Are you a working mom? Or, just unable to be with your baby whenever he or she needs to be fed? Then a breast pump may be for you! And, with so many breast pumps on the market, you may be stressed trying to find the right one. Luckily, I've done all the hard work for you! Today we will be reviewing the top 10 breast pumps of 2018. To find out individual specifications and information about each breast pump, click on the individual product review tab in the table below.
Here are the best breast pumps of 2018!
Spectra Baby USA Double/Single Breast Pump
NatureBond Silicone Manual Breast Pump
Safety Baby Electric Breast Pump
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Electric Breast Pump, Gland Double/Single Breastfeeding Pump
Haoqin Micro Cube Breastfeeding Pump Electric Comfort Single Breast Pump
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump
Freemie Freedom Electric Breast Pump
Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump
Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump
Do I Need A Breast Pump?
If you are planning on breastfeeding exclusively, then you will probably not need a breast pump at all. But, if you are going back to work, or will be away from your baby during feeding time, then you will need a breast pump to keep feeding your baby breast milk.
When Should I Use A Breast Pump?
Whenever you are getting close to being gone from your baby, you will need to start getting a supply of milk stored. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get the hang of using the breast pump. Don't wait until the day before you will be gone, to start pumping. Pump several days in advance.
How Do I Use A Breast Pump?
To use a breast pump, you will put a device that looks like a shield around your nipple. Then turn your machine on, and let the suctioning do it's job. Make sure that you keep the shield tightly over your nipple area. If all goes well, it should take about 15 minutes to pump both breasts using an electric pump, possibly faster if you are using a double pump. If you are using a hand pump, it may take up to 45 minutes.
How Do I Choose A Breast Pump?
Be careful of choosing a cheap breast pump. They are not all created equal. Make sure to check the warranty on your pump before you buy it. Companies that make good breast pumps are going to have a better warranty. This is not a hard and fast rule, but in general, companies that feel confident in their product will offer a better warranty.
When choosing a breast pump, fit is going to be very important. It's not the size of the breast that matters, as much as matching up the nipple size to the size of the breast pump that attaches to you.
Never buy a used breast pump. Breast pumps that are new should come with a warranty and be in good working order. It is risky to buy a used breast pump, because you don't know how long it will last or where it has been.
Additional Things To Consider When Selecting A Breast Pump
The Volume You Plan to Pump
Just like with many devices, some are made for heavy usage, and some are made for just occasional use. If you will be pumping several times a day for over years at a time, then you will definitely want to go with a well-built breast pump you won't have to replace. You should plan and budget to spend more if you will be using it on a daily basis, long term.
Think about what your budget will allow. Also, ask to see if your health insurance will cover any of this for you. When I started producing more milk than my baby needed, my insurance company paid for my breast pump. This is worth looking into.
Will You Need a Double Breast Pump?
Pumping out milk for your baby can take a lot of time out of your day. You may want to consider purchasing a breast pump that will pump milk out of both breasts at the same time.
Think about how portable you may want your breast pump to be. If you will always be pumping at home, then it may not matter. However, if you will be carting it back and forth to work each day, size may matter.
How Do I Clean A Breast Pump?
A breast pump can have many parts. It can be a chore to clean and put it all back together each time you use it. When you are a mom with a little one, the last thing you will probably want to do, is spend time away from your baby cleaning a piece of machinery. Look for breast pumps that are easier to clean.
To clean a breast pump, make sure to follow the cleaning directions that should be included when purchasing it. Most breast pumps can be cleaned with warm water and soap after each use. Some pumps offer products you can buy to steam clean the breast pump, which works by using the microwave.
Other breast pump accessories
- Breast Pump Portable Bag
- Steamable Breastfeeding Bags
- Baby Bottles To Store Your Milk
Final Breast Pumping Tips & Hacks
The nice thing about using a breast pump, is that if you decide you want to go back to just feeding your baby the natural way, you can. You body should continue to produce milk because you are pumping. Make sure to stay on a breast pumping routine, around the same time each day. That will help your milk to come in on a steady basis.
- Medela is the #1 Physician Recommended Breast Pump Product in the U.S*
- Daily use, double-electric breast pump
- Designed for moms who pump several times a day
- For occasional time away from baby
- 2 phase expression technology
- Lightweight design is portable and discreet
- INCLUDES: Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double/Single Breast Pump, 12 Volt AC Power Adapter, Detachable Power Cord Prongs, (2) Spectra Wide Neck Bottle, (2) Spectra Backflow Protector, (2) Spectra Duckbill Valve, (2) Spectra Tubing, (4) Flange (2-24mm & 2-28mm)
- CLOSED SYSTEM: No need to clean the narrow tubing because Spectra S1 has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping. This aides in protecting breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping.
- RECHARGEABLE BATTERY: Spectra S1 has a convenient, inbuilt rechargeable battery.
- INCLUDES: Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double/Single Breast Pump, 12 Volt AC Power Adapter, Detachable Power Cord Prong, (2) Spectra Wide Neck Bottle, (2) Spectra Backflow Protector, (2) Spectra Duckbill Valve, (2) Spectra Tubing, (4) Flange (2-24mm & 2-28mm)
- CLOSED SYSTEM: No need to clean the narrow tubing because Spectra S2 has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping. This aides in protecting breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping.
- CUSTOMIZABLE SETTINGS: Each mother can customize her pump's settings to her own body's response and follow her flow to find her own best settings with the S2's completely adjustable suction and 2 phase cycling in let-down and expression mode.
- EFFICIENT AND TIME-SAVING -- Collect milk while nursing on the opposite side, and have enough milk stored away, and on hand for nighttime feeding, or trips, saying goodbye to those tiring midnight pumps.
- SIMPLE AND CONVENIENT -- No need to carry around, or attach different wires to start collecting milk. It's also designed to closely mimic baby's sucking for a more natural, and comfortable experience.
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND TRAVEL-FRIENDLY -- Simply suction the device onto your breast, and you can already start collecting milk. Afterwards, you can store it without taking up much space, whether it be in your bag, on a table, shelf, or counter.
I hope this review of our top 10 breast pumps of 2018 helps you in choosing the right one for you. Make sure to click on each review in order to see the detailed review of each particular breast pump. Happy pumping!