Does stronger suction mean more breast milk?

Does stronger suction mean more breast milk?

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Suction affect buying decision of electric breast pump

Does stronger suction mean more breast milk? When I planned to write something for choosing double electric breast pump and conducted research. I found that there are already many awesome and fruitful articles regarding this topic. Indeed, this is popular and essential question moms should ask before making buying decision. What can I input? Can I provide more insightful idea? I am HESITATED. So I just want to add one supplementary note. There are many detailed articles talking about how to select breast pump in terms of price, portability and noise level etc., but seldom of them touch on which breast pump is suitable for which type of moms. I would like to share with you my finding about breast pump’s SUCTION. Does stronger suction mean more breast milk?

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Suction cycle / suction speed plays an important role

Does stronger suction mean more milk? A large number of moms believe that they can express more if they use breast pump with strong suction. Just like people misunderstand they would become healthier if they take more vitamins, actually stronger suction doesn’t mean more milk. Let’s clarify. To evaluate the suction performance of a breast pump, we always talk about suction level or vacuum level that refers to the strength of suction or vacuum. The suction level of most famous models ranges from 0 to 350 mmHg. Higher mmHg means stronger suction.

However, drawing breast milk and building milk supply not only rely on suction strength but many other factors such as well-balanced diet, mood and breastfeeding positions etc. This post is not talking about how to produce more milk, but clarifies that suction strength and milk amount may not have necessary relation. Indeed, besides suction level, suction cycle / suction speed which measures the efficiency of an electric breast pump also plays an important role. Suction cycle / suction speed refers to how fast the breast pump cycles per minute. More cycles means the electric breast pump work more in one minute. The suction level of most famous models ranges from 20 to 80 cycle/minute. Because a nursing baby sucks approximately 45 to 55 times each minute and baby sucks can stimulate breast milk supply, it is believed that the suction speed of a good electric breast pump should fall between 45 to 55 cycle/minute.

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Moms have individually comfortable Rhythm of suction level and suction

So different electric breast pumps have different mix of suction level and suction speed~ Each mother has her own rhythm, usually close to her baby’s suck pattern. That is the suction they individually feel the most comfortable. If the breast pump suction can match moms’ rhythm, moms can build milk supply more easily. Only strong suction may not express more milk. There is no BEST electric breast pump, but the MOST SUITABLE Breast pump. That’s why some moms found that some well-known models are not work for them.

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For who have no difficulty to draw breast milk

If you have stable milk supply and have no difficulty to draw breast milk, congrat! You can try most bestselling models as all of them are well-designed for majority based on many statistics and experience, though suction speed is not adjustable.

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For who have difficulty to draw breast milk

If you are hard to express, then it is suggested to try advanced models with letdown mode and more suction settings. Both suction level and cycle are adjustable. More settings imply more “rhythms”. The possibility of that electric breast pump can match your rhythms is higher. Although they are more expensive, it is better than buy the pump that may not work for you.

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In short, stronger suction doesn’t mean more breast milk. And the combination of suction level and speed that match moms’ rhythm is crucial. Besides suction level and suction cycle, when choosing electric breast pump, its special features, price, portability should be taken into account. This post just elaborated how SUCTION may affect the performance of an electric breast pump differently. Hoping this post can give moms more ideas of breast pump’s suction and help them to find the RIGHT breast pump.

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  1. Michele
    December 6, 2016

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