Electric breast pumps: What you need to know
From what to look for and the latest on the market in electric breast pumps
If you’re planning to express frequently, or are returning to work or have twins, you’ll need to choose an electric breast pump rather than a manual one. They’re more expensive, but are more productive, as they can express more milk in a shorter period of time.
What to look for
You can either buy a single or double electric pump. Single pumps are cheaper, and less bulky, while some double pumps can cost in the region of £200. They are much more efficient though, as they can express twice the amount of milk a single pump can. They’re ideal if you need to express a lot of milk regularly, for example if you’re returning to work.
You’ll want to be sure you’re able to clean it relatively easily, so look for a model that’s easy to assemble with as few parts as possible. Make sure it fits into your steriliser for cleaning. Check that the cup which sits on your breast is cushioned and is a comfortable fit.
Many are made from silicone now, which is extremely comfortable.
Look for a model with different settings and speeds so you can choose one that comfortable for you. Some pumps have a ‘two-phase’ expression which mimics a baby’s feeding rhythm. This can help with a steady milk flow. If you are going to pumping away from home, you might want a model that’s quieter and more discreet.
Need to know
Electric pumps help you express more quickly than using a manual pump. They're also less tiring to use and can be used in different positions. Some also have a memory function that stores your rhythm. They are more expensive, however.
- Choose between a single or double pump
- Make sure the pump is easy to dismantle for cleaning
- Think about comfort, a range of speeds, and how noisy the pump is
Latest products on the market:
Nuk Luna RRP £69.99
- Has an easy twist dial that adjusts suction gently for increased comfort
- The efficient pumping speed maximizes your milk flow
- It’s lightweight to hold weighing less than a pound
- Mains or battery powered so can be used at home or away
We love that this pump can be easily used one-handed and there are only five parts to assemble and clean.
Lansinoh Single Electric RRP £99.99
- Designed to mimic a baby’s natural feeding pattern
- Has two phrases, one to stimulate milk flow and one to maximise it
- Has a new ComfortFit™ soft silicone breast cushion for a secure and comfortable fit
- It also includes six adjustable suction levels with easy to use controls
We love that this pump offers you increased comfort with the new softer silicone cushion.
Medela Swing RRP £129.99
- Efficient and comfortable: a powerful little motor and a fitted breast shield
- Small, compact and light – fits into a handbag and can be battery operated
- Two-phase Expression technology mimics baby’s sucking
- Includes breastmilk bottle and stand, mains adapter, bag and Calma feeding device
We love that this pump includes the two-phase expression technology that mimics baby’s sucking there by increasing production
Ameda Lactaline Personal Duo RRP £149.99
- Ideal for fast, comfortable pumping as you have the choice of double or single pumping
- Has CustomControl so the dial suction and speed is adjustable to mimic your own baby’s feeding rhythm
- Lightweight and portable so ideal for travelling or taking to work
- All parts in contact with breastmilk are BPA and DEHP free
We love that this pump gives you 32 options of speed and suction so you get a tailored rhythm that’s comfortable for you.