Breast pumps are essential tools for feeding your newborn infant with mother’s breast milk when there is a need to store breast milk in the refrigerator or if the mother is having a hard time expressing milk. The best pumps are ones that make expressing milk the most comfortable experience possible for lactating mothers while still getting a lot of milk.
Ameda’s Purely Yours electric breast pump has the ability to express milk from both breasts at the same time. Ameda includes three different sizes of flanges for when your needs change after birth. This is the Swiss Army version as there is a way to pump milk manually and there is even a 12 Volt car adapter unit for when you need to express milk on the road.
Also for travel is the tote that allows you to keep breast milk cool on long trips. This breast pump is available online for $300 and is the top of the line in electric breast pumps and the kit that comes with it. A less deluxe model is availabe for $150 without all the convenient attachments if you just want a simple electric system at home.
Playtex has a breast pump system available at Target and other retailers for $200. Like any other complete system, it comes with bags, an AC adapter, and dual flanges for both breasts. Flanges are made of soft silicone that is dishwasher safe. The entire system can fit into its tote bag for easy of carrying in the car or to work.
Medela’s Harmony breast pump is a manual pump for $35 and has a two-stage expression technology that is made to feel like a real baby suckling. This is supposed to have the effect of the mother being able to give more milk while having a more relaxed time and is ideal for mothers who don’t express a lot of breast milk.
The simple design of the Harmony is great as it fits well in your hand and a breast pump bag is available. One of the most efficient manual breast pumps on the market, Medela has taken breastfeeding to a new level.
AVENT, a division of Philips, has a manual breast pump on sale for $45 at many online and national retailers. A simple design leads to efficiency and comfort. The secret to their comfort is AVENT’s five ovular petals around the cup that allow for flexibility and clinging around the nipple for the most effective suckling motion.
Hygeia is a company that specializes in breast pumps that you can buy or rent. The EnDeare brand double pump electric breast pump is hospital grade and costs $875 for purchase and is probably one of the highest end pumps on the market. Monthly rentals will make this more affordable.
A personal accessory set is $35 and is separate from the pump that includes flanges and tubing that can convert into a manual brest pump as well.