Breast milk is nature's intended food for infants, and experts recommend that new mothers nurse their infants for at the least the first six months. Breast pumps can make it easier to keep up with nursing when you're away from your baby. At CVS, you'll find a diverse assortment of breast pumps and accessories to simplify breastfeeding. You can purchase a pump and accessories online and have you order delivered to your door.
There are a number of reasons why mothers may choose to use breast pumps. Expressing milk makes it possible for the other parent and caregivers to feed a baby so that Mom can have a break. Breast pumps also allow mothers to return to work and still provide their little ones with breast milk. Plus, pumping can help to support a nursing mother's milk supply.
There are two types of breast pumps available: manual and automatic. A manual pump typically has a lever handle that the user squeezes to create a suction and express milk. With an automatic pump, a battery-powered or electric motor creates the suction, allowing for hands-free use. Generally, automatic breast pumps are recommended for mothers who will be pumping daily, while manual pumps provide a more economical alternative for occasional use. Automatic breast pumps are available in single and double pump models. Usually, single pump models are more affordable. Double pump models are preferred by many women because they speed up the pumping process.
When purchasing a breast pump, you'll need to consider how you will store your breast milk. Some breast pumps collect milk directly into bottles that can be outfitted with nipples for feedings. Others feature disposable bags that can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also purchase milk storage bags and containers separately for storing breast milk.
Many mothers experience discomfort and inconveniences related to nursing, but there are accessories available to help deal with these concerns. Nursing pads can be worn inside of a bra to absorb leaks and prevent embarrassing wet spots on clothing. For nipple irritation, nursing mothers can apply nipple balms, creams and ointments. These products moisturize chapped nipples, promote healing and ease discomfort. Your medical provider can recommend the best nipple irritation relief solution for your needs and give you tips about nursing and using breast pumps.