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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.

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