Now, I am in no way insinuating that if you are a pumping mom that you should only own a manual pump. However, if pumping is your game, even occasionally, I think owning a manual pump is so helpful!
Here’s why you should own a manual pump:
- When you’re engorged during the night, it provides quick relief without the hassle of getting your electric pump set up. Seriously, just squeeze and go – then back to bed!
- If you have a fast letdown pumping a little off, then letting your baby nurse can be beneficial. Some people will tell you that a baby should learn to adjust to your letdown speed, but my doctor recommended this for us. It worked really well and I froze any extra milk that I pumped off during the day.
- It’s easy to throw in any bag and travel with – just in case.
Here’s what I don’t recommend a manual pump for:
- Having a whole pumping session, multiple times a day. Can you say sore hands and wrist, yikes! No thanks. In addition, dual pumping has been proven to be more effective when you’re pumping to get the most milk out.
- For my daily pumping at work I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack
Okay, so back to my favorite manual pump. When my doctor recommended pumping off some of my fast let down, I was not excited. I thought manual pumps were from the stone ages. No, thank you. And I also didn’t think I had time to fiddle with an electric pump to only pump for a minute or two. Ugh. However, I conceded and thought I’d give it a try.
The consensus? I completely loved my manual pump. The two big perks? The breast shield was soft and comfortable, and it worked – fast! For frugal families, the price can’t be beat. Plus, I thought the bottle was cute.
Meet the NUK Expressive Manual Breastpump, the pump I never thought I could love ;).
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