The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Manual Breast Pump
When I had my first two children I used a manual breast pump because it was cheaper than the electric pumps on the market and I didn’t need to express milk very often. When I had my third child I decided to purchase an electric pump. There are several advantages and disadvantage to using a manual or hand pump. Here are a few things you may want to consider before making your first purchase.
Affordability: Manual breast pumps are the least expensive. They range in price from $15 to $60 depending on the brand and available options. My first breast pump was an Advent that cost about $29.
Availability: Manual breast pumps are usually sold in drug stores and are easily found in most communities.
Portability: Manual breast pumps do not require electricity or batteries. Good old fashion manual labor is what makes these pumps work.
Clean up: Most manual pumps have few parts to assemble and are easy to set up and easy to clean.
There are several disadvantages to using a manual pump.
Inconsistency: Manual breast pumps can be inconsistent and unreliable in the quality of suction.
Time: Manual pumps take about 15 to 20 minutes to drain each breast.
Fatigue: Manual pumps require manual power and can be very exhausting to use.
Part time use: A manual pump is best suited for part-time use. People who require frequent full time milk expression should use an electric pump instead.