On average, roughly 353,000 babies are born everyday. Working out to roughly 4.3 births every second. There are entire industries designed to provide products that help support new mothers and their partners. In particular, some of the most important products to new parents will be those involving milk production. With countless studies showing the importance of natural milk for a baby, ensuring that your child has a constant supply is crucial.
For many first time parents, figuring out the right breast pump can be a challenge of awkward terminology and confusing features. To make the process simpler, we review what breast pumps are, why you may want to consider breast pumps, and then finish with some of the best breast pumps you might want to consider getting.
What Are Breast Pumps?
Breast pumps are devices designed to stimulate the production of milk in a woman’s breast. Depending on the model, the breast pump will both stimulate the beginning of breast milk production, and then collect the breast milk that is produced in one or more containers. The suction and pump is powered by electricity in either a battery attached to the device or through a connection to a wall outlet. Models can range from less than a pound to 3+ pounds and are typically less than a food square in size. Whether or not the breast pump is mobile will depend on the make and model of the breast pump. Mothers often used breast pumps because they provide a range of benefits.
Benefits Of Having A Breast Pump
Feed When Away
A Breast pump allows you to pump milk for your baby to feed when you are away. Great for mothers at work or otherwise away from their baby, breast-feeding gives you increased mobility and more options throughout your day. It can give you the opportunity to sleep while your partner feeds the baby or otherwise increase your options.
Provides Healthy Breast Milk At All Times
Studies have shown the importance of breast milk for baby’s development. Breast milk has been shown to decrease the chances of ear infections, childhood diabetes, obesity, SIDS, allergies, and more. A breast pump allows you to collect and store this milk, ensuring that your baby has a constant supply.
Issues With Latching
Some babies have issues with latching onto the nipple. The breast pump can ensure that the breast milk is provided in a container that is much easier for the baby to latch on to.
Breast Pumps You Should Consider Getting
Below is our list of the 5 best breast pumps you should consider getting. Providing a variety of single and double pump options, the list below gives you some flexibility with cost and weight depending on your need. While by no means fully comprehensive, they can be an excellent place for you to start looking.
1. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump With On The Go Tote
The Medela Pump is the heaviest and most expensive breast pump of the 6 we reviewed. Incorporating everything you need to effectively pump and store breast milk, the Medela Pump is perfect for any mother who is looking to pump several times a day. With a built in bottle holder designed to decrease the chance of spills, the Medela Breast Pump incorporates a battery pack that allows you to pump at any time.
The overall size of the Medela Breast pump is 10 inches by 5 inches by 7 inches. An on the go breast pump, you get a tote bag, an integrated motor unit, an AC adaptor, a battery pack, an insulated cooler bag that includes an ice pack, 5 ounce breast milk bottles, a 24mm breast shields, the PersonalFit connector unit, a series of valves, tubing, connectors, and instructions.
2. Spectra Baby Double/Single Breast Pump
At 3.3 pounds in weight, the Spectra Baby Double/Single Breast Pump is a bit expensive and heavy breast pump out of the ones we reviewed. That being said, what you get for your money is one of the most advanced hospital grade pumps available on the market. The Spectra Breast Pump provides a closed system for transferring breast milk into bottles, creating a completely hygienic system for your baby. Very quiet, there is a timer as well as other controls to dial the machine into perfect alignment with your body.
Along with the single pump option, you also get a double pump option as well. Powerful yet comfortable, the pump makes next to no noise and fits on easily. The clear white and light blue design is easy to clean and the buttons are simple to find. BPA free, the entire device measures in at 7.9 inches by 7.9 inches by 6.7 inches in size. It works with the Kiinde Twist system and comes with two bottles, two teets, 2 shields for double pumping with tubing, and a cable to charge the system. The Spectra Baby Breast Pump has received very high overall reviews. It is perfect if you want something solid that you can rely on to provide excellent single and double breast pump functionality.
3. Philips AVENT Single Breast Pump
At the over $100 tier and 2 pounds, the Philips Single Breast Pump is less costly and lighter than the Spectra model. What makes the Philips AVENT worth mentioning on our list is their unique breast pump design that allows it to fit comfortably. Unlike the Spectra, the Philips AVENT only offers a single pump. It comes with 3 different settings including high, medium and low. This is preceded by a gentle stimulation mode that is specifically create to help stimulate milk production.
The gentle massage cushion is 25mm and there is a 19.5mm version sold separately. Small and easily used for storage, the Philips AVENT can be used with other feeding products in the Philips line, improving the functionality and potential use of this product by a lot. Allowing you to sit comfortably instead of having to lean forward, the overall size of the Philips AVENT is 11.8 inches by 9.2 inches by 3.7 inches. No battery is required and it is not dishwasher safe. The Philips AVENT has a high rating thanks in part to the consistency, quality, and effectiveness of the product.
4. BelleMa Effective
The BelleMa Effective is both lighter and less expensive than the options listed above. It comes with a dual pump option with independent controls for each breast. The 2-phase pumping system first provides stimulation before providing expression. It also includes up to 9 different vacuum power options so that you have more choice in finding the suction level that works for you. Similar to the Spectra, the BellaMa Effective incorporates a closed system that stops backflow.
All parts of the BelleMa Effective are BPA free. FDA approved, the vacuum power can go up to 240 mmHg. It features soft silicon cushions that make the experience gentler. Its overall size is quite small at 5.8 inches by 4 inches by 3 inches. You can get a battery pack or USB charger sold separately. Simple, the overall design is white with light blue and gray highlights that make finding the buttons easier. The BellaMa Effective has received high marks from those who have purchased and reviewed it.
5. Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bra
The Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bra provides a unique way to get breast milk. The reason why the Simple Wishes Breast Pump made it onto our list is because it is completely hands free. You simply wear it like a bra, set it up, and let it pump while you do other things. Providing a great deal of comfort, the Simple Wishes Breast Pump Bra is designed to work with all major breast pump manufacturers including Spectra Baby, Evenflo, Bellama, Lansinoh, AVENT, Philips, and Medela.
The Simple Wishes Breast Pump Bra is fully customizable and comes in sizes ranging from XS to L. The tight seal makes acquiring breast milk simple while the versatile design allows you a range of movement while pumping milk. On top of that, the Breast Pump Bra is machine washable. The overall size is 8.5 inches by 11 inches by 2 inches when shipped. The Simple Wishes Breast Pump Bra has received very high marks from those who have bought and used it
6. Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
This is one of the least expensive options out there. The Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump weighs just under a pound (.9). Designed with portability in mind, the Medela Harmony makes it onto our list because it is designed to be discreet. The Breast pump uses a two-phase expression design to both stimulate and then extract breast milk in a safe and comfortable manner. With soft-touch design, it incorporates an ergonomic swivel handle, which makes manual pumping far easier.
The breast pump comes with 1 manual pump, 2 5oz bottles with lids, 1 bottle stand, 1 nipple with collar, 1 cap, and 2 membranes. It is compatible with PersonalFit Breast Shields and makes a great compliment to the Medela double breast pump. All parts that come in contact with milk are BPA free. The overall dimensions of the breast pump are 9.1 inches by 7.3 inches by 3.6 inches. The device is not dishwasher safe nor are batteries required. While Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump is our least expensive option, it still manages to get very good reviews from past users. If you need a cheap and effective option, then look no further.
While we have listed our favorite breast pumps above, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what products are available. Identify your need, do some research, and save yourself a lot of time and hassle by picking the right breast pump on your first go.