The Working Mom's Pumping Survival Kit
Heading back to work, or just need a pump for the occasional bottle of milk? Click through this collection of 10 breast pumps to find the right one for you.
Best for Working Moms
The PISA (for moms in the know) is a workhorse. Durable and reliable, it's designed for pumping multiple times daily while away from your baby. The cooler bag and ice pack keep milk chilled at your desk if you don't want co-workers using it for their coffee.
Less than half the price of other double electric pumps, this First Years pump is super-quiet so you can discreetly pump at work or not wake the baby when doing it at home. Plus, a unique handle lets you double pump with one hand so you can text or type with the other.
Best for Travel
Weighing just one pound, the motor on the Ameda Purely Yours is super-lightweight and perfectly portable for moms on-the-go. Still, its full-loaded functionality lets you control cycle speed and vacuum strength independently to find your most comfortable setting.
You left your pump motor at work by mistake or you need to pump at your best friend's wedding? Keep this Evenflo on hand for just-in-case scenarios. Use it for the occasional home pump or toss it into your purse for a night out when you don't want to lug your work pump.
Most employers now provide a private room for pumping. But if not, and you find yourself stuck in a bathroom, get up to fours hours of pumping use on a single charge of this cordless pump. You can also record audio of your baby cries at home to help with letdown.
The best pump you've never heard of is a powerhouse that has a high-quality motor to efficiently express milk. Unlike the hard plastic flanges found on other pumps, the Bliss features soft silicone cups that gently massage breasts without the push-pull suction motion.
Invented by a mom of twins and an emergency room doctor, the Freedom pump is made for multi-tasking mamas. Just slide the cups under your bra, connect it to the pump, and you can pump any and everywhere hands-free — and still keep your shirt on.
Pumping doesn't have to be painful. Silicone inserts help massage breasts to mimic the sucking motion of your baby for a more comfortable letdown. Plus, the unique design allows milk to flow straight into the bottle without leaning forward so you can sit back and relax.
Even if you're not heading back to work, you'll still want to pump milk so dad or a sitter can help with feedings. The Spectra S2 has a built-in nightlight so while your baby sleeps, you can pump in the dark and work on building up your freezer stash.
A must-have for every mom, a manual pump is for the occasional pump or to stash in your diaper bag to pump on-the-go. The ergonomic design reduces hand fatigue, and surprisingly for a manual, it comes with two different sized flanges and has two modes for quick pumps.
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