It’s time to talk milk makers. While mother nature has given us the goods, the right man-made breast pump keeps baby in steady supply.
A breast pump is an electric or manual device that uses suction to draw out breastmilk. Many mamas will need to express milk at some point throughout the breastfeeding journey, whether to relieve engorgement in the early days or to allow partners to enjoy feeding bub. Whatever your reason for expressing, a pump will help get the job done fast and effectively.
Before you decide which one is right for you, you need to know what’s available. We’ve listed several leading pumps available in Australia and answered some basic questions around safety and what features to look for.
Types of breast pumps and what to look for
Manual breast pumps are operated using your hand to continuously squeezing a handle, causing suction to express and collect breastmilk in an attached bottle.
Electric breast pumps use an electric motor to provide suction and express milk. They can be plugged into mains power and may come with battery power as a back-up or for mobility.
Double breast pumps also use a motor but allow you to express both breasts at the same time for a significantly faster process.
Hospital-grade breast pumps are larger and have a closed system designed for use by more than one mum. They can be hired and are a great way to test if you want to express.
14 breast pumps for expressing success
We’ve filtered through the options on the milk market and curated this handy list of products to get you expressing easier. In no particular order, here are 14 electric and manual pumps available in Australia.
If you want your pumping sessions to be comfy, quick and effective, this is the pump for the job. It comes with two large flanges, bottle stands and has adjustable vacuum levels to suit your needs.
This revolutionary and quiet hospital-grade pump is going to be your new best friend if you’re pumping frequently. It has adjustable suction settings, a massage mode for let down and it comes equipped with a nightlight and timer.
This hands-free pump allows the breast shield to be worn inside your bra and out of sight, so it’s a fab option for discreet electric pumping. It has eight suction levels including let down mode and works with the Difrax S-Baby Bottle.
Backflow begone. The hygienic closed system of this pump ensures no milk flows back into the tubes of the pump, and that every drop lands in the bottle. USB-chargeable and with a 60-minute running time, it offers massage and express modes.
Compact, clean and convenient. If you’re after an on-the-go pump with multiple suction styles and a closed system to ensure no backflow, this one ticks all the boxes. BPA-free, it features a touch-screen digital display to track your session.
It’s the neat little pump creating a big buzz all over the world. Made of food-grade silicone and completely hands-free, it fits all breast types and gently extracts milk with no power needed. It comes with a suction base and a silicone lid.
If you’re intending to express frequently or need to increase your milk supply, make this beauty your ‘breast’ friend. This hospital-grade pump can handle heavy use and comes with double shields and back-flow protection.
We’re giving this lightweight and portable pump top marks for value. The set contains all the essentials you need for pumping on the go, including a super-soft silicone pump, a pump strap and a silicone stopper.
This USB-powered double electric pump is compact enough to take anywhere and requires only one hand to operate – so you can keep the other hand on your delicious bubba. It includes stimulation and expression modes and fits Pigeon wide and slim bottles.
Heading away? This beauty is perfect for travelling because it’s cord-free, silent and compact enough to fit in your bag. The set features two silicone pumps/catchment bottles, lids, stoppers and a carry bag.
This fuss-free gem is compact enough to fit in your handbag and as quiet as a mouse. It features an ergonomic, easy-express handle, two-phase technology to maximise the flow of milk and a Comfort-Fit Breast Cushion for a secure seal.
With 16 individual modes for suction and rhythm and a memory function, this rechargeable pump caters to the needs of all new mums. It comes with an ergonomic breast shield, LED display and a very handy shoulder strap.
The quiet motor on this double electric pump makes it one of the most discreet around. It uses natural motion technology that mimics the way babies feed to encourage speedier milk flow. It comes with two 125ml bottles.
This manual pump comes equipped with an extra-soft cup for a comfy expression session. It features two-phase technology, an ergonomic handle and it’s compatible with the Chicco Well-Being Bottle.
Is it safe to buy a second-hand breast pump?
The short answer is no. Experts advise against buying second-hand breast pumps unless it’s a hospital-grade pump with a closed system. Domestic pumps have an open system that milk and moisture could get into the tube and motor. Even if you use new tubing, bottles, and flanges, there is still the potential for germs and bacteria to contaminate expressed milk.
Is a manual or electric breast pump best
Which style of pump is right for you depends on personal preference and how often you’ll be expressing.
A manual breast pump is suited for occasional, and relatively short periods of expression because it can get quite tiring. But a big advantage of manual pumps is that they’re quiet and more discreet, handy if you need to pump at work – or the middle of the night!
Electric breast pumps do all the work for you and come at various speeds, including letdown. Given how much quicker they can be compared with manual pumps, they definitely should be considered for more frequent use.
Can I use a pumping bra with any breast pump?
By freeing up both of your hands, pumping bras are a total game-changer when it comes to convenient expressing. Some brands, such as Medela and Haakaa, make custom bras to suit their pumps, but many nursing bras on the market are compatible with most pumps.
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