Ameda Breast Pump

Ameda Egnell Breast Pump 50 SMB Hospital Grade. Breast pump was formerly used at the Royal Women's Hospital at Sandringham. It consists of a grey cast aluminium mechanical pump which has a piston moving back and forth inside a cylinder to release and generate suction. Unit has a Perspex hood, white on/off switch, a metal handle and red tubing to the receptacle (missing). Attached is an orange power cord with adaptor. The unit has an adhesive distributer’s label: "AMEDA EGNELL / Naturally Breastfeeding / Armadale Victoria". Made by Ameda LTD in Switzerland. There is a laminated paper label attached to the hood which reads: "WIPE BETWEEN USE". Requires a plastic milk collection system such a s the 'Single Short-Term 'HygieneiKit' Milk Collection System (see A2017_04_002).

Hospital grade breast pumps are the strongest and most durable breast pumps available to breastfeeding mothers. The pumps effectively stimulate breasts to adequately raise hormone levels prolactin and oxytocin to increase breast milk production. They can be used by more than one mother because they are designed with barriers that prevent cross contamination. When there are multiple users in a hospital, each mother uses her own collection kit. The pumps also have stronger, more powerful motors that provide a higher level of suction (especially at high elevation) and more efficient pumping. The pumps are larger and heavier, which in turn makes them less easy to transport than personal use pumps.
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Cast aluminium, perspex
27.0 x 30.0 x 23.5 cm
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