When helping a mom decide whether she should purchase an electric breast pump or a manual breast pump, international board-certified lactation consultant Polly Kocher asks about the mom's cooking style. "I say, are you a person who mixes a cake up by hand or do you use an electric mixer?" says Kocher, who works at the OSF Breastfeeding Resource Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. "Think about what your personality is and how much process you want to put into something."
Today, most women choose to use an electric pump, Kocher says. She tells them, upfront, to plan on spending $250 to $350 for a high-end model. The less expensive models, she says, "cost half as much, are half as good and last half as long."
Kocher regularly instructs her clients on how to use an electric breast pump. She shared the following steps.
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