It is also known as a mini electric pump, which is run by a motor. It can either be electric or battery-operated, pumping one breast at a time.
Double-Breast Electric Pump
If time is important to you, then this option is for you. It cuts pumping time in half compared to single-breast electric breast pumps.
A hospital-grade pump is your best bet if your child is sick or premature. It typically has a larger motor that can pump more efficiently.
Doctors refer to this type as a multiuser pump as it can allow multiple women to use it safely.
It also works best if you are attempting to establish a sufficient milk supply for your child.
How To Use an Electric Breast Pump
Below are some tips on how to use an electric breast pump to express milk.
- Always make sure that you have clean hands before touching or exposing your breast to the device.
- Ensure that the pump, bottle, and all other parts are also clean and sterile.
- Begin by massaging your breasts for a few minutes. It will aid in the let-down reflex.
- Switch on the machine and place the breast shield or funnel over your nipple. Begin with a slow speed, preferably the lowest setting. It may take a few minutes for your milk to begin flowing, but once it does, you may increase the speed.
- When your milk production begins to slow, switch breasts. Then switch back because you might have more milk to express. It is natural for one breast to produce more milk than the other.
- Remove the breast shield and place a lid on the bottle after emptying both breasts.
Like any other pumped breastmilk, you can choose to refrigerate it right away or leave it out at room temperature for a few hours. Do not forget to wash off and sterilize all the components.