If you’re expecting a baby you might be wondering when to buy a breast pump. The answer is not so simple because it actually depends on a quite a few things that you might not know about ahead of time. However, there are some things you should know about using a breast pump before you buy a breast pump that can help you decide on when.

Not everyone needs a breast pump

One thing to consider before you buy a breast pump is that plenty of mothers breastfeed without ever using a breast pump. Maybe you are staying at home with your baby or you work from home and you can directly breastfeed your baby. Even so, some women like to keep a breast pump ‘just in case’ while others will hand express breastmilk for those occasions they might be away from their baby. If you’re not sure if you’ll be using a breast pump, you can wait until after your baby is born to buy a breast pump. Then, you can get a feel for how pumping might fit into your routine.

When to buy a breast pump - not all mothers need to buy a breast pump

However, as your baby gets older it does get harder for your body to get used to using a breast pump. Maybe you plan on returning to work after 6 months or longer. So if you expect to use a breast pump later on, it’s good to buy one sooner rather than later. This gives you plenty of time to get used to using a breast pump.

Consider your plans to return to work when you buy a breast pump

If you’re returning to work after your baby is born you’ll need to work out how you’ll feed your baby while you’re out. This is especially true if your baby is under 6 months and relying exclusively on your breastmilk for nutrition. Your baby will need to eat 8 to 12 times each day. Depending on how long you will be at work that could mean 2 or 3 missed feedings each day. You’ll need to pump or express breastmilk to maintain your milk supply. When you’re thinking of buying a breast pump, consider how long you will be away from your baby and whether or not you’ll need to pump. Perhaps you can create a flexible work arrangement that allows you to breastfeed, such as working from home or having your baby nearby at work, which means you might not need to pump. You also might consider buying a breast pump ‘just in case.’ If you’re planning on pumping at work you should buy your breast pump ahead of time. Buy a breast pump several weeks in advanced to give yourself the time to get used to using it.

When to buy a breast pump - consider your plans for returning to work

Understand the return policy when you buy a breast pump

It’s important to understand the return policy when you decide to buy a breast pump. When you buy a breast pump, you can’t return it if it’s open or used. So if you’re not sure whether you’ll be using a breast pump, you should wait to buy one until close to your due date. Don’t open the box until you’re absolutely sure you need it. If you’re unsure about what to buy or whether you need a pump, get in touch with us and we will help you work it out.

When to buy a breast pump - understand the return policy

Buying a breast pump after baby is born

If you’re not sure whether you’ll need to pump then you can wait until after your baby is born to buy a breast pump. If you’re worried about needing a pump in a situation where you haven’t planned on using a breast pump – like if you find yourself needing to use the hospital’s breast pump for whatever reason – know that Pumpables treats all orders as urgent. That means we dispatch pumps as soon as possible and depending on where you live, you’ll get your pump in 1 to 3 business days. If you or your baby are in the hospital for an extended time, we can arrange special shipment to your hospital ward. Click here to read more about our shipping policies.

When to buy a breast pump - should you buy a breast pump before or after baby is born?

Buying a breast pump before baby is born

If you’re for sure planning on pumping after your baby is born, then buying a breast pump ahead of time is definitely something you can do. You can even prepare for pumping by washing and sterilising your breast pump parts ahead of time. Try putting together your breast pump bag and set up a pumping area at home. You can add your breast pump to your baby registry. Check your breast pump off your to-do list as one less thing to worry about.

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You can put together your breast pump essentials ahead of time.

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