Feeding

Best Breast Pumps for Breastfeeding Moms

Pumping can have a way of making us human mamas feel a little like milk machines. But we all want to do whatever we can for our babies — and there are a few ways to make the process a little less, well, sucky.

Even if you plan to exclusively breastfeed (often referred to as “EBF”), it is helpful to have a breast pump on hand. Why? It can help to increase your milk supply, especially in those early days. Breast milk is produced on a supply and demand basis, so pumping for a few minutes after nursing or adding in a pumping session an hour or so after baby finished can up your supply.

You’ll also want to pump so other caregivers can feed bottle-feed baby — especially handy for those middle-of-the-night feedings. (You don’t have to do them all yourself, Mom!) And if you ever want to be away from baby for a night out with your partner or an afternoon with friends, a breast pump gives you the freedom to do so.

Of course, if you’re planning on breastfeeding after returning to work, you’ll want a breast pump so you can keep your supply up, have a stash in your home freezer and relieve engorgement when you’re at the office.

Types of breast pumps

There are four main types of breast pumps:

  • Double-electric breast pumps: These powerful electric models let you pump both breasts at once, important if speed is a concern.
  • Single-electric breast pumps: You’ll only be able to pump one breast at a time, which can take longer. On the plus side, these cost less than a double-electric pump.
  • Battery-operated breast pumps: These can be slower and run through batteries pretty quickly. The advantage of a battery-operated pump is that they’re portable and helpful if you don’t have access to an electrical outlet (such as when you’re commuting to work or traveling).
  • Manual breast pumps: These are lightweight, portable and inexpensive. The downside? You’ll be doing a lot of the work yourself and you may not get as much milk as a result.

Closed-system pump or open-system pump?

Once you start shopping for pumps, you’ll also start noticing these two terms.

  • Closed-system pump or hospital-grade breast pump: Also called “overflow protection,” a closed-system pump is one that is sealed off from the milk by a barrier. This is the most hygenic type of pump, as the barrier prevents milk from getting into the machine, which can make tubes and small pieces diifcult to sterilize. They also tend to be more expensive than open-system pumps.
  • Open-system pump: These don’t have a barrier between the milk and the pump mechanism, so milk flows through tubes and other small pieces into the bottle, and therefore may come in contact with the pumping mechanism. Open-system pumps are usually less expensive than closed-system pumps.

What to look for in a breast pump

As you start shopping, you’ll want to find a breast pump that meets your specific needs — what works for one mom might not be the right choice for you. When researching the best breast pumps, other important factors you might want to consider include:

  • Weight: If you’ll be commuting to the office or traveling often, it can be helpful to have a lightweight pump.
  • Sound: Some pumps are quieter than others. If you’ll be pumping around other people, you may want one that’s as silent as possible.
  • Hands-free: Some newer models allow you to pump completely hands-free and without any obvious tubing or wires. Some hands-free pumps can even be worn under your shirt!
  • Cost: While breast pumps are usually covered by insurance, you may want a second one to keep at the office or upgrade to a better pump.

What’s the best breast pump?

We get it — all these different terms can be a little overwhelming, and there are a lot of breast pumps on the market to choose from. So, how do you decide which breast pump makes the most sense for your situation?

We turned to the experts — moms in the What to Expect community — who have put these pumps to the test. Below, you can check out our top picks.

Here, the best breast pumps on the market right now.

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