If you intend to or are currently breastfeeding your baby, then you’ve definitely heard of breast pumps. These devices help mothers express their milk more effectively, saving both time and energy in breastfeeding. Breast pumps come in three designs – the manual, electric, and hospital-grade versions. They can be further classified into single-pump or double-pump action devices.

Depending on your lifestyle needs and personal preference for feeding, you may or may not require a breast pump. However, for breastfeeding moms, the biggest advantage of using a pump is that your baby can benefit from your milk at any time of the day.

Breast pumps range from the affordable to the extravagant, and quality often goes hand-in-hand with price. In our top 5 picks we’ve targeted the best pumps to suit the evolving needs of moms. Let’s get pumping!


Best pump for Working Moms

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Looking for a hands-free, double-electric pump that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and offers mobility, freedom and flexibility? The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump does all that, and more. This beauty features two-phase expression technology – the first mode simulates the sucking action of your baby to start your milk flowing, and the second, more powerful mode creates a slower, deeper suckling effect for gentle and efficient milk expression.

The pump comes with a mini LCD screen for information display. We especially like that the pumps rechargeable battery supports up to three hours of pumping time per charge – perfect for the mom on-the-go. This breast pump arrives with the full package of a microfiber tote bag, insulated cooler bag and ice pack, milk bottles, breastshields and accessory kit.

The suction tends to be on the higher side, so some users take a longer while to get accustomed to it. The price tag is nothing to scoff at too, and may be a tad too high for the budget-conscious. Still, it’s an excellent pump with a compact and lightweight design suited for moms with an active lifestyle.


Best Pump for a Stay Home Mom

Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump

If you’re a stay home mom, you’d probably be looking for a pump that allows you to sit back, relax, and let the pump do all the work! The Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump does just that, and comes in the single and double breast pump variants. In our opinion, what really sets this pump apart from the rest in terms of comfort are the massage cushions – soft, plastic inserts that fit into the breast flange, mimicking your baby’s natural suckling patterns and stimulating milk expression.

If you tend to experience sensitivity during milk expression, this pump would be a fine consideration. The pump offers 3 suction settings that you can control as you please, and begins on a gentle ‘let-down’ speed to start your milk flowing. The pump can operate on AA batteries, in case you have to be out of the house for periods of time.


Best Manual Pump

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Two-phase milk expression typically applies to electric breast pumps, so we were surprised to learn that the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump has such a feature! By choosing which end of the hand pump to apply pressure on, you can switch between the lighter, faster simulation phase and the deeper, slower expression phase.

The lightweight and portable design makes this pump easy to handle, but where it really stands out is its ergonomic design for extra comfort, and fewer parts for easier dismantling and cleaning. Quiet and effective, this manual pump has received a chunk of excellent reviews from satisfied users, so we’re pretty confident of our pick for this category!


Best Budget-Friendly Pump Package

Spectra S1 Electric Breast Pump with Rechargeable Battery

If you’re looking for the entire pump package at a reasonable price, the Spectra S1 Electric Breast Pump kit will be a good option. This breast pump set comes with a bottle tote, carry tote, 4 large-neck bottles, and 2 of each pump accessory. The Spectra S1 is a hospital-grade pump that contains an inbuilt rechargeable battery, and the motor functions silently so as not to wake your baby. The digital controls allow you to adjust the pump speed and rhythm to suit your body, and features a two-expression mode like most other electric pumps.

Though not exactly bulky, this device is still larger and heavier than other electric breast pumps available, and the battery doesn’t last as long due to the power output. Nonetheless, it is still an effective, budget-friendly breast pump for the discerning mom.


Best Hospital-Grade Pump

Ameda Elite Breast Pump

The Ameda Elite Electric Breast Pump is a premium hospital-grade electric pump featuring a revolutionary microprocessor-driven pump. This pump provides a highly controllable interface for varying speed and suction, making it effective and suitable for most moms. Since it’s a hospital-grade pump, naturally the design incorporates additional hygiene features, and is highly resistant to viruses, bacteria and mold growth.

This breast pump is powered through an electrical cord, but there is an option to purchase one with a rechargeable battery. This breast pump incorporates a powerful motor into its design, so it tends to be less portable compared to the other electric or manual breast pump variants. Hospital-grade pumps are recommended for nursing sick or premature infants, twins, or to induce lactation in new moms.

For more information on the factors that you can consider before investing your penny in breast pumps, you may visit our info guides on breast pumps.

We hope you will have a wonderful journey in breastfeeding!