Top 5 Breast Pumps for Nursing Moms

There are a variety of reasons why every new mom should consider purchasing a quality breast pump. Breast pumps can help with milk supply, feeding can become easier in the middle of the night, any latching obstacles can still be supplemented with pumped milk, and being able to offer a bottle can give moms some needed freedom. For working moms, breast pumps help to maintain milk supply and enable them to offer their breast milk via bottle. 

If you are a first time mom there are many things to research in the baby department: car seats, strollers, cribs and so forth. A breast pump should also be on that list. Like many new things, buying a new pump can be a daunting task (and an investment) as there are many types available - single electric, double electric, manual pumps and battery-operated pumps. To make this process easier, we've highlighted our personal favourites available on the market.

1. Medela Pump in Style Advanced

The Medela pump in style advanced is a double electric pump (which means you can use it on single or both your breasts simultaneously). The popular opinion is that its sophisticated, customizable design mimics baby’s natural nursing action. Thus, it helps produce more milk in a shorter span of time. The way it has been packaged makes a difference as well. It comes with a tote bag with multiple compartments that hold everything together and makes the process pretty convenient. 

Any downsides? Some moms say that since it’s an open-system pump, sterilizing it is a little difficult. Others have noted that the motor is a little too loud for them. It is higher in price range (averaging about $300) and is not as budget friendly as other pumps.

2. Spectra S1 and S2

Very few brands offer medical-grade breast pumps at genuinely affordable prices (typically sells for $200) and Spectra is one of them. Moms love its packaging too. “It’s super cute!” - is what we keep hearing. But besides its adorable look, what makes Spectra such a quality breast pump is the fact that even though it’s a double electric pump, it makes very little noise and is light in weight. It comes with digital controls, a timer, a nightlight and its speed and power are customizable. 

Any downsides? It can only be used when you have access to an electrical outlet. This could be a problem if you want to use the pump on the go.

3. Haakaa Breast Pump

It’s the most low-maintenance breast pump that works well. Haakaa is a one-piece pump made from food-grade silicone, and unlike manual pumps, you don’t even need to pump the milk out by using your hands. Just place it on your breast and squeeze it a little. It has a natural suction process that’ll start the flow of milk on its own. It’s super affordable and is particularly convenient to use while traveling. It is incredibly affordable; you can purchase it on amazon for $20.00.

Any downsides? It is great to catch any let down as it gives moderate supply. But if your demand is high, Haakaa may not be ideal. If your supply is low, this pump may not be as effective as it is a passive pump. 

Check out this video on how to use the Haakaa.

4. Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump

Compact-sized, silent and hassle-free, Philips Avent is (in our opinion) one of the best breast pumps in the ‘manual’ breast pumps category. No cords and no complicated settings, and the layout is simple and elegant. You can pump on the go, in the car, at a park, wherever you want as you don’t need to worry about electric outlets. Its angled nipple is designed in such a way that you won’t have to bend or sit in an uncomfortable position and this feature makes it a quality pump. It comes with a stimulation mode which is a great feature as well. This pump is also budget friendly, selling for around $45.00. 

Any downsides? It may not be as timely as an electric pump as you are using your hands. A given is that your hands might get tired after the session if your demand is moderately high.

5. Willow Wearable Breast Pump

If you are a fan of sophisticated, modern technology and super sleek designs, you’ll love this one! Willow Pump is the quietest and most discreet pump available in the market right now. There are no tubes, no bottles, no wires whatsoever. Willow has a breast-shaped (cup-shaped) design and you can easily insert it in your bra whenever you want. It comes with a mobile app that can be used to control all the settings - suction power, milk volume, time, etc.

Any downsides? Ummm, its price! Since its design is so high-tech, this pump is quite expensive. But it's definitely one of the best breast pumps you can buy if money is not a concern. It typically sells for an average price of $500.00. Here’s a video showing how this pump works

Before deciding on a pump, just ask yourself what are my pumping needs and how many times a day am I planning to use my pump? If you are up for it, you can even buy two different kinds of pumps for different feeding needs that you might have.


Lots of love to you and your little ones xox. 



Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

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