When it comes to your baby, you want what’s best. I highly recommend breastfeeding. There are so many benefits to both you and your baby. You can read about the benefits for you, momma, here. The, almost endless, benefits for your baby can be found here. Breastmilk will not only help your baby grow and develop in the most natural, healthy way possible but it will also help protect them when they get sick.

Some mothers can’t breastfeed though, for many reasons. If that is you, you are no less a momma than those who can. But, if you do plan on breastfeeding, I highly recommend getting a breast pump. Even if you don’t plan on bottle feeding. There are times when you will need to pump (if you are away from your baby, if your baby sleeps through the night, etc.). Especially right after birth, a breast pump can be especially useful. When your milk supply comes in, you may experience engorgement. To help with some of this pain, you can pump.

So, lets look at some of the best breast pumps. If you plan on being a working momma, you will want one that is portable, convenient and easy to use. Probably quiet as well 🙂 Lets start with walking through the best breast pumps and then go into some of the different ways you can go about getting them.

Before getting into each of the best breast pumps, I want to look at a few things first. Let’s look at some of the best brands, the types of breast pumps & then we can break it down by the best ones.

So, to start lets look at the most popular brands. Each of the best breast pumps that I list will be from the following brands:

  • Motif
  • Lansinosh
  • Elvie
  • Medela
  • Spectra

Now, when looking for a breastpump & comparing which one you think will be right for you, you should be asking yourself a few questions to help narrow down your options. There are so many pumps available. Some very similar and some that offer more features. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out which one will be the best option for you.

To help with this, consider these questions when going through your options:

  1. How often am I going to be traveling with my pump? (should I be looking for one that is easily portable)
  2. How often will I be using my breastpump in a day?
  3. Is having a hands-free pump important?
  4. Will I be using this pump with more than one baby?

Answering those questions can help narrow down your options. There are wearable pumps, where you can wear them and nobody will know that you are pumping. They just fit in your bra – no cords or plug-ins needed! There are also the traditional pumps, where you will need to sit down & plug the pump into the wall. Those are nice if you plan on just setting up in the nursery (or somewhere in your home). You can just have your nursing station all set up! They also have options that are “in between” those. I’ll cover all of them below.

So now, let’s get into the best breast pumps. I’ll walk through 10 of the best breast pumps that I have come across, very highly rated from hundreds of mommas!

Elvie Breast Pump

I may be starting out with the best option here. The Elvie pump has a higher price point than some but that is because of the features you are getting with it. For working moms, this is an awesome option! This is a silent, wearable breast pump. So, what is so nice about this pump is that you can do it anywhere. If you are at home or at work OR on the go! Since there are no cords you can pump anytime! How it works is the pump is worn inside your nursing bra! You won’t have to plug it in. You can buy just a single pump or a double pump. Here are some other aspects of the Elvie Pump that you are going to love:

  • small
  • lightweight
  • simple – only has 5 parts to it, so it is easy to use and easy to clean
  • takes seconds to set up
  • smart – connects to an app to monitor your milk volume, track milking history & control your pump by your phone
  • responsive – automatically switches from stimulation to expression mode (when it detects let-down)
  • all-in-one – hands free, no cords!
  • 7 intensity settings (suction)
  • custom fit (3 breast shield sizes)
  • rechargeable – will charge in 2 hours!
  • reusable bottles
  • BPA free
  • dishwasher safe
  • 2 year warranty (on the hub of the pump)
  • 90 day warranty (on all of the washable components of the pump)

Another awesome aspect about this pump is that you can breastfeed & pump at the same time. No more wasted milk! This is the double Elvie pump, so what you will get with this is the following:

  • 2 hubs (the actual pump)
  • 4 bottles
  • 4 storage lids
  • 2 breast shields (24mm)
  • 2 breast shields (28mm)
  • 4 valves
  • 4 spouts
  • 4 seals
  • 4 bra adjusters
  • 2 USB charging cables
  • 1 carrying bag

Those moms who have used this pump love it! From hundreds of reviews, it has 4.6 out of 5 stars. Here are what some of the things moms have said about this pump:

  • “I pumped on my commute today and it was magical”
  • “I’ve told all my friends that are expecting to look into getting it. It’s far better than my old pump. It truly is a game changer”
  • “Love my Elvie pump! I can get so much done while I pump,and I have my freedom back”

If you plan on pumping a lot I would highly recommend this one! Since it is easy to use, quiet & wearable it will allow you to pump no matter where you are. So if you are working you can pump discretely while at work or while you get things done around the house!

Willow Breast Pump

The Willow Breast Pump is another wearable pump. This one is very similar to the Elvie. Again, no tubes, dangling bottles or cords! Everything works inside the pump that you place in your nursing bra. What is really nice about this pump is the options that it gives you. You get to pick if you want to pump into the milk bags or right into the reusable container. Some other aspects about the Willow Pump that you are going to love:

  • spill-proof – in ANY position, this pump is spill-proof
  • quiet
  • easy to use
  • 7 levels of suction
  • smart – connects to the Willow App for volume tracking, session history & pumping tips
  • only 2 parts to clean
  • dishwasher safe
  • BPA free
  • rechargeable – each battery life lasts up to 5 pumping sessions
  • one year warranty
  • two colors available (white or grey)
  • two sizes available (24mm or 27 mm)

This pump has a higher price point as well, still a little more expensive than the Elvie pump as well. Here is what you will get with this pump:

  • 2 Willow pumps
  • 2 24mm (or 27mm) flanges
  • 2 flextubes
  • 24 4 oz milk bags
  • charger
  • 2 cleaning brushes
  • 2 carrying bags

This pump is another great option if you are looking for an easy to use, hands free pump. So for those working moms or those moms who still want to get stuff done while pumping! Also if you plan on having more kids. Since this is more of an expensive option, you will get much more use if you plan on having more kids!

Freemie Independence Breast Pump

The Freemie Breast Pump is a good balance between a traditional breast pump & a wearable one. So this one works similar to the two previous one but you attach the pump to your hip while placing the cups into your bra. You can also put the pump in a bag if you didn’t want it on your hip. Here are some other aspects of the Freemie Pump you will love:

  • hands-free
  • lightweight
  • compact
  • single or double pumping option
  • USB rechargeable
  • 3 memory settings
  • turbo power setting for extended draw
  • belt clip is included
  • noise reduction technology
  • latex, BPA & DEHP free
  • easy to use, clean & sanitize
  • 1 year warranty for motor
  • 60 day warranty for all other parts

Here is what is included with this pump:

  • pump
  • 2 closed system cups
  • 25mm funnels
  • micro USB cable
  • wall adapter
  • removable belt clip
  • compact bag

This option won’t be as discrete as the exclusive wearable pumps but it is a nice option if you won’t want to spend as much as a wearable one but you don’t want a traditional pump.

Lansinoh Signature Breast Pump

You have probably heard of this brand before, Lansinoh. This is a very popular brand. This is a traditional breast pump. So it will have more components than a wearable one but will be much more affordable. What this means is that you won’t be mobile while using this pump. Here are some aspects of the Lansinoh pump:

  • 3 pumping styles
  • 8 suction levels
  • maximum comfort
  • hygienic closed system – keeps breast milk from backing up into the motor or tubing to help prevent mold & bacteria
  • double or single pump options
  • can pump directly into pre-sterilized Lansinoh breast milk storage bags
  • ComfortFit Flanges – comfortable on moms skin but also forms a cushioned seal
  • LCD display – easy viewing in any environment
  • BPA & BPS Free

Madela Breast Pump

Madela is probably the other brand you have heard about. This is a brand that is very common in hospitals. This breast pump is very similar to the Lansinoh one. Again, this is a traditional breast pump. One that you plug into the wall. This is the breast pump that I have been using and I love it! It’s straightforward to use & easy to clean. I will say that like the Lansinoh one, you are not mobile when pumping. When you start pumping, you are tied to the wall until you are done. But, that never bothered me. It doesn’t take very long anyway. Plus, this comes in either a backpack or a tote bag, so it’s portable too!

Similarly to the Lansinoh, here are the aspects of the Madela pump:

  • 2 phase expression technology (stimulation & expression)
  • maximum comfort vacuum
  • daily use – designed for moms who plan on pumping multiple times a day
  • on-the-go – comes in either a backpack or a tote for easy on the go – fits everything you will need
  • battery pack included (so you can either plug it into the wall or use the battery pack when you are on the go)
  • single knob speed/vacuum – you can adjust the suction with just one hand
  • includes ice pack (so if you are at work you can keep all of your milk in the one tote/backpack)
  • BPA free

Again, what I love about this pump is that I can keep everything I will need in my backpack. The pump, the bottles, storage bags, snacks, bottles, etc. Whether you get the tote or backpack, here is what will be included:

  • Medela Pump
  • double pumping kit with 24 mm breast shields
  • 2 connectors, valves, membranes & tubing
  • 4 breast milk containers with the lids
  • black microfiber bag with integrated motor unit
  • 9 volt AC adapter
  • battery pack
  • removable cooler bag and ice pack

Motif Breast Pump

The brand Motif has a couple different breast pump types. The Luna, the Twist & the Duo. The most popular one being the Luna. This one is known to pump more milk in less time. It’s easy to use and quiet. Here are some features of the Motif that you will love:

  • single or double pumping options
  • simple to use
  • easy customization options
  • easily adjust the vacuum level
  • LCD backlit screen
  • contains night light – built-in LED nightlight
  • closed system – backflow prevention that keeps the motor & tubing clean
  • quiet – has a quiet motor so it won’t wake your baby
  • auto shut – off – will automatically shut off after 30 minutes
  • lightweight
  • compact – for easy mobility

What I really like about this one is how simple and straightforward it is. This is a traditional breastpump in that it plugs into the wall but it has a modern design. Here is what will be included with this pump:

  • 2 24mm breast shields
  • 2 silicone valves
  • 2 backflow protectors
  • 2 tubes
  • 2 milk collection containers
  • 2 milk collection containers caps
  • 2 milk collection containers covers
  • 2 milk collection containers disks
  • 2 bottle nipples
  • 1 power adapter

Spectra Breast Pump

The Spectra Breast Pump is a very highly rated breast pump. Another traditional pump but very easy and convenient to use. It is very similar to the other traditional breast pumps in that it plugs into the wall, has backflow protection to prevent mold or harmful bacteria and can be used as a single or double pump. Some other features with the Spectra pump include:

  • ultra-quiet motor
  • adjustable suction levels to provide a natural flow of milk
  • LCD display
  • auto timer
  • build-in nightlight
  • single or double pumping options
  • BPA & DEHP free
  • 2 year warranty on the pump motor
  • digital controls so you can set the speed & rhythm
  • includes a “massage mode”

If you do purchase the Spectra pump, here is what will be included:

  • 2 24mm breast flanges
  • 2 28mm breast flanges
  • 2 tubes
  • 2 duckbill valves
  • 2 backflow protectors
  • 2 wide neck storage bottles (nipple, cap, disc and lid for each bottle)
  • 1 power adapter

Madela Freestyle Flex Breast Pump

I mentioned a Madela Breast Pump earlier in this post. That one was a traditional breast pump whereas this one is portable. So if you are an on the go mom, this could be a really good option for you. This one isn’t as discrete as a wearable breastpump but it is much more discrete (and portable) than a traditional pump. It works in a similar way to a traditional pump however you plug it into a portable electric base (that is compact and lightweight). Here are some other features and benefits of the Madela Freestyle pump:

  • closed system with overflow protection (to prevent breast milk from entering motor or tubes)
  • compact
  • lightweight
  • easy to carry
  • fits in the palm of your hand
  • built-in USB rechargeable battery
  • two hours of battery life between charges
  • 2 phase expression technology (mimics babies natural sucking)
  • multi-functional backlit touchscreen
  • breast shields that adapt to your breast shape
  • 11.8% faster milk flow
  • 1 year limited warranty on motor
  • 90 day warranty on other parts

This is another highly rated breast pump. One mom said that she is on her third breastfed baby and fourth pump, & this Madela Freestyle is by far the best one she has used. Another mom said that she didn’t think she need a battery operated pump since she is a stay at home mom, but she found that this pump was a game changer in her pumping and nursing journey. If you are thinking about purchasing this one, here is what is included:

  • 1 pump with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 2 21mm breast shields
  • 2 24mm breast shields
  • 2 connectors
  • 4 5oz bottles with lids
  • 2 bottle stands
  • 1 tubing
  • 1 carrying bag
  • 1 cooler bag with cooling element
  • 1 power adapter with USB-C charging cable

Phileex Breast Pump

This is a VERY affordable option for a breast pump. So, if you plan on breastfeeding but don’t plan on pumping much, this could be an awesome option for you. Like I said before, even if you don’t plan on pumping, it is still a good idea to have a pump. First, you never know what could happen. You could be an over-producer and need to pump since your baby doesn’t eat as much as you are producing. You could also find you want to pump in the beginning to help deal with engorgement. Second, you may also find that you want some time away from your little one….which you pump will be needed then.

So, this could be perfect for you. It costs less than $50, is easily portable and easy to use. Some other features of the Phileex pump you’ll enjoy are:

  • helps you maintain your milk supply
  • helps release pressure and pain from engorgement
  • multi-frequency expression
  • comfortable automatic massage mode
  • memory function
  • large capacity lithium battery
  • quiet motor
  • BPA free
  • LCD display
  • voice guide (for easy use and set-up)
  • dishwasher safe
  • USB rechargeable pump
  • battery operated – so it can be used on the go
  • 16 suction levels
  • 4 modes (automatic, stimulate, massage & expression)
  • backflow protector

Again, this would be a good option if you don’t plan on pumping much (since it is reasonably priced and easy to use and travel with). But also because you can pump right into the bottle and it includes nipples as well. So you wouldn’t have to buy bottles. This one is designed for everyday use though, so if you plan on pumping frequently this is still a good option for you. If you are thinking about purchasing this one, here is what will be included:

  • 1 double electric pump
  • 2 soft petal type silicone flanges
  • 2 bottles
  • 2 nipples
  • tubing
  • 1 charging cable

Evenflo Advanced Breast Pump

This pump is another great option for mom who plan on pumping frequently. This is, again, a traditional breast pump but it is lightweight and portable. What is really nice with this one is that it has a 3-year warranty on the pump motor – just make sure you register it once you get it. The other aspect that I love about this one is the multiple power source options you have. So you can pick between AC adapter, AA batteries or the car adapter. So no matter what your lifestyle or where you are going, you will be able to pump! Some other features of the Evenflo pump that you will love are:

  • discreet pumping – contains a quiet hush motor
  • closed system (designed to prevent milk back up in tubing and motor)
  • multiple flange sizes
  • angled flanges helps eliminate back and shoulder aches
  • independent speed and suction controls that mimic your baby’s nursing pattern
  • single or double pumping options
  • multiple power sources

If you are thinking about the Evenflo pump, here is what will be included:

  • double electric pump
  • 2 30.5mm flange kits
  • 2 28mm soft flange inserts
  • 2 5oz milk collection bottles
  • 2 cap rings & sealing discs
  • 2 extra valves & membranes
  • AC adapter
  • balance & standard slow flow nipple

This pump also has the option to pump directly into a storage bag, you’ll just need to purchase the adapters (which are sold separately).

One of the nice things about breast pumps is that most of the time your insurance will cover them! So, before you buy any of them I listed above, I would HIGHLY recommend checking to see if your insurance will cover them! I’ll try my best to help guide you in this process. There are a couple ways to go about doing this. First, ask when you get to the hospital. They should be able to help you. Most of the time, you can just get a pump at the hospital with your insurance. With this, you are limited in your options though. So the ones I listed above, those might not be options for you. Just ask though!

Second, you can go through Aeroflow. This is a good option because for most women, the time spent in the hospital is hectic and tiring. The last thing you want to do is try to figure out your breast pump options (for some, this can be done before the birth…so that might be worth checking into as well). But, with Aeroflow, you fill out some information in 3 simple steps. So lets get into a little bit about how that works.

Aeroflow Breastpumps – Breastpumps through Insurance

Like I mentioned before, with this all you have to do is fill out your insurance information in three simple steps. Looking at a high-level, this is how Aeroflow works:

  1. Fill out your insurance information to figure out the coverage on breast pumps
  2. Aeroflow will verify coverage (they will contact your insurance to verify coverage & reimbursement)
  3. Aeroflow will contact your doctor and submit the required paperwork to your insurance
  4. You can then pick a breastpump (a wide range of pump to pick from!)
  5. Receive your breast pump covered by insurance!

Almost all of the breastpumps that I listed above, aside from the Phileex, are what you can pick from through Aeroflow (plus additional ones that I didn’t list above).

This is extremely easy to do. As mentioned before, it is all in three simple steps. Have your insurance card in front of you, and you only need to provide the following information:

  1. email & due date
  2. mother information (name, address, phone number, date of birth)
  3. insurance information (type & id)

That’s it! Aeroflow will do the rest for you and get back to you with the coverage and what you can pick from! If you have any questions, they have a chat right on their website, so feel free to ask any questions you have. They are very eager to help!

If you have any questions about breastfeeding, finding the right pump or how Aeroflow works, leave a comment below or email me! I’d love to help out! If you have found a breastpump that wasn’t listed above that you love, leave it in the comments below!

All the best,

Abby

abby@mommabearsknowbest.com

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