What is a manual breast pump?
A manual breast pump is operated manually by hand to express milk. As opposed to an electric pump, it does not require electricity.
Parts of a breast pump
- The breast shield that fits around the breast and nipple area
- The pump that creates the vacuum that expresses milk
- A milk container that fits below the breast shield and collects the milk.
How to use the breast pump
- Wash your hands and clean the pump.
- Find a private place where you feel relaxed.
- Place the breast shield on your breast. Make sure it covers your nipple.
- Begin pumping and switch breasts about every five minutes.
- Remove the breast shield after you are done.
- Unscrew the bottle and place a cap on it.
- Clean the pump in warm, soapy water and set out to dry.
The advantages of having a breast pump
- It is affordable compared to an electric pump in both the initial price and the running cost.
- You can carry it with you as you travel without worrying about running out of batteries.
- It is quiet and won’t make any noise for you or for your baby.
- It has fewer components and is, therefore, easier to clean and sterilize.