The Growing Up in Ireland study recently stated that Ireland has “the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the world” and that many Irish maternity hospitals are not enforcing national breastfeeding policy guidelines. With the statement that ‘Irish women were less likely to breastfeed compared to all other nationalities it highlight’s a real need for education and support for women who want to breastfeed and to arm women with the tools to ensure that the transition from maternity leave back to the workplace is a smooth one. As the study also indicated that urgent action was needed in order to warn Irish parents about the risks of early weaning, with evidence that half of Irish babies are put onto to solids by the age of four months – medical advice is to hold off on solids until the child is six months, it’s vital that products are easily available to encourage and support the breastfeeding experience. Inhealth.ie stock a comprehensive and award winning selection of breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories from brands such as Haakaa, Ardo, Lansinoh to Carriwell and Pregnacare that support you in your breastfeeding experience. Choose electric breast pumps from Ardo and Lansinoh to Carriwell Nursing Bra’s to nipple covers to breast milk storage bags. Every aspect of breastfeeding is catered for.
What Are The Benefits Of Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding baby reduces the risk of: stomach upsets, coughs and colds, diabetes, asthma and eczema, obesity and higher blood pressure later in life. Breastfed babies also have better mental development, better mouth formation and straighter teeth*.
The Health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers include: less risk of breast cancer, less risk of ovarian cancer, less risk of osteoporosis, a quicker return to pre-pregnancy figure. Breastfeeding also creates a special bond between mother and baby, it is more economical and saves time when not having to prepare formula and bottles etc.
How Does An Electric Breast Pump Work vs. A Manual Breast Pump?
The Electric Breast Pump: The majority of electric breast pumps come with bottles that attach to plastic flanges that in turn fit snugly onto your breasts. Flanges are available in varying sizes to accommodate differences in breast sizes and shapes. The flanges are connected with tubing to the motor of the pump unit which in turn creates the suction action. Many pumps feature a ‘letdown’ button or similar feature that enables you to control the speed at which the motor operates and can be adjusted for intensity and performance. This allows the pump to mimic the natural sucking patterns of a baby to maximise your output.
The Manual Breast Pump:Very straightforward, manual pumps simply consist of plastic handles and levers on one side and bottles on the other. The science to success with any breast pump and particularly a manual one is recognising your body’s let down reflex. The letdown reflex is the release of your breast milk into the breast’s milk ducts. Worry not it does take practice to recognise the sensation but its a vital component of the pumping process in order for an adequate amount of milk to be collected.
* US researchers at two charities and Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, analysed 27 studies covering 36,881 women.