When you’re breastfeeding, your baby relies on you for all of his nutrition, hydration and immune support. While breastfeeding your baby from the breast is the optimal way to feed, breast pumps can give mothers additional options on their breastfeeding journey.
The breast pump fits to your breast and then uses suction to draw milk out from the breast. This is called expressing. There are variations between models and types of breast pumps, buy they all operate by using a rhythmic pattern of suction to start the milk flow and then draw it out from the breast, just the way your baby does. The expressed breast milk can then be fed to your baby by bottle later on (if desired).