Best Breast Pump Reviews

There are many different types of breast pumps available, so please check out our best breast pump reviews so that we can help you to find the right type of breast pump for your needs. Here we have listed the best electric breast pump, and the best manual breast pump to assist you.

Best Electric Breast Pump

The following is a list of what I feel is the best breast pumps. Please take your time to look through my breast pump reviews and see more info below the table.

Breast PumpsFeatures / CommentsPriceRating

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote
Medela Advanced Personal Double Electric Breastpump Model #57065
Buy

Key Features
- Double electric, daily use breast pump
- Built-in pump
- Built-in bottle holders
- Single knob speed/vacuum adjustments
- Removable cooler bag with contoured ice pack
- Portable and discreet
- 2-Phase Expression technology

Weight: 9 pounds
Warranty: 1 year limited on motor, 90 days limited on other parts
$250-$3504.3 / 5

350+ Reviews

Medela Swing Breastpump
Medela Swing Breastpump
Buy

Key Features
- Compact, lightweight motor
- 2-Phase Expression technology
- Convenient AC adapter or battery power options
- Single pumping kit with 24 mm PersonalFit™ breastshield
- Fits easily into purse or tote bag
- All parts that come into contact with breastmilk are made without BPA


Weight: 2.5 pounds
Warranty: 1 year limited on motor, 90 days limited on other parts
$155 - $1804.0 / 5

300+ Reviews

Spectra Dew 350 Electric Hospital Grade Breast Pump W/Tote
Spectra Dew 350 Advanced Double Electric Hospital Grade Breast Pump W/Tote
Buy

Key Features
- Hospital Grade
- Single and Double Pumping
- Closed system
- 46rpm cycle speed
- Comes with 27mm Regular Breast Shield
-All components in contact with your milk are BPA free

Weight: 4.4 pounds
Warranty: 2 years
Vacuum: 350mmHg
$199-$2304.2 / 5

50+ Reviews

Medela Symphony Breast Pump
Medela Symphony Breast Pump
Buy

Key Features
- 2-Phase Expression technology
- Double or single pumping
- Electric / Battery and vehicle lighter power options
- Hands-free pumping option
- Adjustable speed
- All parts that come into contact with breast milk are BPA-free.

Weight: 7.05 pounds
Warranty: 3 year limited
Vacuum: 50-250 mmHg
$1,500 - $1,6004.6 / 5

35+ Reviews

Spectra Baby Hospital Grade Double/single Breast Pump
Spectra Baby USA S1 Hospital Grade Double single Breast Pump W Rechargeable Battery No Tote
Buy

Key Features
- Super quiet
- Closed system
- Night light & timer
- Double pumping
- Adjustable suction
- Letdown mode
- Inbuilt rechargeable battery
- All components in contact with your milk are BPA free.


Weight: 4.4 pounds
Warranty: 2 years
Vacuum: 0 ~ 300 mmHg
$3004.2 / 5

30+ Reviews

Medela Lactina Hospital Grade Breast Pump
Medela Lactina Hospital Grade Breast Pump
Buy

Key Features
- Hospital Grade
- Handles long term daily use
- Variable Speed
- Manual pump option
- Vehicle lighter power option
- Hands Free Pumping option
- All parts that come into contact with breastmilk are BPA-free.

Weight: 8.9 pounds
Warranty: 3 Years
Vacuum: 100-240 mmHg
$1,4954.8 / 5

15+ Reviews

Some women find that they must use an electric breast pump as the manual breast pump just doesn’t empty enough of the breast milk. It is important that you select the right breast pump as you want to ensure that you keep your milk flowing and stop any potential problems like plugged ducts or infections like mastitis.

It can be very painful when your breasts start to swell without proper drainage, so it is important to be prepared to express to avoid any complications.

For our review we have listed only Medela and Spectra electric breast pumps. The reason for this is that we believe that these two brands are the best breast pump providers and you are likely to just use them and have them work straight out of the box with minimal fuss.

The cost of breast pumps can vary greatly and generally speaking you will get what you pay for when it comes to breast pumps. However, that doesn’t mean that you will require hospital grade breast pumps that cost close to $2,000 each. A lot will depend on how well your baby feeds and how easily your breasts release milk. Some women find it very easy to breastfeed, whilst others have more difficulty. If you are worried about breast feeding or what pump to purchase, please consult with either your doctor or a lactation specialist.

 

Best Manual Breast Pump

This is a list of the 3 best breast pumps that are manually operated. We hope that our breast pump reviews will be of use to you (more information at the bottom of the list).

Breast PumpsFeatures / CommentsPriceRating

Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
Buy

Key Features
- You control suction and speed.
- ComfortSeal™ cushion for gentle, comfortable pumping.
- Lightweight and discreet.
- Fewer parts.
- Easy to use and clean.
- Ergonomic handle.

Unit Dimension: L 7.48 x W 3.54 x H 7.48
$20-$354.5 / 5

300+ Reviews

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Buy

Key Features
- Single manual pump.
- 2-Phase Expression Technology.
- Soft-touch, ergonomic swivel handle.
- 24 mm PersonalFit™ breastshield.
- Bottle stand.
- All parts that come into contact with breastmilk are made without BPA

Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 8 inches
$30-$454.1 / 5

600+ Reviews

Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump
Philips Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump
Buy

Key Features
- Designed for comfortable pumping.
- Warm, soft-feel massage cushion.
- Compact lightweight design.
- Easy to use.
-Easy to clean
- BPA Free

Weight: 12 ounces
Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 3.6 inches
$35-$454.1 / 5

100+ Reviews

Manual breast pumps are considerably cheaper than electric breast pumps, however some women have a lot of difficulty in getting their breasts to express when using manual breast pumps. In these situations it is important to utilize an electric pump as soon as possible to limit the chances of plugged ducts and infections like mastitis. If you find yourself experiencing pain or discomfort please see your doctor.

Note: It usually takes around 10 or 15 minutes to pump both breasts with a good electric breast pump. Whereas a manual breast pump can take up to 45 minutes.

 

Using a Breast Pump – Video

The following is a video explaining the differences between using a manual breast pump and an electric breast pump and how to use each should you have blocked ducts or engorgement.

This video shows how to use an electric breast pump and explains how to attach it to express milk and how to remove it when you are finished.

 

Why Breast Pump Milk?

There are actually quite a few reasons why you might be interested in pumping milk. As we have already spoken about earlier, one of the most common reasons is to relieve blocked ducts so that you do not get an infection. This can occur if your baby is not draining enough of your milk and your body produces so much that things start to get backed up. Pumping your breasts is a great way to relieve this discomfort and ward off infection.

Another major reason to use a breast pump is to have extra breast milk available for your child to drink should you be unavailable for a feed or if you are unable to feed your child for some reason. Breast milk that has been expressed can last for quite a while if frozen and even a few days if refrigerated.

Using a breast pump can help you to stimulate additional supply in your breasts should you not be producing enough milk.

 

How Do I Use A Breast Pump?

When using an electric breast pump, you will need to put the shield on your nipple and turn the machine on. Before doing this though, be sure to connect all the cables and bottles together to ensure that all your milk is being collected. Most electric breast pumps suck in a way that simulates that way a baby sucks, this helps your body to release it’s milk supply without causing any pain. If you are feeling pain or discomfort – check the shield size as it may be too big or small depending on the size of your breasts and nipples.

Most electric breast pumps have settings which allow you to control the speed of the sucking. Be sure to set it at a level which you are comfortable with. At first when you use an electric pump you will feel a tug or pulling sensation, start off slowly and then increase the speed once your nipples have softened and are starting to express. Getting a good breast pump – like those in our best breast pump list will help with minimizing issues.

With a manual breast pump there are a lot less cords and things for you to worry about. Simply attach the bottle and the shield to the grip and start squeezing the pump handle. You get full control of the pace using a manual pump. Note: Your hand may start getting sore by the end of your pumping session.

Remember that for best letdown and milk production, you’ll need to be calm and relaxed.

 

Breast Milk Storage

Once you have pumped your breast milk you will want to know how to store it.

You are able to refrigerate breast milk for 3 to 5 days, but make sure you put it in the fridge straight after pumping. You are also able to freeze your breast milk and keep it for 3 to 6 months – just make sure that you don’t let it thaw and then refreeze it as thawed breast milk should be used within 24 hours of defrosting.

Mayo Clinic has some great do’s and don’ts of storing breast milk.

 

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