What are the Best Electric Breast Pumps?
Do I really need one?
Do you work full time outside the home and still want your baby to get breast milk? Unless you can bring your baby to work with you and take nursing breaks, then yes, an electric pump is a necessity.
If you’re a full-time mommy, you may think you don’t really need an electric breast pump, but chances are, you’ll run into a situation where it would be a lifesaver. I know this from experience. I didn’t think I’d need one either. My little manual one from the hospital was doing the job in the rare occurrences when needed it. But then, with my second daughter, we suddenly had an issue that only an electric breast pump could fix. Let me explain.
Why you might want to invest in an electric breast pump
When my second daughter was about 8 months old, she was a healthy, perfectly happy little bundle of joy. Then teething began. My little joy turned into a howler monkey. She didn’t sleep well and woke up screaming unless I gave her Orajel and let her sleep beside me. That was bad enough.
Then the strike happened.
Yep, babies can go on strike too. A nursing strike. She suddenly would not nurse no matter how much I tried to coax her. The pain from her teething and me jumping when she bit me scared her, I guess. She’d been such a good eater, too, all nice and plump. While she did eat quite a lot of solid baby foods, she still depended on regular nursing to fill her nutritional needs.
So there I was, engorged with a baby who wanted nothing to do with my milk. And the little booger would not take a regular baby bottle. The only thing she would drink from was an infant sippy cup.
So I used the manual pump and the sippy cup to feed her, but after many accumulated hours of squeeze, release, squeeze release, my wrist hurt and my breasts were still engorged. The manual one wasn’t enough for what we needed.
We needed help STAT, so we rented a double electric breast pump from the local medical supply shop. Within the first few minutes of using it, OMG, what a difference! I emptied both breasts within twenty minutes or so and could pump enough to store for her next meal. It was awesome!
But the one thing I wished was that I had actually bought one for myself. Yeah, the rental was a lifesaver, but I worried about contamination because other moms had used it. If I had my own, I wouldn’t have had a worry in the world.
Learn from my experience, and invest in a good electric breast pump.
Here are seven great options in this table and more details below:
|Product||Photo||Customer Rating||Double Pumping||Portable||Powered by||Cost|
|Nibble Double/Single Electric Breast Pump **EDITOR'S CHOICE**||★★★★||Yes||Yes||AC|
|Spectra Baby USA Double/Single Electric Breast Pump||★★★★||Yes||No||AC||$$$|
|Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump||★★★★||Yes||Yes||AC|
|IHappyHapi Double Electric Breast Pump||★★★||Yes||Yes||USB|
|Momcozy Automatic Electric Breast Pump||★★★★||No||Yes||USB |
|Philips AVENT Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump||★★★||Yes||Yes||AC||$$$|
|KidsTime Electric Breast Pump||★★||Yes||Yes||USB||$|
Reviewers have nothing but good things to say about this one, which is why it’s first on our list. This breast pump mimics your baby’s sucking patterns from let down to slower patterns. It’s designed with your comfort in mind, and with the carry strap, you can wear it while you move around so you’re not glued to your seat. The quiet operation is perfect for work environments and won’t wake the baby up from her nap.
The BPA free and closed system design keeps milk free of harmful chemicals, mold, and germs so you can rest easy knowing your baby will have a safe meal. Easy to remove parts are dishwasher and sterilizer safe to save you time.
While it’s more expensive than some models, it’s a lot cheaper than some of the big name brands. It’s definitely a great option.
- Portable neck strap to carry it on the move
- 10 suction levels
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Moderately expensive
This pump comes from a mommy-owned company, including RNs and lactation consultants. If anyone knows about what to look for in breast pumps, it’s these folks. Everything that comes in contact with this pump from manufacture to retail is BHP and DEHP free, so you won’t have to worry about lingering chemicals contaminating the milk. The closed system prevents mold and germ growth, and you don’t have to clean the tubing.
Two-phase cycling simulates the letdown and expression cycle of actual nursing. Fully customizable settings work with your own comfort needs and your body’s expression response. It’s a little costly compared to other models, but a lot of moms say it’s worth the investment.
- BPA/DEHP Free
- Closed system; no need to clean tubing
- Customizable settings w/ 2-phase cycling
- Not portable; no battery mode
- Not dishwasher safe
- Requires special bra for hands free pumping
For moms who work out of the home and travel a lot, this one’s a winner. It’s specifically designed to be used several times daily. Battery backup provides portability for efficient and discreet use. There’s only one knob to control speed and vacuum, which makes adjustments simple and quick. The cooler bag is not only stylish, but it holds an ice pack and four bottles, so you’ll have a good supply of milk and won’t have to worry about it going bad.
This is one of the pricier models on the market, but if you’re always on the go, it’s a wise investment. Medela is one of the best-known and trusted brands for nursing equipment out there.
- BPA & lead Free
- Battery pack; good for working or traveling mothers
- Cooler bag holds ice pack and 4 bottles
- Heavier than other pumps (7 lbs)
- Requires special bra for hands free pumping
When you already have a baby and bags to carry, this model could come in handy. It’s very light at less than 2 pounds so it won’t add much to your load. The USB charging cable is perfect if you’re working on a computer or driving – you can charge it at the same time so it’ll be ready when you need it.
An anti-back flow system prevents contamination while 9 adjustment levels provide personalized comfort. The affordable price makes it a great option if you’re on a tighter budget.
- USB chargeable
- LED display
- No bag or ice pack included
- May require more pumping time than other brands
If you’re looking for affordable, lightweight and quiet, this may be the pump for you. It has 16 adjustment levels and an automatic mode that starts slowly to stimulate milk production. Better yet, there’s a memory mode, so once you find your favorite settings, you can set it and forget it.
The light weight and quiet operation is handy for travel and work. If you do a lot of computer work, you can charge and pump at the same time with the USB cable if you need to. This one isn’t for those who need high-volume milk production and storage, but if you don’t need to pump a lot, it’s a really good option.
- USB chargeable
- 16 adjustment levels with memory mode
- Only single pump mode
- No accessories included except pump, cable, and manual
- Suction may be weaker than other brands
Avent is another big name in the baby feeding industry. This double pump is lightweight and has a great carry bag for easy transport. The design allows you to sit up straight and be more comfortable while expressing.
While more expensive than other brands, its simple design is good for those who don’t want a lot of bells and whistles. Plus the parts are dishwasher safe and it comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Massage mode plus 3 comfort settings
- BPA Free
- Only 3 settings doesn’t make it as customizable
- Expensive compared to other brands
Weighing in at less than two pounds, this pump is not only lightweight but pretty! The purple cushioning on the cups provides warmth and is comfortable too. Pretty, warm and comfortable – I’d say that’s a good trifecta. It’s also quiet, so you can pump discreetly at work and not wake the baby at home.
While this one is USB powered, making it handy for travel and using at work, it’s not rechargeable, which docks a point or two from its portability. Some users say the manual isn’t very clear, so first-time pump users may not be able to rely on that if they have any issues. The very affordable price, however, is just what the mom with a very tight budget is looking for.
- BPA free
- The manual isn’t well written
- Not rechargeable
PS: My daughter did finally start nursing again. But that couple of weeks was a real challenge. The electric pump saved us from having to depend on formula. You’ve seen our list, so which one of these would you choose?