The Double Electric Breast Pump is designed to be efficient. In other words, they enable you to pump more milk in less time. A double electric breast pump offers you a powerful motor, which in turn provides you with more CPMs (Cycles per minute) and a higher vacuum strength. In fact, some of the higher end double breast pumps are nearly as powerful as hospital breast pumps. They also offer more combinations, allowing you to customize your pumping sessions to fit your specific needs.
Along with a powerful motor, the double electric breast pump is fully automatic, offers adjustable suction levels, or vacuum levels, and speed variations. Like the single electric breast pumps, some of the higher-end double breast pumps, like the Medela’s, also offer different simulation modes designed to elicit a quicker let-down response. In stimulation mode, the double electric breast pump mimics a baby’s natural quick suckling, designed to stimulate your breasts and bring your breast milk to the surface. Once this phase is completed you can manually, or in some cases the switch is automatic, switch to expression mode, which is a longer, and deeper suckling, designed to express your milk. Some double breast pumps even offer one-touch memory which gives you the ability to save your favorite settings and recall them for later use.
The double electric breast pump usually comes with two 24 mm standard breast shields, however, some models offer different sizes of breast shields, which gives you the option of finding the best fit. Along with breast shields, most double breast pumps also come with plenty of accessories like bottles, caps, nipples, and spare parts. Often times, the double electric breast pump will also offer cooler bags for breast milk storage on the go.
The double electric breast pump is heavier than a single electric breast pump, but usually no more than 8 pounds or so, therefore still portable. In fact, some double breast pumps come with carrying totes, or backpacks. Some are attached to the totes while others are freestanding. The double electric breast pump usually offers the option of running on batteries, and some even offer rechargeable battery packs.
Is a Double Electric Breast Pump Right For You?
As I said before, the double electric breast pump is designed to be efficient, therefore if you need to pump a lot of milk in a short period of time, a double electric breast pump is right for you.
Are you returning to work full-time or even part-time?
If you are returning to work you will need the ability to pump a lot of milk, and let’s face it, our time is limited, and we don’t want to spend every extra moment we have attached to a breast pump. A double electric breast pump allows you to get the job done quickly. In addition to that, think about your time spent at work. How long will your breaks be? If you only get 15-minute breaks here and there, you will need a breast pump that is able to express milk in a short period of time, which is exactly what the double electric breast pump is designed to do.
Are you trying to establish your milk supply?
If your milk supply has not yet been established, or you’re trying to build your milk supply, a powerful double electric breast pump can help. Lactation specialist agree that hospital breast pumps are best for establishing ones milk supply, however, some double breast pumps can do the job just as well. Another thing to think about is, if you are returning to work you will need to be able to feed your little one while still being able to pump enough milk to store up for those times you’re not with him/her. Therefore you will need a double electric breast pump that will help build your supply.