Now enter the newest innovation in breast pump design: massage the breast pump. Some breast pumps claims, or seem to have more of the element massage than others. Playtex embrace breast pump, manual Dr. Browns natural comfort breast pump and breast Expressers Whittlestone is all pumps, expressing milk without stretching the nipple in the tug and pull style. The Avent Isis breast pumps, manual and electric, has channels with the let-down Massage cushions, which has massage petals or bumps on it. These massaging petals move in and out with the pump suction rhythm. Medela and Ameda is the longest established and most reputable makers of breast pumps. Their latest innovations has been in the areas of design not related to massage: 2-phase expression in Medela Medela Pump in style advanced Symphony, Medela harmony and Medela Swing breast pumps and the Ameda Purely Yours breast pumps in Hygienikit and Ameda Elite. These companies have each made a small contribution to massage trend: Medela SoftFit breastplate and Ameda Flexishield flange. These parts work with any of their breast pumps and massage by flexing in a more static way, accompanied by the traditional tug and pull suction.
Are these massaging breast pumps, more comfortable, more efficient by expressing breast milk, or at the very least, they feel more like a baby nursing than other pumps?
I have read hundreds of breast pump reviews and I find the two major complaints against breast pumps are questions about comfort and efficiency by eliminating the mother's milk. The question just comfort, there can be many causes of discomfort and it is important that women examine and eliminate these causes in their breast pump where possible, prevent damage and accelerate the milk Let-down. But I'm inclined to believe this unnatural tug and pull movement can be the cause of emotional and physical distress for women until they get used to it or overcome it with perseverance.
Now can there against for massaging as a concept? Of all these massage the breast pumps on the market have only received sufficient independent consumer reviews to satisfy me that consumers have reached a positive, although not unanimous, agreement on the other breast pumps are just too new or has not been marketed extensively enough to know whether women find them more comfortable or more effective than traditional only vacuum pumps. I welcome the efforts to redesign and improve breast pump, but only now can hopefully for a time that most breast pumps will deliver their promise of feeling like baby.