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Best electric breast pumps of 2020

Best electric breast pumps of 2020

If you're planning to breastfeed, chances are you'll want a breast pump to help you on your journey. To find the top five electric breast pumps recommended by moms, we analyzed threads in the our site Community. We also asked our site editors about the new and cool products that they think deserve wider recognition. Here are the our site Love It winners for the best electric breast pumps.

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  • Electric breast pump basics

    What you need to know

    Whether you're pumping to store milk for feedings, to help increase your milk supply, or to get relief from engorgement and other breastfeeding issues, there are a variety of options to help you out. Unlikemanual breast pumps, electric pumps are fully automatic, with adjustable suction levels to suit your milk flow and comfort level. Most are double pumps – meaning that you can pump both breasts at once.

    If you're going to be pumping more than once a day, an electric pump is probably your best option. They do the work for you and can quickly and effectively empty your breasts, which will help keep your milk supply up over time.

    Some electric pumps are designed to mimic a baby's sucking patterns: They start with short, quick sucks to elicit the letdown response and then move into a slower, deeper sucking pattern. This feature can make pumping more comfortable and may help you produce more milk.

    Generally weighing in at 5 pounds or less, electric pumps come with carrying cases and often include bottles along with cooler bags and cold packs to help keep your milk fresh. You may also want to buy extra accessories to make your life easier, like a special bra for hands-free pumping, wipes and disinfecting bags for cleaning pump parts, and breast milk storage bags.

    Many pumps come with a built-in battery pack, a handy option if you're pumping on the go or in a place without a convenient electrical outlet. And for a fully remote option, there are wearable breast pumps that fit inside your bra and silently pump while you go about your day.

    The following electric breast pumps are the five most recommended by our site moms and one chosen by our site editors. All are good choices in terms of features and ease of use – and they're the our site Love It winners for the best 2020 electric breast pumps.

  • Quick look

    The best electric breast pumps

    Parents' Picks - recommended by parents

    Electric breast pumpour site Rating
    Spectra Baby USA S1Plus Electric Breast Pump

    Most recommended

    Most recommended

    Highly recommended

    Recommended

    Elvie Pump

    Recommended

    Editors' Choice - chosen by our site Editors

    Electric breast pumpour site Rating
    Willow Wearable Double Electric Breast PumpHighly recommended
  • Spectra Baby USA S1Plus Electric Breast Pump

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Moms love Spectra pumps because they're portable, they're very quiet and lightweight, and they offer exceptional technology. The Spectra S1Plus has a plug and a rechargeable battery, which is helpful if you don't always have an outlet nearby when pumping. It's a closed system, which is more hygienic because the tubing stays dry and doesn't need to be cleaned. The Spectra closely mimics the experience of breastfeeding, with a massage mode that simulates a baby's natural sucking and adjustable suction levels to create a natural flow of milk. Moms also love the nightlight on this pump for late-night pumping sessions that won't wake your baby or your partner.

    Heads up

    The company's warranty only applies to products purchased through Spectra directly. If you buy your pump from another retailer it won't be covered by the manufacturer's warranty and will be subject to the return and exchange policy of that retailer.

    Parents say

    "This is the best pump ever. It's the reason I was able to build my supply from 1 ounce a day to more than 20 ounces. The speed and suction power are both adjustable, and when you find the setting that's right for you, you're able to get much more than with other pumps."

    "I've tried several pumps over three babies, including a hospital-grade pump, and finally the Spectra. This is easily the best pump out there. It's an incredible pump and a value for the price. What I love most is how comfortable it is!"

    "The suction on this pump is comparable to the cost-prohibitive hospital-grade pumps, which I tried during lactation consultation visits. There's a stimulating letdown setting, and then the regular setting where you can adjust both suction and speed. It's pretty quiet; my coworkers say they never notice it. I even make calls at work with it on. I highly, highly recommend it!"

    Specs

    • Single or double electric pump
    • Closed system, requires no tube cleaning
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Weighs 3 pounds

    Available at Amazon starting at $199.99

  • Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

    Our site Parents' Pick

    The Pump In Style is a classic electric pump that comes with pretty much everything you'll need for successful pumping (cooler, cold pack, bottles with lids, battery pack, power adaptor, and more). The pump is built into a discreet tote bag or backpack (your choice), and everything packs up perfectly so it's easy to take with you. There's adjustable speed and suction, so you can customize the pump to your liking. Also, to help moms pump more effectively, all of Medela's pumps feature two-phase expression technology, which mimics how a baby nurses.

    Heads up

    Though the pump is closed at the motor (so moisture can't get in), it's not a fully closed system. This means that moisture can get into the tubes and cause mold or mildew to form. If this happens, you'll need to remove and clean the tubes, which is doable but kind of a hassle.

    Parents say

    "I've been using this pump about once a day for the past two months – I'm building up supply before returning to work next week. It's easy to use and helps me express a good amount of milk. I love the tote, which helps me keep everything together and easily move it from place to place."

    "This is the best pump! I needed a pump I could use in the office, in the car, or in the field. This pump met all my needs. It lasted the year I breastfed and never lost suction. The bag held up perfectly with no tears or visible wear despite being used daily. I highly recommend it."

    "I love this pump! I use it every day and it's worked perfectly. I love the cooler that comes with it, and the bag for the pump is really nicely made and portable with lots of storage space for bottles and the pump parts. It's fast to use and it only takes me 10 minutes to pump 5 ounces on each side."

    Specs

    • Single or double electric pump
    • Portable battery pack and removable cooler bag
    • Adjustable speed and suction with one-touch letdown button
    • Dual-voltage for 110-240V, allows for use outside the U.S.

    Available at Amazon starting at $156.16

  • Freemie Liberty Wearable Breast Pump

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Freemie is an innovative pump that you wear, leaving you free to move around and get things done while you're pumping. The pump body is small, about the size of your palm, and you can attach it to your belt with the clip or carry it in a bag. Your milk is collected into breast-shaped cups that fit inside your bra and can hold up to 8 ounces of milk. The pump is rechargeable with a USB cord or a standard plug. The Freemie even has a programmable sleep timer so you can set it to pump while you're sleeping! Another cool option – you can buy the Freemie cups separately and use them with a compatible pump (including those from Ameda, Spectra, and Evenflo) for a truly hands-free experience.

    Heads up

    The battery typically lasts for only about an hour. And while the Freemie is quiet, it's not silent. Also, be aware that there is tubing that runs from the cups in your bra to the pump body. You can hide it under your clothes, but you will feel it.

    Parents say

    "The Freemie fits right in my bra and I can do dishes, clean up, and feed my twins while I pump. I'm a nurse practitioner, so this will make it easier when I go back to work. I could even see patients and just hide it under my clothes."

    "I've been using mine since going back to work and it's been amazing! Once I figured out the setting for suction and speed, it was perfect. It's so easy. I'm a teacher, and I can walk around my classroom – when students aren't in it – and do some prep work. I highly recommend this – it's much better than being stuck to an outlet and having to put on a pumping bra!"

    "I'm wearing mine right now while I type this! I love it. You just need to figure out your settings. But when you do, you're set."

    Specs

    • Single or double electric pump
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Collection cups fit inside your bra
    • More than 100 settings

    Available at Freemie starting at $189.99

  • Ameda Mya Portable Hospital Strength Breast Pump

    Our site Parents' Pick

    This little number from Ameda is small, super light (half a pound!), and portable. It has a power adapter and rechargeable batteries that will last for two hours, so you can use it on the go. You can customize the suction and speed, and use it as a single or double pump. The Mya has a fully closed system, so breast milk can't back up into the tubing and pump. And it comes with 5-ounce bottles and caps.

    Heads up

    Some moms report that the suction power isn't as strong with this pump as it is with competitors.

    Parents say

    "I was looking for a travel pump that I could bring to work and use while traveling. The Ameda Mya is so easy to carry around that I also throw it in my purse when I go shopping or out to lunch. It's made such a difference, as I don't need to race back home every three hours. I know I'll be able to get relief and pump when needed without looking at the clock. It's very discreet and I feel like I could use it in the back of a car or on a plane if need be. For such a small device, it really gets the job done quickly but painlessly."

    "As an exclusive pumper with two kids, this pump saves my sanity on an almost daily basis. Sometimes you need to run after your toddler or soothe the baby. You can't just sit and pump. That's where this pump, coupled with the Freemie cups, comes in. I've been able to take care of both kids, pump in public, and be happier knowing that I'm not tied to the large pump. You can pump while living a hectic mom life instead of putting life on pause to pump."

    Specs

    • Portable pump fits in the palm of your hand
    • Two-phase, adjustable suction mode
    • Closed system
    • Rechargeable battery and power adapter

    Available at Amazon starting at $162.49

  • Elvie Pump

    Our site Parents' Pick

    The Elvie is a game-changer. It's a hands-free, wearable pump with no cords, tubes, or bottles. The pump and milk container is in one unit that's so small that it fits inside a nursing bra, and it's completely silent. The pump operates in two modes – simulation and expression – and can be customized with seven different intensity settings. Two sizes of breast shields are included, and a third is available to purchase separately. The battery can be fully charged in two hours, and the pump can be connected to the free Elvie Pump app to monitor milk volume in real time, track pumping history, and control the pump remotely.

    Heads up

    The maximum the milk container can hold is 5 ounces, so if you pump more than that you'll need to empty it mid-session. Also, though the Elvie is expensive, you can buy a single Elvie pump rather than a double for about half the price.

    Parents say

    "I love the Elvie! There's a learning curve, only because it's so different. Learning how to get my nipple in the cone took a few tries. I've worn the Elvie around the house and on walks in the neighborhood. I haven't had issues with spills, and it's easy to visually check how full it is."

    "I have an Elvie pump and I love it! I have large breasts and it works for me as long as I have a supportive nursing bra to tuck it into. It's super quiet and I get pretty good output."

    Specs

    • Hands-free and wearable
    • Fits inside a standard nursing bra
    • Recharges in two hours
    • Connects to a free app to monitor and track sessions, and to control the pump

    Available at Amazon starting at $499.99

  • Willow Wearable Double Electric Breast Pump

    Our site Editors' Pick

    Like the Elvie, the Willow is a hands-free, wearable pump with no cords, tubes, or bottles. The Willow boasts that it lets moms pump anywhere, in any position – even while lying down or practicing yoga. The pump fits inside your bra and can be set to one of seven levels of suction. With the Willow app, you can track volume, view history, and receive personalized tips, and the rechargeable battery lasts all day or up to five pumping sessions. The Willow collects your milk in storage bags inside the pump unit, and it's easy to remove the bags and store them in the fridge or freezer.

    Heads up

    Some moms say the Willow is difficult to position properly and flashes constant error messages. Also, the Willow milk storage bags and milk containers only hold 4 ounces of breast milk. If you pump more than that, the pump will automatically shut off. You can then switch out a new milk bag, or empty the container, and keep on pumping.

    Editors say

    "Moms are busy and don't have time to be sitting in a chair tied to a breast pump. This pump allows you to continue your active life while pumping. It's quiet, discreet, and leak-proof."

    Specs

    • Wearable pump collects directly into milk storage bags
    • Spill-proof in any position
    • Seven levels of adjustable suction
    • Dishwasher-safe parts

    Available at Amazon starting at $499.99


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