Most breastfeeding moms will need to express their milk at some point, and using a breast pump is the most convenient way to do it. If this is your first time breastfeeding, there are a few things to look for in a breast pump so that you don't waste your money on something that ultimately won't suit your needs.
Most new moms aren't sure how they will be pumping. Some stay-at-home moms are able to feed their babies round-the-clock, only occasionally having to pump and store their milk. Moms who work outside of the home may need to invest in a portable pump that they can take and use while in the office. Mayo Clinic suggests waiting to get a pump until after your baby is born, when you will have a better idea as to how you'll be using it.
Buying the wrong kind of breast pump can impact your milk supply. With my first child, I had no idea what to look for, and made the mistake of buying a cheaply made breast pump that immediately lost suction. It would take me an hour of pumping to express two ounces of milk. I then purchased a manual pump which was better, but so exhausting. By the time I figured out that these were the wrong pumps for me, my supply had radically decreased.
There are a few things you will definitely want to look for before investing in the wrong breast pump or risking your milk supply. Here are a few things to look for when shopping for a breast pump.