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!
- 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
- 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.
Many factors can come in to play when deciding which one to get. Cost is possibly one of the major ones, as there are so many best double breast pumps to compare including hospital grade breast pumps. Below I have reviewed one manufacturer of breast pumps that produces many styles.
Medala Swing Electric Breast Pump
Medela In Style Advance Breast Pump
Medela In Style Advance Breast Pump. This breast pump is available in various styles…. and various prices. It offers a baby feeding system too, which many of the other breast pump manufacturers do too. I think it makes sense to use a pump that uses the same bottles as you feed your babies with so when you express you can fill a bottle or pouch to store in the freezer without decanting into any storage container and defrost and feed from the same bottle ! Medela offers a hospital grade breast pump along with a less costly dual breast pump
I love their storage bottles. They have a date knob on the top that you twist to the date you expressed so at a glance you can see exactly when it was frozen. The pouches are great too with space for writing the date. The breast pumps are not cheap, but considering how often you will be using it and for how long, I think it is well worth spending the money to have a quality product that will not let you down.
Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breastpump Amazon.co.uk £179.00
Medela Breastpump – Swing Amazon.com $151.00 (this is for one pump only as the double is not sold as a double but additional items to use it as a double can be purchased)
This breast pump has a two phase action that mimics the sucking of a baby, this improves the process of expressing milk, with up to 18% more milk. Its neat and compact. This pump is not for use every day.
This storage system is perfect to go along with the breast pump. It makes storage easier for mom, along with the advantage of easy labelling to ensure everything is used at the right time.
A much more expensive breast pump, the Medela breast pump in style is built for use several times a day. It works on the same principles as the swing with the two phase action allowing you to double pump and get the most milk from it.