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Resources for Breast Pumps and Breast Feeding Supplies
here are many different types of breast pumps, and because each family has its own set of circumstances, there is not one pump that is right for all mothers. We suggest that you review the following criteria to help you find the pump that will best meet your needs. Selecting a breast pump: • Efficiency: A pump with a quick suck/ release cycle will elicit a better “letdown” and you will get more milk in a shorter amount of time. Pumping both breasts at once will also shorten pumping time. • Comfort: You want a suction level that helps you obtain a letdown without causing pain. Because different women tolerate differing strengths of suction you should be able to adjust the suction on the pump. A pump that has a long suck/ release cycle will be less comfortable than one that quickly sucks and releases the nipple. • Affordability: Pump prices range from $35 for a manual pump to $300 for a double electric pump. The health benefits gained for your baby by giving pumped breast milk while you are away are priceless! • Ease of assembly and cleaning: If you are pumping frequently or for a long period of time, you will want to be sure the pump is easy to care for.
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Our lactation consultants are available in the hospital or at the lactation centers to answer your questions and help you decide which pump will best meet your needs. The pumps listed below have been found by breast-feeding mothers to be the most effective. These pumps can be purchased or rented at a number of University Hospitals Health System locations. MANUAL PUMPS • HARMONY MANUAL PUMP – Two phase expression pumping for faster letdown and milk flow. ELECTRIC BREAST PUMPS A high-quality electric pump is important if: 1. Time is a consideration. 2. Your milk supply is decreasing. 3. You are pumping for a premature, ill or adopted baby, or for multiple babies. With some types of electric pumps you can “double-pump.” Double pumping cuts pumping time in half, raises hormone levels, and results in a better milk supply.
Automatic suck/release action on all the products listed below. High, medium and low pressure settings.
• MEDELA PEDAL PUMP™ – Ideal for double pumping and when electricity is not readily available.
• SYMPHONY™ – For single or double pumping. Features the newest TwoPhase Technology that mimics the baby. Available for rental.
• NURTURE III – Mini-electric pump for single or double pumping. Lightweight, compact and very portable with excellent suction. High, medium, low pressure settings. Length of suck/release cycle determined by mother’s finger placement.
• MEDELA SINGLE DELUXE™ – A compact, portable breast pump for mothers who pump infrequently. Single pump only. Battery option. • MEDELA SWING™ – A small, lightweight, single electric breast pump featuring Two-phase Expression Technology. • ADVANCED PUMP IN STYLE™ – Similar to the Symphony rental pump. Features the newest Two-phase Technology in an affordable personal pump. Battery option included. Shoulder bag or backpack. • LIMITED EDITION PUMP IN STYLE™ – Advanced Pump In Style in a reuseable design (available in several colors). • FREESTYLE HANDS-FREE BREAST PUMP™ – 2-phase expression technology present in a small, lightweight motor. Hands free accessories offer mobility while pumping.
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MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES The University MacDonald Lactation Centers carry Medela breast pump parts and a number of other breastfeeding supplies. Several styles of maternity/ breastfeeding bras are available to fit all sizes. A lactation consultant will help you find the bra that’s right for you. Other available items include breast-feeding pillows, breastmilk freezer bags and bottles, and disposable and reusable bra pads. For more information or to make an appointment, call one of the places below. If these are too far away or hard for you to get to, tell us and we’ll try to find other resources for you.
• University MacDonald Lactation Center East (216-595-5354) UH Chagrin Highland 3909 Orange Place, Suite 4100 Orange Village, OH 44122 • University MacDonald Lactation Center – West (440-250-2035) 960 Clague Rd. Westlake, OH 44145 Other UH locations for breastpump rental and purchase only: • University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital (216-844-1630) 11100 Euclid Ave. (3rd floor of MacDonald) Cleveland, OH 44106
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