Being a mother for the first time brings content and joy in our lives. It also marks the beginning of a phase when we are constantly on our toes, working round the clock, to provide the best for our children. If hindered to do so, it fills us with anguish and remorse. Most of us encounter this feeling of helplessness, for the very first time, just after giving birth.
The very first challenge a new mother faces is breast feeding her newborn. Already overwhelmed with the changing hormones, it sometimes becomes a harrowing experience for the new moms. “I can never be a good mother!”,I remember listening to my friend Shweta when she was struggling to breastfeed her newborn. A few months later, I would witness the situation repeating with myself and later with my friends and family.
We are all aware of how important breastfeeding is for both mother and child. Nevertheless, it is not an easy task. It is a skill a mother acquires over the days and not something that she is born with. The phase of breastfeeding often carries a baggage of challenges along with it, breast engorgement, plugged duct, drop in milk supply, separation from child are just a few to name. There are many common issues faced by mothers during breastfeeding.
Breast pumps are broadly of two types: electric breast pumps and manual breast pumps. There are many differences between electric breast pumps and manual breast pumps . Which to choose for ourselves is sometimes difficult to decide. Manual, electric, single or double pump? In this article we are listing down a few situations which would help you to choose the type that suits your needs.
The type of breast pump you choose will largely depend on the phase and the duration for which you require it in your breastfeeding schedule.
In general, electric breast pumps work wonders for most mothers, right from those who need it occasionally or exclusively. However, manual pumps are great to have in hand especially for the early days when you are dealing with issues of engorgement and establishing the milk flow. You can also switch from one type to the other as your needs change over the time.
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