Many women express their milk manually, alternatively you can use a breast pump. Pumps can be purchased or hired from the ABA’s Mothers Direct catalogue (http://www.mothersdirect.com.au), pharmacies and baby shops. There are three types:
Manual pumps include piston-style pumps (like a giant syringe with a funnel at one end and a collection bottle attached), which need two hands to operate and lever-operated pumps, which can be used single-handed. The ABA advises against breast pumps with a squeezable rubber bulb to create suction: suction pressure is difficult to control and may cause discomfort or nipple damage. Price range for two hand pump: $55-$65
Price range for one hand pump: $110
Electric pumps: considered very efficient. They are expensive to buy, consider hiring one from ABA groups, hospitals, some pharmacies and other companies.
Price range: Depending on the pump the ABA charges $30-$50 per week – ABA members get 50% discount on these rates.
Battery-operated pumps: recommend for intermittent use – some are fully automated, others require you to repeatedly press a button for each ‘squeeze’.
Price range: $190
Tip: Breast (nursing) pads can help minimise the problems milk leaking from your breast can cause. Disposable paper one can cost around 30 cents, an alternative is washable cotton pads (around $3 for a pair).