It’s time to talk milk makers. While mother nature has given us the goods, a portable breast pump helps keeps baby in steady supply of liquid gold.
A breast pump is an electric or manual device that uses suction to draw out breast milk. Many mamas will need to express milk at some point throughout breastfeeding, whether to relieve engorgement in the early days or to allow partners to enjoy feeding bub. Whatever your reason for expressing, a pump helps extract more milk in less time.
Before you decide which one is best for you, you need to know what pumps are available in Australia. We’ve listed several leading pumps in Australia and answered some commonly asked questions by mums looking to buy one.
Types of breast pumps and what to look for
Manual breast pumps are portable devices operated by using a hand to continuously squeeze the handle to create suction. The breast milk is conveniently collected 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 backup or for mobility. An electric pump extracts milk in less time than manual styles.
Double breast pumps also use a motor but allow you to express both breasts at the same time for a significantly faster process. They’re also known to help increase your milk supply.
Hospital-grade pumps are larger and have a closed system designed for use by more than one mum. Usually, a hospital-grade breast pump is available to hire and it’s a great way to test if you want to pursue breast milk expression before investing in a pump.
9 portable breast pumps for fast expressing
To help you find a fast and reliable breast pump, we’ve compiled this list of fab brands available right here in Australia to get you started in your search.
Here are 9 of the best portable breast pumps in Australia for 2022
With 2-Phase Expression technology that mimics baby’s natural sucking rhythm, the Medela Swing Maxi offers PersonalFit Flex breast shields for extra comfort and fast, effective expression. It even has a built-in rechargeable battery lasting up to six sessions.
Lightweight and ultra-quiet, the Tommee Tippee Made For Me double electric pump is USB-rechargeable and runs for 90 minutes without a cord. The LED screen makes tracking each session easy and the hygienic closed system eliminates backflow.
Compact and effective, the Medela Solo Electric Breast Pump is quick to assemble, fast to charge via USB and features 2-Phase Expression similar to natural breastfeeding. It runs at just 45 decibels for a peaceful pump you can even use at night.
Compact enough to slip into your handbag, the Lansinoh single pump comes with a secure ComfortFit breast cushion and handy back-lit indicator. The 2-phase technology and five levels of suction stimulate healthy, efficient milk flow.
The first 3-in-1 breast pump in Australia, Omababy’s Kiwy facilitates three different modes of expression: single, double and manual. It’s small enough to fit into a handbag and allows you to use different settings for each breast for optimal extraction.
This USB-powered double electric breast 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.
Backflow begone. The hygienic closed system of this unit ensures no breast milk flows back into the tubes of the pump and that every drop lands in the bottle. USB-chargeable with a 60-minute running time, it also offers massage and express modes.
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.
Innovative and compact, the Unimom Minuet is built for double-pumping performance with seven massage modes and nine expressing levels. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for increased portability and a hygienic closed system for black-flow protection.
Is it safe to buy a second-hand breast pump?
The short answer is no. Experts advise against buying second-hand breast pumps in Australia, unless it’s a brand with a closed system. Domestic pumps have an open system, meaning 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 portable, quiet and more discreet, handy if you need to pump breast milk at work – or the middle of the night!
Electric breast pumps do all the work for you and operate at various speeds, including letdown, to help you extract more breast milk. Given how much quicker they can be compared with manual pumps, they’re a must-have if you’re expressing frequently.
Can I use a pumping bra with any 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 electric pump brands.
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