When it comes to pumping breast milk, it's the age of the electric pump, but adding a manual pump to your breastfeeding toolkit is a good idea that makes for a great companion to your snazzy electric! In our YouTube series, Time Out with Doulas of Memphis, Abby gives the run-down on the handy (pun intended) manual pump!
The most common misconception surrounding the manual breast pump is that it is labor intensive. This is not true! Pumping with a manual is simple and yields a surprising amount of milk, and is convenient for date night, outdoor events, and times when you don't want to be chained to an outlet. Manual pumps are easy to store and take along with you, and eliminate the need for an extra pumping bag. They are also easy to rinse and clean on the go.
If you're a stay at home mom who only has the occasional pumping need, a manual pump could very well be the only pump you need! If you're an exclusive pumper or a working mom who pumps full time, a manual pump is good to have for outings when you need to keep things light and simple. If you air on the side of discretion, it's easy to throw on a nursing cover, pump, and go!
Photo Tutorial: How to store a manual pump for easy travel
Taking a manual pump with you is a breeze! You'll need:
Gallon ziploc bag Bottle Cap Pump body with valve and membrane attached Pump handle with diaphragm attached 1-2 extra breast milk storage bags
In your gallon ziploc back, place the storage bags in first and then the remaining parts on top in a row.
Next, squeeze out any air and fold the bag over.
Finally, slide the bag into your purse and enjoy your outing!
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