Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, you may need to use a breast pump to express breast milk. Here are the main types of breast pumps you’ll find
An electric breast pump is one that has its suction powered by mains or batteries. It looks very similar to a manual, with its breast shell and milk collection bottle, but there’s no handle because you don’t need to pump with your hand. Many let you control the suction strength and speed.Electric breast pumps that can be battery powered are more portable than ones that are solely mains powered. Electric breast pumps can help you express in less time than with a manual pump. They can sometimes make a noise, though there are quieter options around.Electric pumps can be hospital grade or for personal use. Hospital-grade pumps are ultra fast and designed for multiple users but cost several hundreds of pounds (about £700-£1,000), so are usually hired.
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