Top five tips for buying a breast pumpHow to pick the best breast pump for you and your baby

26 June 2012

Breastfeeding Week

It's National Breastfeeding Week, which is aimed at encouraging mothers to breastfeed their newborn for the first six months, so we've put together our top five expert tips for choosing the best breast pump for you.

If you decide to breastfeed, you may want or need to express milk so that you can store it or so someone else can bottle feed your baby. 

Choosing a breast pump - top five tips 

There are two types of breast pump - manual and electric - and both have pros and cons. To help you choose, we've listed our top five tips for buying a breast pump:

1. Think about how much time you will have. Electric breast pumps tend to be faster than manual, so are a good option if you need something to fit around your busy life.

2. How often will you need to express milk? If you need to express milk frequently, an electric pump may be a better option, as manual pumps can be tiring to use.

3. Consider your budget. Manual breast pumps cost between £15 and £25, whereas electric breast pumps are more expensive, at around £60 to £250.

4. Will you need to travel with the breast pump? If so, you'll want to choose a model that's compact, can be used discreetly if away from home and isn't noisy. You can get manual and electric breast pumps that are suitable for travel. 

5. Make sure you get the right size breast shield, as the wrong one can be uncomfortable and make expressing milk difficult. Visit our breast pump features explained page for full details of how to choose the right breast shield size, plus information on other features such as variable suction or speed.

Breast pump tests

We've tested manual and electric breast pumps from popular brands including Medela, Philips Avent and Tommee Tippee, and surveyed hundreds of mothers to find out how satisfied they were with the model they'd used. 

Visit our breast pump reviews to find out which ones came top overall and are Which? Best Buys. If you're not a member, unlock our full breast pump reviews and find great online prices, by taking out a £1 trial subscription to Which?

Benefits of breastfeeding

According to the NHS, breastfeeding has a number of benefits, including protecting your baby from infections and diseases and forming a close bond between you. 

Despite this, breastfeeding can be problematic, and all babies and mothers are different. Visit the NHS website for tips and support on how to breastfeed.

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