How to Buy the Safest Breast Pump
When it comes to medical devices like breast pumps, it’s important to ensure you’re being safe.
While it’s tempting to buy the cheapest pump offered on Amazon.ca, that pump can come with health risks especially if it is not regulated by a trusted health organization like Health Canada or the FDA.
There’s a reason why all pumps being sold in Canada, both online and in stores, must be approved by Health Canada. However, sometimes pumps that are not regulated can still “slip through the cracks” and get posted to sellers like Amazon.
Here’s why it’s important to make sure that your pump has had safety approvals from health organizations:
Ensuring Pump Suction is Accurate
Pumps that have not been approved by Health Canada run the risk of not having accurate pump suction, so a mother will have no way of knowing if her pump is sucking at 100 mmHg or 200mmHg. This can make getting a comfortable amount of suction difficult and can cause unexpected painful suction.
Breast pumping is a great way to make breastfeeding more convenient and accessible no matter what your lifestyle is.
Preventing Milk Contamination
Milk contamination is a serious concern for mothers as it can cause an infant to become ill. Milk directly from the breast is fully sterile, but once it enters the breast pump it can be contaminated if the pump is not clean. The best way to prevent contamination is to purchase a closed system pump. However, few closed system pumps have been approved by the FDA. We recommend the Ameda Purely Yours and Ameda Finesse pumps as they contain the ONLY FDA-cleared viral and bacterial protection barrier, which creates a closed system that prevents contamination.
When it comes to buying a breast pump it’s important to invest in a high-quality pump that is approved by Health Canada. Not only do higher quality pumps produce more milk (bonus!) they also ensure the safety of you and your baby.
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