The question of whether to get a manual or electric pump is often asked by new parents.
Manual pumps are good for occasional use and are much more affordable, whereas electric pumps are much less labour intensive and extract milk much quicker. Therefore, it is up to you to decide which best suits your needs.
When you first use a breast pump, it is important to note that you may feel some pain as the nipple adjusts and stretches, this is completely normal. However, more generally, using these pumps should not be painful. With a good pump, it should be fuss and pain free. It is also important to sterilise your breast pump, which can be done either using boiling water or in the microwave, dependent on the product. Either place your pump in boiling water and keep it there for five minutes or place your pump in the microwave in a sterilising bag following the manufacturers' instructions. This ensures the pump is sterile.
Before you can sterilise your breast pump, decide which one to buy with our handy list of the nine best breast pumps for breastfeeding mums.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all these great breast pumps are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick based on price, features and design.
1. Elvie Breast Pump
This model is the first silent, wearable electric breast pump on the market, so this is an excellent investment for any public pumping. With no tubes, wires or noise, this will perfectly fit into your bra and no one would ever know. The hands-free pump is great for mums who are busy and always on the move.
It is also super easy to clean, with just five individual parts to take apart and wash. It only takes minutes to reassemble too, so there is no fuss when it comes to the Elvie.
- Price: £249
- 5 individual parts
- 2 suction phases: stimulation and expression
- Hands-free silent pump
- Variable suction
- Free Elvie pump app
Best Double Breast Pump
2. Ardo Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump
This Ardo breast pump won the Mumsnet 'Best Breast Pump of The Year' award and therefore this Swiss made design is an excellent buy. You can use it as a single or double pump, so this can optimise efficient expressing if you are in a rush. This pump also prevents any contamination of your breast milk from pathogens.
- Price: £101.21
- Double pump feature
- Vacuum seal technology
- 150 ml bottle
- Removable inserts
- Cleaning brush
- Bottle stand
- Mains adaptor
Best Electric Breast Pump
3. Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump
This quiet, portable electric pump is great to take on the move, with a rechargeable power unit that allows for an hour of pumping power out and about. The Tommee Tippee also takes into account your comfort, which is why it comes with soft, cushioned, silicone cups that create a secure seal around the breast without pinching or scratching.
The rechargeable USB power unit can even be charged via USB, so you can charge in the car too. With 60 minutes of pumping power, and the opportunity to charge on the move, this is a great electric pump not only for comfort but for use anywhere.
- Price: £67.50
- Cushioned silicone cup
- USB rechargeable power unit
- 60 minutes of pump power
- 5 massage modes
- 9 express modes
Best For Efficiency
4. Lansinoh Breast Pump 2-in-1
This 2-in-1 double electric breast pump is a hospital-grade, super-efficient model. You can use this as a single pump, or you can use both at the same time to maximise efficiency, making it great if you are in a rush!
The 'let-down' phases deliver quick suction that initiates milk flow and then the 'expression' phase that follows provides deeper slower suction. Within the expression phase, there are three different pump styles, so you can tailor the suction to be perfect for you. This can also be used with batteries or plugged into the mains, so this is great for on the move or at home.
- Price: £97.03
- 3 pump styles
- 8 suction levels
- Hygienic design
- Feeding bottle
- Natural wave slow flow teat
- 2 bottle stands
- Portable bag
Best For Combining Electric And Manual Modes
5. Mam 2-in 1 Single Electric Breast Pump
This 2-in-1 single electric breast pump has both the benefits of electric and manual models, as you can switch between the two at any time. This means that you can adapt your pumping to fit your needs and create your own unique setting.
This MAM pump can be used with their Easy Start bottles and Milk Storage solution, which means you can use milk instantly or store it for later. These are available to buy separately.
- Price: £97.03
- Soft skin silicone
- Rechargeable battery
- 9 suction levels
Best For A Digital Display
6. Nuby Digital Electric Breast Pump
This is an ideal single electric pump for everyday use, with expression and stimulation modes that replicate a baby sucking. The Nuby has a special digital display with five different settings for speed and a clock to keep an eye on expression time. You can adapt your expression settings, not only between expression and stimulation but you can also adapt speed and suction.
The easy latch bottle that comes with the Nuby pump is best for transitioning from breast to bottle.
- Price: £58.73
- 2 modes, stimulation and expression
- Digital display
- 5-speed settings
- Soft silicone cup
- Easy latch bottle
- Standing cradle
- Mains adaptor
Best Manual Breast Pump
7. Haakaa Generation Silicone Breast Pump
This Haakaa pump is a great manual model for expressing wherever and whenever you need to. Its lightweight, portable design means this can fit anywhere and can be carried in a handbag or nappy changing bag. The Haakaa can be used for expression, or for let down that would otherwise end up on a breast pad.
- Price: £12.99
- Compact manual pump
- Lightweight, portable design
- BPA free
- Dishwasher safe
Best For Those Looking For An Easy To Use Model
8. Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
This Medela breast pump is a good way to start expressing breast milk, and with no need for batteries or a power unit, this is good to take anywhere and use at any time. The Harmony model is extremely easy to use as the two different suction modes work to simulate natural baby's sucking motion to encourage milk flow. This is also extremely quick to clean as it just comes apart and can be assembled again in minutes.
- Price: £16.66
- Manual silicone pump
- 2 phase expression technology
- Breast shield
- Milk bottle
- Bottle stand
Best For Families On A Budget
9. Tommee Tippee Manual Breast Pump
This is the best manual breast pump for those on a budget and for expressing wherever you are! It is best suited to first time or occasional pumping, but can be used for everyday expression as well. Not only does this come with a well designed manual pump, but it also comes with other accessories including a storage pot, breast pads and microwave steriliser pots.
- Price: £20.39
- 150 ml bottle
- 3 part assembly
- Soft silicone cup
- Milk storage pots
- 6 disposable breast pads
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