How does pumping work?

Electric or manual pumps create suction to pull and release your nipple and extract milk from your breast, much like a baby does.

The best pump for you will depend on your personal situation and preference. Some choices include:

  • Hospital grade pump – these can be hired from hospital or purchased, with newer brands making them more affordable. They are best for use under 6 weeks or for exclusively pumping as they are stronger than a standard double/single electric pump.
  • Double/single electric pump – with a double electric pump you can express from both breasts at the same time, which sends signals to the brain to increase your output, making the process quicker and more efficient. Best used over 6-8 weeks once your supply has fully established.
  • Manual pump – smaller, more portable and less expensive, but more time consuming as you will need to manually express from each breast
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