Breast pumps are on every mom’s wish list, but with so many options out there how do you know which one to choose? Well, there are a few things to take into consideration. First, does your insurance cover the cost or will you be paying for it out of pocket? Prices can range from $15-$500 so having a budget in mind will help to narrow down the options. Many insurance companies cover some if not all of the cost of a breast pump, so the third trimester is a great time to reach out and ask about coverage. There are also companies that will handle all of the insurance paperwork for you for a small fee.
After budget and coverage has been established, it’s important to consider what you think your pumping needs will be. If you’re planning on staying home for the first year or longer and pumping only on occasion, a hospital grade plug in double electric pump may be perfect for you. On the other hand, if you are returning to a job where you’re on your feet and have little time for pump breaks, a wearable breast pump might be the best option. If you are planning on exclusively pumping, vacuum strength might be the most important feature to consider. Not all breast pumps are created equal, so it’s important to check if the pump you are considering is hospital grade.
It’s also important to note that there are closed and open systems, so whichever pump you choose make sure to read the manual closely when it comes to cleaning and pump maintenance. With the amazing advances in pump technology and all the options available, make sure to pick the pump that works best for your budget and lifestyle.