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How to Choose a Breast Pump?

It is best to contact your insurance company to determine if a breast pump will be sent to you under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  It is important to ask questions about the breast pump that will be sent to you.  Your insurance company may arrange for the breast pump to be sent to you promptly or it may be several weeks to several months.  The breast pump sent to you by your insurance company will be the “insurance pump” and will not be the same as the breast pumps available in familiar retail settings.  When you receive the breast pump, confirm that it meets your specific needs. 

Choosing a quality breast pump to meet one’s individual needs can be overwhelming.  That is where the educated staff at Becoming Mothers can assist in the decision of which personal use pump is most suited for you. Becoming Mothers believes in the “2 phase expression” technology that is incorporated in the Medela breast pumps and offers a full selection of the personal use breast pump line.

The Medela Free Style Breast Pump features “2 phase expression”, allowing you to stimulate a quick let-down and effectively express both breasts at the same time. This smart and powerful pumping technology is proven to mimic a baby’s natural nursing pattern and get more milk in less time. Rechargeable battery allows for 3 hours of pumping time per charge, it’s small and lightweight (less than 1 pound and can fit in the palm of your hand!) so is ideal for mom’s on the go. Additional features include LCD screen; lit, digital display can also be used as a nightlight for those late pumping sessions, memory button which allows mom to save her favorite pumping pattern for ease and efficiency for the next pumping session, and a cute tote bag to hold pumping essentials and more. All of the coordinating accessories are removable, so tote can be used separately. The hands-free attachments give you complete freedom while pumping. The Free Style is ideal for women pumping on a daily basis.

The Pump In Style Advanced (PNSA) is the only double-electric retail pump with breakthrough 2-Phase Expression pumping for maximum milk flow. First researched and developed for hospital breast pumps, 2- Phase Expression is an advanced pumping pattern that mimics a baby’s nursing rhythm by pumping in two distinct modes. It closely mimics what an infant actually does at the breast. The stimulation phase illicits more let-downs of milk and the expression phase is the most efficient in emptying. The Advanced Pump is ideal for women pumping on a daily basis.

Medela’s Swing Pump is a portable, single-breast electric pump with 2-phase expression technology designed for faster let-down and milk flow. It features “2-phase expression”, allowing you to stimulate a quick let-down It`s a single-breast electric pump, includes Massaging SoftFit™ breast shield and adjustable vacuum and speed for customized comfort. All parts that come into contact with breastmilk are BPA/DEHP Free.

Medela’s Harmony Hand Pump is the only retail hand pump that also features 2-Phase Expression pumping for maximum milk flow. Though a manual, single-breast pump, the Harmony is a handy, effective pump for women looking either to relieve engorgement and/or pump an occasional bottle.  The Harmony Hand Pump is ideal for women pumping on an infrequent basis.