Open or Closed System Breast Pump
As you’re getting ready for your baby’s arrival, you’re probably doing everything you can to prepare yourself and your home. You may be taking Lamaze classes, painting the baby’s room, or picking out a crib and baby carrier. A breast pump probably wasn’t the first item on your baby checklist, but here you are researching the different types of breast pumps. One of the variations you may have come across is the open or closed system breast pump. Here at The Breastfeeding Shop, we strive to do everything we can to help new moms get the best breast pumping equipment for them and their babies. So, we want to help you make an informed decision about the breast pump that you decide on. Many insurance providers allow you to choose any type of breast pump that you want.
If you have a busy life or are planning to return to the workforce, picking the right breast pump is a very important decision for you. Even if you’re only going to pump occasionally, you still need a breast pump that you can rely on. So, let’s break down the differences between closed and open system pumps.
Closed System Breast Pump
In a closed system pump, there is a barrier between the actual pump parts and the breast milk. Therefore, there’s no way for milk particles to get in the various breast pump parts, contaminating it. You can have peace of mind, not having to worry about the build-up of mold or bacteria in the pump. Some of the best closed system pumps include the Spectra S2 and S1 and the Freemie Independence.
Open System Breast Pump
With an open system pump, there is no barrier that stops the milk. So, if milk gets into the tubing, the motor, or a valve — you’ll have to clean out those parts thoroughly before the pump’s next use. Also, it’s possible that outside air contaminates (like allergens, dust, and pet dander) could get into the pump. As long as you’re cleaning the baby nursing equipment and letting it dry properly, there is little risk of contamination. Some of our best open system breast pumps include the Medela Pump In Style and the Lansinoh Signature Pro.
What’s the Best Kind of Breast Pump?
Closed system pumps are great, but don’t be mistaken. You do have to clean them every so often in between pumping sessions. You want to take every precaution you can to make sure that your infant is happy and healthy.
It’s important to note that every mom and baby combo is different. So, the best breast pump for your friend or sister may not be the one that’s right for you. If you have any concerns or questions about a certain model of breast pump, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Breastfeeding Shop. We want to help you get just the right pump that helps you express milk and nourish your baby. With so many different pumps on the market today, it can be really time-consuming to research all the different options. Our breast pump experts can help make this process quick and easy for you, allowing you to get back to that baby preparation checklist.