosing a breast pump can be overwhelming, whether you're a first-time mom or a seasoned pro. With so many options on the market, it's hard to know which one is right for you. Do you need a single or double pump? A manual or electric? And what about all of those bells and whistles?
Here are some things to consider when choosing a breast pump:
1. Why do you need a breast pump? Are you planning to return to work full-time or just pumping occasionally while away from the baby? If you're returning to work, you'll need a double electric pump that can express milk quickly and efficiently. For occasional pumping, a single manual or battery-operated pump may be sufficient.
2. How often will you use your breast pump? If you plan to Pump regularly (3 times per day), choose a high-quality electric breast pump with features like hands-free operation and adjustable suction and speed settings. If your pumping needs are more sporadic, look for an easy-to-use manual or portable pump that doesn't require too much set-up time.
3. What is your budget? Breast pumps range in price from $30 to $500+. Electric pumps tend to be more expensive than manual pumps, but they offer faster milk expression and often have additional features like hands-free operation and massage settings. Consider how often you'll use your breast pump when deciding how much to spend.
4. Where will you store your milk? If you have space in the fridge, investing in extra bottles and storage bags may not be necessary. But if refrigerator space is limited, consider buying bottles that attach directly to the breast shield (flange) for easy transfer of milk into storage containers post-pumping session. You can also find storage bags with built-in freezing trays for easy portioning of milk before freezing