Why I Really Need Breast-Pump?


What is Breast-Pump?

A breast-pump is a device that lactating women use to extract milk from their breast. It may be powered by hand, battery or electic. 

A breast pump is typically held in place by hand, nursing bra, or breast pumping bra. Breast pumps extract milk from the breasts by creating a seal around the nipple and applying and releasing suction to the nipple, which expresses milk from the breast. Each suction and release combination is called a cycle.

When you can’t be there for your baby, your breast milk still can. Using a quality breast pump will help you maintain your milk supply when you are away from your baby or if your baby is too premature or sick to breastfeed. There are also manual options in case of emergency, power outage or an unplanned situation.


All breast pumps consist of a few basic parts:

a. Shield: a cone-shaped cup that fits over the nipple and the circular area surrounding the nipple (the areola).

b. Pump: creates the gentle vacuum that expresses milk. The pump may be attached to the breast-shield or have plastic tubing to connect the pump to the breast-shield.

c. Milk Container: a detachable container that fits below the breast-shield and collects milk as it is pumped.


Types of Breast Pumps


Manual Breastpump

Extracts milk from one breast at a time.

Once the breast-shield is placed over the nipple and areola, a handle or lever is squeezed to create suction and express milk from the breast. The breast milk is then collected in an attached container.

Single Electronic Breastpump

Extracts milk from one breast at a time.

Uses batteries or a cord plugged into an electrical outlet.

Can be adjusted to create different patterns of suction to find a setting that closely mimics nursing baby, including features with phases such as let-down.

Small, compact and light: fits into a handbag.

Double Electronic Breastpump

Extract milk from both breasts at the same time. More milk in less time.

Uses batteries or a cord plugged into an electrical outlet.

Can be adjusted to create different patterns of suction to find a setting that closely mimics nursing baby, including features with phases such as let-down.


Reasons To Use Breast-Pump?

Not everyone needs a breast pump but a good breast pump is a wonderful tool to have available when it is needed. For my first baby, I was discharge on the 2nd of labour but baby still need to be monitored for another day in hospital and not nursing well. On the third day after labour, I started to have breast engorgement and I do manual expression by hand. I tried my best to manually express the milk for about half hour every two hours but it is very very tiring. On the fifth day, I begged my husband to go to buy an breast-pump as I was extremely exhausted with the manual expression.

Relieve pain from engorgement. Initially, I tried to express manually by hand but it is very tedious as I have to keep express for about 20-30minutes every 2hours. I am extremely exhausted and can’t really rest during my confinement. When breasts are overly full and engorged with breastmilk, I use a breast pump to express enough milk to provide relief from pain.

Baby is unable to nurse properly or has difficulty latching-on. My first baby that has difficulty latching-on. In order to provide breastmilk, I have to express breastmilk for feedings. A pump will also provide breast stimulation to increase and maintain a sufficient supply of milk. Also, if breasts are very full, pumping some milk out can make it easier for baby to nurse properly.

Prefers to feed baby from bottle. I prefer to breastfeed directly if I can but during the first few months, I will get comments from parents, partner, and confinement lady. Whenever baby cries, the first thing that they will say is maybe baby is hungry. Did she drink a lot just now? I cannot answer how much baby had drank because I can’t measure. So, I will choose to pump and feed baby from the bottle to show that the baby finished 2oz or 3oz. If baby cries 30minutes later, they won’t bother to ask me that the

Need to return to work. Like many new mothers, returning to work shortly after giving birth is a reality, but by pumping and storing milk while at work I can continue to provide baby with breastmilk as long as I would like.

Avoid supplementing feedings with infant formula. By expressing own breastmilk, I can continue to feed baby only breastmilk even when we must be apart during baby’s meal times.

Allow dad or other family members to feed baby. When I expresses breastmilk for later feedings, dad and older siblings can give feedings to help me and bond with the new baby.

Give mom a chance to relax. Breastfeeding on demand can easily wear any mother out occasionally. Having a bottle of expressed milk available allows me to take some much needed time for myself while someone else takes care of baby.

Create an emergency supply. I need to pump and store an emergency supply of breastmilk in the freezer to use for feedings in case I becomes sick or needs to take medication.

Maintain milk supply. By using a breast pump to stimulate milk production I can keep supply up so that I can breastfeed her baby when they are together.


What to Look for in a Breast-Pump?

Here is what I look for when choosing and buying a breast-pump:-

  • Electronic       : Then, my hands are free to do other things. Or I can relax while pumping.
  • Double-pump : More milk in less time
  • Battery operated: Because I will be mobile and there are places that don’t have power supply
  • Portable         : Easily store and transport from home, office and while travelling.
  • Price              : My budget for breast-pump are around RM500.


You may read my review on the two breast-pump that I used:-
Medela Mini Electronic Breast-Pump
In December 2012, I bought Medela Mini Electronic Breast-pump which cost below RM500. On the 5th day after labour, I requested my husband to go and buy any electronic breast-pump for me as my hand is tired and I’m exhausted from manual expression of breastmilk.

Spectra M1 Breast-pump
In April 2017, I bought Spectra M1 at the price of RM470 with free gifts. The free gift are Spectra Premium BreastShield Set (includes 1 Breastshield 28mm, 1 white valve, 1 tubing, 1 back flow preventer, 1 wide neck PP bottle, and 1 teat) and 2pcs Reusable Nano Silver Ice Pack (antibacterial & deodorization function).


What do you look for when buying a breast-pump?