What Is A Hospital Grade Breast Pump?
1. Have stronger suction strength & more durable
- Hospital grade pumps tend to have a more powerful motor compared to standard breast pumps.
2. Closed system breast pump
- Meaning they have barriers in place to prevent milk and other fluids from entering the motor. This reduces contamination and makes them safe for multiple users.
3. Can be used by multiple users
- Hospital grade pumps are intended to be used by multiple users (for example, in a postpartum recovery ward in the hospital), each user must have their own accessory kit.
4. Larger size
- Hospital grade pumps tend to be larger in size compared to standard pumps.
Benefits of using a hospital grade breast pump
Hospital-grade pumps are more powerful and effective than many personal-use pumps. This added strength better mimics your baby’s natural stimulation and removal of milk, which is especially helpful for moms in that first month or so when they’re still establishing a milk supply.
Because these pumps are so powerful, they’re also more efficient. That translates to shorter pumping sessions, which is great for moms who have to pump often or quickly or who want to store a large quantity of milk. More milk in less time? That’s a no-brainer. Another plus is their durability—as they’re typically used by multiple moms, these pumps are built to last.
3. Great for exclusively pumping
While many moms can benefit from a hospital-grade pump, they are an especially good fit for those moms who need or choose to exclusively pump, who have medical issues that require a high-powered pump, or whose babies have difficulty latching and nursing. This pump helps build a strong milk supply when a baby isn’t nursing directly by regularly “emptying” the breasts to stimulate and maintain milk production.
Who should use hospital grade breast pumps?
Hospital grade breast pumps help moms establish their milk supply. If baby is born premature, has health issues or has to spend time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), a hospital-grade breast pump helps your milk come in with enough supply, even if the start of breastfeeding is delayed. Other reasons these medical-grade pumps might be recommended are for moms with twins, those with lactation issues or those who just need the extra-strength pumping power.