Choosing the Right Breast Pump

When, where and how you plan to pump affects which device you should choose: here’s how to decide

With all of the choices you have to make as a mother, choosing the right breast pump for your lifestyle might not fall at the top of the list—even though it’s one of the most important decisions you can make for you and your baby. The good news is that we are on standby to make that decision a little easier for you. Here are a few things to consider before choosing a breast pump.


Think about where you’ll be pumping and whether portability matters. Not all “portable” pumps are easy to transport, so factor weight and size into your decision. Most pumps need to be plugged into an outlet, but there are some great options that run on battery power. Side note: hand pumps are a great backup for pumping in tight spots, like at concerts or in airplane bathrooms, and they are often covered by insurance. Contact Ashland Health to receive your free insurance-covered hand breast pump.


The pumping strength you think you’ll need may turn out to be too weak — or too strong — once you catch your stride, which is totally normal. But consider these factors as you narrow down your options: if you expect to be pumping exclusively, consider a hospital-grade machine. If you expect to pump three times a day, or if you’re worried about maintaining your supply, a pump with stronger suction can help. If you’re only using your breast pump on occasion to supplement nursing, strength may be less relevant. If you’re not sure, look for pumps that have adjustable suction strength.


Consider if noise matters in the places where you’ll be pumping. Some pumps are louder than others, so if that telltale buzz coming from your office will make you uneasy, ask for a quieter machine. Federal law requires your workplace to provide breaks for you to pump and a private space to do it, but unfortunately that “private space” isn’t always as comfortable or removed as it should be.


Ashland Women’s Health offers the largest selection of 100% insurance covered breast pumps on the market. We also have upgrade options that can include bonus features like a rechargeable battery on the Medela Freestyle or Spectra S1, a sleek messenger bag to carry the Ardo Calypso-To-Go or a bundle of accessories to accompany the 100 percent-covered Lansinoh Smart Pump. Consider your pump priorities alongside your budget, and our team will work with you to find the pump that is best for your lifestyle.


The factors above are the most important ones to consider to find the right breast pump for your lifestyle. But when you spend as much time living and working with breast pumps as our staff of moms, there are other extra features you recognize are worth mentioning, too. If you’re pumping anywhere from home, let’s face it — sometimes you’ll forget an accessory you need. If that’s a scenario you can easily picture, consider Medela pumps: their accessories are widely available at every Target or Walgreen’s. Although Ashland Health should be your first stop for backup parts, choosing Medela means big-box stores can bail you out in a pinch. For data fanatics, the Lansinoh Smart Pump — which is offered at 100% insurance coverage through Ashland Health — integrates Bluetooth technology that allows moms to track their pumping sessions and output, synchronizing with the Lansinoh Baby App to generate reports and send you reminders. If you’re glued to your iPhone or you love, LOVE spreadsheets, you’re the perfect candidate for this high-tech option.


If you have any questions about choosing the right pump for your lifestyle, or you’ve chosen your pump and are ready to order it for free, contact Ashland Health. Our team of mothers will be here to direct you to the perfect fit.