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Best Breast Pump for Low Milk Supply

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So you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby. But you’re not producing enough milk for your baby. You might have read online that pumping can help with low supply, but there are different types of breast pumps and it can be hard to know which one is the best for you.

It’s normal to experience some challenges while breastfeeding. Whether you need help with supply or your baby is not latched on properly, we have the tips you need to know.

We put together a quick guide to breast pump types and how they work, as well as what problems each type of pump can address and where you can find advice about which one is the best for your baby and needs.

Breast pump types: a brief guide Breast pumps come in all shapes and sizes, with more choices than you might expect. So which one are you most comfortable with? The right breast pump type could be the difference between enjoying breastfeeding and having a good experience, but choosing which one is right for you can be difficult. The first step is knowing what your issues are – have a look at our article on how to choose a breast pump. And once you know what problems to expect from that bottle of pumped milk, look out for these four basic types of breast pumps.

Blend & Blonde

This type of breast pump is made up of a combination of two breast pumps in one, meaning you can use it to feed your baby while also pumping at the same time. The main benefit is that you can be pumping while at work, so if you’re breastfeeding and need to pop out for a bit, it’s still possible. Another perk is that these pumps are great for moms with larger breasts as the cups are designed to fit and hold them more comfortably. They also tend to be slightly cheaper than other breast pump types, but might not be good for moms who suffer from clogged ducts or cysts as they do not have an expression valve and therefore cannot empty out any milk trapped there. These pumps will also come with some sort of container for your milk which makes storage easier than if you only used a single pump (see below).

Blow-molded Bottle Pump

These are one of the most popular breast pumps on the market today. Blow-molded bottles are made to fit a specific brand of breastfeeding bottle that’s designed to feed babies and allow moms to pump milk. There are two main types – plastic blow-molded bottles (most common) and stainless steel blow-molded bottles (less common). The plastic version comes in different sizes, while the stainless steel ones come in multiple sizes so you can choose one that fits your breast size exactly or one slightly bigger for extra comfort.

Cloth Breast Pumps

These pumps are designed to look like regular bras but have a hole in the back, making them easier to use while still being discreet. They are also available in different colors so you can match them with your nursing bra if you prefer. This type of breast pump is great for moms who want a little more freedom when pumping at work, or those who don’t like wearing traditional pads over their nipples as they can be rather itchy. However, cloth breast pumps are not as efficient at pumping and also often have a lower capacity than other types of breast pumps.

Cradle Style Breast Pump

These are designed to fit right over your breasts and provide the most comfortable experience while pumping. They can be either battery or mains powered and come in different styles depending on what you’re looking for – some have more adjustable parts so they will fit snugly to your breast size while others simply hold the pump against your chest. Because of this, cradle pumps tend to be more expensive than other types as they are made with quality materials (not that you should expect much difference in quality from one brand over another). However, because they attach directly to your breasts you get the best expression valve out of them making it easier for your milk to come out even if you have large nipples as I do. If you’re worried about leaking milk after a trip out, then a cradle style might be the right choice for you.

Electric Breast Pumps

These are the most efficient pumps available and are best if you plan on pumping at work or traveling. Some have wheels, which makes them easier to move around, while others come with a handle so they are easy to transport. Some of these breast pumps also offer different settings so you can adjust the speed of the pump and the suction (more suction is better) in order to accommodate more milk at once or less time to produce it.

Finger Pump

These pumps often come with a storage container that also serves as an expression valve which makes them easier for moms who aren’t comfortable using the standard ones and also saves on space by not having a container stand alone next to your breast pump. The downside of this pump type is that it doesn’t allow for full expression, so some moms may need to buy another breast pump after they get home after doing all their pumping, depending on what kind of feeding schedule they have.

Over The Shoulder Pumps

These are designed to be worn over your shoulder and around your chest. They allow you to pump while sitting or standing but often leave the breast exposed. Over-the-shoulder breast pumps may require a bit of manual dexterity when it comes to getting them on but they don’t have a motor so they don’t make any noise when pumping.

Suction Cup Breast Pump

These pumps often come with two cups – one for each breast and are very convenient as they attach to the wall or another cup like most electric breast pumps. They can also be portable as they are designed for pumping during traveling, although these can be rather bulky to move around if you’re only going on short trips with your baby/kiddo. Some moms find them more comfortable because there isn’t much weight against their body, while others feel that it’s not enough suction for getting milk out of their breasts.

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