How to Choose a Breast Pump

Updated: May 25


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Choosing a breast pump can be overwhelming, especially for first-time mums, as there is a wide variety available. How do you know which type you need - an electric one, a double breast type, or a manual pump?


In all honesty, it depends on different factors, including your lifestyle and budget. Here are some important aspects to consider when choosing the right breast pump.


Frequency of use

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How often you use a breast pump depends on your overall lifestyle - do you intend to purchase one for regular or occasional use?


If you use a breast pump frequently, consider getting an electric breast pump for a more efficient pump. This is also especially useful for back-to-work mothers as they don’t have the luxury of time or an ideal environment. A manual pump is not as ideal for such situations as they typically do not pump as fast or as easy when compared to electric pumps. An all-time favourite is the Elvie Pump - Electric Breast Pump which features a seamless wearable design - making it possible to pump anytime, anywhere.


However, if you’re a stay-home mother who is exclusively breastfeeding, a manual breast pump such as the Elvie Curve -Wearable Manual Breast Pump will be suitable for use in the comfort of your own home. Use it whenever you need to relieve your engorged breasts or store reserves for occasional time away from your baby.


Adjustable suction levels

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When choosing a breast pump, be sure that you’re able to control the stimulation intensity level as it affects your comfort and efficiency of milk expression. Opt for one with at least 7-10 suction levels to suit your body’s comfort and optimal effectiveness for pumping.


Is it the right fit?


A common misconception about choosing your breast shield size is that it corresponds to your cup size, but it’s based on your nipple (or flange) size. Measure the width of the base of your nipple with a ruler and check with the breast shield size chart to get your corresponding size. Keep in mind that the size of your nipple may change throughout your breastfeeding journey. Hence, you may need a few sizes. The Elvie Pump comes with the 24mm and 28mm Breast Shield by default, and you can purchase the 21mm separately if you need a smaller size.


It’s important to measure correctly to get a correct fit to make sure your nipple is centered in the flange and moves freely while pumping, or it might result in a less effective pumping session and discomfort or sore nipples.


Ease of use and cleaning

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It’s frustrating to use a breast pump that’s difficult or troublesome to assemble and clean, so get one that has minimal parts and easy assembly for a seamless experience!


Depending on your lifestyle, consider the features a breast pump can offer - lightweight and portable, noise level, easy to assemble, take apart, and clean.


For maximum comfort and use, wearable breast pumps are likely to be the best option for you. The Elvie Electric Hands-free breast pump allows mothers to multitask while pumping. This works perfectly for busy mums on the go as they fit discreetly in the bra, are silent, and connect easily to your smartphone app to control the settings digitally - making it truly hands-free.


With just 5 parts to clean and assemble, keep your wireless pumping experience stress-free and hassle-free!


Alternatively, for those who prefer a manual breast pump, the Elvie Curve only has 2 parts to clean. Made with soft-touch silicone and a valve to control the level of suction, experience gentle milk expression and let-down collection for ultimate comfort and convenience.


Duration of use


When considering either an electric or battery-powered pump, assess the duration of how long the pump can last, and how fast it takes to recharge. The battery life of your breast pump should last you through the day as you will need to pump frequently, with each pump session lasting about 20 - 30 minutes. The Elvie Pump requires 2 hours for a full charge and is usable for approximately 2.5 hours depending on the intensity setting used. Fortunately, it can be charged easily anywhere using a micro-usb.


More on Breast Pumps

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Whether you’re a stay-home mum or a working mum, it’s vital to know whether you’re getting the right breast pump so you can comfortably and effectively pump.


If you’re looking for breast pumps, nursery essentials, or any other pregnancy-related items in Singapore, feel free to reach out to us or browse our website. Drop by our showroom for any essentials you will need for yourself and your precious little one!