I hesitate to recommend any breast pump but the Medela ones — I had two of them when I was breastfeeding, and they were practically my best pals. I used them religiously every day after I went back to work (I kept one at work and one at home in case I needed to pump at night). They were reliable, portable, efficient (my time was valuable!) and stood the test of time.
But there's a new breast pump on the market, the Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump, and it just might become working moms' must-have pump. Here are a few reasons why:
It's not attached to a bag. I get why the breast pump companies attach their pumps to bags — to make them easily portable and to make the time it takes to set up super easy (just unzip and unfold, and you're ready to pump). But when I wanted to pack a suitcase for a trip or carry a more stylish handbag, I wanted to be able to just throw in the pump itself. Bonus: This one is small and light.
It was made with mom's comfort in mind. The flanges have "textured petals" that are soft and cushiony and move more like a baby sucking, so you're less likely to experience discomfort. I'm also happy they put the necks of the flanges at an angle, so you don't have to awkwardly lean forward to get the milk to flow into the bottles.
It works with "natural bottles." I had a heck of a time getting my breastfed son to want to take a bottle, and ended up buying ones shaped more like a breast, which he took to much more easily. Of course, this made one extra step for me when pumping, since my boob bottles didn't fit my pump, so I pumped into other bottles and had to re-pour everything. This one fits Philips Avent's new Natural bottles and nipples, which are a lot like the boob bottles I used. Just pump right into them. Easy!
What breast pump do you use? What do you like about it or wish was different about it?