7 Best Breast Pumps For Every Kind Of Mom
A breast pump isn't just any old piece of new mom gear; it's an investment. And having a good, quality one can make your life a whole lot easier. You might even breastfeed longer because you picked the perfect pump, which we’ve found for every mom and budget.
This Medela double-electric pump is portable and efficient, so it’s perfect for everyday use. Plug it in or let it run on batteries; the 2-Phase Expression technology will give you more milk in less time either way. Go for the Metro Bag version. The pump can be taken out of the bag, giving you more options for how to carry it and where to pump. $330, BabiesRUs.com
Don’t want to spend $300 on a pump, but need a double-electric? The Lansinoh Affinity has a lower price tag with the same bells and whistles as higher-priced models — including the option to plug it in or use batteries, and adjustable speed and suction settings. Plus, it has flexible flanges for better comfort while pumping. $100 Amazon.com
The Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump is small and light with fewer parts for easy cleaning. And it boasts intelligent design: The neck is angled for sitting and pumping comfortably, while the included bottles and nipples are shaped more like mom to help baby switch back and forth from breast to bottle. Bonus: you can pump right into them. $170, Amazon.com
Worried about pain or discomfort? The Dr. Brown's Double Electric is the pump for you — it's all about making the pumping experience feel more natural. It has soft breast cups that actually move to mimic baby’s tongue motions (a little weird, but cool, huh?) and help encourage let-down. Plus, its “Simplisse” technology doesn’t tug or pinch as much as some other pumps. $250, BabiesRUs.com
If you’re just planning on pumping a bottle for baby once in a while (or want a backup pump), all you need is a manual pump. The best-selling Harmony Breast Pump by Medela works to produce more milk in less time with “2-Phase Expression” technology, mimicking the fast beginning and slower progression of breastfeeding. And it comes with a convenient stand to prevent spills. $26, Amazon.com
If you need a high-quality pump (maybe to increase your milk supply, or if you’re exclusively pumping or have multiples) and you don’t need to tote it back and forth to work, consider a hospital-grade breast pump. The super-efficient Ameda Elite is lightweight, quiet and works with any Ameda HygieniKit MilkCollection Systems. Rent it for as low as $40 per month from AmedaDirect.com
The Freemie Freedom breast pump is hands-free and even lets you pump with your shirt on. Sound impossible? Believe it: You just slide the cups under your bra, connect it to the pump and do your thing. Invented by an ER doctor, the Freemie cups are compatible with the Freemie-brand pump, Medela, Philips AVENT and Ameda. $153, Amazon.com
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