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There is hardly anything more intimate than nursing a baby. Breastfeeding contributes to bonding of mother and child and thus even helps to get over difficult situations later on. But what are you supposed to do when your milk is flowing but you as mom are not always available for your baby? In this case a breast pump can come in super handy, because it ensures that your baby is nourished with your valuable breast milk while you can take some time off and run your errands. Modern breast pumps as well as the opportunity to store breast milk in sterile containers relieve young families while supplying the baby with what he needs.

Storage & portioning

There is hardly anything more intimate than nursing a baby. Breastfeeding contributes to bonding of mother and child and thus even helps to get over difficult situations later on. But what are you supposed to do when your milk is flowing but you as mom are not always available for your baby? In this case a breast pump can come in super handy, because it ensures that your baby is nourished with your valuable breast milk while you can take some time off and run your errands. Modern breast pumps as well as the opportunity to store breast milk in sterile containers relieve young families while supplying the baby with what he needs. More information >

What makes breast milk so valuable?

Breast milk is said to be the ideal diet for the first six months of an infant’s life. In particular, the so-called colostrum – more commonly known as first milk or beestings – is rich in protein and contains everything a baby needs in his first days. Colostrum promotes digestion and excretion and supplies baby with vital vitamins and antibodies. Later on the concentration of nutrients in the milk changes while still meeting all of baby’s requirements perfectly. That is why, it is recommended that every mother should feed their baby with nothing else but breast milk for at least the first three to four months. Being fed with breast milk has many benefits for your child because it ensures that he grows healthily and that his immune system is strengthened optimally.

Storing and portioning breast milk

In addition to breast pumps, there are also plenty of opportunities for storing breast milk. When stored in suitable containers, the milk’s shelf live in the fridge is about three to five days. Special bags suitable for freezing ensure unlimited keepability. However, you should never defrost or warm up pumped milk in the microwave. On the other hand, microwaves are suitable for sterilising the containers and bottles.

Pumping milk makes you flexible in terms of time

Breastfeeding, however, can become a challenge especially when there are older children in the house, family members that are in need of special care or when mothers don’t want to give up their job completely. In such cases, a breast pump can do an excellent job for relieving the mother. How nice it would be, if you were to get a whole night’s sleep and your husband took over the job of feeding the baby with the bottle. Being equipped with a breast pump allows you to pump and store your milk. Perhaps you would like to spend some time together with your partner after the time of pregnancy and the laborious delivery of your baby. Pumping breast milk and then storing it appropriately allows you to take some time off and leave your child in the charge of grandma and granddad without worries. Even if you start working again not long after birth, a breast pump is a great alternative that allows you to pump milk and store it in the fridge.

strong>When is it useful to use a breast pump?

Not only when the mother is not available can a breast pump be used for pumping milk and then storing it in special containers or bags. When you suffer from sensitive nipples or even mastitis, pumping milk with a breast pump and then storing it in the fridge or freezer is highly recommended. This way, you can defrost and warm up the milk effortlessly and without fearing the nutrients in the milk to be lost. In addition to this, when frozen, the keepability of the milk is unlimited. A breast pump can also be used in the first postnatal period, when your baby drinks less than expected or has to stay in the incubator due to potential complications. Many new moms also suffer from breast engorgement. In order to make sure that this doesn’t lead to a painful infection, using a breast pump can be quite helpful.

How does a breast pump work?

Breast pumps are available in different versions. There are also breast pumps you can borrow and others that can be prescribed by your health insurance if you suffer from mastitis. Nevertheless, buying a breast pump for individual use is definitely worth it, because it ensures that you can choose a type that meets your demands and fits you best and it doesn’t make you depend on a loan period or subject to time-consuming paperwork and visits to the doctors or the authorities. Also, you never know whether you might need the breast pump for a longer period of time because you wish to continue pumping milk for your baby. Storing the pumped milk in the fridge or freezing it without a limited keepability allows you doing so. Using modern breast pumps is both easy and very comfortable. They are perfect to fit your breast, stimulate the milk flow and imitate the sucking behaviour of your baby.

What types of breast pumps are there?

There are three basic types of breast pumps:

  • Manual breast pumps

Manual breast pumps are suitable for being used when you are away from home because they don’t require any electricity and work without much effort. However, they are only suitable for pumping small amounts of milk that can then be stored in the fridge for a short time in order to make sure that your little one gets his next meal.

  • Electric breast pumps

Electric breast pumps are way more comfortable because they feature a motor which takes over the pumping while stimulating the milk flow at the same time. These types of breast pumps are suitable for pumping large amounts for being stored for a short time or else frozen.

  • Double breast pumps

Double breast pumps are perfect for pumping both of your breasts at the same time which makes the pumping process way faster. This way, you can save some of your precious time. Furthermore, these breast pumps stimulate the milk flow optimally and ensure that you can stock up a larger amount of milk for freezing.

Breast pumps also have the benefit of emptying your breast completely.

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