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A Buyer’s Guide For Breastfeeding Moms: What’s The Best Breast Pump?

Updated on 6 July 2021 • 19 minute read
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Overview 

Are you planning to breastfeed and pump your milk but unsure how you should choose a breast pump and which one is the best for you? 

Medela and Spectra are among the most popular breast pump brands to choose from, but which of the two is better? Is Spectra quieter than Medela? 

What are the other best breast pumps, and which one is the best for a low milk supply? What pump can best express milk in less time?

You’ll find answers to these breast pump questions, and more information if you’ll continue reading below.

 

Best All-Around Breast Pump

  • Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump
  • Pricing: $200
  • MC rated as “Best All-Around Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 2.42 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, built-in; up to three hours

Portability Options: Yes; with batteries and a handle on top for easy carrying

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 12 vacuum suction levels, with letdown and expression modes

Display: LCD with nightlight

Pump Strength: Up to 270 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: Two years

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two 24mm Spectra breast flanges
  • Two 28mm Spectra breast flanges
  • Two Spectra tubing
  • Two Spectra duckbill valves
  • Two Spectra backflow protectors
  • Two Spectra wide neck storage bottles
  • One Spectra 12-Volt AC power adapter

 

Bag and Cooler: Sold separately: tote ($39.99) and cooler ($29.99)

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Strong but quiet motor
  • Long battery life (up to three hours)
  • Remembers your custom settings

 

Cons

  • Bulkier design than other portable breast pumps

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

It is cute in its design. I’m not embarrassed by carrying it around. If you’re running late in the morning, it’s easy to go get your breakfast or do your make up or other things while pumping with the rechargeable battery. AND It is very quiet.” – Reviewer on Spectra Baby USA.

 

Negative Reviews 

I’ve used this pump for ONE WEEK. The first couple of days were fine. After that, 5 minutes into pumping and the pump stops sucking. I have tried everything from replacing parts to expressing one boob at a time, but it simply stops working. Incredibly frustrating. I absolutely DO NOT recommend this pump. Use a Medela instead.” – Reviewer on Target.

 

Best Bag-Free Wearable Pump

  • Elvie Pump
  • Pricing (double): $499.99
  • Pricing (single): $279.99
  • MC rated as “Best Bag-Free Wearable Pump

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.5 lbs

Pump Type: Wearable, single or double electric

Batteries: Yes, with built-in batteries; Two-hour charging time via micro-USB

Portability Options: Yes; worn inside a standard nursing bra

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Seven intensity levels; automatically switches from stimulation mode into expression mode

Display: No display, just buttons; but can be linked with a smart app on your phone

Pump Strength: Up to 220 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: Two years

Bottles and Accessories in Box: Elvie Pump Single

  • One hub (pump with breast milk collection cup)
  • Two bottles (5oz/150ml, BPA free)
  • One 24mm breast shield
  • One 28mm breast shield
  • Two valves
  • Two spouts
  • Two seals
  • Two storage lids
  • Two bra adjusters
  • One USB charging cable
  • Instructions for use

 

Bottles and Accessories in Box: Elvie Pump Double

  • Two hubs (two pumps with two breast milk collection cups)
  • Four bottles (5oz/150ml, BPA free)
  • Two 24mm breast shields
  • Two 28mm breast shields
  • Four valves
  • Four spouts
  • Four seals
  • Four storage lids
  • Four bra adjusters
  • Two USB charging cables
  • Instructions for use

 

Bag and Cooler: One carry bag for each hub

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Hassle-free setup
  • Only has five parts to clean and assemble per hub
  • No cords and no wardrobe changes
  • It fits inside a standard nursing bra
  • Connects via Bluetooth to the free Elvie Pump app for monitoring milk volume

 

Cons

  • If you buy the Elvie Pump Single, you can only use it on one breast at a time.
  • You need to wait for 60 minutes before you can use the pump on the other breast.
  • You can opt to buy the Elvie Pump Double so you’ll have two hubs to use simultaneously, but that makes the pump more expensive.
  • You might need to stop mid-session to pour the cup’s contents into a milk bottle.
  • It can’t be used while charging because it automatically shuts off when plugged in.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I’m not tied to sitting in bed, it’s a lot more quieter than the other device, and it’s quicker. I barely notice that I’m wearing the device for 20 mins. Seriously love this pump!” – Reviewer on Target.

 

Negative Reviews 

This pump does not empty me even after hours of research and troubleshooting. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it considering I can use my Spectra and get multiple let downs and much more milk!” – Reviewer on Target.

 

Best Custom Fit Breast Pump

  • Evenflo Deluxe Advanced
  • Pricing: $130
  • MC rated as “Best Custom Fit Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 5.44 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, it uses AA batteries

Portability Options: Yes, it can be used with batteries and a car adapter

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: Independent speed and suction controls

Display: No display, but with LED lights to indicate levels

Pump Strength: 250 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: Three years

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Four (5-oz) milk collection bottles
  • 30.5mm flange kits
  • 28.0mm soft flange inserts
  • 24.5mm soft flange inserts
  • Extra valves
  • Extra membranes
  • Balance and standard slow flow nipple
  • Instructions for use
  • Four cap rings
  • Four sealing discs
  • Three ice packs

 

Bag and Cooler:

  • Universal shoulder bag
  • Insulated cooler bag

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It has a three-year warranty (most breast pumps only have a one-year warranty).
  • It comes with more breast flanges (other breast pumps usually provide only two sets).
  • It’s a quiet pump designed by noise cancellation experts.
  • It’s relatively inexpensive.

 

Cons

  • With a pump strength of just up to 250 mmHg, it’s not as powerful as other hospital-grade pumps that usually go up to 270 mmHg.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Love love it. I really like this. Pump it’s gentle and very quiet. This is the first time out of my kids I will be using a pump. I give it a 5 star because I can’t find anything wrong with it yet. The bag it came with is nicely made, and I also like that it came with the ice packs and a small bag.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Negative Reviews 

I found that the suction wasn’t very good with this pump. I was barely getting anything to come out. I bought a different one, a Medela, that worked so much better. I would not recommend this pump.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Best Breast Pump For EBF (Exclusive Breastfeeding) Moms

  • Ameda Purely Yours
  • Pricing: $255.81
  • MC rated as “Best Breast Pump for EBF Moms”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 2.30 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, needs six AA batteries (sold separately; around $30 for eight AA batteries and a charger)

Portability Options: Yes, it’s small, lightweight, and has batteries.

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: 32 different customizable options; no button for letdown or massage mode

Display: No display

Pump Strength: Up to 200 mmHg

Pump Controls: Dials

Noise Level: Noisy, constantly makes a beeping sound

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Four (4oz) bottles
  • Dual HygieniKit milk collection system
  • Two 25.0 mm CustomFit flanges
  • Two 30.5 mm CustomFit breast flanges
  • Two 28.5 mm CustomFit breast reducing inserts
  • Two silicone valves
  • Milk storage guidelines card 
  • Two sets of NoShow Premium disposable nursing pads
  • Two Store‘N Pour milk storage bags
  • Instructions for use
  • One AC power adapter

 

Bag and Cooler:

  • Dottie Tote
  • Cool‘N Carry cooler tote bag with three ice packs

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s a light pump (only 2.3 lbs) that can be used with batteries (six AAs).
  • It has a hygienic closed system and two built-in bottle holders.

 

Cons

  • It’s not a hospital-grade pump.
  • It can only go up to 200 mmHg.
  • The beeping sound can be annoying.
  • The tote that comes with the breast pump can’t fit all the items in the milk collection system.
  • The product (Lot 7E058 and Lot 7E308) was recalled in 2017 for incorrect (UK instead of US) AC power adapters. Ameda replaced the incorrect items with the US adapters. (1)

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Ultimately, we saved $60 by choosing this over the Medela, and my wife said it works perfectly well. The bag that it came with isn’t quite as large as the one that comes with the Medela, but the last thing we need around the house is another tote bag or backpack.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

I do like the small size and portability of this model, but it’s not at all quiet. In fact, with every suction cycle, the pump makes an annoying ‘beep’ sound. After 20 minutes of 30-60 beeps per minute, either you stop hearing it, or you want to stop pumping. I normally cover the pump with a couch pillow, which helps, but still doesn’t stop the infernal beeping.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Best For Travel

  • Medela PISA (Pump in Style Advanced) Breast Pump with On-the-Go Tote
  • Pricing: $268
  • MC rated as “Best Travel Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 7.0 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, needs eight AA batteries (sold separately; around $30 for 8AA batteries and a charger)

Portability Options: Yes, it has batteries and an on-the-go tote

Pump System: Open

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 2-Phase Expression Technology with a one-touch letdown mode button

Display: No display, just dials

Pump Strength: Up to 250 mmHg

Pump Controls: Dials

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Four (5oz) bottles with lids
  • One battery pack (eight AA rechargeable batteries not included, usually costs around $20 for eight batteries or $30 for eight batteries and a charger)
  • Two 24 mm PersonalFit breast shields 
  • Two 27 mm PersonalFit breast shields 
  • Two breast shield connectors 
  • Two valves and membranes 
  • One set of complete tubing 
  • One AC power adaptor
  • One booklet of instructions for use

 

Bag and Cooler:

  • Tote bag, backpack, or Metro bag
  • Cooler bag with one ice pack

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Heavy-duty hospital-grade pump that can be used as a single or double pump
  • It has a big tote bag that can fit the entire milk collection system and some extras.
  • It can be used with batteries.

 

Cons

  • It can only go up to 250 mmHg.
  • The open-system pump might be less hygienic.
  • It’s heavier than most pumps.
  • In 2010, the product was subjected to a recall (manufacture dates: February 10 to March 3, 2010) due to a compromised circuit board that can cause affected pumps to turn off on their own mid-pumping session. Some wouldn’t turn on while others make a clicking sound and lose suction while pumping. Medela replaced the faulty pumps. (2)

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

The pump in the bag is discreet and roomy; pockets help keep supplies organized. All I transport back and forth are the pump parts and the milk. The storage bag with an ice pack is handy, but sometimes I need to fit more than four bottles in that storage bag. Overall, the Medela Pump in Style in a Tote is affordable, compact, and compatible with my stay-at-home pump.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

 

Negative Reviews 

The bag and such are nice, but the pump is absolute crap. I picked this one because the one I got from my insurance is losing power after seven months, and somehow, that one has more power than this scam box. I just want to pump without stressing out because of a machine.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

 

Best For Working Moms

  • Motif Duo Breast Pump
  • $190
  • MC rated as “Breast Breast Pump for Working Moms

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.6 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, built-in batteries last up to 2.5 hours

Portability Options: Yes, it’s small and lightweight.

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: Ten expression modes and 10 massage settings, with memory

Display: LCD with backlight

Pump Strength: Up to 250 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One power adapter
  • Two 21mm breast shields
  • Two 24mm breast shields
  • Two 27mm breast shields
  • Two 180 ml milk collection containers
  • Two bottle nipples
  • Two valves
  • Two connectors and Diaphragms
  • Two tubings and tubing connector pairs

 

Bag and Cooler:  

  • Multi-Pocket Maylilly
  • Motif backpack

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s a portable breast pump that weighs just 0.6 lbs.
  • It’s small enough to fit most bags.
  • It’s a quiet, closed system.
  • It has an LCD display with a timer and backlight.

 

Cons

  • It’s not as powerful as other hospital-grade pumps.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

1st time mom and 1st time using a breast pump. I couldn’t produce milk yet. But as soon as I used the pump after the 2nd try, milk was coming out. The size is nice and easy to travel with. I love that it features a charger with it. The compact is outstanding overall.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Negative Reviews 

The size is fine. The bag is cute. However, you can only pump one breast at a time when both are hooked up, the intensity of the suction drastically goes down, and the tubes come disconnected very easily.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Best Hospital Grade Pump

  • Medela Symphony Breast Pump
  • Pricing: $2,002.49
  • Purchase not covered by insurance, but this may be available as a rental unit
  • MC rated as “Best Hospital Grade Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 7.05 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: None

Portability Options: Not portable

Pump System: Closed system

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 2-Phase Expression technology with letdown button

Display: None, only dials and buttons

Pump Strength: Up to 250 mmHg

Pump Controls: Dials and buttons

Noise Level: Quiet, designed for a hospital setting

Warranty: Three years, limited

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One Symphony 2.0 Program Card
  • One container stand
  • One quick start card
  • One protector for card/cord
  • Instructions

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s a strong and quiet pump.
  • It’s among the few Medela breast pumps that have a hygienic closed system pump.
  • It’s designed for heavy-duty pumping by multiple users.
  • It’s FDA-approved for multiple users.
  • It’s the only Medela pump with a three-year warranty.

 

Cons

  • It’s expensive.
  • It’s not covered by insurance as a purchase.
  • You can also use this breast pump as a rental.
  • It’s a big, bulky pump.
  • It was subject to a recall (lot #67099S) in 2010 for compromised sterility due to possible pinholes in the rigid tray of the package. Medela replaced the compromised pumps. (3)

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Hospital grade suction power is true to its word. I noticed a significant increase in breast milk output even on the first pump. As an exclusive pumper, this product was a life-changer and a must-have. Easy to use and clean. Definitely worth every penny.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

I had rented one of these with kiddo #1, and it was a lifesaver. However, the one I ordered for kiddo #2 had almost no suction at first and made an annoying beeping sound every time it pulls and suctions.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Best Lightweight Pump

  • Spectra 9 Plus
  • Pricing: $180
  • MC rated as “Best Lightweight Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.5 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, built-in; can last up to 1.5 hours

Portability Options: Yes, among the smallest and lightest breast pumps

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Ten suction levels with letdown and expression modes

Display: LCD

Pump Strength: Up to 260 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Noisier than other Spectra pumps

Warranty: Two years

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two 24mm Spectra breast flanges
  • Two Spectra tubing
  • Two Spectra duckbill valves
  • Two Spectra backflow protectors
  • Two Spectra wide neck storage bottles
  • One Spectra 9-Volt AC power adapter

 

Bag and Cooler: Sold separately: tote ($39.99) and cooler ($29.99)

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s among the lightest portable breast pumps (0.5 lbs) currently available.
  • It’s small but still powerful (up to 260 mmHg).

 

Cons

  • You can adjust the suction level but not the suction speed.
  • It’s noisier than other Spectra pumps.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

This is a great pump for travel and on the go! I was worried about the suction level but have been pleasantly surprised with the power of this tiny pump!” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

This pump was loud and sounded like it was on the struggle bus. The settings are not like the S2 in what they do or produce. The suction and settings immediately had me wanting to return it. We tried yesterday to do so and found out I can’t even exchange for the S1 and pay more. So now we are out 180$ and have a pump that does nothing for me. Really upset.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Best Manual Breast Pump

  • Lansinoh Manual
  • $25
  • MC rated as “Best Manual Breast Pump

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.75 lbs

Pump Type: Manual, single

Batteries: None

Portability Options: Portable

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Two-mode pumping: Stimulation and Expression to promote letdown and pumping efficiency

Display: None

Pump Strength: Up to 250 mmHg

Pump Controls: Manual lever

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One 25mm ComfortFit flange
  • One 30.5mm ComfortFit flange

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s cheap.
  • It has fewer parts to clean.
  • It’s quiet.
  • It’s light and portable.

 

Cons

  • It’s a manual pump, so you’ll need to use your hands to express milk.
  • It can only be used on one breast at a time.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I used this on one side while having my Spectra on the other (using a breast pump bra to keep everything centered). I was able to pump comfortably for 10 minutes without any issues – no hand cramping at all – and when I checked at the end how much I pumped with the manual – I got 1 ounce more on the manual pump side than the Spectra side.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

This product sucked. I got it as a backup to my Medela hand pump. And the suctioning on it was awful. Usually, within a minute with the Medela, I get around an ounce or more, but with this product, I could barely get less than an ounce within three to five minutes. Worst purchase I’ve ever made.” – Reviewer on Target.

 

Best Single Electric Pump

  • Nuk Expressive
  • $67
  • MC rated as “Best Single Electric Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 1 lb

Pump Type: Single electric

Batteries: Yes, uses three AA batteries or one 1.5V battery

Portability Options: Yes, it’s light and uses batteries

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Eight suction levels and four cycle modes

Display: None

Pump Strength: Up to 240 mmHg

Pump Controls: Dials

Noise Level: Noisy

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One (5-oz) breast milk container
  • One silicone nipple size 1 (slow flow)
  • One collar
  • One cap
  • One seal disk for storage
  • One container stand
  • One voltage adapter
  • One extra silicone valve

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s small and portable.
  • It uses a hygienic closed system.
  • It uses batteries so you can bring it anywhere.
  • It has many suction levels and a letdown mode.

 

Cons

  • It’s just a single pump.
  • It’s a bit noisy.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

“My milk is not in yet, but it still gets the pre-milk out very well. I get about an oz in 10 minutes or so. It has a strong suction to me.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

 

Negative Reviews 

I tried the pump, and it has such low suction it took significantly longer than a hand pump to empty the breast. I ended up using my hand pump while in the park because this was so slow. The more you use it, the less suction it has. What a waste of money.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

 

Best Wearable (Hands-Free) Pump

  • Willow Generation 3 Wearable Double Electric Breast Pump
  • $499.99
  • MC rated as “Best Wearable or Hands-Free Pump

 

Key Features 

Weight: 5.59 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric, wearable

Batteries: Yes, built-in and rechargeable last up to five sessions

Portability Options: Yes, the pumps have batteries and can fit inside your nursing bra

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Comparable to hospital-grade

Settings: Seven suction levels (includes a sensitivity setting)

Display: None, but can connect to a smartphone app

Pump Strength: Up to 245 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons and through the app

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two Willow Pumps
  • Two (24mm or 27mm) flanges 
  • Two Flex Tubes
  • Twenty four (4 oz.) spill-proof breast milk bags
  • Charger
  • Two cleaning brushes

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Wearable breast pump
  • Connects via Bluetooth to the Generation 3 Willow app for monitoring the amount of pumped breast milk
  • Spill-proof cups that can be used in any position

 

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than most breast pumps.
  • The cup size might be too small for your pumping session, so you might need to stop mid-session to pour the milk out.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

The Willow LITERALLY saved my breastfeeding journey, and I am forever grateful. It’s also the only pump I’ve tried that empties my breasts fully, and I’ve been able to increase my supply with this pump!” – Reviewer on the Willow Pumps website.

 

Negative Reviews 

Unfortunately, this pump takes me more time to use, and my output is significantly less than with a traditional pump. Getting into “expression” mode can take me upwards of 5 minutes (and you can only put on one pump at a time), so sometimes it is a full 10 minutes before I’m even expressing.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Most Affordable Electric Pump

  • BellaBaby Double Electric Breast Pump
  • $53.99
  • MC rated as “Most Affordable Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 2.6 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Yes, it uses one lithium-ion battery with up to three hours of battery life.

Portability Options: Yes, it’s small and uses batteries.

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital

Settings: Four modes and nine levels of suction, including massage and letdown

Display: LED

Pump Strength: Up to 300 mmHg

Pump Controls: Digital buttons

Noise Level: Noisy

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two milk collection bottles
  • Two pieces of milk storage bag adapters
  • Ten pieces of storage bags
  • Two flanges
  • Two massage pads
  • One set of tubings

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s cheaper than most electric pumps but is lightweight and portable.
  • It’s compact and light.
  • The batteries last for up to three hours.
  • You can directly pump your breast milk into storage bags.

 

Cons

  • Some moms complain that the pump’s suction is too strong.
  • It can be noisy.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Amazing. My favorite pump of all time, and I’ve tried several.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

 

Negative Reviews 

The least suction power I’ve ever used in a breast pump. I’m very disappointed. I couldn’t even get more than a few drops out using the highest mode. Waste of money.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Most Comfortable Pump

  • Philips Avent Comfort
  • $199.99 
  • MC rated as “Most Comfortable Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 2 lbs

Pump Type: Double electric

Batteries: No

Portability Options: It’s not portable

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: One stimulation mode and three expression settings

Display: None, just buttons

Pump Strength: Up to 128 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Noisy

Warranty: Two years

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two (4-oz) milk collection bottles
  • Two sealing disc for milk storage
  • Two extra soft newborn flow nipple
  • Two spare diaphragms
  • Two travel covers
  • Two breast pump bodies
  • Four breast pad sample packs (two day pads and two night pads)
  • One tubing
  • Two 22mm standard size cushions

 

Bag and Cooler: Handy travel bag

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight, portable pump
  • Flanges come with built-in massage cushions for comfortable breastfeeding sessions.

 

Cons

  • It’s noisy.
  • Milk collection bottles are small, so you might need to stop mid-session.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I like this pump overall. It’s easy to use, expresses milk efficiently, and is kinder on the breasts when compared to Ameda.” – Reviewer on Phillips Avent’s website.

 

Negative Reviews 

Poor ability to suction, have to hunch forward and hold them tightly in place making it difficult to change the settings because I can’t let go to do so. Leaks while pumping while pouring while feeding the baby.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Quietest Breast Pump & Best Value For Your Money

  • Spectra S2 Plus
  • Pricing: $159
  • MC rated as “Best Value for Your Money” and “Quietest Breast Pump”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 3.3 lbs

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: None

Portability Options: Not portable

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 12 suction levels with a letdown mode and expression mode.

Display: LCD

Pump Strength: Up to 270 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: Two years

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two 24mm Spectra breast flanges
  • Two 28mm Spectra breast flanges
  • Two Spectra tubing
  • Two Spectra duckbill valves
  • Two Spectra backflow protectors
  • Two Spectra wide neck storage bottles
  • One Spectra 12-Volt AC power adapter

 

Bag and Cooler: Sold separately: tote ($39.99) and cooler ($29.99)

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Strong but quiet pump.
  • The massage and expression modes can help you pump more milk volume.
  • Many pumping moms say this pump gave them the best pumping experience.
  • It’s among the most popular breast pumps in retail.
  • It’s also among the top choices as a free breast pump from insurance.
  • Readily available from most medical supply companies.

 

Cons

  • It doesn’t have batteries.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I was so close to switching over to formula because the pump I had before did nothing for me & I have to head back to work soon. I’m 2 1/2 months in now, and I don’t see our journey ending anytime soon solely because I’m able to provide her with breast milk now while I work full time.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Negative Reviews 

Poor suction. I ordered this pump over the Medela pump because it offered a closed system. I should have gone with the Medela pump instead. The suction isn’t very strong, and it only fits their bottles which can’t be sterilized. They will melt and deform. Go with Medela.” – Reviewer on Aeroflow Breast Pumps.

 

Simplest Manual Pump

  • Haakaa Breast Pump
  • Pricing: $12.94 
  • MC rated as “Simplest Manual Pump

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.24 lbs

Pump Type: Manual, single

Batteries: None

Portability Options: Lightweight and portable

Pump System: Closed, direct

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: None

Display: None

Pump Strength: Not rated

Pump Controls: None, just the suction pump

Noise Level: 100% silent

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Pump with a built-in 4-oz milk collection container

 

Bag and Cooler: None

Compatibility: Ladybug milk collector cup ($17.99 per cup)

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • One-piece pump with no separate parts to clean
  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Silicone one-size-fits-all flange

 

Cons

  • It’s not as powerful as an electric pump.
  • It doesn’t promote faster milk flow.
  • No adjustable suction.
  • No extra flange sizes.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Over the first 24hrs of having this, I’ve pulled over 10oz of otherwise wasted milk! I can’t believe how well it works!” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

I thought this would work to use on one side while I fed the baby on the other. But it actually just made my nipples really sore, worse than if I just pumped with my electric pump.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Best Pump Accessories

  • Freemie Next Generation Cups
  • Pricing: $79.95
  • MC rated as “Best Pump Accessories”

 

Key Features 

Weight: 0.05 lbs

Pump Type: Single or double

Batteries: Not applicable

Portability Options: Light and portable

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not applicable

Settings: Not applicable

Display: Not applicable

Pump Strength: Not applicable

Pump Controls: Not applicable

Noise Level: Not applicable

Warranty: 60 days

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two 25mm breast flanges
  • Two 28mm breast flanges
  • Two cups parts
  • Two valve bases
  • Two barriers
  • Three duckbill valves
  • Three lengths of tubing
  • One tubing y-connector

 

Bag and Cooler: None

Compatibility:

  • Ameda Purely Yours, Ameda Finesse
  • ARDO Calypso
  • BabyBuddha
  • BellaBaby Duo Pocket, Bellababy Duo Rechargeable
  • Evenflo Deluxe Advanced
  • Freemie Liberty and Independence
  • Lucina Melodi Prime
  • Motif Duo, Motif Luna
  • Philips Avent
  • Spectra M1, S1, S2, S1 Plus, S2 Plus, 9 Plus

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s compatible with many breast pumps.
  • It’s a closed system.
  • It’s discreet.

 

Cons

  • It’s small.
  • You might need to remove cups to pour collected breast milk at mid-session.
  • It should be used in one position (upright), so the milk won’t spill.
  • You can’t use it while lying down or reclining.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

The best pumping accessory yet!!! This is my second go at breastfeeding. Although this time was successful getting my LO to latch, I’m an FT working mom with a commute. Therefore I need to pump.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

My milk was low, my breast had sharp stabbing pains that would wake me in the night, and I had many blocked ducts. I’ve since stopped using them completely, and things are getting back on track.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

How to Measure Breast Shield or Flange Size

Different brands might have different ways to determine the sizes for the breast shields or the flanges. But here’s the general rule:

Measure the width of your nipple’s base (in millimeters). 

Then use this as a guide to find your size:

  • The base of nipple width is approximately 16mm to 18mm = 21mm breast shield
  • The base of nipple width is approximately 18mm to 21mm = 24mm breast shield
  • The base of nipple width is approximately 21mm to 25mm = 28mm breast shield

 

Note that your nipple size may change during your breastfeeding journey, so keep the other breast shields included in the breast pump box if you need them later.

 

Factors In Choosing A Breast Pump

Did you know that you may get a free breast pump via insurance? 

Medical supply companies such as Aeroflow and Edgepark can help you get the pump you need. Depending on your policy, you might be eligible for a double electric breast pump.

 If you want ‘upgraded’ pumps such as Elvie or Willow, you might need to pay the price difference from what your insurance will pay for.

There are many types of breast pumps, even from the same brands. 

For example, Medela sells the following: Medela Freestyle, Medela Pump in Style Advanced, Medela Pump in Style MaxFlow, Medela Symphony, Medela Harmony Manual, and Medela Freestyle Flex.

Meanwhile, Spectra sells the following: Spectra S1 Plus, Spectra S2 Plus, Spectra 9 Plus, Spectra S3 Pro, and Spectra Synergy Gold.

As you’ve read above, there are also other pumps from other brands. 

You can ask a lactation consultant for recommendations or pick your own pump, considering these factors:

  • Cost
  • Weight
  • Noise or sound
  • Closed system vs. open system
  • Frequency of use
  • Lifestyle needs
  • Hands-free options or wearable breast pumps
  • Special features
  • Power source
  • Portability
  • Accessories
  • Cleaning
  • Ease of use
  • Warranty
  • Product recalls

 

Summary & Recommendation 

Breast pumps are created differently, with different specifications. So, one pump that works for other moms might not work for you or might not be enough to meet your needs.

It’s up to you to pick the breast pump that suits your needs, but here are our recommendations:

 

Best All-Around Breast Pump

  • Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump; $200

 

Best Bag-Free Wearable Pump

  • Elvie Pump; $500

 

Best Custom Fit Breast Pump

  • Evenflo Deluxe Advanced; $130

 

Best Breast Pump For EBF (Exclusive Breastfeeding) Moms

  • Ameda Purely Yours; $255.81

 

Best For Travel

  • Medela PISA (Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump) with On-the-Go Tote; $268

 

Best For Working Moms

  • Motif Duo Breast Pump; $159 

 

Best Hospital Grade Pump

  • Medela Symphony Breast Pump; $2,002.49

 

Best Lightweight Pump

  • Spectra 9 Plus; $180

 

Best Manual Breast Pump

  • Lansinoh Manual; $25

 

Best Single Electric Pump

  • Nuk Expressive; $67

 

Best Wearable (Hands-Free) Pump

  • Willow Generation 3 Wearable Double Electric Breast Pump; $499.99

 

Most Affordable Electric Pump

  • BellaBaby Double Electric Breast Pump; $53.99

 

Most Comfortable Pump

  • Philips Avent Comfort; $199.99

 

Quietest Breast Pump & Best Value For Your Money

  • Spectra S2 Plus; $159

 

Simplest Manual Pump

  • Haakaa Breast Pump; $12.94

 

Best Pump Accessories

  • Freemie Next Generation Cups; $79.95

 

 

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRes/res.cfm?ID=158977

(2) https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfres/res.cfm?id=96744

(3) https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfres/res.cfm?id=93790

 

 

 

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