We're back with our favorite breast pumps.
This is category is especially important -- because nursing mamas need all the help they can get. And it can be so difficult to figure out which breast pump suits your particular needs. You might need a fancy schmancy hands-free double electric pump if you plan on being home with Baby most of the time. You won't want to settle for a slow-to-trickle hand pump if you are working out of the home five days a week.
Either way, the good news is that you might be able to get a breast pump through your health insurance. You should always check on this option, and weight the alternatives. Some of the higher end models might entail an upgrade cost or not be acailable at all. And that's why we are here -- to break down the options. Should you splurge on a top-of-the-line wear-it-in-your-bra-and-noone-will-be-the-wise pump or start with the something more a little simpler and see how it goes. Let's pump the options out:
Best Overall Pump: Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump, $200
The Spectra S1 Plus electric breast pump is ultra portable (it weights just 3 lbs) and rechargeable, with a super quiet motor for soothing and discreet pumping. The “massage mode” simulates the natural suckling of baby, but there are multiple adjustable suction levels for your comfort and convenience. Using Natural Nursing Technology, it also features "black-flow protection" to eliminate the potential of harmful bacteria getting into your pumped milk. It has a 3-hour battery life before needing to be charged again -- so you can definitely take this one on the go with you.
Best Breast Pump for Moms on the Go: Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-Go Metro Tote, $290
If you are a working mom who is out of the house five days a week or if you have a busy on-the-go lifestyle, you'll want to check out the Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-Go breast pump. It comes with an incredibly handy bag that has all the necessary pockets, slots, and cooler inserts. There are several different bag types available -- including a backpack -- but this Metro Tote is roomy, stylish, and discreet.
Specifically designed for those moms who plan to pump multiple times a day, this electric pump features 2-phase expression technology with one-touch letdown to get you more milk when double pumping.
Best Wearable Breast Pump: Willow Hand-Free Pump Generation 3, $500
Want to pump while you are on your Zoom calls? The quiet and discreet Willow pump is for you; you can actually wear it inside your bra; it's cups collect milk as you go about your business (or, you know, lie down and nap!) There are no external tubes, cords, or hanging bottles. Milk just flows into the self-sealing and spill-proof disposable storage bags or into reusable containers.
The Willow features smart technology that responds to your body and maintains suction similar to a baby, enabling true mobility without spilling a drop. The suction is comparable to traditional double electric and hospital level pumps with a sensitivity setting for your comfort. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 pumping sessions to get you through the day.
Best Manual Pump: Medela Harmony, $42
The Medela Harmony is a single, manual breast pump designed for occasional use when you plan to be away from Baby. This breast pump is a great option for travel or as an occasional back-up to your double electric breast pump. A small, lightweight, and portable design makes transport easy and discreet for convenient pumping at home, at work, or on the go. An included PersonalFit Flex breast shield reduces pressure on the breast and optimizes milk flow, to give you more of that liquid gold faster.
Best Value Pump: Spectra S2 Electric Pump, $159
This pump is almost identical to the S1 (our pick for best overall pump), except it must remain plugged in throughout use, so you'll be tied to one spot. Still, it's functionality and efficiency is great, so if you are okay with not being able to take this outside or have ultra flexibility, you can save a few bucks with this simple option.
Best Upgrade for Your Breast Pump: Freemie Next Generation Cups, $70
Have a traditional double electric breast pump from a previous pregnancy that you are thinking about using again? Treat yourself to a major upgrade. The Freemie Next Generational Cups works with most electric pumps (you check your pump's compatibility here), and transforms it into a hands-free wearable option. How nifty is that?
Best Game-Changing Product for a Breastfeeding Mom: Haakaa Generation 3 Milk Collector, $29
This simple pump/milk catcher is a game changer. You simple attach to your breast, and the Haakaa suction will draw milk out. It allows to you collect the letdown which would be otherwise wasted to your nursing pad, bra or shirt. By keeping the pump on for longer, you can collect more milk than the natural letdown to build a stash effortlessly. If you are pumping nursing Baby on one side, you can use this to catch the letdown on the other side. It'll also prevent shirt staining (win-win, right?!).
Best Breast Pumping Bra: Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra, $25
If you're going to be using a breast pump regularly -- and haven't chosen a wearable option or manual version, you are going to want a bra that enables you to do your thing. This bra lets you go hands free, allowing you to do the dishes, play with Baby, type up some emails, etc. It's adjustable in size, using high-quality Velcro, to sustain a good fit as your breastfeeding body changes.
Stay tuned for our next Baby Gear Momtrends MVPs -- we'll be sharing our favorite bottles and feeding finds!
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