Today’s medical professionals have deemed breastfeeding as the golden standard for providing babies with everything they need to thrive. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that breastfeeding be the only source of nutrition for the first six months, with a continuance of this feeding helping to nourish your little one even more.

Why is Breastfeeding so Good for Baby?

Studies have shown that fancy formulas are no match for the perfect symphony of nutrients in a mother’s milk. Breast milk helps to promote proper brain growth, boost vision development, provide antibodies to fight off illness, and set the stage for healthy digestive development. No manufactured formula can deliver what babies need quite like what their mother provides. Many professionals refer to mother’s milk as the perfect recipe for infant growth.

If you’re on the fence about breastfeeding, then be sure to keep in mind that formula costs can add up! Many new parents are surprised to find themselves paying between $150 and $200 per month for their hungry infant!

Do You Need a Breast Pump?

Unless you plan on being by your baby’s side 24/7, a portable breast pump may be the way to go for mothers who choose to breastfeed. Whether you’re a professional who plans on returning to work soon, you have plans that keep you out of the house, or there’s a medical reason why you or your little one cannot breastfeed, it’s important to find the right medical device for the job.

Which Type of Breast Pump Should You Choose?

To begin, it can help to narrow down what you’re looking for in a breast pump. Does it need to be mobile for on-the-go use, or do you require a double pump to boost your letdown? A breast pump is an investment, so be sure to choose wisely!

Lehan’s Medical Supplies & Equipment is here to serve as your online source for high-quality breast pumps across Illinois. We can help you find the right format for your needs, including:

  • Manual breast pumps — Simple, affordable, and effective, these models rely on the use of both hands to manually pump milk. If you don’t plan on pumping often, then this may be the right choice. Keep in mind that you must do all of the work!
  • Powered breast pumps — Electric breast pumps are powered by a wall outlet or battery pack to provide comfortable extraction without the need for extra effort. 
  • Hands-free pumps — One way to extract milk while you’re out and about is to go with a wearable pump. While more costly than many models, these pumps are lightweight and discreet.
  • Double breast pumps — Double your output with two breast shields and a pump with the features needed to extract more milk in less time.
  • Hospital-grade pumps — Those who will pump frequently can rely on these heavy-duty breast pumps. You can elect to rent or buy one of these pumps to meet your needs.

Which Features Will You Need?

Beyond choosing the type and style of your new breast pump, you will also need to consider the features of each model to ensure you purchase one that thoroughly meets your needs. Breast pump manufacturers provide a wealth of information to help you find the right fit for your situation, and may be able to help you decide which pump is best.

Below are a few of the top features offered by the most popular breast pump models. Remember to check out the additional accessories that are available for many breast pumps.

Adjustable Controls

Your breast pump will simulate the motion of a feeding infant in order to facilitate optimal milk extraction. The first phase of this process is stimulation, in which the baby will suckle aggressively to let the mother’s body know it is time for feeding. Once the milk begins to flow, your infant will begin to pull in slow, smooth draws. This release of milk is called letdown, a reflex that is stimulated by an infant’s suckling motions. Your chosen breast pump will either offer a letdown button or dial for multiphase pumping.

Most breast pumps will feature a letdown button to enable you to toggle pump speeds. This is useful when you need to re-initiate letdown, such as when your baby needs a break or you need to pause between bottle fillings.

Power Source

The power source of a breast pump greatly influences how you can use it in the months to come. Many mothers rely on powered personal breast pumps to feed their little one, which typically includes a plug and wall outlet for consistent energy. If you plan on being out and about often, or your work does not provide a suitable space for nursing or pumping, then you will likely need to find a model with a built-in battery pack. Some models feature rechargeable batteries, while others rely on traditional AA batteries. In either case, it pays to consider your lifestyle needs when choosing between an electric and battery-powered breast pump!

Carrying Cases

Unless you opt for the hospital-grade breast pumps, you will likely receive a handy carrying case for your pump and all of its accessories. Each microfiber case is built to fit the unique form of the model it carries, and offers total protection while your pump is not in use. We recommend learning more about the breast pump case included in your order before making the final decision!

Bottle Holders

You’ll want to keep your pumping supplies neat and orderly, which is why it may help to opt for built-in bottle holders. These holders provide the perfect storage for your bottles while also keeping them secure to help prevent spills. 

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Closed/Open Systems

While looking for a quality breast pump, you’ve likely encountered ‘open system’ and ‘closed system’ options. A closed system relies on a milk barrier to provide space between your expressed milk and the breast pump itself. The main concern for mothers while they pump is that their milk will overflow into the pump mechanisms, causing trouble. This may also lead to milk contamination. An open system, on the other hand, does not provide a milk barrier.

Before you stress about this feature, it’s important to keep in mind that the chances of contamination are very low. Additionally, closed systems will require the same level of maintenance to keep clean, as bacterial growth is possible in both breast pump types.

Product Weight

Portable breast pumps are made to be small and lightweight. 10 pounds may not sound like a lot, but when you’re tasked with carrying your breast pump everywhere, this weight can certainly add up! Before you buy, be sure to decide the weight level that will work best for your lifestyle.

Warranty Coverage

It’s important to understand a breast pump’s warranty information before making a purchase. Most products will feature a one-year warranty to cover the motor and an extended warranty for issues with parts and accessories. 

Breast Shields

Each breast pump set includes a breast shield or flange designed to fit most users. However, if you notice that the size of your breast shield is incorrect, it is important to seek out the proper fit. Flanges that are too large can suck in excess breast tissue, pinching the milk ducts and impacting flow for feeding. Breast flanges that are too small can hurt the nipple and may even lead to an infection.

Our Breast Pump Guide

Lehan Medical Supplies & Equipment is here to serve as your trusted source for durable medical equipment in Rockford or Freeport. We understand how hard it can be to find the right breast pump for your needs, and our team can work with you step-by-step to ensure you are happy with the results. All of the breast pumps carried by Lehan’s are BPA-free and applicable for most major insurances.

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Medela Breast Pumps

Reliable, affordable, and versatile, Medela pumps are designed to provide the best results to nursing mothers. From lightweight, portable breast pumps to hospital-grade pumps, you’re sure to find a good fit with the help of our team!


Freestyle® 

This double breast pump is designed for moms who pump several times a day. Coming in a portable microfiber bag, you can benefit from the technology offered by this breast pump. The Freestyle is lightweight while still powerful enough to provide consistent letdowns. Rely on the backlit display, timer, and memory buttons to gain total control over your pump sessions.

  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Battery Pack: Built-in rechargeable battery (3-hour life)
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Flange Sizes: 24mm
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Number of Bottles: 4
  • System: Open
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes, but upgrades cost extra

Pump In Style® Advanced

As the name implies, you can pump in style with this double-electric breast pump. Featuring the choice of three stylish microfiber bags suited to hold all of your equipment and accessories, the Pump In Style Advanced package also comes with a removable pump, mesh storage bags, and two sizes of PersonalFit™ breast shields. If you plan on traveling outside of the country, this breast pump also features dual voltage for use almost anywhere.

  • Product Weight: 9 pounds
  • Battery Pack: Built-in rechargeable battery (3-hour life)
  • Bottle Holders: No
  • Flange Sizes: 24mm
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Number of Bottles: 4
  • System: Open
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes, but upgrades cost extra

Advanced Starter Kit

Simple, intuitive, and built to make life more comfortable, the Advanced Starter Kit breast pump from Medela features everything needed to deliver the milk you need to help your baby grow. This double pump features two-phase expression technology for improved letdown, as well as adjustable speed and vacuum capabilities for a personalized fit.

  • Product Weight: 4 pounds
  • Battery Pack: No
  • Bottle Holders: No
  • Number of Bottles: 2
  • Flange Sizes: 24mm
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • System: Open
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes

Symphony PLUS® 

Designed to help significantly increase breast-milk production, the Symphony PLUS breast pump is a hospital-grade device available to new mothers in need of a powerful solution. This product features the PLUS Initiation program, which imitates an infant’s sucks for the first few days to better mimic initiation. This breast pump is clinically researched to help new mothers build and maintain a steady milk supply. 

  • Product Weight: 8 pounds
  • Battery Pack: No
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Number of Bottles: N/A
  • Flange Sizes: N/A
  • Warranty: N/A
  • System: Closed
  • Insurance Coverage: 12-month rentals available

Spectra Breast Pumps

Spectra® pumps are made to instill confidence and pride throughout every mother’s breastfeeding journey.


S1

The Spectra S1Plus comes in a soft blue color and is designed to enhance your comfort when pumping. This breast pump is lightweight, portable, and rechargeable. Built by former nurses and loving mothers, the Spectra S1 was developed after years of research to ensure a safe, smooth process every step of the way. Rely on adjustable suction levels to help you find what works best.

  • Product Weight: 5 pounds
  • Battery Pack: Built-in rechargeable battery (3 hours)
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Number of Bottles: 2
  • Flange Sizes: 24mm & 28mm
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • System: Closed
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes (coverage may vary)

S2

Quiet, powerful, and ready to impress, the pink S2 breast pump from Spectra includes all of the accessories needed to jump right in. This breast pump features “massage mode” to better simulate a baby’s natural suckling, ensuring a productive result. The motor is rated at 45 decibels to ensure quiet, and the back-flow protector helps to keep breast milk safe from bacteria.

  • Product Weight: 4 pounds
  • Battery Pack: No
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Number of Bottles: 2
  • Flange Sizes: 24mm & 28mm
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • System: Closed
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes

Ameda Purely Yours® Breast Pump

Mothers in need of a fast and easy breast pump can rely on the Purely Yours for ideal results. As an electric double electric pump, this device keeps milk safe while also keeping the pump tubing clean. This Ameda breast pump is portable and lightweight, coming in at only one pound! 

  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Battery Pack: Yes (6 – AA batteries)
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Number of Bottles: 2
  • Flange Sizes: 25mm
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • System: Closed
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes

Evenflo Pumps

Featuring a “Hush” motor to allow for discreet pumping anywhere you go, the Evenflo breast pump may prove to be a quality choice for your lifestyle needs. This double electric pump features AdvancedControl technology, equipping moms with 32 speed and suction settings. The Evenflo breast pump also comes with very-soft silicone flanges for an ideal fit, increasing comfort while also maximizing milk expression.

  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Battery Pack: Yes (6 – AA batteries)
  • Bottle Holders: Yes
  • Number of Bottles: 2
  • Flange Sizes: 24.5, 28.0, and 30.5mm
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • System: Closed
  • Insurance Coverage: Yes

Our Safety Tips

It’s important to do your research and ensure that you have all of the guidance and support needed to take on this exciting new chapter in life. Advice such as “stay hydrated” or “keep calm” can do much to foster a positive bond between you and your baby during this wonderful stage. Beyond the advice associated with how to pump, you will also need to consider how to safely pump.

Before you begin your journey as a mobile mother, it can help to ask a few safety-related questions:

  • How long does breast milk last in storage? It can help to remember how to store your expressed milk with the rule of six: six hours out at room temperature, five or six days in the refrigerator, and six months in the deep freezer (12 months is acceptable, if needed). Keep in mind that longer storage times will result in a breakdown of vitamin C within the milk.
  • How should I store my breast milk? You can store your expressed milk in a clean, capped plastic (BPA-free) or glass container. Many mothers invest in disposable plastic bags designed for this purpose.
  • Do I need to wash my breast pump? Yes! Bacterial growth can stem from pathogens coming into contact with your breast pump and milk. It’s recommended to thoroughly wash your pump at least once per day.
  • Can I reuse someone else’s pump? It is not recommended to use someone else’s breast milk pump. Contamination can result from breast milk entering the tubing and components and setting the stage for bacterial growth. There’s no sure way to completely sterilize a breast pump, which is why professionals will always tell you to procure your own.

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Need Help Finding a Breast Pump?

If you need a breast pump, a doctor should be able to provide a prescription. This can help you to find a high-quality, portable breast pump at low to little cost out of pocket. Lehan’s Medical Supplies & Equipment is here to serve as your trusted resource for premium breast pumps and accessories tailored to fit your lifestyle needs in coordination with your insurance benefits.

Contact Us Today!

Ready to get started? You can fill out our breast pump insurance form to get started through us, or contact us online with any questions. Lehan Drugs in Freeport and Rockford is here to enhance your life with the right durable medical equipment, and we’re confident that we can help you find the best breast pump for your needs. We look forward to helping you!

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