best breast pumps

Mandy - posted on 09/13/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I work 40 hours a week. Have borrowed a pump from a friend but planning on buying my own next week. Suggestions on the best pump for full time working mom? TIA!!

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Chet - posted on 09/13/2014

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Not everybody has the same experience with a particular breast pump. If you've used a pump and it worked well for you, consider buying the same pump. If it was a hospital grade and you don't have the budget to splash out $1000 on a pump look into renting. I've seen rentals as low as $20 a month (up to about $100 a month).

In general, working moms prefer a double electric pump. Ameda, Medela and Avent reliably make good pumps. I'm not personally familiar with Lansinoh or Bailey pumps but I'd expect their pumps to be very good too. A good consumer grade double electric pump usually costs around $150 - $250.

Brands like Gerber, Evenflo, First Years, etc I wouldn't go near.

I had an Avent hand pump and a Medela double electric. I never pumped to work full time. I only pumped 10oz to 15oz a day when I was pumping. I could get the same amount with the single hand pump and the double electric pump, but the double electric pump was faster for me. Some moms have no luck with the hand pump and need an electric, some moms only have luck with a hospital grade pump.

If you were successful with a basic pump you should be fine with an upgraded pump though.

Sorry I can't recommend a specific pump. I found it a very hard choice when I bought my double electric (prices are higher in Canada and it was $345 with the tax at the time). I went back and forth between the top Ameda and the Medela for ages.

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