When I found out I was pregnant with triplets, I wrote to a few baby equipment manufacturers, telling them my story and hoping that they might send me some freebies. Avent was by far the most generous with two electric steam sterilisers, bottles, teats, sippy cups and a breast pump. It was a manual one and I thought to myself ‘well there won’t be any need for that! ‘ How wrong I was! My triplets were premature, so I expressed milk at the hospital and at home for them to be fed through tubes once they were developed enough.
There are all sorts of reasons for bottle feeding, with breast milk. Multiple births being an obvious one, but even for singleton parents, it turns out to be the way forward perhaps because breast feeding could not be established or mom has to go back to work, prematurity, or in the case of multiples, help at feeding time.
We have come a long way from a manual pump and for twins and triplets, for you to be able to successfully feed your babies if you go down this route, or for busy singleton moms, double electric breast pumps are the perfect solution, particularly the portable ones! Some of the pumps are hospital grade, so will have a much stronger suck whilst others are not intended for you to be building up a huge milk stash in the freezer, but to supply top-ups. If you are wanting to provide exclusively for your twins or triplets, the pump you choose has a part to play but also your own nutrition and liquid intake through the day. Without a good diet, plenty of fluids including milk (or almond milk if you prefer), you wont be able to pump enough. Your body and individuality also plays a part, so if you can’t produce enough, its not your fault, it is simply who you are.
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- You can tailor suction of the pump to mimic sucking – ideal if you are working and breast feeding when home.
- A high number of sucks per minute – more milk expressed
- Adjustable suction levels
Pros and Cons:
- Less effort involved than a manual pump
- Faster method of expressing breast milk
- Much more comfortable with multiple settings
- Offers flexibility
- More expensive
- Can be noisy – depends on the product you choose
- Can be less portable than a manual pump but lightweight options are available.