Looking for the best breast pump? Our 7 favorites for 2019

Looking for the best breast pump? Our 7 favorites for 2019

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  • When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to at least try to breastfeed. Between the health benefits and the money we would save on formula, it just made sense to give it a whirl … I had no idea what to expect. But since I would be returning to work six weeks after my baby was born, I also knew that I would need a breast pump.

    I ended up adding a double electric breast pump to my baby registry and thankfully, someone bought it for us. (I mean, it wasn't cheap! – and this was before insurance companies were required to cover a breast pump, thanks to the ACA.)

    To be honest, I didn't spend much time looking at the specifics of breast-pump options or how-tos beforehand, and I soon learned there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to extracting milk. But I remained determined as I hooked myself up to that blasted pump – seriously, it was loud – day in and day out. Ultimately, I was able to breastfeed my son for 15 months.

    Fast-forward to 2019, when we welcomed our fourth child. The breast pump I have now is so much more efficient than the one I had with my first baby. I'm able to pump more milk at a time, more quickly. It's not surprising, of course; technology as a whole has come a long way since 2011. So let's take a look at classic options currently available, along with a few newcomers to the market.

  • The old standby, improved: Medela Pump In Style Advanced

    The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is a powerful double electric pump that's often covered by insurance companies; it usually sells for under $200 if you have to pay out of pocket. The pump, which is built into the bag it comes in, offers various speeds, along with a button that makes the pump cycle up in intensity for a few minutes to trigger your letdown. Power cord and battery pack are both included, making pumping on the go a breeze. My 2019 model even came with two different sets of flanges; just a few years ago, when I had my third child, it only came with one size.

    For me, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced works amazingly well. The only drawback I've noticed is that (just like the old days) it's loud. Other than that, this pump is a powerful and effective option for pumping moms.

    Available at Target

  • The bargain pick: Spectra S2

    The Spectra S2 is another pump commonly covered by insurance – and more economically than the Pump In Style, often $30 to $50 cheaper. But like the Pump In Style, it's popular with online breastfeeding support groups. This is a hospital-strength pump with a closed system that keeps your milk entirely separate from the pump's working parts, meaning better performance and hygiene. You can adjust the speed and the suction to your liking.

    Keep in mind that the S2 only works with a power cord, so you won't be taking this one on the road unless you're in a car with an adapter. Bonus: The Spectra S2 has a nightlight and a timer in case you need to pump in the middle of the night.

    Available at Amazon

  • The techie wearable: The Willow

    One of the newer pumps on the market, The Willow is one nifty piece of tech because it's quiet, wearable, portable, leak-proof, and totally discreet. You just slip it into your bra and pump wherever you may be, wire-free – everything from the pump-action parts to the milk-storage bag is contained in one piece that fits over your breast. Two pumps come with the Willow package; you can wear them both at the same time, or singly. Oh, and did I mention it has its own app?

    "Willow senses your letdown and automatically switches phases from stimulation to expression," its website reads. "Our iOS and Android apps track milk volume, pump time, and past sessions, with tips that keep you pumping smoothly." Unfortunately, Willow will also set you back nearly $500. And since most insurance companies don't cover the Willow, chances are you'll be paying out of pocket if you choose this option.

    Available at Amazon

  • The on-the-go wearable: Freemie Liberty

    Another discreet wearable breast pump, the Freemie Liberty predates the Willow by a few years. You wear this double electric breast pump in your bra like the Willow, but the Freemie has tubes and wiring that connect to the actual pump part. You can fasten the pump to your pants or skirt and feed the tubing down your clothing to keep things more discreet, but it's not wireless like the Willow.

    On the other hand, the Liberty is hundreds of dollars cheaper, selling for about $300. This rechargeable battery-powered double electric pump also has a programmable sleep timer, which lets you set a shut-off time between 5 and 40 minutes in case you drift off while pumping. You can recharge the Liberty with the AC adapter that comes with the pump, or in any USB port, like the one in your car or computer, making the Freemie Liberty extremely handy for moms on the go.

    Available at Freemie

  • The eco-minded wearable: The Elvie

    Like the Willow, the Elvie is a wireless wearable in-bra pump. What sets the Elvie apart from the Willow, however, is its reusable bottles; you don't have to keep purchasing specific collection bags. "Connect to the free Elvie Pump app to monitor milk volume in real-time, track pumping history for each breast, and control the pump remotely," its website reads. "Elvie Pump automatically switches from Stimulation to Expression mode when it detects letdown and will pause when the bottle is full." Elvie comes in either a single option for about $300 or as a double pump around $500.

    Available at Amazon

  • The dirt-cheap cult pump: The Haakaa

    The Haakaa is another breast pump that I have personal experience with. This no-fuss manual pump is just one piece made entirely of silicone. It uses simple suction to draw out milk – either passively while your baby is nursing from the other breast, or actively if moms gently squeeze it before attaching to create suction. It's available for well under $15, and moms rave about how effective (and cheap) it is for collecting breast milk. Since it's so easy to clean and doesn't have small parts, the Haakaa is the perfect travel companion for breastfeeding moms.

    Available at Amazon

  • The trusty old-school manual: Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump

    Another no-fuss travel option is the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump. It's small and silent, so you can just grab it and go without having to worry about remembering batteries or finding an outlet. Since there aren't any cords or electrical pumping sounds, it's also discreet. Your hand may get tired after a while, but it gets the job done on the road or if you need to pump a few ounces here or there. A good economical choice, it's generally available for about $25. Bonus: It comes with a nipple so you can use the collection container like a bottle; no need to pour your milk from one container to another.

    Obviously, this isn't an exhaustive list of every breast pump that's on the market today. But these tried-and-true options and their newbie competitors are without a doubt the most talked-about. Whether you're expecting your first child or it's been a few years since your last baby, there's bound to be something out there to satisfy your needs.

    Available at Amazon

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