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Breast pumps in the test: which type is right for you?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast milk is the best nutrition for babies during the first six months of life and beyond. Because breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs, it protects against diseases and strengthens the immune system.

Now six months (or more) is quite a long time, which especially restricts mums in their freedom - if you like to put it that drastically. Because just going out in the evening, returning to work earlier or even traveling without a baby is quite difficult if you want to continue to provide your child with breast milk.

Breast pumps offer a little freedom for mom Express milk in reserve can. The models range from the simple manual breast pump to a fully electric breast pump to a new, cordless electric pump.

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We have gathered our experience in pumping with different models for you. We want to clarify which pump is suitable for which mom.

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Inexpensive, flexible, but exhausting: the manual breast pump

If you only want to express milk every now and then, you don't have to invest in an (expensive) electric breast pump. A simple manual breast pump is sufficient for this purpose. Most manual breast pumps, regardless of brand, cost between 20-30 euros.

We have tested both the Lansinoh manual breast pump (order here from Amazon *) and the Philips Avent manual breast pump (order here from Amazon *).

Both pumps are very similar in structure and use. They consist of a few parts that are easy to assemble and disassemble. A great advantage, because all parts should be cleaned and sterilized after each use. This is easy to do in a pot of boiling water or a microwave sterilizer.

Disadvantage of manual breast pumps: It is quite exhausting to express an adequate amount of milk. In addition, the breast and nipple are quite stressed.

Tip: Prepare your breast for expressing milk. A light massage and / or a warm wrap will help widen and open the milk ducts. Then the milk flows better.

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Less effort, very productive, but little flexibility: the electric breast pump

We recommend women who would like to express larger amounts of milk, for example because they want to return to their job earlier, or women who are unable to breastfeed for various reasons electric breast pump.

You can buy them at your own expense (small, simple devices are available from 30 euros and up) or borrow them from the pharmacy for a fee (the loan fee is usually between 1.50 and 3.00 euros per day).

However, if there is a need to express milk, you should speak to your midwife, gynecologist or pediatrician about it. In such a case you can get the Have an electric breast pump prescribed by prescription. Then the health insurance companies take over the costs. All you have to do is leave a deposit, which you will of course get back when you bring the pump back.

We tested the electric breast pump from Medela Symphony, borrowed from a pharmacy. Assembling and disassembling the pump doesn't take much practice. The application, however, does. So you shouldn't just go for it, but read the instructions for use in peace.

Expressing is effective and quick with an electric pump. The pumping pressure can be easily regulated. The breast and nipples are less stressed than with a manual breast pump. It will stop automatically after 15 minutes of pumping.

Disadvantage of the electric pump: When operated with electricity and a motor, the pump makes a lot of noise. Due to its size, it is also not suitable for traveling. However, there are now also travel-friendly sizes (find here on Amazon *).

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Cleaning the electric pump is a little more complicated than using a simple hand pump. In particular, the hoses through which the milk is transported prove to be tricky. On the one hand, they have to be washed out and sterilized (in boiling water. However, it is particularly important that no residual moisture remains in the hose.

High wearing comfort, great flexibility, but high costs: the cordless electric breast pump

Brand new on the breast pump market is an electric pump that promises to be particularly quiet and also so small and inconspicuous that you can wear it while shopping or simply at work.

We have tested the Elvie Pump (view here on Amazon) * for you and the pump result is positive. It is as quiet as advertised and very comfortable to wear. Expressing feels similar to proper breastfeeding, and it doesn't put undue strain on the breast and nipples.

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However, the Elvie Pump is not quite as inconspicuous as it should be. Especially not if you only wear it on one side. Nevertheless, it is easier, faster and less noticeable to use in the office than a hand or conventional electric breast pump. You have your hands free while pumping and you can confidently devote yourself to other things.

Disadvantage of the Elvie Pump: With a price of around 300 euros for the single pump and 559 euros for the double pump, it is not exactly cheap. But it is definitely worth considering for breastfeeding, working mothers or multiple mothers with little time.

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