Breast pumps are a necessity for any new breastfeeding mom. They are great for pumping milk if you are returning to work and can be used for various other things: late-night feedings, a quick evening out with friends, a date night with your partner, or a quick trip without your little one. Pumping can also help to increase your milk supply since your milk will be produced on demand. Below are our favorite picks to help with your breastfeeding journey.
Purchasing a Breast Pump
While most pumps will be covered by your insurance, you might want to purchase an extra to keep at the office for additional pumping or upgrade the one your insurance did provide. Here’s what to think about:
- Weight: Heavy pumps can be fine at home. If you are commuting to the office, it might be easier to have a lightweight pump to travel with.
- Sound: If you are pumping around others, you might feel more comfortable choosing a quiet pump that omits little sound.
- Hands-Free: There are newer styles of breast pumps that allow you to pump completely hands-free, and a few that are so discreet they can be worn beneath your shirt.
- Open System/Closed System: Both systems obviously work well, but you’ll find that a closed system will be easier to keep clean since it blocks milk from the pumping mechanism.
Best Overall: Bellababy Double Electric Breast Feeding Pump
This breast pump is specifically designed with moms in mind to help them achieve all their breastfeeding goals and feed comfortably and as much as they want. It is especially effective for mommas who pump several times a day and gives them the ability to pump anywhere they need. Thanks to its large capacity built-in Lithium-ion battery that is charged by a power bank, this pump mimics the rhythm of a baby sucking with a soft silicone petal cushion. It also has nine adjustable suctions settings between four modes and a low working noise.
Bellababy Double Electric Breast Feeding Pumps Pain Free Strong Suction Power Touch Panel High Definition Display,Come with 24mm Flanges
With a low working noise and pain-free, adjustable suction, this pump is sure to be a favorite for any breastfeeding mom.
Best Hands-Free: Elvie Pump Double Silent Wearable Breast Pump with App
This breast pump is small and lightweight enough to be worn inside any standard nursing bra for easy, completely hands-free pumping anytime or anywhere. It also has revolutionary “stealth mode” technology to minimize noise. Working with (or without) the app, this little pump is smart when connected to the app by monitoring your milk volume in real-time, tracking pumping history for each breast, and allows you to remotely control the pump. This breast pump is also rechargeable and responsive: it switches from Stimulation into Expression when it detects let-down and pauses when the bottle is full.
This pumping set comes with two pumping hubs, four bottles (5 oz/150 ml), two breast shields (24 mm), two breast shields (28 mm), four valves, four spouts, four seals, four storage lids, four bra adjusters, two USB charging cables, two carrying bags, and instructions for use.
Elvie Double Electric Wearable Smart Breast Pump | Silent Hands-Free Portable Breast Pump That Can Be Worn in-Bra with App 2-Modes & Variable Suction | Baby Registry Breast Feeding Essentials
Comfortable and discreet enough to be worn under any normal nursing bra, this quiet and smart pump makes pumping anywhere a breeze.
Best Closed System: Medala Pump in Style with MaxFlow
This breast pump has hospital performance and operates with efficiency to give you more milk. The new technology uses phrase expression to mimic a baby’s natural sucking rhythm. The advanced motor with a vacuum generates with MaxFlow micro-vibrations for efficient breast milk expression. This closed system pump keeps any overflow of milk from entering the tubing or motor of the machine.
This pump also comes with two sizes of PersonalFit Flex breast shields with a soft rim and a specially designed oval shape for comfortable pumping that is proven to get you more milk. The system itself is easy to clean, and there are fewer parts to worry about cleaning and assembling.
Medela Breast Pump | Pump in Style with MaxFlow | Electric Breast Pump, Closed System | Portable
Equipped with everything you need for pumping at home or on the go, this pump is easy to clean and assemble while keeping you comfortable and producing more milk.
Best Manual: Bellababy Manual Breast Pump
This manual pump is made of 100% liquid silicone that is extremely soft and gentle on skin, plus it’s BPA- and phthalate-free. It easily and securely attaches for comfortable pumping. This pump can be used with breastfeeding, or you can pump by simply squeezing and releasing the bottom to express milk with a natural-feeling suction. There is a suction base on the bottom so that it safely stands on a table or counter. It also offers an easy pour design, and the silicone makes it ideal for freezing and safe to sterilize by immersing in boiling water or a bottle steamer/sterilizer.
Bellababy Manual Breast Pump 100% Liquid Silicone Pump Breastfeeding Milk Saver with Suction Base, Lids and Carry Pouch 4oz/110ml BPA Free
Providing gentle and natural-feeling suction with your own power, this pump's silicone composition makes it ideal for freezing and safe to sterilize in boiling water.
Also Great: Elvie Pump Single Silent Wearable Breast Pump
This awesome hands-free system is available as a one-pump system that works just like the double! It offers all the same features: it’s easy to wear in any nursing bra, it’s nice and quiet for discreet pumping, and it also works with the app to track your pumping history and easily control it. It automatically pauses when the bottle is full to prevent any overflow.
Instead of the double system, this budget system comes with one hub, two bottles (5 oz/150 ml), one breast shield (24 mm), one breast shield (28 mm), two valves, two spouts, two seals, two storage lids, two bra adjusters, one USB charging cable, one carrying bag, and instructions for use.
Elvie Electric Wearable Smart Breast Pump | Silent Hands-Free Portable Breast Pump That Can Be Worn in-Bra with App 2-Modes & Variable Suction | Baby Registry Breast Feeding Essentials (Single)
Offering the same easy and effective system as its double partner, this hands-free pump system is discreet enough to wear beneath clothing with any nursing bra and smart enough to be controlled with an app.