Are you planning on breast feeding your new baby? Well then you've definately thought about breast pumps then
Congratulations on your little bundle of joy. Now that you have safely delivered your baby, you might want to invest in a brand-new, good-quality breast pump to ensure that your baby has access to your milk even when you are away from her. Irrespective of whether you are stepping out for just a few hours, needing a little rest or thinking about returning to work, a breast pump is a handy tool to own.
Varieties of Breast Pumps
There are two main types of breast pumps available in the market -
1. Electric / Battery operated Breast Pump
If you anticipate being away from your baby often (especially if you intend to go back to work), have a steady milk supply and need to pump a couple of times during the day, you might want to purchase a high-end, fully automatic Electric Personal-Use Breast Pump. These pumps usually weigh about five pounds; some even less and offer amazing functionality such as adjustable suction levels, quick cycling time and double-pumping, etc.
Most top-quality electric models are more expensive than the manual ones but they stand-out on counts of efficiency, comfort and convenience of use; not to forget they’re quiet too, and promote a higher milk supply as they drain the breasts completely. And these models come with all the necessary accessories such as bottles, labels, clips, storage bags and nipple ointment, etc., to make your life easier!
If you are facing difficulty nursing your baby during the first few weeks after delivery, you should consider using a Hospital-Grade Electric Breast Pump with a double collection kit.
2. Manual, Hand Operated Breast Pump
Looking for a simple, straight-forward and affordable breast pump that’s light-weight too? A low-cost, hand-operated breast pump weighing less than two pounds may be ideal for you. Hand-operated breast pumps are popular with moms who don’t plan to use the pump more than once a day or even less, and prefer to have hand control over the suction process. On the flip side, many moms feel that a manual pump requires more effort to operate and is incapable of emptying their breasts completely, which in turn hampers their milk supply. Unlike electric pumps, a manual pump can be used to drain only one breast at a time, making it time consuming too.
So before you purchase a breast pump, do take into account your needs, preferences and of course, your budget.
And once you start using your breast pump, make sure to clean the pump properly after use and never share it with anyone to avoid infection.
Insurance can cover the cost of the pump. Aeroflow is a company that does the tough part of filling out all the paperwork to your insurance for you. Go to their website to fill out the form for your free pump
So lets get to it. Here are our top 5 picks for Breast Pumps
Rated at 4.5 Stars
The On the Go Tote helps keep bottles, tubing, and other essential components and accessories neatly organized for convenient transport anywhere. Removable cooler bag holds contoured ice pack and 4 breast milk bottles with lids to help your liquid gold stay cool while away from baby and/or until a refrigerator or freezer is reached. Try the Medela Pump in Style Advanced with On the Go Tote and find out why decades of moms have made Medela their first choice for all their breast milk feeding needs.
• (1) Built-in breast pump
• (1) Portable battery pack
• (1) Removable cooler bag and (1) contoured ice pack
• (4) 5-oz. 150 mL breast milk bottles with lids***
• (1) Double pumping breast pump kit includes: 1 set of PersonalFit Breast Shields 24mm, 2 breast shield connectors, 2 valves and membranes, 1 set of tubing
• (1) AC adaptor
• Instructions for Use
Rated at 4.7 stars
Have milk ready for your baby even when you're not around with this Manual Breast Pump. Now your little one can be fed while you're away or while you're resting. The hand breast pump is designed to be easy for you to use. The two-phase technology of this product maximizes pumping efficiency. The unit is quiet and portable for discreet pumping on-the-go.
Rated at 4.4 stars
Loved by moms and lactation consultants worldwide, the Spectra S1 Plus Premier RECHARGEABLE Breast Pump is designed to bring confidence and comfort to every moment of the breastfeeding journey. The S1 is portable and quickly rechargeable for active moms, and also quiet and discreet for soothing pumping. The added night light allows you to easily pump at any hour. This pump conveniently weighs only 2.9lbs. With a maximum suction strength of 250mmHg and the ability to be used as a single or double pump, the S1 will be a great asset in your breastfeeding journey. The S1's completely flexible, touch button, with the S1 pump's digital controls allow you to set the pumping program to the speed and rhythm most effective for your body. The suction is adjustable in both let-down and expression mode. This quiet pump also includes a timer.
• (1) Spectra S1 Hospital grade pump
• (1) 12 Volt A.C adapter
• (2) Spectra wide neck bottles
• (2) Backflow protectors
• (2) spectra tubing
• (4) flange
• Instructions for Use
Rated at 4.6 Stars
The innovative Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breastpump is ideal for busy, on-the-go moms who require frequent pumping. With 32 setting combinations of suction and speed, it's designed for optimum comfort and control.
• (1) Breastpump
• (1) Black shoulder bag
• (1) Insulated cooler bag with ice packs
• (4) additional milk storage bottles
Rated at 4.4 stars
The Smartpump Lansinoh Double Electric "Breast Pump" connects to the Lansinoh Baby App via Bluetooth technology to track pump sessions, breastfeeding, baby's activities, and more. This "Breast Pump" offer three different pumping styles and eight suction levels for maximum milk production and comfort.The hygienic closed system helps reduce mold & bacteria, and fewer parts simplify cleaning and use.Also, moms can pump directly into Lansinoh "Breast Milk" Storage Bags with the use of any Lansinoh breast pumps, to save time and reduce "Breast Milk" transfer.This Lansinoh Double Electric "Breast Pump" set includes two sizes of flanges with soft, flexible rims for ideal fit and comfort, cooler bag with ice pack, four bottles, two bottle stands and a carrying tote.
• (1) Breastpump
• (1) App with Bluetooth connection
• (2) breast cups with soft flexible rims
• (4) additional milk storage bags