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Breastfeeding can be a beautiful bonding experience between a mother and her baby, but sometimes it's just not possible to be there for every feeding. That's where a breast pump comes in. Whether you're returning to work, want to build up a stash of milk, or simply need some relief from engorgement, a good breast pump can be a game-changer. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? In this comprehensive guide, we'll break down the best breast pumps available and provide all the information you need to make an informed decision. From manual pumps to wearable ones, we've got you covered. So let's dive in and find the perfect breast pump for your needs.

Limitations but not dealbreakers

The Spectra brand is not available for purchase in physical stores and can only be bought online, which may be a drawback for frequent travelers.

Although switching between stimulation and letdown modes is simple, the pump inexplicably starts in letdown mode, which one of our testers found jarring for the brief moment before switching to stimulation mode. Another button press is required to initiate milk flow during each pumping session.

Due to its relative novelty (launched in 2013), the Spectra S1 does not offer the same level of customization as the Medela Pump in Style Advanced when it comes to purchasing shields from other brands.

While the pump can be easily disassembled and cleaned, one tester had issues with the membrane assembly, causing it to come loose during pumping sessions. Additionally, the Spectra does not come with a carrying case, which may be inconvenient for some users.

Runner-up: Medela Pump in Style Advanced

Our second choice for the best breast pump, the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.The Medela Pump in Style Advanced is larger in size and louder than our top pick as it is built into a bag. Some testers did not prefer its design. However, it offers some notable advantages over the Spectra S1. Firstly, it is more widely available in physical stores, which could be beneficial for frequent travelers. Secondly, it provides more flexibility in terms of customization options through the use of products from other brands. Medela is a well-established brand in the breast pump market and has been selling the Pump in Style Advanced since 2003. It is available with different case options, including a backpack version and a metro bag that allows easy removal of the pump.

An image of the inside of the Medela pump on-the-go tote bag. The bag contains two bottles and a pumping bra. The Medela pump comes with a black carrying bag, such as the on-the-go tote, which is spacious enough to accommodate extra bottles and essentials. One major advantage of the Pump in Style Advanced is the availability of its replacement parts in physical stores, making it more convenient for users in case of emergencies. However, Spectra parts are mostly sold online, with only a few physical stores carrying them.

A close-up image of the pump membrane on the Medela breast pump. Pump membranes, the white plastic flap on the yellow pump valve, are more easily replaceable for Medela products compared to other brands. Furthermore, Medela offers a wider range of breast shield sizes, providing more options for users to find the most suitable size. The Medela Pump in Style Advanced can be powered by either batteries or a dedicated car adapter for on-the-go pumping, similar to the Spectra S1. However, the Medela pump requires eight AA batteries and can be more cumbersome when replacing them. The noise level of the Medela pump is slightly louder than the Spectra, which may be a consideration for those who desire more discreet pumping sessions. The Medela pump has a single dial to control suction intensity, with the frequency adjusting to match the suction strength, providing a similar pumping experience to nursing a baby. It includes both stimulation and letdown modes, which can be easily toggled with a single button. The Medela pump is slightly more challenging to clean than the Spectra, but it has fewer parts to assemble. It weighs around 6 pounds, making it heavier than the Spectra, but still portable enough for everyday use. The Medela Pump in Style Advanced has an average price of $200 and comes with a one-year warranty.

A close-up image of our selection for the best manual breast pump, the Medela Harmony.The Medela Harmony rivals or surpasses other manual pumps we tested in terms of milk extraction effectiveness. It stands out with its swiveling handle, which provides comfort during longer pumping sessions. The handle can be adjusted to find the most comfortable grip position. The Medela manual pump is also reasonably priced and widely available, and it uses compatible parts with other Medela pumps, making it a convenient choice for users who already own Medela pumps.

The Medela Harmony's handle is smooth and allows for easy modulation of suction strength. It is designed to provide a comfortable and effective pumping experience. The Medela Harmony has additional features that set it apart from the Philips Avent manual pump, our runner-up. A small divot below the breast shield improves the grip and comfort of the pump. Yellow bumpers prevent the handle from making noise when in use. Assembling the Medela Harmony is relatively simple.

The Medela Harmony, like the Medela Pump in Style Advanced, is easy to find in both physical stores and online. It offers compatible parts for easy replacement. The manual pump comes with a 24 mm breast shield and a single collection bottle. Additional breast shield sizes ranging from 21 mm to 36 mm are available. The Medela Harmony pump comes with a 30-day warranty.

Runner-up: Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump

A close-up image of our runner-up for the best manual breast pump, the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump.The Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump is as effective as our top manual pump pick and is similarly priced. It offers less customization and lacks a swiveling handle, making it slightly less comfortable to use. However, it has the advantage of a breast shield with a silicone liner, which some may find more comfortable than the plastic shield of the Medela Harmony. The silicone liner can be removed, which is important as it can cause discomfort in certain cases.

The Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump provides a similar suction action to the Medela Harmony but may be less comfortable to use for longer pumping sessions due to the lack of a swiveling handle. The wider neck of the bottle can create a less comfortable grip, and without a bumper, the handle may make noise when fully squeezed. Replacement parts for the Philips Avent pump are widely available, and its larger components make it easier to disassemble and clean compared to the Medela Harmony. The Philips Avent pump comes with one size of plastic shield and one 25 mm silicone liner. It does not have a warranty.

Also great: Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

A close-up image of our also great pick for the best manual breast pump, the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump.The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump has a unique feature that allows it to collect milk from the opposite breast when nursing or using a single pump. Its simple suction mechanism makes it convenient and hands-free for many users. The milk is collected in the bell-shaped vessel and can be easily transferred to another container.

The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is a one-piece silicone pump that cannot be customized, which means it may not work for some users. It is slightly top-heavy and prone to tipping over. However, its innovative design and affordability make it a popular choice. The Haakaa pump is easy to clean with a bottle brush or in the dishwasher.

In our tests, the Medela Sonata displayed several user-friendly features similar to the Spectra S1. However, it is more compact than the Medela Pump in Style Advanced, has a built-in rechargeable battery, and utilizes a membrane for a closed system. It offers two different suction modes, making it suitable for a wider range of users. However, with a price of $400, it may not be a practical choice for most people, especially considering that insurance coverage is limited and it does not provide significant advantages over the more affordable Spectra S1.

We also evaluated the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump. It stands out with its compact size and the ability to convert into a manual pump using the same breast shield and collection bottle. However, it is the loudest pump we tested and may cause discomfort for some users. Additionally, it offers limited customization options with only one size of breast shield available.

The Medela Symphony is a quiet and effective pump that can be used exclusively to maintain milk supply. However, given its rental nature and high cost, it was beyond the scope of our guide.

The Medela Freestyle is a portable, battery-operated pump. However, it did not receive positive long-term feedback from lactation consultants and users. Its price of $340 does not justify its reported performance.

The Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric, while reasonably priced, did not receive as consistently positive reviews as the Spectra and Medela models we recommend. Lactation consultants also expressed doubts about its ability to maintain milk supply in the long run.

The innovative but expensive Naya Smart Breast Pump uses water to create suction and offers Bluetooth control through an app. Despite its appealing concept, it was met with mixed reviews and high pricing, making it less suitable for most people.

We tested the Lansinoh Manual, which is a relatively popular and affordable manual pump. However, its suction control was not as effective as our top picks.

We did not test the Ameda One Hand Breast Pump and the Nuk Expressive Manual Pump due to less consistent reviews compared to our top picks. Lactation experts expressed concerns about their long-term durability.

What about wearable pumps like the Willow?

When the Willow breast pump made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017, it was hailed as a groundbreaking innovation in the field. In contrast to the other electric pumps discussed in this guide, the Willow pump is a discreet, battery-powered, tube-free device that consists of two cups that fit snugly inside your bra. These cups collect the milk in integrated cups, which can either be single-use plastic bags or reusable containers. In theory, you can wear the Willow inconspicuously under your clothing, making it possible to pump anytime and anywhere. The Elvie pump, which became available in spring 2019, features a design similar to that of the Willow, but only offers reusable plastic milk containers. The Freemie Liberty, another bra-insert pump, has tubing and a more blocky shape, which makes it less conducive to portability and "wearability" compared to the former two options.

We have been extensively testing both the Willow and Elvie pumps for months. Our current assessment is that while both pumps have the potential to significantly enhance the pumping experience, they may not be suitable for everyone, and they do come with a steep learning curve. In fact, if you already have a pump and a pumping routine that works well for you, we believe that it's unlikely the Willow and Elvie pumps will be worth the time, effort, and milk wastage often necessary to figure out how to utilize them as effectively as our top picks. Both the Willow and Elvie rely on mobile apps, which can be glitchy and introduce issues that you would never encounter with a simpler pump like the Spectra S1. However, they are worth considering if you require a pumping option that allows for mobility. It's important to note that both the Willow and Freemie pumps are approximately twice as expensive as the pumps recommended in this guide, and they are not widely covered by insurance (although some plans may offer reimbursement). However, you can use HSA/FSA funds to purchase them.

Types of breast pumps

There are three primary types of breast pumps:

  • Electric breast pumps: These models are powered by plugging them into a wall outlet and are generally the most powerful pumps available. You can choose between double-electric pumps, which allow you to express milk from both breasts simultaneously, or single-electric models, which require expressing from one breast at a time. Single-electric breast pumps are less efficient since they essentially double the time required for pumping, but they tend to be more affordable compared to double-electric models.
  • Battery-operated breast pumps: Battery-operated pumps are available in both single and double models. There are also wireless breast pumps that allow for completely hands-free pumping. Battery-operated pumps are typically smaller and more portable than electric pumps, making them ideal for situations where access to an electrical outlet may be limited, such as during commuting or traveling. However, it should be noted that they are often not as powerful as electric breast pumps.
  • Manual breast pumps: Manual pumps are operated by hand, requiring the user to repeatedly squeeze a lever to create suction on the breast and express milk. These pumps are lightweight, portable, and cost-effective. The downside is that they require manual effort in terms of time and technique.

System pump or open-system pump

When you begin shopping for breast pumps, you will likely encounter these two terms.

  • Closed-system pump or hospital-grade breast pump: A closed-system pump is one that is sealed off from the milk by a barrier, which is often referred to as "overflow protection." This type of pump is the most hygienic, as the barrier prevents milk from reaching the internal components of the machine, including the tubes and small parts that can be challenging to sterilize. Closed-system pumps are typically more expensive compared to open-system pumps.
  • Open-system pump: Open-system pumps do not have a barrier separating the milk from the pumping mechanism, allowing the milk to flow through the tubes and other small parts directly into the bottle. As a result, there is a possibility of milk coming into contact with the pumping mechanism. While open-system pumps may be less hygienic, they are generally more affordable than closed-system pumps.

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Best Double-Electric Breast Pump (TIE)

Spectra S1 Plus Hospital Strength Breast Pump

During her seven-month breastfeeding journey with her daughter, Rose, What to Expect's Editorial Director, Christine Mattheis, tested five different breast pumps. She states that the Spectra S1 was undoubtedly her favorite. According to her, the Spectra pump efficiently expressed a significant amount of milk in a short time, allowing her to extract up to 5 ounces per breast within just 15 minutes. In comparison, other pumps yielded roughly half that amount. Additionally, she found the Spectra pump user-friendly, comfortable, and easy to clean.

Christine's opinion aligns with the sentiments of many moms within the What to Expect Community. In fact, the Spectra pump was bestowed the title of Best Breast Pump in the 2021 Mom-Must Have Awards, a highly community-driven awards franchise by What to Expect. In our poll, moms recognized this pump as one of the most powerful options available, comparable to hospital-grade pumps. This makes it an excellent choice for moms who exclusively pump or rely on pumping to build up a supply of milk for their babies while they are at work.

The Spectra pump features a compact design with a convenient handle for portability. It also includes a space at the back to secure a bottle. The S1 model, which comes in blue, offers an integrated backup battery. If the battery pack is not required, you can opt for the pink S2 model and save a few dollars.

The pump weighs 3.3 pounds and features a helpful nightlight, allowing you to pump during late-night sessions without disturbing your surroundings. The digital display shows a stopwatch, enabling you to track your pumping duration.

The double-electric, closed-system design incorporates a digital display that provides visual feedback for setting the speed and rhythm of the pump. The memory function even remembers the previous setting you used, so you can resume pumping from where you left off.

Weight: 3 pounds

Dimensions: 7.5 x 7 inches

  • I appreciate the ability to independently control the speed and suction.
  • I own both the Medela Pump in Style Advanced and the Spectra. While the Medela works fine, I find the Spectra more comfortable, easier to clean (thanks to the closed system), and it gives me a greater yield when I express."

Best Budget-Friendly Double-Electric Breast Pump

BellaBaby Double Electric Breast Pump

At What to Expect, we value saving money on baby essentials. However, it's important to remember that sometimes opting for a more affordable option means sacrificing quality. Fortunately, this is not the case with the BellaBaby Double Electric Breast Pump. This pump can serve as your primary option or a backup, sparing you the hassle of carrying a pump up and down the stairs or to the office every day.

The BellaBaby pump boasts a compact and lightweight design, featuring two pumping modes and multiple levels of suction. Its sleek appearance is another attractive feature. The device, which easily fits in the palm of your hand, has a clear display that indicates the working mode and suction level.

One of the standout features of this budget-friendly pump is its wireless functionality. Powered by a rechargeable battery, it can operate for up to 100 minutes without requiring a new charge. This makes it less likely for the battery to die on you during a pumping session, granting you the flexibility to pump while attending to other tasks.

It is worth noting that even at the lowest setting, the suction strength of this pump is quite powerful, even causing slight discomfort for some moms who experience nipple tenderness.

Weight: 1.96 pounds

Dimensions: ‎9.33 x 6.97 x 6.57 inches

Best Portable Breast Pump for Travel

Medela Freestyle Flex

Similar to the Medela Pump In Style with MaxFlow pump, the Medela Freestyle Flex is a double-electric pump designed to mimic a baby's natural sucking pattern. The key distinction is its size. Weighing less than 1 pound, this pump is one of the smallest and lightest options on the market, reminiscent of an oversized mobile phone. Therefore, if you anticipate carrying it frequently, be it around the house, during a trip, or to and from the office, the Medela Freestyle Flex is an ideal choice.

Our Editorial Director of Special Projects at What to Expect, Robin Hilmantel, personally tested the latest version of this pump. She had comparable milk volume results between the Freestyle Flex and the Medela Pump In Style, even though the former is smaller and slightly less powerful. Additionally, the portability of the Freestyle Flex greatly facilitated outings. Robin recounts her experience, stating, "During the initial months of exclusively breastfeeding my daughter, I recall feeling anxious about having to pump in public for the first time while leaving her at home. However, the Medela Freestyle Flex made it incredibly easy. It fits perfectly in my tote bag and setting it up in a bathroom was hassle-free. After that initial on-the-go pumping experience, I found myself venturing out more frequently, always bringing my trusty Medela pump with me."

Equipped with a rechargeable battery that lasts approximately two hours (impressive for a battery-operated pump), this device also features Bluetooth connectivity. You can sync it with the Medela app to control your pumping session and monitor milk output. A USB charging cable is provided as well, making it convenient to use in a car or any other location without immediate access to a standard electrical outlet.

The Freestyle Flex is incredibly user-friendly, with only four buttons, and aesthetically appealing, thanks to its backlit digital display that shows information like suction level (which can be programmed to remember your preferred setting) and a timer (allowing you to pump discreetly in a dimly lit room while your baby is asleep).

Weight: 0.5 pounds

Dimensions: 6 x 2.5 x 1.8 inches

  • The Freestyle is amazing! I can easily carry it in my purse to and from work, and with a hands-free bra, I can move around the house while pumping. It's definitely worth it!
  • Both the Pump in Style Advanced and Freestyle are great, but I love the portability of the Freestyle. I don't have to worry about plugging it in or finding batteries for the battery pack. I simply charge my Freestyle every few days, toss it in the bag, and go! I absolutely love it!
  • I own both the Freestyle and the Pump in Style Advanced. I use my Freestyle at home and when traveling because it runs on battery power. At my desk, I use the Pump in Style. I achieve similar output with both pumps when I use them."

Best Custom-Fit Breast Pump

Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Most breast pumps follow a one-size-fits-all approach. While it's possible to adjust the flange on some pumps to customize the fit, this often involves a trial-and-error process that consumes both time and money. Introducing the Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced. This double-electric pump eliminates the guesswork by including three different flange sizes with your initial purchase. And if you still haven't found the perfect fit, additional options are available for separate purchase.

In addition to providing a customized fit, this pump offers a wide range of speed and suction settings, as well as a closed system that safeguards milk against mold and bacterial growth. Compared to its basic predecessor, the updated version delivers enhancements in several areas. It is 50 percent quieter, 30 percent lighter (weighing less than a water bottle), and comes with the brand's Balance bottle nipple and lactation consultant support.

Another advantage is the inclusion of a convenient carry case and a small cooler, ensuring that you can transport the pump and your precious milk to and from the office without any concern.

Weight: 1.05 pounds

Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches

  • I used the Evenflo with my first child, and it worked incredibly well. I definitely plan on using it again with my second child.

Best Single-Electric Breast Pump

Evenflo Feeding Advanced Single-Electric Breast Pump

Single-electric breast pumps may not offer the same efficiency as their double-electric counterparts, but they are significantly more affordable. If you only require a pump for a few hours each week while still desiring the speed and effectiveness of an electric pump, single-electric pumps provide the perfect balance.

Moms appreciate the Evenflo Feeding Advanced Single Electric due to its compact size. Unlike other single-electric pumps, which feature controls in an attached unit, this pump incorporates the controls directly on top of the pump itself. Additionally, it utilizes a closed system with only five parts to assemble and clean, offering a seamless and hassle-free pumping experience.

Powered by three AA batteries, this pump is extremely portable. You can pump in the car, bathroom, or even a changing room without scrambling to find an electrical outlet. Weighing just over one pound, it is conveniently compact and can easily fit in your purse. This budget-friendly pump is so handy that you can store it in your glove compartment for impromptu pumping sessions — you never know when a leak might occur!

Weight: 1.39 pounds

Dimensions: ‎4 x 7.88 x 9 inches

  • This pump is fantastic. I have never experienced any issues. The battery-powered suction is slightly less compared to the plug-in pump, but that's to be expected, in my opinion.
  • I own both the Medela breast pump provided by insurance and the Evenflo. The Medela is harder to clean, and I generally produce no more than 3 ounces per breast with it, despite being an overproducer. However, with the Evenflo breast pump, I find it gentle, and my breasts respond well to it. I consistently extract around 4 ounces of milk. I love this pump.

Best Manual Breast Pump

Lansinoh Manual

The Lansinoh Manual pump is remarkably affordable, small, and lightweight. Consequently, it serves as an excellent backup for relieving mild engorgement or for occasional pumping sessions when you only anticipate extracting a small amount of milk.

Despite being a manual pump, it manages to deliver impressive performance. It offers two modes for faster pumping, an ergonomically designed handle to reduce hand fatigue (which any manual pump user knows is crucial), and fewer parts to clean.

Sarah Darby, Senior SEO Content Strategist at What to Expect, used the Lansinoh Manual pump on occasion. She found it particularly helpful during nighttime sessions when she woke up engorged. Sarah preferred not to fully pump with her Spectra or Medela Freestyle Flex during these instances, as she wanted her body to adjust its milk supply accordingly. Therefore, she used the Lansinoh Manual for a few minutes just to relieve pressure. Additionally, since her daughter only accepted Lansinoh bottles, using this pump was an obvious choice due to its compatibility with the brand's wide-neck bottle, eliminating the need for milk transfer between containers and minimizing dishwashing.

Weight: 0.3 pounds

Dimensions: 7.5 x 3.88 x 7.5 inches

  • I own a Lansinoh manual pump and absolutely love it. Cleaning it is much easier compared to my Medela pump, which is larger in size. However, I can operate the Lansinoh manual pump with just one hand, which is a huge plus for me.
  • I utilize the Lansinoh manual pump at night. My little one is now 3 months old and usually feeds on only one side during our middle-of-the-night sessions. I consistently extract around 4 ounces each time using this pump.

Best Wearable Breast Pump

Willow Wearable Breast Pump

The innovative Willow Pump revolutionizes the pumping experience with its tube-, wire-, and bottle-free design. Shaped like a breast, this discreet pump can be worn inside your bra, enabling you to pump confidently without drawing attention.

The Willow pump is accompanied by a corresponding app that lets you control the suction settings and tracks essential information such as milk volume, pumping duration, and previous sessions. As of January 2023, you can also control the pump using an Apple Watch.

What makes this pump even more remarkable is its spill-proof design, allowing you to pump in any position. You can comfortably lay down or bend over to pick up your baby while pumping, free from the worry of milk spills.

The main drawback, apart from the price, is that you need to purchase either Willow Pump Reusable Breast Milk Containers (sold separately) or specific pumping bags designed to fit the pump.

However, it's important to keep in mind that although the Willow is more discreet than traditional breast pumps, it may still be noticeable to others during daily activities. Regarding this aspect, Robin states, "The Willow is useful if you want to, for example, put on a baggy sweatshirt and take a walk around the neighborhood while pumping. However, it is larger and more noticeable than I anticipated. Therefore, I didn't feel comfortable wearing it at work or in more public settings."

Weight: 12 ounces each

Dimensions: 5 inches in diameter each

  • Once you become accustomed to the Willow pump and learn how to use it correctly, it offers unrivaled convenience. The bags can be a bit pricey but freeze well. Personally, I own both the Spectra pump, which is my primary pump, and the Willow, which I use at work and during weekend outings. I absolutely love it!
  • I just received the Willow 2.0 over the weekend and have used it twice so far. Although there is a learning curve, I am confident that with more usage, it will become easier. I already love it and cannot wait to use it in public!

Best Affordable, Portable Breast Pump

Motif Duo Double Electric Breast Pump

The Motif Duo is an incredibly lightweight and portable pump, making it ideal for on-the-go pumping. Weighing less than a pound, it can be effortlessly stashed in your bag or desk drawer without causing any significant inconvenience. Despite its compact size, the Motif Duo doesn't compromise on performance. It offers 10 massage and 10 expression settings to ensure both effectiveness and comfort during pumping sessions.

Moms who pump during the night appreciate the easy-to-read LCD screen and low-hum motor. The closed system further simplifies the cleaning process, promoting hygiene. The pump comes with three breast shield sizes, a pumping bra, and a variety of other useful accessories.

Robin Hilmantel, our Editorial Director of Special Projects at What to Expect, personally tested the latest version of this pump. She praised the unit's built-in timer, which facilitated tracking the duration of her pumping sessions. The suction and portability also received high marks. The only minor drawback she mentioned was the slightly finicky assembly process due to the attachment mechanism.

Weight: 0.6 pounds

Dimensions: Not specified

  • The battery lasts a long time. I pump approximately 4-5 times per day and only need to charge it every other day.

Top Natural-Suction Breast Pump

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

The lightweight, all-in-one Haakaa Silicone Pump is ideal for mothers seeking assistance in initiating milk flow. This pump eliminates the need for tedious manual pumping, as it relies solely on passive suction. A gentle squeeze activates the natural letdown process, allowing milk to flow effortlessly. Additionally, it serves as a remarkable tool for collecting letdown milk from the breast that isn't being nursed by the baby. You'll be astounded by the amount of milk you can save with this hands-free approach to 'pumping.'

"When beginning my breastfeeding sessions, I would experience leakage on the side my daughter wasn't nursing on, so a friend recommended the Haakaa," Leah explains. "I was amazed by the quantity of milk I was able to collect from that side." (If you decide to try this passive method, Leah suggests being mindful of your baby's position, as they may accidentally kick it off.)

Sarah found the Haakaa to be valuable once her son began sleeping longer stretches at night. "I noticed that I would leak on the side he wasn't nursing on due to engorgement," Sarah shares. "I started using the Haakaa and it made a huge difference!"

Christine also found the Haakaa beneficial for managing a forceful letdown. "At the start of each feed, my daughter would cough and appear to be choking on my milk," she explains. "So, I began using the Haakaa to stimulate milk flow. Once the initial tingling sensation of letdown subsided, I would remove it and allow my daughter to latch. Then, I would attach the Haakaa to the breast she wasn't nursing on to collect any leaked milk."

Like our staff members, many members of the What to Expect community have credited the Haakaa as a life-saving pumping tool. In fact, it has been recognized as the Best Manual Breast Pump in the 2022 Feeding Awards.

The Haakaa's design, made entirely of silicone, is easy to clean. Simply use hot soapy water and a bottle brush.

Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 3 inches

Capacity: 4 ounces (100 ml)

  • Love it!!! I collect 3 ounces every time I use it on the side my baby isn't nursing on, and there's still plenty of milk left for her when I switch sides.
  • I adore mine! I'm finally starting to build up a stash in the fridge!

Finest Intelligent Breast Pump

Elvie Double Electric Breast Pump

One of the key advantages of a wearable breast pump is its ability to be used anywhere without drawing attention due to noise. Fortunately, the Elvie Pump is among the quietest pumps on the market.

Another benefit is that it eliminates the need for a separate bag, as it allows you to pump directly into a bottle. This not only saves money after investing in the pump, but it also requires cleaning only an oddly-shaped collection jar (which can be done easily with a flexible bottle brush).

The Elvie pump is user-friendly as well. Simply place each 8-ounce pump into your bra, switch it on, and allow it to operate effortlessly. While initially positioning it may take some practice, you'll quickly become accustomed to it. Just remember to monitor the output levels using the accompanying app. If the collection jar becomes full, you risk milk backing up and causing leakage.

Sarah regularly used the Elvie pump during the four months she pumped (three of which were exclusively pumping), and she considers it a truly incredible pump. "I loved that I could wear my regular nursing bra and simply insert my Elvie pump. It was super quiet and discreet, allowing me to do almost anything while wearing it," she remarks, although she notes that she couldn't bend over without the pump pausing. "Cleaning the Elvie pump between sessions was also a breeze."

Sarah, like many other mothers, mentions that the suction of the Elvie pump is not as strong as traditional pumps, which may affect the quantity expressed in each session. 

Weight: 0.49 pounds

Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2.7 inches

  • I have the Elvie as my sole pump, and I absolutely love it. I had a terrible pumping experience with my previous child, and my supply suffered. This time, I opted for the Elvie to make pumping easier, and I couldn't be happier! I'm actually producing double the amount of milk my daughter consumes each day, which is a remarkable improvement compared to last time!
  • I used the Elvie with my first baby! It's fantastic for travel and pumping on the go! Although I found the suction to be less powerful compared to my Spectra pump, and cleaning it can be a bit annoying, it's incredibly convenient for on-the-go pumping!

Top-Notch Electric Breast Pump

S1 Plus Electric Breast PumpPros
  • ProCommonly covered by insurance providers
  • ProRelatively quiet operation
  • ConRequires experimentation to find optimal settings
The Spectra S1 electric pump has numerous features that earn it high praise. It is equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery, making it a favorite among moms who prefer not to constantly search for an outlet. The pump's comfort and ease of use as both a single and double pump are also highly regarded. Additionally, a single charge provides an ample battery life of up to three hours, so you don't have to worry about it running out of power. The digital controls make it simple to find the perfect customizations, taking the guesswork out of the pumping process.

In terms of design, this electric pump is compact and quiet, which is especially beneficial for working moms who don't want the noise of their pump echoing throughout the office. Rachel Rothman, the Chief Technologist of the Good Housekeeping Institute, personally used this pump for all three of her children and appreciates its relatively quiet operation while still delivering impressive results. Furthermore, the Spectra S1 is commonly covered by insurance providers. If there is one downside, it's the pump's weight. At over three pounds, it may be considered heavier, particularly for moms who need to transport it to and from work or use public transportation.

Pump typeElectricWeight3.3 lbs.Dimensions7.9" x 7.9" x 6.7"2

Best Affordable Breast Pump

Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump

Double Electric Breast Pump2

Best Affordable Breast Pump

Medela Pump in Style with MaxFlow Breast Pump

Pump in Style with MaxFlow Breast PumpPros
  • ProCompact and lightweight
  • ProIncludes carrying case
  • ConLouder than some other portable options
This portable pump, weighing just one pound in total, simplifies expressing milk on the go, whether you're a working mother or prefer to pump while traveling. Our experts appreciate its user-friendly design and note its superior performance compared to similar Medela models. The double electric pump utilizes two-phase expression technology to mimic your baby's natural breastfeeding patterns, resulting in quicker and easier milk flow, allowing for greater output in less time. This efficiency is especially beneficial for exclusive pumpers or working moms with limited pumping time.

Reviewers also love the minimal number of parts to clean. Additionally, the included cooler bag provides convenient storage while on the move. One tester mentioned that, despite being slightly noisy, she adored this pump because "it's easy to use, simple to clean and carry, and has the added advantage of the extra strength provided by an electric pump."

Pump typeBattery-powered electricWeight1 lb.Dimensions‎13.14" x 6.13" x 9.08"Advertisement - Continue Reading Below


Best Wearable Breast Pump

Willow Wearable Breast Pump

Wearable Breast PumpPros
  • ProEasy to clean
  • ProCompatible app helps track output
  • ConTakes time to master
  • ConExpensive
The Willow aspires to do for breast pumps what AirPods did for headphones — provide a completely hands- and cord-free experience (no more dangling bottles!). It enables you to pump directly into bags that fit inside the flange-pump combination, and the companion app tracks your milk production. While many of our testers enjoyed using it, they acknowledged a learning curve when initially getting accustomed to the pump. For example, since you can't see the flange on your nipple, correct alignment requires practice. (Improper alignment can lead to inefficiency or leakage!)

Nevertheless, once you become familiar with it, this pump offers impressive output considering its compact size and quiet operation. With only a few dishwasher-safe parts, this highly discreet pump is easier to clean compared to many other options, which is especially beneficial for tired moms. However, it's important to note that this pump comes with a higher price tag. Additionally, the recyclable storage bags can hold only four ounces and are single-use, which can add up in cost if you pump frequently. ‎‎

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Pump typeWirelessWeight12.5 oz.Dimensions5.67" x 4.41" x 3.35"5

Best Hospital-Grade Breast Pump

Medela Symphony Breast Pump

  • ProPowerful and efficient
  • ProSignificantly increases milk output
  • ProOften available for rental
  • ConNot very portable
  • ConExpensive
The term 'hospital grade' is often used to describe a pump that can be used by multiple individuals (with separate accessories) due to its additional hygienic precautions. However, no FDA-regulated definition exists for this term, so it's important to carefully review descriptions of hospital-grade pumps. With that said, our experts highly recommend the powerful Medela Symphony hospital-grade pump — the very same pump often loaned to new moms by hospitals across the United States.

It's easy to understand why — testers witnessed a remarkable increase in milk output when using this pump. Surprisingly, it is also impressively quiet considering its large size and power. The combination of efficiency and low noise makes it perfect for those early morning or late-night pumping sessions. Furthermore, it can be used as either a single or double expression pump. For those experiencing low milk supply, the Medela Symphony promotes faster letdown and milk flow, facilitating the expression of greater quantities of milk in less time. While it may not be easily transportable, if you can leave it at home or work, it is well worth it. Additionally, if the cost seems prohibitive, you can often rent this pump from a local hospital or medical supply store, making it more accessible to a wider range of people.

Pump typeElectricWeight6.72 lbs.Dimensions‎‎‎10.25" x 8.25" x 12.5"6

Best Intelligent Breast Pump

Elvie Double Electric Pump


Best Intelligent Breast Pump

Lansinoh Double Electric Smartpump 2.0

  • ProSafe for use in dishwashers
  • ProPortable design with hospital-grade strength
  • ProSyncs with app for lactation data
  • ConSome users have reported difficulty connecting to the app

Experience discreet, customizable, and quiet pumping with the Lansinoh Double Electric Smartpump 2.0. This compact electric pump provides adjustable suction strength comparable to that of a hospital-grade device, ensuring optimal milk expression from any location. With three pumping styles, two modes, and eight suction levels to choose from, you can effectively stimulate milk flow and enhance expression efficiency. Whether you're at home or at work, this pump offers the flexibility you need. Simply plug it into an outlet for stationary pumping or use batteries for convenient on-the-go use.

The pump is lightweight, portable, and effortlessly connects to the Lansinoh Baby 2.0 app, which consolidates all your pumping session data in one convenient place. Although some users have reported difficulties with the app's connectivity, our review found it to be a useful tool for tracking pumping time, milk output, and even additional details such as feeding duration, milk intake, and bowel movement timestamps. Alternatively, you can easily check your current pump status on the LCD screen for a quick comprehensive update.

Pump type: Battery-powered electric

Weight: 2.5 lbs.

Dimensions: 11" x 9.75" x 7.75"


Best Breast Pump for Exclusive Pumping

Motif Medical Luna Double-Electric Breast Pump


Best Breast Pump for Exclusive Pumping

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Harmony Manual Breast Pump

  • ProFeatures a more comfortable breast shield
  • ProMimics natural sucking motion of a baby
  • ConMay cause hand fatigue after extended use

Unlike electric or battery-powered pumps, manual pumps require manual operation using your hands. They are typically smaller, quieter, easier to clean, and do not require power outlets or batteries. Our experts appreciate the Medela Harmony manual pump for its nearly silent operation and cord-free design, making it an ideal choice for on-the-go pumping or short-term use.

This lightweight and discreet pump utilizes two-phase technology that mimics the natural sucking motion of a baby. The flexible rim of the breast shield can be rotated 360 degrees to reduce pressure on the breast. Our research indicates that testers found the Harmony pump comfortable and easy to use, although it may cause hand fatigue like most manual breast pumps.

Pump type: Manual

Weight: 9.6 oz.

Dimensions: 6.56" x 2.76" x 7.87"

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Best Hands-Free Breast Pump

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump

Manual Breast Pump

  • ProEasy to clean and store due to its single-piece design
  • ProEfficient for both pumping and milk catching
  • ConMay be knocked off by a wriggly baby depending on positioning

The Haakaa Manual Breast Pump offers a natural suction method that is ideal for on-the-go moms. This quiet and easy-to-clean pump can fit in purses or diaper bags of any size. By squeezing the body of the pump, the breast shield utilizes natural suction to facilitate convenient and silent milk expression. While it may not be as fast as electric options, its affordable price and ease of use make it a desirable choice.

The Good Housekeeping Institute's Registered Dietitian Stefani Sassos hails it as a "game changer" and a "pain-free way to build up a freezer supply of breast milk without much effort." Testers have described it as life-changing, particularly for mothers with an oversupply, who were able to collect ounces of letdown milk with ease. Although caution is advised with wiggly babies, as they can knock the pump off, causing a mess.

The Haakaa pump captures milk effectively at an affordable price point, making it a convenient option for pumping on the go. The single-piece silicone design can be quickly cleaned by boiling in water for a few minutes and air drying.

Pump type: Manual

Weight: 3.87 oz.

Dimensions: 1.91" x 1.91" x 6.95"

How to choose the right breast pump for you

  • Size: Many pumps offer different shield sizes or massage cushions for optimal comfort. Ensuring a properly fitting pump with strong suction and painless extraction enhances comfort during each session. If you're new to pumping, it's advisable to have two different-sized breast shields on hand in preparation for your baby's arrival.
  • Suction: Battery-powered and electric pumps provide various suction modes and strengths to facilitate letdown and maximize milk expression. Likewise, certain manual pumps offer similar features. A pump that maintains strong suction and effectively performs its function is crucial.
  • Purpose: Determine if you intend to pump on one side while nursing or simply catch excess milk to prevent clothing stains. Consider whether the pump is quiet enough for office use. Your specific needs may require multiple models and pump types.
  • Ease of use: Evaluate the assembly, milk extraction, and cleaning processes. Choose a pump that efficiently functions without excessive effort. If you have multiple pumps, selecting models from the same company allows for compatibility and interchangeability of parts.
  • Size: Although hospital-grade pumps offer various benefits, their portability is limited. Electric pumps requiring a power outlet restrict your pumping locations, while battery-powered pumps are suitable for on-the-go use. Manual pumps can be discreetly stored in purses or diaper bags, making them ideal for travel.

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What's the difference between open system and closed system breast pumps?

You're already familiar with manual and electric breast pumps, as well as single and double expression options. However, their distinctions go beyond these characteristics. Breast pumps can also be categorized as open or closed system.

Closed system pumps incorporate a small barrier absent in open system pumps, preventing milk leakage into the internal components and facilitating easier cleaning. Conversely, open system pumps lack this barrier, allowing milk to potentially enter the tubing during pumping sessions.

For sanitary reasons, all the pumps mentioned in this list are closed system pumps. Our experts advise against purchasing secondhand breast pumps due to potential contaminants that can enter both open and closed systems.

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Do you need a breast pump?

While not every new mother requires or desires a breast pump, a high-quality breast pump can be incredibly useful for those who are interested in breastfeeding their baby. Breast pumps are particularly beneficial for maintaining milk supply during periods when the baby isn't feeding or for increasing supply if necessary.

Breast pumps are also essential for expressing milk while at work, running errands, or when away from home. Some mothers rely on breast pumps for exclusive pumping, in which they express milk and feed their baby from a bottle rather than directly from the breast.

Our Approach to Testing Breast Pumps

In order to determine the top-performing breast pumps on the market, we enlisted a group of nursing moms with babies ranging from newborns to 5 months old. These moms thoroughly tested the leading breast pump options in the comfort of their own homes and workplaces. Their reviews, combined with our extensive research, allowed us to identify the best breast pumps that cater to the various needs of moms.

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To determine the Best of The Bump award winner for breast pumps this year, we draw on over 10 years of experience in recognizing the absolute best baby and pregnancy products in the industry. If you're curious about which breast pump received this prestigious award, keep scrolling! We'll also provide you with a carefully curated list of breast pumps that are suitable for different specific needs, whether you're looking for an affordable manual option or a high-quality hospital-grade pump.

The Ultimate Breast Pump Winner

Say goodbye to tedious pumping sessions with the Elvie Pump, our well-deserved Best of The Bump award winner for the overall best breast pump. This electric breast pump, which can be worn, offers a seamless and simple pumping experience for mothers. Our product tester awarded the Elvie Pump top scores in all categories, including quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and comfort. The standout feature of this pump is its discreet and slim design, making it virtually undetectable under clothing. It operates quietly and automatically shuts off when the containers are full, thanks to infrared sensors. You can control the Elvie Pump through its app on your phone and enjoy up to six pumping sessions on a single charge. With its tube-free design, cleaning is a breeze. The Elvie Pump is customizable to suit your personal needs, ensuring optimal comfort and efficiency. It stands out as a wearable breast pump that truly delivers on its promises.

Dimensions (single pump): 4.3” (L) x 2.7” (W) x 5” (H) | Weight (single pump): 8 ounces

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"This pump is simply the best! When it comes to portable pumping, it offers unparalleled suction. Although it may be a bit pricey, every cent is worth it due to its exceptional performance."

Premium Wearable Breast Pump

Experience the perfect blend of performance and portability with the Elvie Stride Plus. This hands-free and portable pump combines hospital-grade performance with a wearable design. Unlike many other wearable breast pumps, the Elvie Stride Plus ensures proper suction strength and effectiveness without compromising comfort. Its collection cups fit discreetly into your bra, while a separate motor attached via tubing can be conveniently worn on your waistband. This design prevents any latching issues and delays in starting your pumping session. The Elvie Stride Plus received high praise from our product tester, who described it as the only pump she would ever use. Its ability to extract milk efficiently while allowing you to work and multitask stood out. With its near-silent operation, user-friendly app, included 3-in-1 carry bag, and superior comfort, this is a wearable pump that truly delivers.

Dimensions (carrying bag): 9.8” (L) x 7.5” (W) x 7.7” (H) | Weight: 1.03 lbs.

"I highly recommend this pump to any new mother. It is the best pump I've tried, and I won't be using any other from now on."

Affordable Wearable Breast Pump

When it comes to affordability without compromising quality, look no further than the Bellababy W38. This wearable breast pump is a budget-friendly option that performs just as impressively as its pricier counterparts. With prices starting at $50 for the single version and for the double, the Bellababy W38 offers excellent value for money. Our product tester applauded its quality and durability, predicting that it would last for multiple children. The Bellababy W38 also excels in providing a comfortable pumping experience, thanks to its four pumping modes and customizable suction strength. Its portability ensures you can pump on-the-go, and its discreet noise levels maintain privacy. For working moms or those who are always on the move, the Bellababy W38 is an excellent choice.

Dimensions (single pump): 6.7” (L) x 5.7” (W) x 3.4” (H) | Weight (single pump): 1.41 lbs.

"I would recommend this pump countless times. It's compact, comfortable, and portable, making it a must-have for any pumping mother."

Exceptional Manual Breast Pump

For optimal comfort and efficiency, the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump takes the lead as the best manual breast pump. This portable pump offers two different size flanges, both equipped with ComfortFit technology to reduce irritation. It also provides two pumping modes: stimulation and expression. Our product tester praised its wonderful effectiveness and quick letdown. The different flange sizes ensure a perfect fit and enhance comfort. The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is also designed to minimize the number of parts, making cleaning hassle-free. The handle design prevents hand fatigue during pumping. With over 7,000 five-star Amazon reviews, it's clear that this pump is a favorite among moms.

Dimensions: 3.9” (L) x 7.5” (W) x 7.5” (H) | Weight: 4.8 ounces

"In times of need, I'm grateful to have this pump. It genuinely alleviates anxiety."

Superb Portable Breast Pump

When performance and portability are key, the Spectra 9 Plus is the breast pump to choose. This lightweight pump is incredibly portable, thanks to its slim design and rechargeable battery pack. Our product tester was amazed at how convenient it was to carry the Spectra 9 Plus in her pocket while pumping. It offers hospital-grade power and 10 different levels of suction strength, ensuring optimal milk production. In fact, our tester reported producing more milk compared to other pumps. The Spectra 9 Plus is not only powerful but also operates quietly. Its impressive combination of portability, power, and efficiency truly sets it apart.

Dimensions (pump):‎ 2.8” (L) x 1.9” (W) x 4.8” (H) | Weight: 10 ounces

"Pumping becomes less of a chore when you have the freedom to multitask. This pump is perfect for pumping on-the-go or at the office."

Top Breast Pump for Working Moms

For working moms who juggle pumping and their professional responsibilities, the Willow Go Wearable Breast Pump is a game-changer. This pump boasts a slim profile and can be fully concealed within your bra, making it virtually undetectable. With a capacity of seven ounces, it offers one of the highest milk storage capacities among wearable pumps. The Willow Go also features a long-lasting battery that powers three full pumping sessions, eliminating the need for frequent charging. Five out of six parts are dishwasher-safe, saving you precious time on cleaning. Our product tester, who used this pump at work, found it comfortable and discreet. The Willow Go exceeded her expectations, enabling her to maintain her milk supply while working.

Dimensions (single pump):‎ 4.7” (L) x 3.15” (W) x ‎5.3” (H) | Weight (single pump): 1 lb

"I believe many working mothers struggle to maintain their milk supply due to being tethered to a wall. This pump offers the freedom to work and pump simultaneously."

Outstanding Hospital-Grade Breast Pump

Spectra has established itself as a leader in hospital-grade breast pumps, and the S1 Plus model lives up to this reputation. With its rechargeable battery and portable design, the S1 Plus offers convenience without compromising on performance. The motor provides 12 levels of suction strength, resulting in highly productive pumping sessions. Our product tester achieved a higher milk output with the S1 Plus compared to pumps in a similar price range. Its suction and vibration ensure both comfort and efficiency. The Spectra S1 Plus is a reliable option for home use and lasts for extended periods. Its effectiveness, durability, and user-friendly features make it an ideal primary pump.

Dimensions:‎ ‎7.9” (L) x 7.9” (W) x 6.7” (H) | Weight: 3.3 lbs.

"This pump is effective, easy to maintain, and comfortable. I highly recommend it as a primary pump for the first year and beyond."

Best Fast-Pumping Breast Pump

Nobody wants to spend more time than necessary on pumping, especially during those late-night sessions. The Momcozy Wearable S12 Pro is the solution, offering faster pumping sessions without compromising milk output. Its hospital-grade pump and nine levels of intensity, customizable for each breast, contribute to its efficiency. The double-sealed flange design ensures a closer fit and prevents any leakage. Our product tester praised its effectiveness, as it collected a significant amount of milk in a short time. The S12 Pro charges quickly and operates at a surprisingly low noise level. This pump from Momcozy is designed to make life easier for moms.

Dimensions (single pump):‎ ‎‎5.7” (L) x 3.1” (W) x 7.1” (H) | Weight (single pump): 1.5 lbs.

"I love the freedom to move around while pumping. This pump stayed in place, even during chores. It gets the job done efficiently."

Exceptional Affordable Breast Pump

The Lansinoh SmartPump 3.0 proves that quality doesn't have to come with a high price tag. This breast pump kit includes everything a pumping mom needs, such as different size flanges, Lansinoh bottles, valves, tubes, and even a breast milk storage cooler. Priced at $161, it offers excellent value for money compared to other electric breast pumps. Our product tester commended its quality, predicting that it would last long-term. In terms of performance, the SmartPump 3.0 exceeded expectations by collecting more milk than anticipated. With its comprehensive features and affordability, this Lansinoh breast pump is a top choice.

Dimensions:‎ 10.8” (L) x 7.1” (W) x 7.7” (H) | Weight: 4.6 pounds

"I appreciate the ample accessories, carrier, and different flange sizes included in the package. This pump offers incredible value for money."

In conclusion, finding the best breast pump for your needs can be a daunting task, but with our comprehensive guide, you can feel confident in your decision. Whether you're a busy mom on-the-go, looking for a budget-friendly option, or in need of a custom-fit pump, we've covered it all. From the top-rated Medela Pump in Style Advanced to the convenient and portable Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump, we've highlighted the best options on the market. So, don't let the overwhelming choices discourage you, embrace the power of knowledge and find the breast pump that's perfect for you and your little one. Happy pumping!