Should I Buy Single or Double Breast Pump


For welcoming a new baby in your home a mother especially if you are new one, have many questions in your mind regarding baby needs, specially his milk. If one having problems regarding buying breast pumps, so we are giving a brief review about uses, kinds, benefits and effects of using electrical pump. It helps you resolving any issues or doubts before expending any penny.


If you are willing to do breastfeeding and facing some problems regarding time, or sore nipples or your baby can’t latch well, you can get the money saving benefits with naturally sterile milk, also to overcome the health issues a baby can have after bottle feeding.

So now you don’t have to worry, this also helps you to be relax on every feeding call whether you are at home or not because in both cases anyone either your partner or any other helper can feed using your natural milk. So more sleep, more relaxation, better work, whatever you want will be given by using this electrical pump.


Two different pumping actions are available

  • Single
  • Double. a) Alternating       b) Simultaneous

Single Pumps

Suitable for part time working women or stay at home mom. It works with pumping one breast at a time, and best for using casual or irregular pumping.

Double Pumps

It can be used to extract milk from both breasts. They are of two types, depends upon the working of pumps i.e. alternating and simultaneous.

  • Double Alternating Pumps
    It offers more stimulation than simple pump by stimulating both breasts but alternating times. It is released on other while suction at one side. So those mothers who have facing difficulty with single pump can use it with more comfort.
  • Double Simultaneous Pumps
    It is more effective than an alternating one. It triggers sooner let-down and make easier pumping resulting more milk in a shorter period of time. It offers better quality by working on both breasts at the same time.

Double pumps are better choice if you any problem regarding time, or milking problems. If you have twins or having any difficulty in sitting or lapping your child while feeding, then no doubt you can use it and have the benefits of natural safe feeding.

By doing both breast same time it not only saves your time but offers you to do more in your life and enjoy this period of feeding as well than other mothers who doesn’t use double pumps. Everyone knows that how time saving is important and especially mothers need more time as they have more works to do then only housewives have.

Many problems in single pump, like massaging, changing breast, cause not only tension but also bothering you of its use. But in double simultaneous pump, it not only reduces your time almost half but also gives a good effect on lactating level as well.

Double pump also saves the milk leakage from any one’s side, which is usually seen in the case of single pump, when you are expressing from one side and the other side leaks. So its value your milk also. You can use double pump as a single one as well. The milk will get collected to the containers attached to the breast phalanges by starting machine, almost 15 minutes to pump from both.

Don’t feel hooked if using a double electric breast pump because it not only allows you expressing milk quickly but some electric breast pumps are light in weight and portable also. This is a plus point. Now you can use it wherever and whenever your need is.

One having variable speed and suction options gives more comfort to you. With increasing the speed gradually from starting lower level, makes you calmer, easier and happier. As relaxation is a very important factor because it directly effects on milking process and quantity.

You can express breast milk completely hands free by buying special cushion brash, developed to hold the breast cushions.

Pumping cycles also counts in the quality of a good electric breast pump. As a natural count is 45-55 times per minute a baby is nursing. A good quality should be closed to the natural range. It will be ineffective if gives less than 25 counts.

As low cycle pump cause nipple sore and pain in breast due to longer time in expressing milk. So auto cycle pumps are much more effective than manual cycling puma hen expressing.

Pump effectiveness is also determined by the suction or vacuum strength. Suction above 250 mm Hg can cause breast or nipple pain. So it should be 0-250 mm Hg to become an average suction range.

The comparison with advantages and disadvantages of both, single and double electric breast pump will make it convenient for you to decide which is better for your use.

Double breast pumpSingle breast pump
Takes more space and needs experiencePortable and easy to use
Twice as fastTake more time than double
Increase lactation rateNeeds attention while using

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