Pumped about Breast Pumps

Breast milk bagBreast pumps come in handy for a variety of reasons, whether you're headed back to work after maternity leave, you can't breastfeed directly due to medical reasons, you are away from your baby travelling or running errands, or if Dad wants to participate in feedings. Whatever the reason, it's important to check out all the available options out there for breast pumps.

There are different levels of breast pumps, according to Consumer Reports. The first one we'll talk about is the hospital-grade, electric pump. This one is pricey, so you may want to check out renting one from the hospital or a specialty store if purchasing one doesn't fit your budget. You'll still have to purchase accessories if you rent, so be mindful of that when planning for your budget. Hospital-grade costs more than other pumps because it is much faster (takes approximately 15 minutes to pump, on average, for the dual pump), and it has multiple settings for speed and pressure for your comfort. The hospital-grade pump weighs anywhere from five to 11 pounds and is generally about the size of a shoebox.

The next level is the personal-use, electric pump. You can find these for around $200 to $350. Still pricey, but if you're planning on keeping up with breast milk and you're returning to work, these pumps are pretty nice to have. These pumps also come with multiple settings and are fairly fast, especially if you get the dual pump. It generally comes with all the necessary accessories, including a handy carrying case for when you need to bring it to your place of employment.

There are also small, electric pumps. These are smaller and lighter than the personal-use electric pumps and generally run between $65 and $130. There are fewer options than the previously mentioned pumps, meaning you don't have a choice when it comes to speed and pressure. So, plan for a longer time pumping. But they are compact and very portable, and they are perfect if you're just pumping occasionally.

Lastly, there is the manual pump. These are fairly affordable, between $35 and $50. These are quite a bit slower. And, usually these come with singular pumps, and that adds to the amount of time you'll be spending pumping. Some pros are that it is portable, great for travel and camping (if you don't have an electrical source), and you can still somewhat control the pressure because of the manual pumping.

All in all, your choice really depends on your budget and the time you are willing to spend pumping. Also, if you have sensitive breasts and/or nipples, you may want to consider buying a pump with the multiple settings for comfort. Consumer Reports recommends a few different brands, such as Ameda, Medela, and Whittlestone.


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Pumped about Breast Pumps

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    I wish I was not too lazy to use the pump when I was still allowed to breastfeed

  2. Courtney says:

    Loved the pump! Was truly a godsend!

  3. Tangee says:

    they are missing a section…hand expression, i could never get much with a pump so i just hand expressed whenever i needed to. it was more time consuming but I produced more this way and its free…..

  4. Alanna says:

    I’m excited to know that breast pumps are possibly covered by insurance due to the ACA! Regardless, I want to nurse my baby directly as much as possible. I’ll just pump because his dad wants to feed him too.

  5. shelia says:

    I use a hand held pump but, I like to nurse my baby skin to skin better.

  6. i use a hand held pump (manual) and it works great

  7. Phammom says:

    Was so lucky to find a medela pump for $40 unused at a garage sale.

  8. Tina says:

    I’m still trying to decide how much breast feeding I’m going to be doing once I have the baby. I think it’s going to be a combination of formula and breast milk.

  9. Epeak says:

    Check with insurance. Breast pumps are now covered!

  10. Marina says:

    Received hospital-grade Hygeia breast pump through my insurance. Very nice pump.

  11. JNay28 says:

    Definitely check with your health insurance. My husband’s insurance paid 100% the cost of a hospital-grade breast pump.

  12. Marilyn says:

    I need a breast pump!

  13. Sierra-Dawn says:

    If you do not have funds, your dr can write you a perception for a breast pump in CA. Or WIC can get you one for free

  14. PrettyBoogs says:

    I have my eye on a couple pumps. The Dr Brown style and a medella. I want comfort and speed. well as much as i can get 😛

  15. verochka31 says:

    breast pumps………………that is a good question………………when ur milk doesn’t come in……………

  16. Pennier81 says:

    I decided to go with Tommee Tippee

  17. Ada says:

    Whao….pumps. I got first hand of it when I had my baby and had to come fact to face with moms that their milk just wasn’t coming.

  18. ErinF says:

    I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on the Medela Pump-In-Style and am seriously considering it; it retails for about $300ish, and my insurance will cover 80% with a prescription. Since I’ll mostly be staying home, I don’t know that I’ll need something that advanced, but when I do need to pump, it would be really nice to have something quicker and easier than the manual pump I got on Freecycle.

  19. JacKay says:

    Anyone here ever use the Avent Dual Electric Pump?

  20. Jeanetta says:

    I’m going shopping for a breast pump when the baby is 6 or 8 weeks old.

  21. Hope says:

    I found a cheap well rated breast pump at Burlington Coat Factory.

  22. I think that I am going to use the "The First Years Mipump Double". It’s only $79.99 at Walmart and it is a dual electric pump. The reviews seem to be good too. Has anyone used this particular one? If so, is it a good pump?

  23. jackie says:

    just went back to work and the medula pump is awesome.


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