A breast pump is a type of mechanical device that extracts the breast milk from women who is lactating. It can be operated manually, using electricity or batteries. Many times women who are breastfeeding will use this to continue to breastfeeding after they return to work. The breast milk collected can be kept at room temperature for as long as six hours or refrigerated for as long as eight days. It can also be frozen for twelve months in a deep freezer. In today's market there are many different types of breast pumps so it is important that you give some thought as to your needs before purchasing one.

One important factor that you should consider is how often you will be using it. To figure this out you will need to know how much you will be away from your baby. If you are going to be out of the house for several days during the week the double electric breast pump would work the best. If you have a full time job you can expect to use the breast pump several times a day so you will need a pump that is fast and efficient at removing the breast milk. One reason you might need this type is that you will probably be dumping on your breaks. The one that fits this description is the double electric breast pump as it empties milk from both breasts at the same time. It also is the one that closely imitates the suction of your baby's mouth. The drawback with this type of pump is that it is the one that is least portable and the most expensive.

The single pump can save you money but it also takes longer to extract the milk since it does one breast at a time. This is the type of pump you would need it you do not expect have to pump often or you can take a long break at work. If a woman is only going to pump occasionally the ideal one would be the manual one. The manual one can also be used while-on-the go. It is also the one that is the cheapest. It does not require batteries or an electrical outlet because you use your hand to pump the handle. A manual breast pump is often used as a back-up pump that you would use if you were somewhere there was not electric or you needed to pump in the car.

Take the time when you go into the store to purchase one that you read the information on the box to see if it would fit your needs. If you have any questions talk to your physician for their recommendation.