Making sense of breast pump reviews
Comparing the features of different Breast Pump Brands to each other are like comparing apples to oranges. Since each brand has its own unique features, using breastpump reviews to understand how the features perform, might be the best way to determine which is the best pump for yourself.
We understand that its tough picking a breast pump. There are so many on the market and there’s such a big difference in price that you do not know if you’ll be wasting more money by buying the expensive ones or buying a few cheaper ones that may or may not work for you.
Some questions in your mind as you look through reviews:
Do the expensive breast pumps really work better? Does a double electric pump work better than a manual one? Surely mothers exaggerate when they say that their hands get so tired and cramped up when they use manual pumps?
The truth is there is no one breast pump that’s perfect for every mum in terms of characteristics, price, features etc. Pumps react differently to every woman’s body so it is hard to say that THE ONE exists.
Some characteristics of the major brands that mothers love (info collated from breastpump reviews):
Medela : “The 2 phase-technology which stimulates letdowns thus letting you collect more milk,”
Ameda : Pocket friendly price and its proven airlock protection, which prevents milk backflow into the tubes ( so you don’t need to wash the tubes).
Philip Avent : The Petal massager which helps by massaging the breast while you pump, sometimes resulting in more milk for some mothers.
As you can see, each brand has its own unique properties which they market as “the best” on the market. However, there is no way you can tell what is actually “the best” unless you try it out.
Not possible to try all brands out? We thought so. That’s why we came up with the following 4 steps to enable you to find not the best one in the market ( We’re pretty sure that doesn’t exist), but the best one for yourself.
4 Step Process to selecting the best breast pump
Before you get all confused, we came up with a 4-step process to ease your confusing selection process.
Step 1: Read through breast pump reviews to get a general feel of how the pump has worked for other mothers. We have conveniently included links to Amazon Reviews on our individual review pages. Amazon Reviews has the largest database of reviews in a single page. There is safety in numbers.
Step 2: Look through the general characteristics that are useful to mothers for example.
- Pumps that help you get more milk : double electric pumps generally claim to have this feature.
- The number and size of washable parts of the breast pump : The fewer and bigger the breast pump parts, the lesser time you would spend washing it. When you pump 5-6 times a day, always aim for fewer pieces.
- Battery- run breast pumps or those operated by a power source : Think long term, would you go crazy sitting down at the same spot pumping 5-6 times a day?
- Weight: Do you need to lug it to work and back? Aim for a lighter portable pump.
- Size: Hand held or does it need a table?
Step 3: Narrow down your choices according to your budget and what works best for you. For a busy working mom, we would recommend a double electric / portable/ breast pump ( yes the slash is on purpose. Look out for all 3 criteria 1) Double 2) Electric 3) Portable) i.e. one that runs on battery and can be used with a handsfree kit, for example the Medela Freestyle.
Step 4: Buy a pump and be patient as your body adapts to it. Unless you have abundant supply, mothers take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to adapt to the pump. Pumping is a skilled, one with a tough learning curve, but be patient, you’ll get there. Be sure to keep massaging your breasts outwards to maximize the milk output.
Is all this effort and confusion worth it? Yes It is! Need convincing? Read our Starter Article here.
Refer to our Comparison charts ( for individual brands) to see which is the best choice for you.
Start by comparing Medela Breast Pumps
Watch this video from Parents Magazine on some of the types of pumps on the market.
Good Luck Ladies!