With so many different breast pumps on the market it’s hard to know which one is the right for you. Having a breast pump at home allows you to express out extra milk for your baby, but beware – not all pumps are created equal. Every company boasts a variety of features, but the breast pump you choose really depends on your frequency of use, variations in speed/strength and the features it offers.
Here are some of the popular brands to choose from –
For Moms with Light Sleepers – Pigeon’s Silent Electric Breast Pump (Single or Double)
Pigeon’s Silent Electric Breast Pump has a silent motor which only emits 58 decibels of sound. It has an “Advanced Sealing Air Cushion” which stimulates a steady let-down and an adjustable suction strength dial and suction cycle speed controller which allows you to customize the speed and pressure according to your comfort level. Other Pigeon pumps include the Portable Electric Breast Pump, the Natural Fit Manual Breast Pump and the Manual Breast Pump.
For Moms on the Go – Medela’s Freestyle Breast Pump
The Medela Freestyle double breast pump is a “hands-free”, lightweight, compact, breast pump that comes with rechargeable battery. It has offers Two-Phase Expression Technology allows a stimulation phase and an expression phase. It comes with easy to use straps that hook straight onto your breastfeeding bra. Perfect for moms who want to pump and multitask. Other Medela pumps include the Pump in Style Advanced, Swing Breast Pump and Harmony Breast Pump.
For Moms Who Want Comfort – Philips Avent – Comfort Electric Breast Pump (Single or Double)
Phillip Avent’s Comfort Electric Breast Pump is a compact and lightweight pump that has a unique design that allows milk to flow directly from your breast to the bottle. It allows you to sit upright while you pump. It features a gentle stimulation mode and 3 pumping settings and a textured massage cushion helps to stimulate flow. You can purchase either a double or single pump in the same model. Other Philips Avent brands include the Comfort Manual Breast Pump.
For Moms Who Fear Contamination – Ardo – Calypso Electric Breastpump (Single or Double)
Ardo & Ameda’s Calypso Electric Breastpump has VacuuSeal technology which helps prevent contamination of the pump. It features 64 combinations of settings with a variety of suction and speed. It has a compact design, comes with a rechargeable battery and has a reduced sound level. You can purchase either a single or double pump in the same model. Ardo also makes the Amaryll Manual Breast Pump.
For Moms Who Pump Occasionally – Lansinoh’s Manual Breast Pump
Lansinoh’s Manual Breast Pump is designed with an ergonomic handle to enable comfortable single hand pumping. The pump is portable and lightweight which is great at home or on the go. No batteries or plug required. Lansinoh also makes the 2 in 1 Affinity Pro Electric Breast Pump.
SuperMommy’s Opinion: My personal favorite is the Medela freestyle pump. You are able to be totally hands-free, which means you can do other things while pumping. I used to pump and fix my hair, use my laptop, play with my baby, eat my lunch and lots more – all while pumping. It made it super easy to get things done. It is small and portable and easy to bring on a plane, to work or to toss in your bag for an extended outing. The Medela freestyle pump is extremely pricey in Singapore. I recommend buying it in the US for 1/2 the price. It is dual voltage, so all you need is the right plug adaptor.
Super Useful Tip #1: Did you know that some insurance companies actually allow you to purchase or rent a hospital grade pump under your maternity policy. Read the fine print or call your agent for details.
Super Useful Tip #2: A lot of my friends purchased both an electric pump and a manual breast pump. They claimed that at night time it was easier for them to just manual pump out a bit of milk when they were engorged rather than plugging in their electric pump and waking up the entire house. Additionally, it is useful to toss in the diaper bag in case of a “milk” emergency.
It is important to do your research when choosing the right pump. You should ask other moms and read some reviews before making your decision.
Good Luck and Happy Pumping!!