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It’s hard to believe, but prior to 1996 double-electric breast pumps weren’t available for at-home use. Now, pumping technology is so advanced moms can express their milk almost anywhere.
We have double pumps, battery packs, car chargers and hands-free devices, but buying a breast pump with all the bells and whistles can set you back almost $400. Before you invest in a breast pump, it’s important to look at your needs in order to get the best pump for you.
Breast milk pumping basics
Unless medical needs dictate otherwise it’s important to establish breastfeeding before you start to pump. Susan Rappin, Medela director of product management, suggests waiting at least four weeks before introducing a bottle. Another tip for moms is to pump in the morning. (Your breasts have the most milk when you wake up.)