Let’s face it – life is busy these days. Both parents may find themselves taking on different tasks to help the family thrive. Thankfully, we can now take one of the most important aspects of care for our baby, and share it. Having a breast pump can relieve a lot of weight from mom and help dad to feel useful. It is also a godsend for working mothers, who simply can’t be there for every single feeding.
The Best Electric Breast Pumps – Give Mommy A Break!
We’ve taken a close look at the best breast pumps on the market and have compiled a list of some of the clear winners. Breast pumps can seem overwhelming with all of their different features and capabilities – we’ve taken the time to break down the pros and cons of the best breast pumps of 2018. These are in no particular order – we feel like each of these is totally sufficient despite minor quirks.
This pump has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry which means there is no need to clean the narrow tubing. This closed system helps protect breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping. The Spectra Baby Breast Pump also has custom settings because, as we all know, no two mothers are the same. This pump is a nice portable size and known to be quiet, which is a plus if you are trying to pump next to a sleeping baby.
Downsides to this pump include some complaints that the valves are very delicate and easily lose suction and that the replacement parts can be a little pricey. Some have solved this problem by replacing the valves with Medela replacement valves.
If you’re a busy mom always on the go, The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump is very portable and convenient. It is a freestyle double electric pump. It features a rechargeable lithium ion battery and lightweight motor, providing a mobile pumping experience. Battery lasts up to three hours. You can also purchase a bustier to give you a hands free pumping experience.
Some have noted that the suction on this pump may not be as powerful as others, but this may be from not putting the pieces together properly. Also, the clip on the motor is not easy to use.
The Philips AVENT Single Electric Pump is a great middle of the road pump. It has a compact design which makes it easy for storage or travel. There are three pump settings and automatically starts in gentle stimulation mode to encourage letdown.
The parts of this pump are not as easy to clean or as quiet as our other top choices, but it gets the job done and also has good batter life.
Value Pick – The Vakey
The Vakey Electric Breast Pump is a popular choice for travelers. The inner valve has an anti-back flow design, which protects milk from infection and keeps it fresh. It is easy to clean and disassemble and is designed to avoid bacteria breeding. There are 9 pump levels and a massage function to help keep mom nice and relaxed.
A con to this simple and lightweight pump system is that it cannot be used without being plugged in. This may present some problems while traveling if you plan on trying to pump in the car or airplane.
Manual Breast Pumps – Which is the Best?
Looking for something a little less maintenance? Manual Breast Pumps can be a much cheaper alternative to an electric pump. The cleaning and assembling of a manual breast pump will also be straight forward and simple.
Specifically designed for mothers who only plan to be away from baby occasionally. The Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump has 2-Phase Expression technology and a convenient swivel handle. It is portable, lightweight, and discreet.
For moms who need to pump more often, this may not be for you. Some have found that the suction on this pump is not as powerful as the electric ones, but that is generally true when comparing manual pumps to electric pumps.
That about sums it up for our reviews of the best breast pumps. Looking for other ideas for must haves and gifts for expecting or new parents? Check out our baby essentials list to explore more!