A mothers know the importance of feeding their babies exclusively on breast milk. It is recommended that the baby is breastfed for at least the first six months of their life. In fact it is encouraged to an extent that the child should be fed for at least two years if the mother is in sound health.
Breastfeeding your child has many benefits and one of it is giving a boost to his immune system. It helps provide the baby with the antibodies which can help fight against the illness. It also helps develop their brain and improve the digestive tract. It has been researched that it can also reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
The nutrients in the breast milk change over time and are able to meet the needs of a growing baby. Also it can help mothers lose to their post baby weight much faster and can also decrease the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding is convenient because there are no expensive formulas to prepare plus it’s warm and the best part about it is that it is completely free.
Why use breast pumps
However it is all easier said than done. There are times when certain limitations or time constraints that prevent a mother from breastfeeding her child. Take for example a working mum who has to get back to work after three or four months of delivery. In such instances it may be difficult for her to be around her child 24/7. However she can still breastfeed her child if she invests in a breast pump.
In fact a breast pump is indispensable for nursing mums who are returning back to work and still want to continue with their breastfeeding.
Using the right breast pumps
There are quite a variety of breast pumps available in the market. Mothers can use manual pumps, the large pumps, automatic pumps, electric pumps or battery operated pumps. It is important to invest in a pump which is appropriate for a mother’s particular situation.
It should be kept in mind that pumping can be time consuming and it should not be painful or frustrating for the mother. If the mother is short of time and she wants to get back to work an electrical breast pump is a better option because it is able to pump more amount of milk in a shorter period of time.
Choosing the right kind of breast pump can make all the difference for the mother. It can increase convenience and also make breastfeeding a fulfilling experience for her.
It is better to consider a pump which allows for more releases per minute. This in turn can help stimulate the milk supply and therefore is more convenient. The quality and the quantity of the breast milk can differ from one feeding session to the other. Initially it might come out as thin and watery and somewhere in the middle it gets fattier turning into whole milk. Towards the end it becomes creamier. Ideally it is best to get a pump which can mimic the natural sucking action of a baby.