Breast milk is highly nutritious for the newborn particularly the first feeding in the first hour develops a greater immunity in the child and helps the child to cope up with external environment at a faster pace. However, not all mothers are in a position to breastfeed their newborn and in latter stages, working mothers may have to balance between work and the feeding time for babies. Other reasons such as prolonged sickness may also refrain mothers from breastfeeding the child. To help in this situation, breast pumps are used, that extracts the milk from mother’s breast and stores in the bottle attached to the pump.
Varieties of breast pumps are available in the market. A mother needs to choose correctly, between the varieties of pump available in the market. For instance, there is a functional difference between hospital grade pumps and top end personal use pumps, that run by electricity. In case of hospital grade pumps, it is best for mothers with difficulties for breastfeeding whereas top end personal pumps are for those, who need to pump milk during office hours.
the market is highly driven by increase in number of working women along with the rise in number of birth rates. The effectiveness of the device and potential health benefits offered to infants contributes to the market growth in the near future. Government subsidies and positive initiatives and NGO support for women across all sectors also helps in the market development. However, orthodox attitude in backward countries and developing regions might limit the market growth in the near future.
The product categories available under breast pump market are single electric breast pumps, double electric breast pumps and manual breast pumps. The breast pump is used across hospital, commercial and residential domain as a milk collecting and storing instrument.
Asia-Pacific regions account for a significant market share owing to increased demand and availability of versatile products. Rise in working women population and increase in birthrate in developing countries. Advances in technology and development of breast pump products have augmented the market growth in the near future. North America and Europe market is likely to gain a positive traction in the near future owing to positive initiatives with a leading market share. Launch of new products by major players and entry of new market players have created conducive environment for future market developments.
Prominent players in the breast pump market include Albert Manufacturing, Ameda Breastfeeding, Ardo Medical AG, Evenflo Feeding Inc and Spectra Baby U.S.A