Your breast pump guide: Choosing the breast pump that's right for you

Working moms usually need to express their milk during breaks and lunch, and they don't want to spend all their free time pumping. Cost may not be as much of a factor as convenience.

For full-time working moms who have a good milk supply, I would recommend rental of a hospital-grade electric breast pump, such as the Medela Lactina or the Ameda Elite, two mid-size models. These are comfortable, easy to use, quiet and lightweight (around six pounds), and for most moms are quite effective in maintaining their milk supply. Rental is usually around $30 a month.

Another good option for working moms is a semi-automatic or automatic electric diaphragm pump, such as the Nurture III or the Medela Pump-in-Style. These range in price from about $150 to $200.

Don't forget to work with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant if you are having breastfeeding problems -- and stay in touch with your health-care provider.

If you are at all concerned about your milk supply, have breast or nipple problems or have a baby who is having difficulty latching on, the full-size hospital-grade electric breast pumps are the best choice.

Frequent pumping with the full-size hospital-grade electric breast pumps can help to protect your milk supply by removing milk efficiently from your breasts -- the key to good milk production.

Consider the Medela Lactina or Classic or the Ameda SMB, Lact-E or Elite. They are very comfortable and easy to use. One drawback is their weight. They are heavy, weighing between 11 and 22 pounds, depending on the model you choose. Rental is approximately $30 a month.

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