The Best New Breast Pumps and Accessories This Spring
Spring means it's time for many new exciting baby products to hit the market and as the weather warms up (please?), we are focusing on one of the most important products for any mom-to-be: the breast pump.
I can honestly remember back when I was a newly expecting first-time mom and I thought that I could get away without having an electric breast pump. I didn't plan to leave my baby too much, after all, so I should be fine without just a handheld manual pump, right? Hahahaha. Go ahead and laugh at me–I was a new mom and I had a lot to learn.
Fortunately, I have learned a lot since my manual pump days and even more fortunately, breast pumps have evolved a lot since those days too. Today's new breast pumps are all about making mom's life easier with sophisticated design, minimal effort, and easy-to-use features that make pumping so much easier than it used to be. Curious what's new in the breast pump world? Check out some of the latest-and-greatest breast pumps and accessories perfect for spring!
Available to many moms through insurance, the Luna offers a sleek design on the outside, making it ideal for working moms or moms on-to-go, but it still has hospital-strength suction on the inside, allowing you to pump more milk in less time. Plus, it's easy to use, with a quiet motor that won’t wake baby or sound super-weird if you're using it out in public. You can choose a single or double pump option and customize all your settings when you find out exactly what kind of pump flow works best for you. Oh, and it has a convenient LED backlit screen, which sounds like a small thing, but trust me–when you're pumping in the dark and don't want to spill a single drop, it's kind of a big deal.
Cost: $295, covered by many insurance plans
You may have seen this super cool wearable breast pump around the Internet already and for good reason: it completely redesigns the traditional pump and lets you place the milk receptacles directly in your bra, so you can literally do anything you want while pumping. The bag is then directly able to go right to the freezer and be thawed when ready to use. And although the pump has been around, the Willow did release a new version just this January, so there are some cool new updates that include a new peek-through window to see your milk flow, a quick-snap closure for even faster assembly, and real-time tips in their matching app.
Cost: $499 for Willow 2.0, covered by some insurance companies
The Freemie is another version of a wearable breast pump that was founded by Dr. Dao, an ER doctor who was inspired to invent a wearable pump that would help while while she was working and pumping for her NICU twins. The Freemie is compact and even fits in the wearer's pocket, plus it is rechargeable, hospital-strength, and comes with a detachable belt clip.
Cost: $300, covered by many insurance plans
You know how when you nurse your baby from one breast, the other one automatically has a letdown and you spill milk no matter what? Well this handy gal from Lansinoh that comes in just around 15 bucks is an amazing solution to that dilemma. You simply place it in your bra or shirt while your baby eats from one side and it collects the milk from the other. And done!
Medela Breast Pump Rental
Medela is known for being a leader in breast pumps and many hospitals rely on their pumps to get newborns the nutrients that they need. Now the company is offering a Breast Pump Rental of its most powerful breast pump, the Symphony. Through the program, you can rent the breast pump and have it shipped directly to your house. You can choose a base plan of 1, 2, 3, or 5 months and extend your rental anytime for $85/month.
Cost: varies, covered by some insurances
Touted as “the world's first silent wearable” breast pump, the Elvie sold out in only 3 minutes when it made its U.S. debut. It's currently waitlisted, and if you really want in and are willing to wait an indefinite amount of time, you can sign up for updates on the Elvie's website.
Cost: $499 for the double, covered by some insurances