What is the best rated breast pump on the market today? This is a question many moms ask all across the internet. With so many brands and pumps to choose from, how do you know you have made the best choice?
One piece of advice I always give moms when they ask me this question is to be sure they are buying the RIGHT pump, not necessarily the BEST pump. That might sound confusing but trust me, it will save you a lot of frustration.
In this article, I will discuss how to choose the best breast pump for you and your situation.
If you would like to read my review of top-rated pumps, click here to see my Breast Pump Review page.
Types of Pumps to Choose From:
It is important to know the various types of breast pumps that you can choose from. How often and where you plan on using your pump will make a difference in the type of pump you should consider.
Here are the types of pumps you will commonly see on the market:
Double Electric Pumps (My Recommendation)
A double electric pump is exactly what it sounds like – it is an electric pump that allows you to pump both breasts at the same time (double). Most can be used as a single pump as well which is helpful in cases where you only need to pump one side.
This pump is best for moms who will be pumping often (working, exclusively pumping, etc). It is a quick and easy way to pump and by far the most efficient.
Single Electric Pumps
A Single Electric pump is a pump that only pumps one breast at a time. These tend to be cheaper than a double electric pump for obvious reasons.
A single pump is good for moms who want to pump occasionally and need a slightly cheaper pump but still want an electric pump.
I do not recommend a single electric pump for moms who will be pumping both breasts multiple times per day. It will take forever.
A Manual Pump is a pump that has a lever that you manually squeeze to create suction to express milk. It is 100% powered by you, hence the name.
Manual Pumps are good for moms who will be pumping rarely or as a backup to have on hand in case something happens to your electric pump. They are extremely cheap and easy to use. I would not recommend a manual pump to any moms who plan to pump more than a few times a week.
While a manual pump has some positives (cheap, allows you to have 100% control of the speed and suction strength), it is not the most efficient way to pump and can get tiring. An electric pump is by far a better choice for any mom who wants to pump.
Choosing the Right Breast Pump for You
Now that you are familiar with the types of breast pumps, you need to decide a few things before picking a pump:
- How often will you be pumping?
- Where will you be pumping? Do you need a portable pump?
- Are you suffering from low milk supply or need to pump exclusively?
- What is your budget?
The answers to these questions will help you narrow down your options. Not all double electric pumps are made equal so even if you plan to get one of those, you will want to ask yourself these questions.
Here are a few examples to show you how I would pick for each scenario:
- How often will you be pumping? A: Occasionally.
- Where will you be pumping? Do you need a portable pump? A: At home. No portable pump needed.
- Are you suffering from low milk supply or need to pump exclusively? A: Low milk Supply and need a quality pump.
- What is your budget? A: On a Budget. Can’t afford the most expensive pump.
For this mom, I would recommend: Spectra S2 Breast Pump
The Spectra S2 is a Hospital Grade, double electric pump. The best for low supply. It does not have a battery pack so it is not portable. It is extremely affordable. Perfect for a mom on a budget who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality! This pump is one of the best on the market.
- How often will you be pumping?A: Daily.
- Where will you be pumping? Do you need a portable pump? A: Work, need a portable pump
- Are you suffering from low milk supply or need to pump exclusively? A: No low supply.
- What is your budget? A: Modest budget.
Both the S1 and Pump in Style are strong pumps, perfect for a mom who needs to keep her supply up when working. They are both portable and have battery power as an option. They are not the most expensive pumps but not the cheapest either.
In each of the above examples, the moms could have chosen from a number of electric pumps. For a mom who has a low milk supply or will be pumping a lot, not all electric pumps will work for her.
For example, the Ameda Purely Yours is a solid pump by most standards but I would not recommend it for a mom with low supply or who pumps a lot. The reason? The suction is lower than other top-rated pumps. There are stronger pumps on the market like the Spectra pumps.
No matter what pump you decide on, make sure it fits your situation and needs. You don’t want to be in a situation where you spend money on a pump you need to replace later. Trust me, I come across moms in that situation daily and it’s a costly mistake.
Remember, buying a breast pump is not the time to go cheap just because you think you will get by. Getting the wrong pump can greatly impact your milk supply and cause an enormous amount of stress. So choose wisely!
Need a pump suggestion? Confused about what fits your situation best? Leave me a comment or question below and let me help you choose!