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What’s The Best Wearable Breast Pump? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Updated on 30 June 2021 • 14 minute read
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Overview 

Are you searching for a hands-free wearable breast pump for your breastfeeding needs so you can pump even if you’re off to work or on the go? You’ve come to the right place, mama.

We aim to help you find a quiet, discreet, yet strong wearable breast pump that you can use to express your breast milk anytime and anywhere. 

Your co-workers might not even know you’re doing your pumping sessions while you’re having a meeting or busy with other tasks at work.

So, which wearable breast pump is the best? Are Elvie breast pumps worth it, or is Willow better? Can you pump while lying down with Elvie or Willow? Can you use standard double electric breast pumps as wearable pumps?

We’ll answer these questions below and help you learn more about these wearable pumps for discreet, hands-free pumping on the go.

 

Main Differences 

Did you know that there are manual breast pumps that can also be used as wearable hands-free pumps? Here are some of the popular options:

  • BumbleBee Manual
  • Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump
  • Dr. Brown’s Silicone Pump
  • NatureBond Manual
  • Elvie Curve Manual

 

However, in this review, let’s focus on finding the best wearable breast pump that uses rechargeable batteries for pumping. We review the best manual breast pumps in a separate article.

The following are the hands-free breast pumps that have built-in collection cups you can insert in a regular nursing bra (no need to buy a pumping bra that’s usually worth around $20 to $30):

  • Elvie Pump
  • Freemie Liberty Wearable Breast Pump System
  • Willow Generation 3
  • iAPOY Wearable Portable Breast Pump
  • Joysa Wearable Breast Pump
  • Momcozy Wearable Breast Pump
  • COPOL Wearable Breast Pump
  • FEISIKE Wearable Breast Pump

 

Which of these is the best wearable pump with longer battery life, better expression mode, and more space inside the milk collection cups? Continue reading to find out.

 

Elvie Pump

Key Features 

Price: (double): $499.99; (single): $279.99

Weight: 0.50 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Yes, but best used in an upright position

Capacity: 5 oz

Apps: Yes; monitors milk volume in real-time, controls the pump remotely, and tracks pumping history for each breast

Pump Type: Single or double, depending on the number of hubs you buy

Batteries: With built-in batteries that can last up to 2.5 hours; two-hour charging time using a micro-USB

Portability Options: Yes, no tubes or wires

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Seven intensity levels; it 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:

  • One hub (a pump with breast milk collection cup)
  • Two bottles (5 oz, BPA free or no harmful bisphenol-A chemicals)
  • One 24mm breast shield
  • One 28mm breast shield
  • Two seals
  • Two storage lids
  • Two bra adjusters
  • Two valves
  • Two spouts
  • One USB charging cable
  • Instructions for use

 

Bag and Cooler: One small carry bag for each hub

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s easy to use and clean, with only five parts to clean and assemble per hub.
  • It has adjustable suction levels.
  • It’s wearable and connects to an app on your phone.
  • It can be controlled using the app but also works using the buttons.
  • It can be used with three flange sizes (21 mm, 24 mm, and 28 mm), with two already included in the box.
  • It’s made with BPA-free plastic. BPA is bisphenol-A, a harmful chemical used for manufacturing plastics.
  • It’s dishwasher-safe.
  • You can use your FSA/HSA debit card to buy this breast pump.
  • It’s smaller than the Willow and Freemie pumps.

 

Cons

  • It’s an expensive pump. The cost of just one hub ($279.99) is still more expensive than popular but non-wearable hospital-grade breast pumps such as the Spectra S2 ($159).
  • It’s usually considered an upgrade by insurance companies. So, you can’t get it for free through insurance, but your policy might still partially cover the costs.
  • If you only buy one hub, you’ll need to wait at least 60 minutes before you can use it on your second breast.
  • You can buy two hubs/pumps for less hassle, but that makes the entire system more expensive ($499.99).
  • You can’t use this while charging because of the automatic shut-off safety feature.
  • You can only pump directly into the milk bottle, not with milk bags.
  • Lights on the pump can be visible beneath your clothes.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Okay, so I LOVE these for the convenience factor. When I have a meeting or need to be on the road for work, these are a lifesaver (so I do not have to miss 30 minutes to go pump).” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

These stupid things will stop working for no reason and shortly after purchase, even after updating the firmware and checking the charging cords, etc. Contact the company, and they will ship you a new one. I had to replace BOTH of mine during the first month. I hate them.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Freemie Liberty Wearable Breast Pump System

Key Features 

Price: $359.99

Weight: 0.5 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Not entirely spill-proof but has leak-resistant next-generation cups with a closed system

Capacity: 8 oz

Apps: No

Pump Type: Double electric

Batteries: The battery pack can be charged using a micro-USB and AC adapter

Portability Options: Yes, with a clothing clip

Pump System: Open

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 100+ settings with turbo mode capacity and three reprogrammable memory settings 

Display: LCD display panel with sleep timer, nightlight, and automatic shut-off

Pump Strength: Up to 280 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet, uses noise reduction technology

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Freemie Liberty pump
  • One 25mm breast flange
  • One 28mm breast flange
  • One standard cup set
  • One pump connection kit
  • One power adapter kit
  • One clothing clip

 

Bag and Cooler: Carrying bag

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The Freemie Liberty Wearable Breast Pump System was designed and made by a working mom for working moms
  • Emergency physician and Stanford alumna Dr. Stella Dao created the pump after the birth of her preemie twins in 2013.
  • It uses larger reusable containers (8 oz) than the standard 4 oz or 5 oz used by other wearable pumps.
  • It’s cheaper than the two other top brands: Willow Pump and Elvie Pump.
  • It’s compatible with other breast pumps, so you still use the Freemie cups even if your Freemie pump is no longer working for some reason.

 

Cons

  • The battery life only lasts for about an hour.  
  • There’s no trial program or refunds for the pumps. Once you open the pump package, you can’t return it to get your money back even if it doesn’t work for you.
  • The pump isn’t as powerful as other brands’ motors, especially when compared with hospital-grade pumps like the portable (but not wearable) Spectra S1.
  • It only has a one-year warranty.
  • It doesn’t come with an app.
  • Some moms noted that the cups tend to leak more than the Willow. This happens if you move around too much, such as changing your position while pumping.
  • The valves might also be more susceptible to breaking down.
  • The open system can get milk into the tubes, which can be difficult to clean.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I typically pumped 25-30 min with my Spectras, and I do at least 30-40 min with the Freemie. I got about 1-1.5 oz less than with my Spectra. It’s worth noting that the timer counts down (not up) and high suction with low speed helped me get the most out.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

The suction was so little that I got one drop out of milk after 20 minutes. I’m returning it.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Willow Generation 3

Key Features 

Price: $499.99

Weight: 5.59 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Yes

Capacity: 4 oz

Apps: Yes

Pump Type: Single and double electric

Batteries: Built-in lithium batteries that are rechargeable and can last up to five sessions

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Comparable to hospital-grade

Settings: Seven adjustable suction levels, including a sensitivity setting

Display: None, but connects with a smart app for control and monitoring

Pump Strength: Up to 245 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons and through the app

Noise Level: Quiet and discreet to use, but a bit louder than the Elvie Pump

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Two Willow wearable breast pumps
  • One 24mm breast flange
  • One 27mm breast flange
  • Two flex tubes
  • Two (4 oz) collection cups
  • Twenty four (4 oz.) spill-proof breast milk bags
  • Charger
  • Two cleaning brushes

 

Bag and Cooler:  None, but it easily fits in any tote bag.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It comes with spill-proof cups that you can use in any position.
  • The box comes with breast milk storage bags.
  • It’s a quiet wearable pump that you can use for discreet pumping.
  • You can connect it to an app for smart pumping.
  • It uses BPA-free, dishwasher-safe plastic.
  • There are only three pump parts to clean.
  • You can pump directly into the reusable milk containers or the milk collection bags.
  • The pump automatically stops when the container or bottle is full. So you’ll know it’s time to change the collection kit if you need to express more milk.
  • It can pump more milk in less time compared to other wearable breast pumps.

 

Cons

  • It’s expensive ($499.99). Unlike the Elvie Pump, you don’t have an option to buy just one hub/pump.
  • The milk container is only 4 oz.
  • It only has a one-year warranty.
  • Some moms experienced errors during pumping and had to make adjustments mid-session even if they latched the pump correctly.
  • There’s only one AC charger with the box. So you can’t charge both pumps simultaneously.
  • It doesn’t have an option for USB charging.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I can get so much done around the house AND take care of my baby, all while pumping away. It’s so quiet and gives me 360° mobility.” – Reviewer on Target.

 

Negative Reviews 

I have purchased all three flange sizes as well as purchased silicone inserts to try and find the correct size to soften the experience for myself, and no matter what I’ve tried, the Willow hurts my nipples and/or doesn’t empty my breasts.” – Reviewer on Target.

 

iAPOY Wearable Portable Breast Pump

Key Features 

Price: $49.99 (single)

Weight: 0.99 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Yes

Capacity: 6 oz

Apps: None

Pump Type: Single

Batteries: Built-in

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not graded

Settings: Five massage levels and five pumping intensity levels 

Display: No display

Pump Strength: Not rated

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Loud

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One pump
  • One 27mm flange
  • One 8.5 oz reusable milk container
  • One USB charger

 

Bag and Cooler: Carrying bag

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s a budget-friendly wearable pump.
  • It has five massage levels and five pumping intensity levels.
  • The closed-system pump makes it more hygienic.

 

Cons

  • It’s loud. So, it’s not ideal to use if you’re planning to pump in public.
  • The breast flange is not adjustable for different breast shields or nipple sizes.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I love how the very affordable iAPOY hands-free wearable electric pump does not have tubing that can easily come off sometimes. It is very convenient because it is completely cordless, tubeless, and hands-free. I like the flexible soft silicone flanges, which are very comfortable against the skin.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

The suction is TERRIBLE. Even at level five, it didn’t do much more than pump the foremilk. Also, the length of time between suctions is crazy long. Lastly, no indication of battery life– so you have no idea if you need to charge or can go to another session. I will be returning.”  – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Joysa Wearable Breast Pump

Key Features 

Price: $59.59 (single pump); $109.96 (double pump)

Weight: 0.35 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Yes; it uses a spill-proof storage container with smart no-spill technology

Capacity: 6 oz

Apps: None

Pump Type: Single

Batteries: Built-in 1200mAh rechargeable lithium battery that can be charged via USB for two hours; the battery lasts for 70 minutes

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Not rated

Settings: Five adjustable suction levels

Display: No display

Pump Strength: Up to 260 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Silent

Warranty: One year

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Breast pump
  • One 27mm breast shield
  • Duckbill valve
  • Shoulder strap adjustment buckle
  • Sealing rings
  • USB cable
  • User manual

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s much cheaper than the popular wearable pump brands.
  • The pump doesn’t use tubes or wires.
  • All parts are made of food-grade silicone that doesn’t contain harmful substances.
  • It’s a closed-system pump that ensures no milk backflows into any tube.

 

Cons

  • The cups are discreet, but the pumps can be bulky and protrude over your clothes.
  • There’s only one breast shield included in the box.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I used this pump nonstop when it came in the mail. It was great for me because I work at home and I am so busy I wouldn’t have time to pump during the day. With this pump, I was still able to maintain my daily chores and work and still keep my flow up.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

Very disappointed! Even being very careful making sure everything is closed, my milk spilled. I was disappointed because I’m working hard for my milk supply, and both times a lot spilled. I went back to my Lansinoh. Not worth the buy!!!” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Momcozy Wearable Breast Pump

Key Features 

Price: $64.99 (single)

Weight: 0.94 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: Yes, with silicone caps

Apps: None

Pump Type: Single

Capacity: 6 oz; but the best-recommended capacity is 4 oz

Batteries: 800 mAh capacity rechargeable battery that can be used for up to 80 minutes or three to six pumping sessions

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: Two modes (massage and letdown) and five adjustable suction levels, with memory function and 20 minutes automatic shut-off timer

Display: None

Pump Strength: Up to 300 mmHg

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet

Warranty: Seven days

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One pump (including all accessories parts)
  • One 24mm flange
  • One USB cable
  • One instruction manual

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Even if the price ($64.99) is just for one pump, it’s still cheaper than the popular wearable pump brands.
  • Directly pumps into the milk container cup with a design that prevents backflow.
  • The USB charger lets you recharge the batteries using your laptop, car USB, or power bank.
  • All pump parts are dishwasher safe and can be sterilized, except for the pump motor.
  • The closed system ensures that milk doesn’t backflow to other parts of the pump.

 

Cons

  • Some moms complain that the suction is too strong, even at the lowest setting.
  • It’s portable, but the pumps are bulky on top of the cups. So, it can be a challenge to stay discreet while pumping in public.
  • It might be difficult to put the silicone plug in the spill-proof cups.
  • The warranty is only for seven days.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

Excellent! I loved it. It’s a little hard to use because you have to have techniques to make the silicone plug fit, and the milk doesn’t spill. But it’s the best you can buy if you need to get milk while you breastfeed — excellent investment.” – Reviewer on Momcozy website.

 

Negative Reviews 

The suction is high even on the lowest setting. I didn’t even get half of what I normally get out. The battery dies after 20 min which thankfully is all I needed, but I always have to pump again shortly after because it doesn’t get even half out. Honestly not worth the money.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

COPOL Wearable Breast Pump

Key Features 

Price: $69.99

Weight: 1.64 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: 

Capacity: 8.45 oz

Apps: None

Pump Type: Double electric pump

Batteries: Built-in lithium polymer batteries that can last for 1.5 hours and may be used up to six times

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed system with a backflow protector valve 

Grade: Hospital grade

Settings: 16 adjustable speed settings with three modes

Display: Digital display

Pump Strength: Not rated

Pump Controls: Buttons

Noise Level: Quiet, only at 25 dB (decibels)

Warranty: No warranty information, non-returnable

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • Pump
  • Two collection cups
  • Two 22mm flange
  • Tubings

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s cheap, with the price ($69.99) already for two collection cups.
  • It’s made from soft, food-grade soft silicone with no harmful chemicals such as BPA (bisphenol A), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), or phthalates.
  • It has 16 adjustable speed settings with three modes.

 

Cons

  • The collection cups are connected to the pump using tubes.
  • No warranty information.
  • The pump is non-returnable once opened.
  • The pump battery only lasts for 1.5 hours.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

This wearable breast pump saved me time and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. The pump was made with good materials, looked high quality, and worked well. Highly recommend it!” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

One thing I wish that it came with a clip so I can clip on a pair of pants. It took me a few times to get used to the setup. Just be careful not to bend over, or it will spill.”  Reviewer on Amazon.

 

FEISIKE Wearable Breast Pump

Key Features 

Price: $69.99 (single)

Weight: 0.88 lbs

Spill-Proof Cups: No, there’s a hole in the collector that can cause the milk to spill if you use it while lying down

Capacity: 6oz

Apps: None

Pump Type: Single

Batteries: 1000 mAh battery powered for use for up to four times

Portability Options: Yes

Pump System: Closed system with an anti-backflow valve

Grade: Not hospital grade

Settings: Two modes (massage and letdown) and nine suction levels

Display: Touch panel

Pump Strength: Up to 335 mmHg

Pump Controls: Digital touch panel buttons

Noise Level: Loud

Warranty: No warranty; parts are recommended to be replaced every two months

Bottles and Accessories in Box:

  • One pump motor
  • One 24mm (or 27mm) silicone shield 
  • One silicone diaphragm
  • One linker
  • One USB cable
  • One duckbill valve
  • One milk collector
  • One bra adjustment buckle

 

Bag and Cooler: None

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It’s a pump that’s cheaper than the popular wearable brands.
  • It has a strong pump (up to 335 mmHg).
  • It’s made from food-grade silicone that’s BPA-free (no harmful bisphenol-A chemicals).

 

Cons

  • The motor can be loud.
  • It doesn’t have a spill-proof collection cup. So you shouldn’t move around too much while pumping.
  • Some moms complain about the pump quickly losing suction after a few sessions.
  • The manufacturer recommends replacing the pump parts every two months.

 

What Customers Say 

Positive Reviews 

I love this breast pump! I wanted a wireless Breast Pump, but I wasn’t willing to pay $500.00 for it. It has done me well so far. It does the job, and I am satisfied.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

The suction on these is SO intense it just hurts my nipples. I can only turn it to the 2nd setting before feeling like it’s going to rip my nipples off. It would be one thing if the suction made me produce more milk, but with these, I’m lucky to get an ounce in 30 MINUTES, a waste of time and money.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Best Wearable Breast Pump FAQs

Can You Use Standard Double Electric Breast Pumps As Wearable Pumps?

Regular double electric pumps such as the Medela Pump in Style and the portable Medela Freestyle Flex can be used as hands-free pumps but not as wearable pumps.

 

What’s The Difference Between Wearable Vs. Hands-Free Breast Pumps?

Some moms might be confused about the difference between wearable and hands-free pumps.

All wearable pumps are hands-free, but not all hands-free pumps are wearable. 

The true wearable breast pump is something that can be worn discreetly inside your clothes, without others noticing that you’re pumping even if you’re in a public place.

Many hands-free breast pumps are used along with pumping bras but are not discreet or wearable. The milk bottles could stick out from the hands-free pumping bra unless you wear milk collection cups.

 

Are Wearable Pumps Easy to Use?

Unlike traditional breast pumps, you might need more time to get used to wearable pumps. Some moms report difficulty in latching, especially if they haven’t established lactation yet.

Though some moms report leaks during the first few times of use, they improved latching and pumping in the next sessions.

 

Will My Insurance Cover Wearable Pumps?

Most insurance policies won’t cover wearable pumps because they are considered upgrades.

But it’s best to contact your insurance company to ask how much they’re covering or if they’ll cover the cheaper wearable pumps listed above.

 

What Accessories Do I Need For Wearable Breast Pumping?

Unlike traditional pumps, you won’t need a lot of accessories for your wearable pump. But you’ll need the following:

  • Nursing bra
  • Soft brush for cleaning
  • Drying rack
  • Replacement parts

 

Advantages & Disadvantages Of A Wearable Pump

Advantages 

  • The pump doesn’t need to be plugged with an AC adapter to the wall, so you don’t have to stay in just one spot during the pumping session (usually for 10 to 30 minutes).
  • It lets you pump even if you’re busy doing other tasks.
  • It can let you pump discreetly in public.
  • It lets you build up your milk supply even if you’re spending time away from your baby.
  • It helps boost your milk supply.
  • Most wearable pumps are designed with a closed system that prevents backflow.
  • The milk flow isn’t hampered because the pump is directly connected to your breast.

 

Disadvantages

  • Most wearable pumps are more expensive than regular breast pumps.
  • Wearable breast pumps are considered upgrades and are typically not covered by most insurance plans. So, you’re likely to pay for the pump unless FSA or HSA funds are accepted.
  • There are lesser pump parts used, but the curved cup design might be harder to clean.
  • The levels of suction might be limited compared to standard breast pumps.
  • Some moms find it difficult to latch with the wearable hands-free pump. This could lead to leaks or decreased amount of milk collected.
  • The cups aren’t always spill-proof. So you’ll still need to stay in one position while pumping so that you won’t spill the milk.
  • Most of the pumps won’t work when charging. So, you’ll have to make sure they’re properly charged before the pumping session.

 

Tips When Using A Wearable Pump

  • Keep the breast pumps charged so you won’t need backup if the pump loses power in the middle of a pumping session.
  • Wash your pump parts right after each use. Cleaning the parts can be difficult if milk hardens in some sections.
  • It’s a good idea to buy an extra charger.
  • Use the correct flange size for better latching and suction.

 

Summary & Recommendation 

So, have you chosen the best breast pump from the wearable pumps we reviewed above?

Here’s a guide to help you choose:

Expensive But Discreet Pumps

If you’re willing to pay at least $279.99 for a single pump or up to $499.99 for a double pump, then you should choose from these quiet pumps with a discreet design:

  • Elvie Pump – $499.99 (double), $279.99 (single)
  • Freemie Liberty Wearable Breast Pump System – $359.99 (double)
  • Willow Generation 3 – $499.99 (double)

 

The Willow Pump is the most discreet of these three, but it only has a 4oz collection cup

We rated the Elvie Pump as the best bag-free wearable pump in a previous review, but the lights on the pump make it less discreet than the other pumps. 

The Freemie pump is the cheapest of the three and has 8oz cups, but it only has one-hour battery life.

 

Cheaper But Not-So-Discreet Pumps

These pumps cost just around $100 for a pair, but their designs aren’t as discreet as the more expensive pumps above. They can also be loud and may not be ideal for pumping in public places.

But if you just want to have cheap, wearable pumps you can use at home, then you can choose from these pumps:

  • COPOL – $69.99 (double)
  • iAPOY – $49.99 (single)
  • Joysa – $59.59 (single pump); $109.96 (double pump)
  • Momcozy – $64.99 (single)
  • FEISIKE – $69.99 (single)

 

The COPOL is the cheapest ($69.99 is the price for two cups) of these pumps, but its design uses tubes, and the digital display makes it visible under your clothes.

Joysa has the longest battery life (up to two hours), but it’s loud and has a bulky design on top of the collection cups.

 

 

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