Medela is revealed to be the most popular brand of breast pump, as rated by parents.
When we asked more than 1,000 mums* which breast pumps brands they owned and had used most recently, Medela topped the table with Tommee Tippee and Philips the second and third most popular choices.
Whatever your reason for expressing milk, a good breast pump can help make the job much easier. We’ve put the latest models from the top brands through our independent tests to find the most comfy, quiet and easy to use electric and manual breast pumps.
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Why mums choose to use a breast pump
The same mums also shared their reasons for using a breast pump. The most common reason was so that a partner could help with feeding the baby, but being able to have a supply of milk when going out and to top up supplies for general feeding were also popular.
How much do I need to spend on a breast pump?
Manual models cost from as little as £15 but involve more work, whereas an electric breast pump can cost anywhere between £60 to £250+, but they’re easier to use and are usually quicker.
Is it worth investing in an electric breast pump?
This will depend on how often you plan to express milk. If you’re only going to do it occasionally, a manual pump will probably suffice. However, if you plan on expressing often, many mums think the investment in an electric pump is worth it, and can save aching wrists.
Some mums prefer a manual pump because they’re cheaper, more discreet, quieter and easily portable, so they can be used if you’re at work or while you’re out. Others prefer the comfort and speed of an electric pump, as it will do most of the hard work for you.
Our handy guide on how to buy the best breast pump gives you all the information you need to buy with confidence.
Visit our breast pump reviews to compare results of all the breast pumps we’ve tested.
* Figures based on a survey of 1,008 mums, in January 2018.