Breast Milk Storage
Types of Pumps:
Expressing breast milk by hand (manual expression) is one collection method. But it takes a long time to completely empty a breast, and it is rarely practical if you plan to return to work. Pumps can be operated manually, with batteries, or with electricity.
Manual pumps are those that you operate by hand. These are most appropriate for relief of engorgement or for women who only rarely need to pump breast milk to be fed to their baby by another caregiver. They are easy to carry with you, but they are generally not practical for regular pumping several times a day.
Electric pumps are designed for frequent or regular use. They generally are faster and more comfortable than manual pumps. Some versions closely imitate the action of a breast-feeding infant and will help you maintain your milk production if you bottle-feed breast milk often. Electric pumps are larger and heavier than manual pumps but are also the fastest and most effective way to express milk. Some of the newer models are very lightweight. Battery-operated pumps are also for occasional use but are easier to use than a hand pump.
* Human milk storage information for home use for healthy full-term Infants. *