Types of Breast Pumps

It’s really confusing. Really. Especially when there’s different brands and types of breast pumps and what not in the market. Before I got to use it, I totally have no idea what’s the difference. And reading information from the Internet and books simply doesn’t help me to make a decision. The problem is, I have totally no idea what I’ll be faced with. And in the end, after some trying for a month or so, I came up with the my own conclusion.

So to simplify and not to confuse myself (or yourself) even further, I categorized it into 3 groups, generally for those people out there who needs to get it for personal use. Here it is (regardless of the brands):

(1) Manual Breast Pumps – These are basically pumps where you have to do it manually, i.e. pump it yourself instead of the machine doing it for you. Which means, for the 15-30 minutes (or longer) where you sit and pump, you have to keep on pressing the handle. Pros: It’s the cheapest compared to the other two. You get to controlled when the milk is to be pumped. [For first time mum, FYI, sometimes you can actually feel when the milk is about to come out]. And from what I’ve heard, the suction is supposed to be quite good. Cons: It’s really tiring and thus I gave up after only a few tries. Imaging doing a repeated action of closing and opening your palms with force, or maybe, squeezing a stress ball. Price: Less than $100.

(2) Single Electric Breast Pumps – These pumps, as what the name said, only pump a single breast, a.k.a. one at a time. Pros: Since it’s electric, the machine pumps for you. It’s good for those mum who is on total breastfeed, and would like to pump out EXTRA milk after the feed for storage. The price is still acceptable. Cons: If you are thinking of exclusive pumping or to increase your milk supply, this will not be the choice. Milk comes out in this way, if one breast is being stimulated, the other will too, which means, if you pump only one side, milk will still leak out from the other and it’s definitely a wastage (milk is sometimes really precious for some mums)! What’s more, if you intend to pump both side, it’s going to take double the time! And that’s totally inefficient at all! Price: Between $100-$200.

(3) Double Electric Breast Pumps – Double as what it says, pumps 2 breasts at the same time. It’s good, and definitely my recommended choice for full time working mum. Pros: Save time. You’ll get it done in around 20 minutes. Get the hands-free kind and you can pump and do other things at the same time (though sometimes it feels really weird). So much cleaner than pumping one breast only as there’s no leakage and wastage. For some pumps, you still have the option to pump only one breast. Cons: The price is a little steep. Be prepared for that. But I guess you have to pay for all those advantages that it provided. Price: More than $500 (on average).

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RIGHT.

That was what he said half a year ago. I seriously wonder if he still dare to say that now.

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6 weeks. A time to note. A time for vaccination.

Vaccination… Just the thought of it is enough to send shivers down my spine.

Oh. No. It’s not for me (thank God for that) but it’s for the baby. We chose the 6-in-1 after receiving some advices from various friends. Don’t ask me what is it for. I only know it’s compulsory and Hep B is in it. Anyway, it’s time for her first dose of vaccination and after considering other pediatricians, we decided to stick to her assigned PD at the hospital – Dr Simon Ng.

Today is the day… and we definitely learned something from it…

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FOCUS. PUMP.

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Thoughts – Eat. Sleep. Pump.

The lactation consultant from Mount Alvernia called just now to see how I’m doing with my breastfeeding. So nice of her… It’s just too bad that I already stopped breastfeeding directly. But nonetheless, she did give me some advice on what I should do since the amount of milk that I pumped out doesn’t seem to be improving. And I really mean… hardly… (and sadly)… AND it’s after I’d increased the number of pumps to 9 times (which according to her, is considered quite a lot), and I’d taken fenugreek for almost 2 weeks!

Well, there’s a few main points that she gave me and I thought it’s rather good to just share it. Basically it’s just EAT, DRINK, SLEEP, CONCENTRATE and you will PUMP well. So have you done all of the above?

Let me elaborate a little… and this is (I think) in order of importance…

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1.43am – Yes! I finally managed to wake up after oversleeping for the past few days! Time to pump! PUMP! PUMP! PUMP! PUMP! PUMP! PUMP!

6.05am – Goodness… Luckily I left only 6 legendary items. Now, some of those that I have is beyond the search display pages! On average, I got each of this at 300k of gold. Damn. That’s like 1.8mil of gold gone! Hmm… cannot… must try and sell it off cheap before I get stuck with it for nothing!

9.55am – Little milkie can see quite far now! Her eyes will “follow” you when you move. SO CUTE!

10.30am – Why there seems to be so many problems arising just after 2 months? O.O?

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5.49am – In my head, while lying on the bed with my eyes still closed: “Oh damn, I think I missed my pump. The breasts feel so heavy… Should have pumped just now at 12am+ when I woke up and carried the baby. Seems like now its already 3am…” *Yawn, stretch, reaches for the handphone*

O.O”’ Did I see wrongly?? It’s almost 6am?! That’s 8 hours with no pumps! AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

6.12am – WOW! This is insane! The legendary items of D3 after the patch is like WOW!! How am I going to sell those that I still have? Hmm… How many more do I still have?

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12.57pm – I finally got the time to take a short break and sit down in front of my computer, other than the times where I’m sitting in front while pumping, and surfing the Internet with only ONE free hand. Sigh… Looking after a newborn baby is really hard work. Working is SO MUCH easier even during launching of projects. And I’m still freaking tired even though I slept for longer hours and delayed a few pumps this morning, attributing to the disturbed sleep.

Hmm… suddenly I realised it’s so quiet out there… where’s the baby? O.O?

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7.39am – The sis had gone to Malacca for a 3D2N break (wished I can travel now too). I just finished pumping my milk. There’s another hour before the next pump. Little milkie is sleeping now. Should I be sleeping too, to catch up on my sleep? Or should I be catching up on the blog posts? Hmm…

8.11am – Okay… There goes my plan of catching up with the sleep. Little milkie just woke up from a fright, and now she’s awake. Got to take over the “shift” from my parents and carry her to sleep first.

8.53am – Back. With a cup of milk. Managed to make her sleep and put into her own playpen. *Phew* But still, I can’t sleep now because I’m still on “duty”. Anyway, it’s almost the time for the next pump. I woke up late again so… *Cough* You know, it really isn’t easy to wake up in the middle of the night.

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5.20am – Hmm… why do I feel my breast a little hard?… … … O.O … *Stares at the time on my handphone* SHIT! Is it 5am+ already??? Did I miss out on a pump??? *Jumps up and looks through the record book* SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!! *Runs off to prepare for pumping*

7.25am – Crap… Delayed the pumping by too much. I wonder how am I suppose to squeeze in 9 pumps today…

10.34am – Pumping the milk now (again). Will need to make a trip down to the bank later on to settle little milkie’s CDA account for the Cordlife before I can go and get my things. 2 hours, enough?

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5.47am – Almost dawn soon and I’ve been awake for the last 3 hours for a pumping, a hungry and crying baby, a poopy baby, a sleepy baby and then another pumping. No wonder my wrinkles appeared.

If only I’m sleeping beside the lil’ hub now.

10.32am – Sometimes, you just have to bear with the fact of not always beside your little one, and let the rest take care instead… I’d been resting since my last pump which ended an hour ago. And subsequently after that, took my breakfast and had quite a nice rest, definitely for the arms. Am I a little bad? *LOL*

So feel like going out now, to Arab Street, to buy something. Wonder if I can drop by the shop later on. Should I request for it? Hmm… But… it’s a little far from where I am. And what else do I need to do today? Okay, call the clinic whose phone had been engaged since 9am! Shall try calling them again. Good morning peeps! ^^

11.08am – *fingers crossed* Today the bathing session seems better… Hope it stays that way from now on…

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5.26pm – Am finally resting and lying on the bed. Attempts to write on the blog for the past weeks kept getting disrupted by planned and unexpected events. Even for now, I’m writing this using my iPhone. Thoughts at this point – did the baby just made some noise? Yes, this is what always happened, which means there’s a possibility of me stopping anytime. Usually after rocking little milkie to sleep (by either of us), it’s either pumping or resting time. Sometimes even both of these can be disrupted without any warning. That’s my life now, surrounding over the little one and pumping out of the milk, and hardly any time of my own. Running of errands had to be quick. Showers and meals had to be quick. Sleeps are short and disrupted. All of these and many more, resulted in extremely broken thoughts. Another half an hour more to pump. I better get some good rest now.

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