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Babies – everyone loves them! You can’t walk down the street pushing a pram without people stopping to have a look! It’s a great time of life when you introduce another little one into the family, but if it’s your first one, it’s also a steep learning curve. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to caring for a baby: how to feed it, for example, is one of the most important factors. Young babies need milk, and it raises the age-old question: do you breastfeed, or not? It’s a thorny issue that has been much debated, but the fact remains many experts insist breast milk is much better for a new-born.
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When it comes to breast feeding, many women are not comfortable about feeding a baby in public; the problem is you can’t simply tell it to wait! In recent years, a wide choice of electric breast pumps – plus accessories – have become available, and they really do make life much easier for new mothers. They are not expensive, are very effective and are designed to be comfortable, and as we are about to show you with our review, you have plenty of choice! Before we tell you about some of the best electric breast pumps, let’s have a look at how they work.
The Top 10 Breast Pumps
We begin the list with one from one of the leading names in childcare products, the renowned Tommee Tippee. This is a brand that has been in the business for a long, long time, and one that has a reputation for excellent products throughout its extensive range. The item itself is a three-part kit that comes apart easily for cleaning and assembling, and it is lightweight and well-made. It operates via a simple, single button touch, and you get various settings so you can be assured of the ultimate in comfort.
The suction cups are soft silicon, for added comfort, and it is equipped with both mains and battery power for use on the move or in the home. You also get a sterilising box, so you can keep it clean and ready to use very easily. The cleverly designed massaging motion readily mimics a baby’s suckling, and it is discreet to use, thanks to being designed specifically as a portable item. As this is the first one in the list we ask you not to make a judgement on the price until you’ve read the rest: you can find this one from around £50, which you will see is good value for a known brand.
This is a brand with a wide variety of products in this area, so it’s well worth checking this breast pump out. It’s a USB rechargeable model, so you don’t have to worry about batteries, which gives you added convenience, and it has a variety of massage modes so you are able to set it to where you are most comfortable. It’s made from food-grade BPA-free materials, is easy to use and has up to 9 pump levels so you can be assured of pain-free usage.
This model is built to be very quiet, so you will not disturb others in the home, and is designed with an easy to clean bottle that is simple to detach and attach. It’s also a closed system, which prevents backflow and therefore guards against contamination, for added safety and security. It has an LED read-out so you know what is going on at a glance in terms of the modes you are in, and it is very compact for storage and carriage. All in all, a very nice device of its type, and a quality item.
This is a brand that has a strong reputation in baby products, and is one of the most impressive in terms of technology on the list. It’s main selling point is that it comes with what the company calls ‘2-Phase Expression Technology’; this is about comfort and efficiency and works as follows. The first stage is for stimulation, to get the milk flowing, while the second is a slowing down effect, which allows for steady collection of milk, and increased comfort levels. It’s an impressive device in every way, and also comes with a special feeding device.
Medela makes great claims for the excellent efficiency of this design, and it is backed up by a wealth of satisfied customers. It comes with a belt clip and sling, for ease of carriage, and is small enough to tuck away in your baby bag without taking up too much room. While you get a standard breastplate with the item, the company also offers a range of alternatives, so if the included one does not fit, get in touch and they’ll help you find the right one. You also get a full range of accessories with this one, so it’s a good package. The only downside is that it costs £115, which is more than twice that of the above two options.
Philips is a brand associated with electrical equipment – from TV’s to stereos and more – but also has a range of baby care products, this impressive breast pump among them. You can rest assured you are getting quality items with this brand, which is one of the giants of the electronics world. It is designed especially for supreme comfort, and a lot of research has gone into the final product. It is easy to use, efficient, and comes with various pumping speeds for added versatility.
This is another that comes with dual-power options; you can use it with mains power or on the move, thanks to batteries. It’s designed to be portable, light and compact – so will fit into your baby bag no problem – and is highly developed and simple to take apart for cleaning and easy to reassemble. One of the advantages of this Philips model is that they have a full range of baby products, many of which are compatible with this breast pump, so you can customise as you wish. It is a quality product – make no mistake about that – and at around £70 we think it well worth adding to your list.
The old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, applied when we first took a look at this one, the Miss Baby Natural Comfort breast pump. What raised our concerns? Well, to be honest, we were a little perplexed at the price: it’s around £10, which is – as we’re sure you will have noticed – considerably less than any other breast pump reviewed so far. However, it would be wrong to write it off without taking a closer look, as sometimes cheap can be more than just cheerful!
With this breast pump, you get the full feeding kit, a choice of adjustable suction phases – nine, in fact – for added comfort and efficiency, and specially designed pump that guarantees to avoid the problem of back-flow. It’s light, compact and comes with a USB connector for charging, and it has many satisfied users so far. So, why is it so cheap? To be honest, we’re not sure! It’s a good breast pump – perhaps not as high quality as some we have reviewed – and it does the job, so if you’re on a budget, at least you have an option.
Pros: Price, price and price
Cons: There are better quality options
By now you should have gathered that, in fact, all breast pumps do pretty much the same thing: they stimulate, then pump milk. This one does just that, and it is a neat design with all the comfort options – various settings, soft teats and so on – as well as promising efficiency and versatility. It features clever technology to ensure that you get plenty milk in good time, and it is easy to use and assemble, as well as simple to clean and put back together. In short, we like it, and it does the job it’s intended to do.
You get an LCD display for ease of observation, and it is specially designed for single-hand use and manual operation for simplicity. It has anti-backflow design features, which help aid hygiene and efficiency, plus it is designed to be small for packing away in your baby bag without taking up much room. It’s a battery or mains operated unit, so you can take and use it anywhere you want. It also has a patented silent motor, so is suitable for use at night without disturbing others. At around £40 it’s also good value, so one for the shortlist without a doubt.
This is another typical design, and one that comes in a neat box so would make a good present for a new mother! It’s from the SmartFami brand, and they have a full range of impressive baby care and other products, all of which seem to be of a high quality, and sensibly priced. It is cleverly designed for comfort and efficiency, and comes with the desired two-phase pumping feature; the first for stimulation and the second for pumping the milk. It has many satisfied users, and is nicely made.
You also get nine settings for added versatility, and it comes with five massaging petals for comfort. It’s a highly efficient machine with a very quiet motor, and it promises to collect milk very quickly and in a comfortable and pain-free fashion. We like the fact it is very compact, so will fit into your bag wherever you go, and it also comes with the usual battery or mains operation. One attraction of this one is that SmartFami offers a 100% money back guarantee, with no quibbles, so you get added comfort from that. It also features a quiet motor, and at £35 is very good value.
Lansinoh is a brand with a strong reputation in baby products, and this breast pump displays all the quality attributes you would expect from a household name. It is light and compact, so easy to carry around, and is well-made, too, and we like the overall design as it is practical and easy to disassemble. This means cleaning will be easy, and putting it back together simple, too. As with most of the quality models, this one has been designed to mimic the baby’s suckling, and also comes with the two-stage stimulation and pumping action seen on some of the better models.
Each of the two stages can be modifies six ways, so you can choose your comfort and speed levels manually, and it features a single hand use design for added versatility. It’s also a closed system design, so there is no chance of back-flow, and is cleverly designed with a quiet motor. You get battery or mains potential, so it is very versatile and can be used anywhere you want, and is designed to be discreet. We like this one, but perhaps the price – it’s available from around £85 – might put some people off.
Another well-known name in the world of baby care items, Nuby has a full and comprehensive range of items that will appeal to you. This breast pump is just one of them, and it includes all the usual features you expect with a quality model. It’s neatly designed for ease of use, and its digital display is easy to read all the time. You can choose from five setting, in both stimulation and suction modes, so you can choose the flow rate you want whenever you want, with the simple touch of a button. The design is meant to aid ease of use, and it works.
This one is simple to take apart for cleaning – it has very few parts – and features a soft, silicon cup for added comfort, and is also very quiet, with a clock display so you can monitor time. It’s a very small and compact model, so you can slip it into your bag without taking up necessary space, and it comes with battery and mains power options. All in all, it’s a good model, from a known brand, so it should be on any shortlist. At around £55, it’s also good value, being in the mid-range of the prices featured here.
Our final selection is another very typical electric breast pump, complete with all the usual functions and features. You get adjustable levels with easy, one-handed operation, and it is surprisingly simple to use. It’s also easy to take apart and to put back together, and is therefore easy to clean. It’s lightweight, compact and will slot easily into any carry bag, plus it is well-made, durable and efficient, and makes for a good choice of pump.
This one comes with a patented, super-silent motor so is very discreet and easy to use at night without disturbing others, and you get the full range of adjustments on both the stimulate and suction modes. The closed system design prevents backflow for guaranteed hygiene, and it has a handy, clear LCD screen that is easy to read and offers a variety of functions. As an overall picture, this one is a worthy addition to your shortlist, and at a little less than £40 is sensibly priced.
So, ten electric breast pumps, useful items each one of them, for you to check out. Before we summarise, let’s have a quick look at some features to consider when choosing one f these.
How It Works
The great thing about an electric breast pump is that it allows you to take the milk from the breast, and store it for feeding the baby in a bottle. It’s the easiest and best way to make sure the baby is fed with the best form of milk, and is becoming increasingly popular. Of course, the advantage of being able to harvest the milk in private, at your own convenience, is a further benefit of these clever devices, and we feel sure you will find them to be very efficient indeed.
They work with a small motor, and mimic the natural supping of a baby, so you will be comfortable. They are designed to be easy to use and portable, and some come with a full kit of accessories. This means you can easily store milk for use shortly, and make sure your baby is well-fed! Kits come with full sterilising equipment, to ensure you and baby are safe and sound at all times, and you can quickly and easily extract the milk. You’ll find, also, that there is a choice of mains or battery operated – some can work both ways – so you can use the pump at home or on the move. So, let’s have a close look at the top 10 best electric breast pumps on the market today, and see how they can make life easier for you.
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Important Features to Look For
When buying a breast pump you are looking for a practical, efficient machine, as this is about purpose, rather than attractiveness. Here’s a list of things to consider:
Easy to clean – one of the most important features is that the device can be cleaned easily. This is important for hygiene purposes, and most of these are designed to be easy to take apart and put back together.
Speed settings – you want to be able to choose your comfort and speed settings, so choose one that has been designed with this in mind.
Noise – for discretion, we recommend you choose a breast pump with a quiet motor, as some of these promise. This is also useful for night use.
Price – the all-important question of price is also one to consider; these range from less than a tenner to more than £100, so choose carefully.
Those are just a few of the key features to choose from, and there may be others you wish to consider (such as portability, for example), and we hope this review has helped you find the right breast pump for you. All that remains now is to wrap things up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Reviewing these breast pumps taught us one important fact: They all do pretty much the same thing! The differences come in the shape of how they do it; some have more options for speed, for example, than others, and some are more compact, so far more practical. As for prices, the range covered here is from £10 to more than £100, so it is important to choose wisely.
There are also some very well-known brands among these, and some come with a full accessories pack, so that’s added value for money. It’s up to you whether you go for a brand name, but it would appear you will pay a little extra for the privilege. To be fair, each one of these would do the job, so pick carefully and you will find you have a practical, quality breast pump that will make life for you – and for your baby – much easier.