Breastfeeding provides a great source of nutrition for your little one and an opportunity to bond and connect with the newest member of your family. However, not all moms are able to or want to breastfeed. Some might choose to exclusively breastfeed (EBF) and others might pump extra breastmilk to either increase their milk supply or so that others like the father or another person can help by bottle-feeding the baby.
The trouble is that some pumps just won’t be right for you, even if they are right for someone else. What one mom finds comfortable can feel like a specially designed torture device to another. New mums should reference the AAP recommendation if they do not know much about breastfeeding. We have also put together our selection of the best breast pumps for 2019
Best Breast Pump Reviews
The Spectra S1 is the best double electric breast pump on the market. It maintains your milk supply while also providing a 30 minute timer for reference. The breast pump is also your top solution for twins.
The Spectra Baby USA-S1 Electric Breast Pump is an improved version of Spectra S2. All the features are the same except the S2 doesn’t operate with a battery. As a result, the S2 is cheaper yet the S1 introduces more variety for operating the device.
The main difference between the Spectra pumps and the workhorse Medela Pump in Style Advanced is that the Spectra pumps have a closed system, versus an open system. An open system doesn’t have a barrier between the pump mechanism and the milk collection system, while a closed system does.
The streamlined design builds in a super-convenient handle for portability and a space at the back to secure a bottle. Although the S1 can use a main plug electricity supply it does also come with a rechargeable battery built in for convenience and portable travel.
The double-electric, closed-system design has a digital display that lights up so you can easily set the speed and rhythm. Turn it off, and its memory will even recall where you last left off.
- The S1 model can be operated with batteries or a power cord.
- Quiet, which makes for a more relaxed pumping experience.
- Expresses milk quickly and comfortably.
- Closed system.
- The tubes fall off easily during pumping (which means they need to be replaced).
- The pump vibrates during usage.
Crammed with features and lots of positive reviews from customers, there’s a reason (a lot of them, actually) why the Spectra 1 is our number 1 pick as the best breast pump. This hospital-strength breast pump delivers big power with way less bulk and noise. Digital controls let you adjust speed and suction to maximize output, and the pump uses a closed system, which keeps milk completely separate from the pump pieces and ensures better hygiene and performance. There’s a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three hours, so you’re not always tethered to an outlet while pumping. Users also love the helpful extras like the timer and nightlight for late-night pumping sessions.
Top tip – If you’re looking to not spend as much, then take a look at the Spectra S2. It doesn’t include a rechargeable battery but otherwise compares quite well with the S1.
Another great double electric breast pump that we rate highly, is the Bellababy double electric. It also uses a closed system, has a lithium ion battery for portability, and fast usb charging.
An award-winning manual breast pump design, the Haakaa is a simple yet highly effective manual breast pump. And if you think you need to work up a sweat pumping by hand, well then you’ll be thrilled to find that the Haakaa simply attaches to your breast and uses its own suction and gravity to collect milk all on its own. Made from 100% safe food-grade silicone, this manual breast pump is genius in its simplicity. And we love that it’s so portable and that you don’t need fancy tubes, or battery power to pump milk for your baby.
- Small, light and portable
- Yo don’t need to hand pump (uses gravity and natural breast flow process)
- Budget friendly
- Can be easy to tip over if you’re not careful
The lightweight, one-piece HAAKAA Silicone Pump is excellent for moms who need help beginning a milk flow. You can use this pump on its own to create suction, no tedious hand pumping needed. Simply squeeze it a little, and the suction causes a flow using the natural breast letdown process.
It does work for pumping as well, or to relieve and reduce engorgement. And as a bonus: It’s tubeless and doesn’t need any power, so it’s easily mobile to take with you on the go.
This double electric pump is a real workhorse. Light but powerful. On one full charge, the battery lasts for three 20-min pumping sessions, or more, and keeps its suction power over that time. This pump is portable, reliability and hospital strength to ensure you’re covered during your busy workday (or night). With a closed-loop, there’s no back spill and it’s safe to use both indoors and outdoors. It also has an HD display for more conveniently changing and viewing the various settings. You can charge it’s internal lithium ion battery via the built-in usb port – we found that even a powerbank works for this making this pump usable for even longer if needed.
- Includes lithium ion battery – charges via usb port (can use a powerbank)
- The pump can charge your phone
- Small but powerful (hospital grade)
- 9 different suction levels
- The bottles and storage bags come separately
A great portable pump that always delivers reliable results. It even has a massage that stimulates your breats before pumping to ensure better and easier suction flow.
[Best Smart Breast Pump] – Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric (with Bluetooth and App)
You don’t always need a hospital-grade breast pump for high-tech efficiency. The motor of the Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump offers three pumping options and eight different suction levels.
Lansinoh has a free iOS and Android tracking app that lets you record milk volume and the pumping session date and time for tracking – this helps make sure you get the most out of each breast pumping session. But you don’t need to wait for your baby to be born to download it. The apps got many features that you can use before pumping, like tracking dirty diapers while you’re breastfeeding, baby growth and bottle feeding.
- Uses a free smart app that tracks your pumping sessions (and wet nappies)
- Quiet with low noise level
- Some people reported the suction not being as strong as they liked
Easy to use and affordable, the Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric has lots of settings with 3 pumping styles and 8 suction levels with a tracking app to get the maximum out of your pumping sessions. We like that its also nice and quiet compared to some of the other breastpumps we’ve used.