breast pumps 2022

The Best Breast Pumps in AUS in 2022

By Olivia Windsor   |  

4 tips to help you choose the right breast pump for you.

Welcoming your baby earth-side means you need to think about how you'll feed your child. If you do choose to breastfeed, you may need to navigate the world of electric pumps to help speed things up. A breast pump isn't essential, but it can be seriously handy. Keep reading to discover our top tips for selecting the right one for you.

How to choose a breast pump?

1. Budget

We get it. Having a baby is expensive and so is all the gear that comes with them! If budget is a big factor in helping you determine the right pump for you, then manual is the way to go. Manual pumps are a lot more affordable than electrical ones. Why not try the Haakaa Breast Pump under $30?

2. Portable

If you’re on-the-go or heading back to work but want to keep breastfeeding, then portability is an important factor to consider. You want something that will easily slip into your handbag and allow you to discreetly pump wherever you are. We recommend the slightly larger size Haakaa Breast Pump (150ml). It allows for hands-free pumping and is ultra portable. It includes a cap too so you can keep it securely in the fridge at work too! If you’re time poor (who are we kidding, when are we not time poor?!) we love that you can even use this in the shower!

3. Noise

Are you concerned with the amount of noise the machine will make? Perhaps you want something ultra discreet that won’t make a sound? In this case, a manual pump is the best option to choose. If noise isn’t the biggest factor for you, then you can easily get away with the Medela electric pump. Whilst it’s not silent, it is relatively quiet so it shouldn’t cause too much discomfort.

4. Speed

How much time are you willing to spend pumping? If you’re not going to be relying on pre-expressed milk to feed your baby, and only pumping once a day or so, then you can totally get away with a manual pump. The Haakaa pump isn’t designed for full-time pumping and it’s definitely not as quick as an electric one, but it’s ideal for those who want to use a pump to complement breastfeeding. For mums who want to exclusively pump or at least rely heavily on expressing milk, then go all out with an electric pump to make your life easier! We recommend the Medela Breast Pump.

Manual vs Electric Breast Pump

Let’s recap on the two different options you can choose from and the pros & cons of each. At the end of the day it depends on your lifestyle and what’s most important to you personally when choosing your pump.

Manual Breast Pump Advantages:

  • Complements full time breastfeeding
  • Affordable
  • Portable
  • Silent

Manual Breast Pump Cons:

  • Takes longer to pump than an electric pump
  • Not ideal for women looking to rely on pumped milk

Electric Breast Pump Advantages:

  • Pumps quickly
  • Ideal for women looking to rely on pumped milk
  • Portable depending on the pump
  • Easy to use

Electric Breast Pump Disadvantages:

  • Makes noise
  • More expensive than a manual pump

4 best breast pumps in 2022

Discover our round-up of the best breast pumps to choose from in 2022.

 

     

      Invest in the best with the Medela Swing, considered the holy grail of breast pumps. This is just the right product when you want to ensure you drain your breast completely, it's quick and efficient due to Medela's 2-Phase Expression technology, compact and lightweight (it can easily fit in your handbag), and it's relatively quiet for minimal disruption to the day-to-day.

      Features

      • Levels of pumping vacuum
      • Easy to assemble, use and clean
      • Comes with a breast cushion for added comfort
      • Compact and lightweight
      • 2-Phase expression technology
      • Switches automatically from stimulation to expression phase

      Medela Swing Maxi Flex is the perfect pump for a mum who needs to express regularly, because it allows you to pump both breasts at once. Efficient. It has all the same features as the Medela Swing Flex, but doubled. If you are returning to work, it would be ideal to keep at the office as it’s productive and less prone to leaking than pumps with hard plastic breast shields. It would also be good if you want something to keep by your bed for late-night or overnight pumping as the unique design allows you to recline without worrying about milk dribbling out of the shields.

      Features

      • Levels of pumping vacuum
      • Easy to assemble, use and clean
      • Comes with a breast cushion for added comfort
      • Compact and lightweight
      • 2-Phase expression technology
      • Switches automatically from stimulation to expression phase
      • Dual breast pumping

      An economical and no fuss choice. This pump is portable so you can take it with you and has no cords or loud pumping noises. Instead, it collects milk via suction. Simply squeeze the base of the Haakaa pump and it suctions onto your breast. It's best used while you are feeding. While the baby is latched on one side, attach the Haakaa on the other.

      Features

      • Made from 100% food-grade silicone
      • Portable
      • Easy to clean and sterilise
      • Hands-free without needing a pumping bra
      • Suction base and lid to avoid spills

      More of a "collecter" than a pump, the Haakaa Ladybug Milk Collectors collect any let down milk while you're dressed and out and about. Milk that would otherwise be lost in a breast pad. The comfortable and discreet duo pack attaches securely to your breast and fits on the inside of your bra. If you want to extract more milk than the natural lactation process, you can press it to your breast, where you will feel light suction as it gently maximises the amount of breast milk leakage it catches as you carry on with your day. This allows you to save every drop to help you to build up a stash of breastmilk between breastfeeding or pumping sessions without any extra effort. Completely portable, the Ladybug has small feet on the bottom that lets it stand upright on flat surfaces to prevent any spills after use, no cords or batteries required. Once you have finished collecting your let down, simply open the plug on the top and safely pour your milk into a container or bottle.

      Features

      • Made from 100% food-grade silicone
      • Portable
      • Easy to clean and steralise
      • Hands-free without needing a pumping bra
      • Footed base and plug to avoid spills

      Whatever pump you decide to choose, make sure it’s the right one for you personally. If you’re having trouble with your milk supply, you should speak to your obstetrician or hospital for support. If you’d like to find out some tips right now on how to increase your milk supply, read our blog article with advice from a midwife.

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