Best Breast Pumps

Learning how to feed your baby can be one of the more difficult parts of being a new mother, especially if you’re struggling to breastfeed - in these cases, a breast pump can be a godsend.

Figuring out the difference between a manual breast pump and an electric breast pump may be unfamiliar territory, but knowing what to look for can pave the way for easy, comfortable expressing. Continue reading...

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Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric

Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric 🏆 2024

4.7  (539)
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Letinna B.
Letinna B.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double Electric

Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double Electric

4.5  (216)
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Hellen
HellenVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
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Unimom Premium Allegro

Unimom Premium Allegro

4.7  (76)
Nina D
Nina D
 
Spectra 9 Plus Portable Double Electric

Spectra 9 Plus Portable Double Electric

4.5  (99)
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Kelly T.
Kelly T.
 
Apre 2 in 1 Electric Breast Pump

Apre 2 in 1 Electric Breast Pump

4.6  (76)
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Rachel
RachelSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
  Fair Incentive
Easy to use and quality is highHigh quality product that is easy to use.
Functions well and really comfortable especially for first time users. Show details
Pumpables Milk Genie

Pumpables Milk Genie

4.5  (91)
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G K.
G K.
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Haakaa Silicone

Haakaa Silicone

4.4  (57)
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  • Price (RRP) $24.29
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Katrina Z
Katrina ZWAPerth, WA
 
Medela Harmony

Medela Harmony

4.1  (82)
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Jill
JillNSWSydney, NSW14 posts
 
Great hand held pumpThis pump is great and easy to use, the handle has 2 different ways to pump to stimulate the milk. I recommend you read how to use it both ways to understand how to get the best out of it!! Show details
Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric

Philips Avent Comfort Single Electric

3.8  (103)
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Bhoomika P.
Bhoomika P.NSWSydney, NSW
  Comfort Single Electric
Motor is not workingSo i bought this pump 6 months ago and using it from last 4 months. Motor suddenly stop suctioning. I tried many times but its not suctioning at all. I dont have avent box with me so i have question if its under warranty can it is replaceable or not?
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Philips Personal Health
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Ardo Calypso Electric Breastpump

Ardo Calypso Electric Breastpump

4.4  (33)
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Sara
Sara2 posts
 
Medela Symphony

Medela Symphony

4.3  (34)
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Tegan
TeganQLDFar North Queensland, QLD8 posts
 
Amazing spend!I have tried the harmony, which was also good for manual pumping but this has been so much easier and less time spent expressing. Would recommend to anyone to ssve yourself time and be able to get more jobs done around the house Show details
Medela Freestyle Flex

Medela Freestyle Flex

3.9  (31)
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candice m.
candice m.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
 
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Philips Avent Comfort Manual

Philips Avent Comfort Manual

3.7  (35)
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Amit W.
Amit W.SAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA2 posts
  Fair Incentive SCF330/11
Kust perfect for travelingMy partner used this pump on regular basis when were traveling, its easy to use and really compact which is just amazing, not as fast as the electric one but still works great. Show details
Jellie Collect Wearable Breast Pump

Jellie Collect Wearable Breast Pump

4.9  (13)
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$49.99RRP
Lizzy
Lizzy
 
Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric

Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric

3.6  (24)
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Riccardo
Riccardo5 posts
  Verified SCF334/02
Simple and silent breast pumpMy wife love this breast pump...very silent and it does ha different setting to facilitate the flow.
It’s very compact and it does come with a very nice travel bag (it fit two bottle and the machine).
It’s very easy to clean. Show details ·  1
Pigeon Manual

Pigeon Manual

3.9  (17)
Raph
RaphBrisbane3 posts
 
Mumasil Silicone Breast Milk Saver

Mumasil Silicone Breast Milk Saver

4.7  (9)
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Kampel S.
Kampel S.
 
Unimom Mezzo Manual Breast Pump

Unimom Mezzo Manual Breast Pump

4.1  (10)
Mika
Mika
 
Unimom
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Mummyofthreeboys
Mummyofthreeboys6 posts
 
Kmart Blue Manual Breast Pump

Kmart Blue Manual Breast Pump

3.0  (14)
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Doooooob
Doooooob15 posts
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Spectra Handy Plus Manual

Spectra Handy Plus Manual

3.7  (7)
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Esther M
Esther M
 
Mininor Mini Chargeable Electric Breast Pump

Mininor Mini Chargeable Electric Breast Pump

5.0  (4)
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  • Price (RRP) $269.95
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Tate
Tate3 posts
 
compact, easy to take with you great pumpLove it. Compact, quiet and easy to travel with, sooo handy for camping trips etc being rechargeable or long road trips, comfortable to use, great suction too also easy to clean. All round very happy. Show details
Mumilk The Ella Breast Pump

Mumilk The Ella Breast Pump

2.8  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $229
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Catherine Lawrence
Catherine LawrenceQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
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The First Years Manual

The First Years Manual

3.2  (6)
CX
CXVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC6 posts
 
MAM Care Manual

MAM Care Manual

3.8  (4)
newmumoftwins
newmumoftwinsNSWYoung,NSW
 
Milk Mate Silicone Breastmilk Pump

Milk Mate Silicone Breastmilk Pump

5.0  (2)
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Lucine
LucineNSWCentral West, NSW
 
Milkbar Advanced Flow Double Electric

Milkbar Advanced Flow Double Electric

4.5  (2)
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Ali F.
Ali F.VICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC5 posts
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Teegs
TeegsNSW6 posts
 
Wendy
WendySydney5 posts
  Verified
Great shield that’s fits my s2S2 doesn’t not have a smaller size shield. Spectra recommended this universal shield. The web site has a fitting room and I am able to check the correct size before buying it. It fits my s2 perfectly. It includes ducks, tubes, adapter and even a little brush for cleaning. The quality is good and I have absolutely loving it.

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Tommee Tippee Made For Me Electric Breast Pump

Tommee Tippee Made For Me Electric Breast Pump

3.3  (3)
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Ros3
Ros3QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
  Verified Double
No product supportIt’s a good pump until one of the small parts are lost/damaged. Tommee Tippee do not stock any spare parts, meaning that if you lose/damage one of the small parts, you have to purchase a whole new pump. If I had known this earlier, I would have steered clear. As a new mum, dealing with this company has been very stressful. Show details

When should I get a breast pump?

Woman holding a double electric breast pump to both breasts in foreground and a sleeping baby in the background

Breast pumps are devices that use suction to draw milk from a woman’s breasts. The milk is then used to feed a baby straight away or stored for later use. The main parts of a breast pump include a breast shield (or “flange”), a pumping apparatus, and a container for breast milk collection.

They work by either pumping them with your hands for a manual breast pump, or with an automatic pumping mechanism for electric breast pumps.

Some of the reasons you may benefit from using a breast pump include:

  • Your baby is struggling to breastfeed or breast refusal is occurring.
  • Your breasts are engorged or feel painful.
  • You’re struggling to produce enough milk.
  • You are returning to work and breastfeeding on demand isn’t always viable.
  • You share feeding duties with another parent or family member.
  • You want an emergency supply.
  • You need a break - breastfeeding can wear you out, especially if you need to do it every couple of hours.
  • Your baby was born premature or is spending time in hospital and you can’t nurse them straight away.
  • You’re trying to induce lactation for an adopted baby.

There’s still a lot of stigma surrounding breastfeeding and breast pumping, particularly in workplaces and in public. Whatever your reason for choosing to use a breast pump, know that you’re well within your right to use one, and you shouldn’t be judged for doing anything that makes life easier for you and your baby.

Manual breast pumps · See All

A manual breast pump is generally more suited to women who only need to express from time to time, and who don’t use expressed milk as their baby’s main milk supply. They’re also handy for women who just need a device to relieve engorged breasts or sore nipples now and then.

Pros
Portable. Because they’re compact and lightweight, they’re easy to fit in your bag and carry around.
Quiet. They don't make a mechanical noise.
Can use them anywhere. They’re not mains-powered like many electric pumps, and so you don’t need to use it near a power outlet.
Easier to clean. There are fewer components in a hand breast pump than in an electric one, making them easier to wash and sterilise.
More control over pump. Some mothers may prefer having more control over the pumping, in which case a manual breast pump would be better for them.
Cons
Can be tiring. It can be hard work for your hands when used more frequently, as you have to provide the womanpower to keep pumping to create suction.
Only single pumps available. You can’t do a double side pump as you would with an electric pump, as you need two hands for a single breast - one for keeping the shield in place and the other for holding the bottle.
Can be less rhythmic. Unless you’re very skilled at hand pumping, the pumps you do won’t be as regular as the ones achieved by an electric pump - this lack of rhythm may not be very conducive to a steady flow.

How do I choose a manual breast pump?

Here are some factors to consider before buying a manual breast pump:

  • Ease of use: To use a manual pump, you attach the suction cup to your nipples and use the handle to actively pump breast milk out. Try and get a feel for yourself about how easy these handles are to pump - some people struggle with these hand movements.
  • Comfort: How comfortable you feel will usually depend on whether you have the right sized breast shield, so ensure you’re fitted well according to manufacturer’s size guides.
  • Portability: Manual pumps don’t need a power outlet or battery to function, and can be used anywhere. They do however come in different sizes, so it’s worth measuring up and seeing whether they’ll fit in your nappy bag or handbag - you can also buy a dedicated breast pump bag if one doesn’t already come with your pump.
  • Suction: Manual pumps don’t have as much suction as electric ones, but how easy a pump is to use will usually affect how much suction is generated.
  • Noise level: Manual devices are silent.
  • Cleaning and maintenance: You should expect to have to wash each part of the pump after every session and sanitise them by boiling them once a day, however you should refer to the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines. Silicone breast pumps (such as the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump and the Tommee Tippee Made For Me Silicone Manual Breast Pump) are often easy to clean, and won’t leach off nasty chemicals or grow mould.
A manual breast pump
A manual breast pump
An electric breast pump
An electric breast pump

Electric breast pumps · See All

Electric breast pumps are generally preferred by women who want or need to express regularly or need to express larger amounts of milk.

Pros
Can express more milk. Because it’s more powerful and can provide extra stimulation, many women find it easier to express a larger amount of milk with an electric pump. This makes it a good option for when you need to pump a large portion of your baby’s milk supply, such as for storage.
Easier to use. You don’t really need to exert much energy to use an electric breast pump - you can just put on the flanges and then start.
Can express milk from both breasts simultaneously. Because electric breast pumps can be found as both single or double pumps, you’re able to save time by expressing both breasts at the same time if you prefer.
Fast. Electric pumps generally make for quicker breast milk pumping than their manual counterparts.
Versatile. Because you can get a single or double breast pump, or a personal-use or hospital-grade pump, you can customise your expressing experience more than you’d be able to with a manual pump.
Cons
More expensive. Electric pumps are generally more expensive than manual pumps, and may not be worth forking out for if you don’t actually need to express regularly.
Not as portable. Electric breast pumps are generally bulkier and heavier than manual pumps, and so may be more difficult to take around.
Noisier. They often make a whirring sound and are noisier than manual pumps.
Can be more difficult to clean. Because electric pumps have more components, they can be more fiddly to clean than electric breast milk pumps.
May not be able to use them everywhere. If you’re considering a mains-powered rather than a battery-operated electric pump, then you can only use the device near a wall socket.

Should I get a single or double breast pump?

Single electric breast pumps are great for when you need to pump now and then. A double electric breast pump draws milk from both breasts at the same time, making it a more convenient option for mothers who express often.

Double breast pumps can also produce up to 18% more milk than taking turns pumping each breast, making it a more preferable breast pump for low milk supply or for busy mums.

Hospital-grade electric breast pumps

Hospital-grade electric breast pumps are designed to be safely and hygienically used by multiple women, as they’re usually used in maternity wards. They’re usually more effective in initiating and building a milk supply, meaning they can be useful for women who are having trouble producing an adequate supply for their baby, or if they have multiple babies to feed.

They’re generally heavier, bulkier and more durable than personal-use devices, and so may be impractical to take around. Some Spectra breast pumps and Medela breast pumps are hospital-grade.

How do I choose an electric breast pump?

There’s a variety of factors to consider when buying an electric breast pump - here are the important ones.

  • Ease of use: Electric pumps are fairly easy to use, and you can also get a breast pump bra that can be worn with a range of breast pumps for hands-free expressing. Some also have night lights and LCD displays for you to easily see your speed, suction, and session duration, even in the middle of the night.
  • Comfort: A well-fitting breast shield is your friend when it comes to comfortable expressing, but looking for a pump which has adjustable settings for speed and suction strength can give you control over your comfort.
  • Portability: Electric breast pumps need a power outlet or battery power, so you can’t use them if you don’t have access or run out of battery. Battery-powered rather than mains-powered devices make for more portable breast pumps.
  • Suction: The suction of a breast pump is usually measured in mmHg. You may find a breast pump with a wide vacuum range is more flexible for your needs, particularly if you haven’t used a breast pump before and aren’t sure about the suction level that suits you.
  • Noise level: The quietest electric pumps will be around 43 decibels (a noise comparable to bird calls) and the loudest will usually be around 60 decibels (which can be compared to the noises produced in a business office). If a product doesn’t list its noise level and this is important to you, see if you can get an in-person or video demonstration of the machine running to see for yourself whether or not it’s quiet enough for your use.
  • Cleaning and maintenance: Electric breast pumps can be a bit fiddly to clean as they have more components than manual pumps and you have to keep the motor dry. Because cleaning instructions vary across models, ensure you check the manual of the breast pump you’re considering buying so you can know whether the cleaning routine is feasible for you to maintain.

Commonly asked questions

How much does a breast pump cost?

A manual breast pump will set you back between $25 to $120. A single electric breast pump will cost you between $130 and $350, while double electric breast pumps can cost anywhere between $130 and $600.

Are breast pumps bad for your breasts?

If you’re using the right sized breast shield, then no, breast pumps are not bad for your breasts. If your breast or nipple is painful on all suction levels while expressing, then you may be using the wrong size breast shield. Doing this can pull too much breast tissue into the funnel of the breast shield and can damage the very delicate skin around your breast, areola, and nipples, which can possibly end up reducing your milk supply.

Different manufacturers have different sizing guides, so be sure to follow their specifications when choosing a breast pump and shield to ensure you’re keeping your breasts healthy and pain-free.

Can you hire a breast pump?

Yes, they can be hired, usually from certain hospitals, pharmacies, or local Australian Breastfeeding Association groups - these will be hospital-grade electric pumps, as you should not use any other breast pump second hand. Breast pump hire often ranges from between $20 to 40 per week. You’ll need to buy a breast shield, collection bottles, and some attachments to go with your hired breast pump.

Wrapping up

The main questions you should be asking yourself when choosing a breast pump are:

  • Where will I be pumping?
  • How often and how much am I going to pump? Is expressed milk the main milk my baby will be having?
  • Do I need something light and portable?

Thinking through your answers to these questions should give you some kind of idea as to what type of breast pump (if any) could suit you. Every mother is different, and a mother’s needs constantly change, particularly as their baby grows. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mum or are always on the go, using the right pump can alleviate some of the stress of nourishing your baby.

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