It is never too early to start your research on breastfeeding and which breast pump options are available to you. For better or worse there are multiple breast pump options on the market today, however, with so many options it can become overwhelming if you are unsure exactly what you will need. We understand that making these decisions can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of criteria you will want to take into consideration during your search for the right breast pump.

Criteria for Breastpump Comparison

  • Effectiveness – When choosing a breast pump, it is important to ensure the pump cycles at a range that closely mimics the suckling of a nursing baby.  A nursing infant generally sucks at a rate of 45-55 times per minute, so choosing a pump that falls closely in this range will more than likely produce the most amount of expressed milk. It is also important to take note of the breast pump’s vacuum strength. It is a good rule of thumb to choose a pump at or below 250 mmHg; anything greater could result in severe pain, or, choose a pump that allows you to adjust the vacuum strength so you get the perfect suction each time you pump.
  • Durability — Your breast pump will become a vital component in your day to day life and it is important to choose one that is going to last. Each manufacturer will have different warranty conditions so be sure to check the warranty label before purchase. Also, be sure to take note of the recommended use of the pump. Some breast pump motors are small and are only recommended for occasional pumping. If you are going to use your breast pump frequently, be sure to look for a bigger, more durable motor that is designed for frequent, daily pumping.
  • Type of Pump — Most manufacturers offer both manual and electric breast pumps. When choosing between manual or electric, you should consider what you are using the pump for.  If you are going to be able to breastfeed for the most part and only occasionally use a breast pump, a manual pump might be the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you are going back to work, have difficulties breastfeeding, or are just looking for more flexibility and efficiency is a priority, an electric breast pump is your best choice. Electric breast pumps are available in two styles: single and double. Double electric pumps are more efficient and are more effective because the double flanges work to stimulate both breasts at the same time, which can cut your pumping time down significantly and increase your milk supply.
  • Comfort level — In order to express the most milk and achieve your breastfeeding goals, your comfort must be top priority. Properly fitting breast shields for your breast pump will not only ensure comfort, but encourage efficient milk expression as well. Most breast pumps come with standard breast shields so if you have larger breasts and/or nipples you will benefit from investing in breast shields that properly fit you.
  • Noise Level — The amount of noise your pump makes is almost directly correlated to the size of your pump’s motor. Larger motors tend to be quieter than smaller motors so if discretion is important to you, this should be taken into account.
  • Power Options — Your breast pump’s power source is incredibly important believe it or not. Although the most standard and reliable power source is an AC adapter, it is not the most convenient option for busy moms. Will you always have access to an outlet? Will you be traveling often? If so, you will want to choose a pump that has the option to run off of batteries and/or offers a car adapter.

Choosing a breast pump is a big decision! Use the breast pump comparison chart to help. As always, we are here to help you along the way, so let’s get started on your breastfeeding adventure and get you qualified for a breast pump through your insurance. The process only takes a few minutes and we do all of the work for you. Simply fill out the Qualify Through Insurance form and we will take care of the rest. We look forward to hearing from you soon!