More than likely if you have made it to this page you are either planning to breastfeed, or you are breastfeeding. The next question you need to ask yourself before deciding which breast pump you need is whether you really need one. I know that may sound odd, but some mothers do not need a breast pump. They are convenient to have in most cases but not always a requirement. If you are going to be employed full-time (more than 25 hours a week) or planning to pump exclusively whether by choice or for a premature baby, are adopting a baby, skip ahead to the bottom of the page to decide which you need. However, if you will not be working full-time or pumping exclusively, please read on.
When you ask yourself the question “Do I need a breast pump?” there are a few factors to consider.
Yes! I’m a SAHM who takes her baby everywhere.
Will you nurse in public?
You probably do not need a breast pump in any of these circumstances if you are proficient at hand expressing. Hand expressing is a learned art. Once learned, you may find you can express 3 to 5 ounces in very little time. A few mothers find they can hand express enough milk for a whole day’s separation, such as working out-of-the-home (WOH) full-time. However, most mothers, whether WOH or SAHM still prefer a breast pump.
If after reading the above, you have determined that you do need a breast pump, let’s see if we can determine which one is best for you by selecting which answer most suits your situation.
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