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August 24, 2016
Manual breastpumps (hand expression pumps) are often overlooked when moms are shopping for a breast pump, but these small pumps offer so many benefits — they require no electricity, are powered by hand, and offer a quick and easy pumping option for busy moms. There are many ways that a manual breast pump can help mom get the breast milk she needs.
Setup is so easy for a manual breast pump. The breast shield connects to the valve and membrane that leads the milk into the bottle. The place where the tubing is present on a double electric breast pump is replaced with the hand pump lever to supply the power for the suction.
Finding a power source can be an issue for a mom who travels often. If there isn’t a place at work, in the car or even at home to pump, the manual pump is able to work regardless of location. This can save busy moms a lot of time when they are on the go and don't have time to find a place to plug in!
A backup manual breast pump is something to consider in times of need. If there is a power outage, if you experience problems with your electric pump, or if you are traveling, a manual pump can be used until your electric pump can be used again. The price for a manual pump is significantly less than an electric pump. This will help if your insurance does not cover a breast pump or if something happens to your original pump.
Setting your own pace is also something to be considered with selecting a breast pump. Though using a manual pump is definitely more physically demanding, you will become accustomed to the pump with practice. Once you get a rhythm down, manually pumping becomes less daunting.
Medela offers a manual breast pump through Aeroflow Breastpumps called the Harmony pump. The Harmony offers support to get moms through the adjustment period of breast pumping. The Harmony comes with the manual pump, the breast shield in 24 mm and 27 mm sizing, 1 (5 oz.) bottle, bottle stand, and 2 membranes. This kit provides mom with everything needed to pump manually!
Again, moms should look into which breast pump will help them the most. Talking to friends, lactation consultations, or your doctor can always help answer any of your questions!
If you are interested in a manual or electric breast pump, it might be covered by your insurance. Through Aeroflow Breastpumps, you can apply to find out if one is covered through your insurance for free! This is all in thanks to the Affordable Care Act compliant insurance policies. Please visit the Qualify Through Insurance link to see if you’re qualified for a breast pump covered at 100%. Let us start working on your breast pump needs for you!
Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.