How to choose a breast pump
Every breastfeeding mom has a unique lifestyle and attitude towards breastfeeding. This is exactly why Medela makes a wide range of breast pumps, each one designed to suit a certain lifestyle or situation.
Double or single? Manual or electric pump?
Choosing a breast pump starts with the decision about how often you plan to feed your baby breast milk from a bottle. If you know you will be sharing feeding responsibilities with others more than twice a week, we recommend a breast pump that allows you to express both breasts at once, because simultaneous breast pumping helps to better maintain your milk supply.
If you are feeding breast milk from a bottle twice a week or less, then you can get by with a single electric breast pump. A manual pump is great for travelling or as a backup to your electric pump. Find out which pump fits your needs best according to your lifestyle:
Scenario 1: full-time breastfeeding mum
You want to breastfeed full-time and your baby will only receive breast milk from a bottle a couple of times a week. You are not planning on going back to work or study during the breastfeeding period, so there is no reason why your baby would be separated from you on a daily basis.
Scenario 2: parents with shared feeding responsibilities
You and your partner want to be equally involved in the bonding and feeding experience. While you are breastfeeding, your partner will need you to express your breast milk so they can feed your baby with a bottle. When you go back to work, you will be breast pumping whenever your baby would breastfeed. This milk will be given to your little one by bottle while you are absent.
Scenario 3: healthy term baby and mum, but breastfeeding is a challenge for one or both of them
Your baby was born at term, but you are having trouble establishing breastfeeding and/or lactation. You really want to breastfeed your baby, but you are worried you will not be able to. You are not receiving hospital care, but you are receiving support from a lactation consultant, midwife or other healthcare professional.
In this situation you need to use a breast pump to establish and maintain your milk supply.
Once you and your baby have overcome your breastfeeding and lactation challenges, go back to scenarios 1 and 2 to determine whether it makes sense for you to switch to another pump.
Symphony Rental with Symphony Retail Double Pumping Kit – designed to establish and maintain a mother’s breast milk supply.
Scenario 4: pump-dependent mum
You cannot breastfeed or you are separated from your baby, maybe because your baby was born too early or is ill. You are both still in the hospital and you need help to establish your milk supply.
This is a critical time and your breast milk could make all the difference to your baby's well-being.
Once you and your baby have both been discharged from the hospital and neither of you is experiencing any breastfeeding challenges, go back to scenarios 1 and 2 to determine whether it makes sense for you to switch to another breast pump.
Symphony breast pump with initiation software and sterile single-use pumping kits – a hospital grade breast pump.
The Symphony PLUS Initiation Program Card's technology helps to activate milk production when you are separated from your baby. The sterile single-use pumping kits protect the valuable expressed breast milk by minimising the risk of contamination.
There is a Medela breast pump for every woman’s situation or lifestyle. Regardless of what you choose, remember that all Medela breast pumps feature 2-Phase Expression, which mimics the baby’s natural sucking rhythm.