Choosing a Breast Pump
Choosing the best breast pump to best suit your needs is an important decision. As you consider which breast pump to purchase there are several important factors to consider. This article shows how to choose and buy the right one for you and for your baby.
All the major breast pump makers, Spectra, Medela, Ameda, Hygeia, etc make high quality equipment. The brand’s not that important. Or the pump either for that matter. After all, the breast pump just does what its told – the mother actually pumps the breast milk.
The first step in choosing the best breast pump is to determine what features are most important to you, think about how and where you’ll be using it. If you need one for the office, you’ll want something compact and quiet. But if you’re pumping in the privacy of you own home, there are other breast pump features to consider.
Below are outlined the best breast pumps of 2013. They’re rated with real consumer reviews and have been thoroughly researched – making it easy to find the right one for you.
Spectra Breast Pump
Spectra Baby USA S2 Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is a hospital grade pump designed for heavy duty use, with a powerful yet gentle pump action to effectively support milk production. Quiet enough to allow you to pump near your sleeping baby. The backflow filter prevents milk from getting back into the motor of the pump, and the tubing.
Spectra Baby USA S2 Breast Pump comfortable to use, sucking action more like a baby than any other pump, efficient, completely customizable pumping experience due to independent speed and suction controls, closed system if you use the included collection kit with its backflow filters, lightweight, motor life of 1500 hours. For the price, this pump seems too good to be true.
-Prevents any potential milk back-flow
-Available in blue and pink colors
-LCD screen with timer
-Night light on the handle (in two brightness settings)
-Very good Customer Service
Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump
The Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump was top selling breast pump on 2012. The pump gives you the option to pump either one breast at a time or both breasts at once. The design of the pump is very simple – it takes almost no time to set up and break down. The Pump in Style comes with an A/C adapter and a battery pack (batteries not included) that takes 10 AA batteries. This model even comes with a tote bag to take the pump anywhere discreetly. The backpack is very stylish and you will be able to fit additional items in it so you can use it as your only carry-on. The design is very innovative which you learn the more you use.
Among the features of the Medela Pump in Style Advanced we have:
-Adjustable vacuum settings, so you can choose what feels most comfortable for you.
-A removable PVC-free cooler bag with ice pack that will keep the milk cooled for 12 hours.
-Includes SoftFit™ Breastshields
Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump
Ameda Purely Yours pump is considered the most time-saving choice for moms who must pump several times a day, such as those who work full time. The Ameda Purely Yours has a silicone diaphragm that prevents the air tubes from getting moisture in them.
The Purely Yours pump can be bought with a shoulder bag or backpack. It’s quick, efficient, not super quiet but not super loud.
You can use it anywhere since it operates using 3 power sources – AC adapter, AA batteries or the optional car adapter. The Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump comes complete with the Ameda Milk Collection Kit.
-You can adjust the suction and speed
-Closed system: You don’t have to worry about mold in the tubes
-Dual hygienekit milk collection system
-Very good Customer Service
Hygeia Breast Pump
The Hygeia EnJoye LBI is a professional grade double electric breast pump that is designed for long-term, frequent pumping. The internal piston operation of this pump is similar to the operation of other hospital rental pumps and provides moms with an efficient, reliable pump.
Since the pump features independently adjustable speed and suction controls, you can easily customize your setting for comfortable, efficient pumping.
-Independent speed and suction controls allow you to mimic baby’s unique suckling pattern.
-Hospital grade performance
Philips Avent Breast Pump
Philips Avent BPA Free Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump provides a comfortable and efficient way to continue giving your baby all the benefits of breast milk. If you pump at the same time every day, after 2-4 days of consistent pumping at that time, your body will automatically start producing more milk, making pumping that much easier and faster.
The Philips AVENT Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump has a sanitary design that prevents your milk from ever coming in contact with the tubing. The pump, nipple, bottle and cushion are all BPA free.
When you buy the bottles, don’t buy the clear ones with the seal ring, they suck and leak. Get the good hard plastic ones like the ones that come with this pump.
-Remembers your personal rhythm
-More milk in less time
-Gentle with clinically proven results comparable to a hospital grade pump
-Easy to clean: there are only four parts (per pump, not including the bottle)
-Great for the occasional pumping
Think about renting a hospital-grade breast pump if you’re not sure how long you’ll need to use a pump. If you expect to use a breast pump often, especially if you plan to return to work, buy a high quality, automatic model at the best rate you can find. If you plan to use a breast pump only occasionally, a manual pump or a compact electric one will probably be all you need.