BREAST PUMP BUYING GUIDE

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The right breast pump is an essential for every breast feeding mum.  And it’s important that you buy right first time because breast pumps are expensive and, as they come in contact with bodily fluids (breastmilk), are usually a single-use product only. Follow our easy steps to buy the best pump for you first time.

1.  Decide how often you need to pump.

This can be hard because your breast pumping needs may change over time.  But it’s an important decision because it may determine whether you invest in a manual or electric pump.

Manual breast pumps come in single style only.  The hand pumping action creates the vacuum and suction motion that imitates your baby’s sucking motion. Manual breast pumps have the advantage of being the cheapest style of pump, but require a bit of effort so you don’t want to using one multiple times per day.

Electric breast pumps come in single & double styles.  They are powered by an electric or battery operated motor that creates the vacuum & suction that imitates your baby’s sucking motion.  Electric breastpumps feature several suction strengths and pre-programmed pumping rhythms that encourage breast milk let-down and then electronically mimics the suck, suck, breath, breath rhythm of your baby’s feeding.

When in doubt (& you can’t afford it), go electric, they are more versatile if your needs change.

2.  Decide what breast pump features are most important to you including …

  • easy to clean & assemble (minimum of parts)
  • battery operated/portability
  • single or double pumping action
  • noise levels
  • availability & cost of replacement parts

3.  Choose the best style of pump for you.

  • Manual breast pump
  • Single electric breast pump
  • Double electric breast pump
  • Hospital rental or breast pump hire
 

Manual breast pump

Best for : occasional use

Price range : $39.95 – $99.95

Manual breast pump brands to investigate are :  Medela, Avent, Chicco, Closer to Nature, Tommee Tippee, Nuk, Pigeon, Mam, Ameda, Spectra & Unimom.

Pros

  • cheapest option
  • lots of choice
  • ergonomically designed (in most cases)
  • light & portable

Cons

  • single breast pumping only
  • can get physically tiresome
  • can’t do any other activity with your hands
  • may take longer to pump milk than electronic pumps
  • spare parts limited & harder to find
m4b-unimom-mezzo-manual-breast-pumpRRP $39.95 m4b-spectra-handy-manual-breast-pumpRRP $49.95 m4b-ameda-manual-breast-pumpRRP $69.95
m4b-pigeon-manual-breast-pumpRRP $75.95 m4b-avent-isis-manualRRP $79.95  m4b-dr-browns-breast-pump RRP $89.95
m4b-closer-to-nature-manual-breast-pumpRRP $89.95 m4b-mam-manual-breast-pumpRRP $89.95 m4b-nuk-manual-breast-pumpRRP $99.95
m4b-avent-manual-breast-pumpRRP $99.95 m4b-medela-harmony-manual-breast-pumpRRP $109.95

Single electric breast pump – with top attached pump motor

Best for : occasional pumping

Price range : $149.95 – $324.50

Single electric breast pump brands to investigate are : Medela, Avent, Closer to Nature, Tommee Tippee, Nuk, Pigeon & Unimom.

Pros

  • cheapest electronic option
  • more comfortable (on the hands!)
  • pumps a single breast faster than a manual pump
  • some have choice of suction strengths & rhythms
  • no tubing to muck around with
  • less parts

Cons

  • single breast pumping only
  • doesn’t usually have as many features as the more expensive, double, breast pumps
  • difficult for hands free pumping as pump is controlled at top
  • fewer accessories available
m4b-nuk-breast-pump-manualRRP $159.95 m4b-pigeon-portable-electric-breast-pumpRRP $149.95  m4b-avent-mini-electric-breast-pumpRRP $149.95 
m4b-medela-mini-electric-breast-pump RRP $189.95

Single electric breast pump – separate motor and tubing

Best for : occasional pumping

Price range : $149.95 – $324.50

Single electric breast pump brands to investigate are : Medela, Avent, Closer to Nature / Tommee Tippee, Nuk, Pigeon & Unimom.

Pros

  • cheaper than double electric breast pumps
  • can opt for hands-free pumping
  • pumps a single breast faster than a manual pump
  • choice of suction strengths & rhythms
  • can usually run on battery or mains

Cons

  • single breast pumping only
  • doesn’t usually have as many features as the more expensive, double, breast pumps
  • fewer accessories available
m4b-unimom-allegro-breast-pumpRRP $169.95 m4b-closer-to-nature-electric-breast-pumpRRP $199.95 m4b-pigeon-electric-breast-pump
RRP $199.95
m4b-avent-single-electric-breast-pumpRRP $249.95 m4b-medela-swing-electric-breast-pumpRRP $324.50

Double electric breast pump

Best for : regular/daily pumping & pumping at work

Price range : $199 -$499.95

Double electric breast pump brands to investigate are : Medela, Avent, Tommee Tippee, Ameda, Spectra & Unimom.

Pros

  • very efficient (both breasts in 15 minutes)
  • studies show double pumping produces more milk
  • lots of various features
  • often with battery power or mains option
  • lots of accessories and add-ons available
  • more spare parts available

Cons

  • expensive
  • heavier to carry around with you
  • more parts to clean & store
  • Some double pumps are not portable
m4b-spectra-dew-breast-pumpRRP $199 m4b-unimom-forte-duo-breast-pumpRRP $199.95 m4b-spectra-m1-breast-pumpRRP $199
m4b-spectra-9-breast-pumpRRP $219 m4b-spectra-s2-electric-breast-pumpRRP $269 m4b-ameda-purely-yours-electric-breast-pumpRRP $345.95
m4b-spectra-s1-electric-breast-pumpRRP $349 m4b-avent-double-electric-breast-pumpRRP $399.95  m4b-medela-swing-maxiRRP $399.95
m4b-ameda-purely-yours-ultra-electric-breast-pumpRRP $449.95  m4b-medela-freestyle-electric-breast-pumpRRP $499.95 

Hospital rental electric breast pump

Best for : multiple pumping daily/exclusive breast milk feeding from bottle

Price range : $80 – $140 per month

Hospital grade double breast pump brands to investigate are : Medela, Avent & Spectra.

Pros

  • very efficient (both breasts in 15 minutes)
  • studies show double pumping produces more milk
  • heavy duty motor
  • gentlest suction action designed to maintain your milk supply
  • often available for hire

Cons

  • most expensive option available
  • very heavy
  • more parts to clean & store
  • no battery power option
m4b-medela-symphony m4b-medela-lactina-breast-pump m4b-ameda-hospital-grade-breast-pump
m4b-spectra-s2-electric-breast-pump m4b-spectra-s1-electric-breast-pump m4b-ameda-elite-hospital-grade-breast-pump

Important note: hospital grade breast pumps have long motor lives and are designed for multiple users. They have back-flow protection systems so no milk can contaminate the internal parts.

A quick overview of breast pump accessories

When you are buying your breast pump, you may also want to consider what accessories might be useful to you.

A pumping bustier/bra used in conjunction with a single or double electric breast pump will allow you to pump hands-free. A hands-free bustier will fit over your feeding bra.

A travel kit will allow you to transport your pump and pumped breast milk and is great for mums pumping breastmilk at work (some portable pumps will come complete with a travel kit).

A car adaptor will allow you to use your electric breast pump in your car.

Breast milk storage pouches & systems will allow you to pump your breast milk directly into a pouch for easy storage and feeding.

A big thank you to online breast feeding specialists www.made4milk.com.au, who provided the expertise for this feature.

** All prices listed are an indication only and may be subject to variation.

 

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Vanessa loves great design. Beauty, function and innovation get her excited. When she’s not hunting down the next big baby idea, she’s busy with her day job and being a mum to her 3 lovely boys.


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