I must admit that my first contacts with breast pumps were not very good.
Instead of starting with an electric breast pump, I tried a manual one. The mistake was to buy without informing me, and I paid dearly. No matter how hard I put it, there was no way to get the milk out, let alone how my fingers ended up giving it to the happy lever for hours.
When I reported to the pediatrician and asked several mothers, I realized that I simply had not chosen the right model. However, many also recommended me to use an electric breast pump to express milk periodically, and I must admit that it is one of the best advice they could give me.
With my other children, I have only used electric extractors, and the experience could not be more pleasant and positive 😊
In this article, I have collected the best electric pumps in the market according to my experience and the opinion of several pediatricians and mothers who, like you and me, are looking for the best for your baby.
Oh! And in the end, I’ve also left you a complete guide to solve your doubts and learn to get the most out of your pump. I hope you find it useful!
Medela Swing Breast Pump
HIGHLIGHTS: probably the best option for its quality.
IDEAL FOR: frequent extractions (1-2 times / day), first-time mothers.
Medela is currently one of the most important companies in the field of breastfeeding and, therefore, many of its products are unbeatable in quality and results. Currently, this breast pump is considered the best device on the market, both by mothers and pediatricians. That’s why it’s also # 1 in sales.
This breast pump has a small Swiss engine design and quite silent but powerful, allowing a very efficient emptying. 2-Phase Expression technology also contributes to this.
The exclusive PersonalFit funnel adapts very well to different chest anatomies and is very comfortable. It comes with an M size funnel, but it has 4 more sizes, covering all breast sizes perfectly.
The device is light and small, so you can easily put it in your bag and take it everywhere.
In addition, this breast pump is sold with a bag to transport it comfortably and a bottle of 150 mL bottle, larger than most models of other brands.
It also highlights the Calm teat adaptable to the bottle of the breast pump (it comes as a gift in some kits). This nipple is designed to mimic the breast in shape and suction method so that your baby will have to actively suck to get the milk out of the bottle. This is important, especially if you are going to combine breastfeeding with a bottle.
Philips Avent Single Electric
HIGHLIGHTS: it’s quality and versatility (you can convert the electric breast pump into a manual one).
IDEAL FOR: mothers who will perform frequent extractions (1-2 times/day).
This breast pump from Philips competes very closely with Medela for the first place of the best breast pumps thanks to its quality, comfort, and ease of extractions.
Everything in this breast pump focuses on improving comfort and convenience during extraction.
It has a massager cushion in the cup itself that makes the extraction process more comfortable and pleasant, as well as stimulating the secretion of milk thanks to its design that mimics the baby’s suction pattern.
The massager cushion that comes with the breast pump is standard size (for 19.5 mm nipples) and fits perfectly for most mothers. Also, there is available (separately) a larger one that guarantees optimal adaptation for mothers with large nipples (25 mm).
In addition, the milk flows perfectly to the collector (bottle) although you feel upright, without having to lean forward. In this way, even more, convenience is added to the extraction process.
The breast pump has a soft stimulation mode, which is the one that starts when you turn it on. Then you can choose one of the 3 additional speeds to regulate the intensity of the suction to your liking.
It is easy to assemble (very intuitive design) and clean, since it has few pieces and all (except the electric ones) can be put in the dishwasher.
In addition, I like the great compatibility between different products in the Philips Avent range. For example, you can convert your electric breast pump into a manual one by simply acquiring a manual pump.
The pack also comes with a Natural teat for the bottle that thanks to its wide shape very similar to the breast has the objective of facilitating the alternation between natural breastfeeding and bottle.
As for price, it is somewhat cheaper than its main competitor Medela, so it can be a very good option to save about $20-30 while maintaining excellent quality.