Looking for the best breast pump to buy in Australia? Motherhood and breast pump ownership seem to go hand in hand nowadays, with Australia even recognizing breastfeeding as right instead of a privilege.
Finding one isn’t always easy though. When I was expecting my first child, I had to literally spend days looking for the ideal breast pump that will last me for a long time. Here’s what I found out:
Manual or Electric Pump
Electric pumps need to be plugged in order to work – which means that your power source has to be reliable. A manual one gives you the benefit of usability regardless of where you’re located – but it also takes a bit of work on your part.
Of course, there’s the healthy middle of battery-operated breast pumps but I realized that with these, the suction is slower and the batteries run out quickly.
Personally, I loved the electric breast pump with a handy and cheap manual one on the side for emergency purposes.
The suction power needed to draw milk out of a woman’s breast varies from one person to another – as we soon found out when my sister borrowed my electric pump.
The low setting wasn’t working for her as it did for me. Fortunately, my electrical pump has an adjustable suction so it’s possible to kick it up a notch for other users.
This is not a problem with manual pumps but if you’re going to buy an electric one, my advice is to find one with an adjustable suction. Look into the cup as well – you want to make sure that it fits over the breast.
Assembly and Transportation
As a working mom, I knew I needed a breast pump that I can easily dissemble for quick transport. Most breast pumps today are fairly small – but they’re still bulky so you can’t carry them inside a convenient handbag.
This shouldn’t stop you though and with the smaller versions, you can quickly take it to the office and subtly use it during break time.
It’s also perfect for when going on vacations or long trips! I personally chose a model that comes in a convenient travel case.
If you don’t see yourself traveling with the baby or if you don’t want to bring one in the office however, then this shouldn’t be a major issue.
No matter where or how you use the breast pump, you’re going to have to clean it at some point. Go for one that’s easy to clean with parts that are dishwasher-friendly.
This should decrease the job you have to do when preparing milk for the baby. Believe me – being able to just jump the parts in the dishwasher for a quick clean would make your life a whole lot easier.
Double or Single Pump
Do you plan to suction both breasts at the same time or just one at a time? If you’re working – a double breast pump is ideal because it marginally increases the supply.
This means you don’t have to express milk as much or as often. If work won’t take most of your time, however, a single pump would be enough.
From time to time, it’s also a good idea to simply feed the baby milk directly from your breasts. This helps foster the bond between baby and mom.
Available Replacement and Accessories
This is a consideration that I, sadly, learned a little too late. I bought an electric pump with parts and accessories that are a quite difficult to find in the market. Don’t make the mistake that I did and ask if there are available replacement parts for sale if needed.
Of course, don’t forget the fact that your purchase would be limited by your budget. Settle on a budget and find brands with good reviews and go from there.
Note that some insurance companies in Australia also cover breast pump purchases so start with the brands covered by your insurer.