When my baby was 2 months old, she got sick and we had to unexpectedly spend the night in the hospital. I didn’t think to bring my pump with me, assuming that I would just be able to nurse her throughout the night. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option and I was left with engorged breasts and a hungry baby needing my pumped milk. But then I remembered that I had my hand pump in the center console of my car. I ushered my husband out of the door to retrieve it and I was able to hand pump my milk for the remainder of the night. My baby was satisfied with my expressed milk and I was no longer feeling the pain of engorgement. Had I not had my hand pump available, it would have made for a very trying night for the both of us.
Manual breast pumps are often overlooked when moms are shopping for a breast pump. But take it from me, a manual breast pump can be a lifesaver in times of need, or even as an alternative to an electric breast pump. There are many benefits to a manual pump:
- They are very small and portable. Like me, you can leave one on your car or purse in cases of emergency or needing to pump on-the-go.
- If you have a power outage, you most likely won’t be able to pump with your electric pump (unless you have our Calypso pump) and a manual hand pump doesn’t require electricity to operate.
- Some mothers actually respond better to a manual hand pump and are able to pump more milk using one.
- If you don’t want to take the time to set up your electric pump, a manual pump can provide quick relief for engorged breasts and can even help relieve a clogged milk duct.
Ardo’s Amaryll manual pump attaches three ways for the perfect, ergonomic way to pump right or left-handed. Voted the favorite manual pump by mamas and professionals, the Amaryll is efficient, easy-to-use, and a comfortable option for pumping on the go!