What Breast Pump Should I Choose?

What Breast Pump Should I Choose?

A breast pump may be one of the most important tools you use in your breastfeeding journey. Whether you’ll be pumping while you’re away from your baby at work, exclusively pumping, pumping as needed, or having some quiet "me" time, you’ll want to figure out what is the best breast pump for you. But with so many on the market, how do you know which one to choose? What features should you look for and what do you really need? Can you be a breast pump covered by insurance? We have those answers for you!  

What is the best breast pump for me?

Open vs. Closed System

An open system breast pump means there is no barrier preventing your milk from getting into the tubing (and potentially the pump) during a pump session. This can sometimes mean there is additional moisture left, and if not dried correctly, may cause a build-up of mold or damage the motor. 

A closed system breast pump indicates that there is a barrier preventing the milk from getting into the tubing or the pump itself. Some pumps on the market today have a closed system. While the closed system does prevent the milk from coming in contact with parts of the pump, it is still very important to clean parts regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Other features to consider

Let-down/Stimulation/Massage mode – These modes offer an automatic or easy change between the suction during expression and massage modes. You can do this yourself, in the settings, but some breastfeeding parents find the ease of a button to be convenient.

Portability – Will you be traveling frequently or transporting your pump to and from work? There are pumps that are small, and lightweight, and even battery-operated.

Separate controls for suction and speed – The ability to customize the settings to your specific needs can be very important for getting the most optimized milk expression.

Bottle and storage bag compatibility – Many pumps are compatible with other bottles, or if you are using the Twist system, breastmilk storage bags.  

Sizing options – Having a properly fitting flange can make all the difference in the expression you have with your pump. Choosing a pump with multiple flange size options may make the customization easier. Another thing you may want to consider is what the material of the flanges is. Many pump manufacturers are introducing flanges with soft silicone, to make pumping more comfortable and closer mimic the breastfeeding experience. 

Are “Hands-Free” Pumps a good option?

Recently, there has been a lot of technological advancement in the breast pump world. Pumps that allow you to express milk completely hands-free have become popular among many breastfeeding mothers. 

Which breast pump should I choose?

Talk to your lactation provider and discuss which system would be best for your situation and needs. Many pumps on the market also offer additional features like portability, quiet motors, and even special accessories like pump bags or coolers. All of these features may be taken into consideration when you are choosing which breast pump is best for you. Talking with a professional will help you make the most informed decision.  

How to get a pump through insurance

A breast pump can be expensive, and some parents may wonder how they will afford one. The great news is that your insurance provider must cover a breast pump. It may be a rental or a new one that you will keep, but it must be covered for a breastfeeding parent. Your specific insurance policy will dictate what type of pump is covered, how long a rental is covered for, and if you receive it during your pregnancy or after delivery.   

3 Easy Steps to Get a Breast Pump Through Insurance

  1. Obtain a prescription for the breast pump from your OBGYN or midwife.
  2. Visit a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier or pump manufacturer website to submit your contact details and necessary paperwork.
  3. Select a pump from those you are eligible for, place an order, and wait for it to arrive!
A Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier can help you get your insurance-covered breast pump and FREE Twist Pouches. They will work with your insurance company and walk you through the process of selecting a covered pump and breastfeeding supplies. 

How to get breastfeeding supplies covered by Insurance - The best storage bags for pumping moms.

At Kiinde, we are committed to all types of mothers out there who are in need of innovative and attainable breastfeeding resources. If you are returning to work, exclusively pumping, or pumping as needed, Kiinde has top selling products for pumping moms.  

One of our most popular products for moms on the go or exclusively pumping moms is our Twist Pouch, available in both six-ounce and eight-ounce capacities.

The Twist Pouch’s innovative features include:

  • Transfer free, leak free storage
  • Pre-sterilized and free of BPA, PVC, or phthalates
  • Affordable pricing and savings offered with a monthly subscription
  • Twist adapters allow for direct pumping and feeding with most major pump and nipple brands on the market
  • And many more!
The Kiinde Twist Pouch makes pumping for your baby simpler and safer. We are committed to simplifying the pumping and feeding process for all moms.
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