The world’s leading paediatricians recommend breast-feeding to a baby for its first six months in this world and many professional organizations support this simple and useful act. Paediatricians recommend breast milk without the addition of other supplements like water, juices or pre-mixed formulas, unless there is a medical reason that stop the mother from feeding the baby.
Nourishment is at its best when breast milk is provided to a child for the first six months and it offers some of the best benefits that are absolutely necessary for the baby’s all round growth.
A few benefits worth mentioning here are:
• Breast milk provides antibodies that builds up the baby’s immune system that help it to fight illness.
• Breast milk promotes vision development and the growth of brain cells
• The development of a health digestive system is the boon of breast-feeding.
• SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) risk is also reduced among children who are breast-fed.
Despite the above mentioned advantages of breast milk for babies, it is clear that mothers who are working or away from their child during the day, would not be able to breast-feed. The breast pump comes into great use at such times and has found great favour amongst working women and also during the first few days after delivery due to various inconveniences.
There are a variety of breast pumps available in the market and we shall review a few here:
- Large, hospital grade pumps
- Mid-sized pumps that can be automatic, light-weight, and battery operated for convenience purpose
- Hands-free pumps that allow you to multi-task while the pumping goes on.
An Important tip: While choosing a breast pump, it is prudent to check its cycle per minute as one that matches the baby’s sucking rhythm which is about 40-50 cycles per minute which when translated can mean one pull per second.