Breast Pumps

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I keep hearing that breastfeeding is the best choice for babies. What are the main benefits of breastfeeding my baby?

Science has proven that breast-fed babies have a healthier start in life.  Human milk contains balanced nutrients that closely match infant requirements for brain development, growth and a healthy immune system.  Human milk contains agents that protect the baby against viruses and parasites.  Breast milk is easily digested and is often recommended for premature babies, since it is the best option for an immature digestive system.

Are the benefits of breastfeeding short term?

The benefits of breastfeeding last longer than the first few months. Breastfed babies have lower rates of several chronic childhood diseases. The resistance to disease lasts throughout childhood. Furthermore, breastfed infants gain less weight and tend to be leaner at 1 year of age than formula-fed infants.  This growth pattern lasts throughout childhood and into adulthood. Therefore, breastfeeding helps to reduce obesity.

Are there any benefits to the mother?

Yes, not only is breastfeeding the best choice for the baby, but it is also good for the mother.  Breastfeeding helps the mother’s body return to its normal size and shape more quickly, and it reduces blood loss after delivery.  There is evidence that breastfeeding reduces the chance for breast cancer and ovarian cancer later in the mother’s life.  Also, breastfeeding can save a family hundreds of dollars a year, even with the cost of breast pumps.

I have heard that breast milk changes to meet the needs of the baby. Is that true?

Yes, breast milk changes so that it is always perfect for the baby’s developmental stages.  For example, when a baby is newborn, the mother’s milk is called colostrum. Colostrum lasts for several days after the birth of the baby.  It is much thicker than the milk that is produced later in breastfeeding.  Colostrum is high in protein, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and immunoglobulins. Two to four days after birth, colostrum will be replaced by transitional milk and then by mature milk. The mother’s milk is always the perfect “formula” for her baby.

What should I expect in the first few weeks of breastfeeding my baby?

At 2-4 days, your milk will “come in” and you will feel more full.  This is normal.  Nurse your baby frequently at this time.  Mild nipple tenderness is normal in the first week.  You can use nipple shields and Purelan nipple cream available at Home Health Products to help alleviate the tenderness.  You can expect your baby to nurse every two to four hours in the first few weeks. It is best that you do not offer your baby bottles for the first four weeks, as the baby sucks differently on a bottle nipple, and the baby may become confused.

If I go back to work, will I have to stop breastfeeding?

We know that women are very busy today.  It is difficult for them to juggle being a full-time mother, a full-time employee, and be committed to breast-feeding at the same time.  You can still breastfeed, however by pumping your milk. You may choose to purchase a personal breast pump. At Home Health Products, we offer quality breast pumps from leading manufacturers.

What kind of breast pump is best?

A double-pump, electric breast pump is usually the best choice for a mother committed to breastfeeding. The electric pump mimics the sucking action of the baby. A baby sucks hard and fast during the first part of a feeding, and then slows down.

Why should I consider a breast pump?

A breast pump can be a great help to your breastfeeding experience.  The pump can be used to alleviate engorgement and clogged ducts. Pumping can help to increase your milk supply if your baby is not getting enough.  Also, you can pump and store the milk for the times you must be away from your baby, or if you would like for the father to feed the baby. We stock freezer bags so that you can freeze your milk for the future.

Will my insurance pay for a breast pump?

Insurance coverage for breast pumps is more common now, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Your insurance may pay, or may not pay depending on the policy.  Some insurances policies limit coverage to low cost single pumps while others pay for higher quality double pumps.  Our billing experts will be glad to verify your insurance on your behalf to check coverage.