Best Breast Pump for Working Moms in 2020

June 4, 2020

Being a working mom is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs that I have been given. As a mother of two as well as working as an Architect, I can relate to the many challenges that working moms face throughout the day, specifically when breast-feeding. Here’s your guide to the do’s and don’ts of pumping breast milk, and finally a shortlist of the best non-toxic breast pumps out there today.

Being able to pump comfortably and effectively is essential to balancing a career while having a young family. Breast pumps need to be reliable, durable, efficient, and easy to use and, thankfully, there are many out there to choose from.

 

 

Types of Breast Pumps

 

1. Manual Breast Pump

These breast pumps are operated manually and without a power socket or batteries. You can operate it manually in one of two ways: by either pressing down the trigger button included or by sliding the collecting cylinder back and forth to provide a strong suction force for removing milk. Interestingly, these are more affordable, portable, and easy to use. However, as they are less powerful, it’s ideal for use on occasional and short-term milk expression, or as a second back-up breast pump.

 

2. Electric Breast Pump

The electric breast pumps boast secure, efficient, and quick milk pumping. They run on electricity or batteries. Additionally, with various massaging and suction modes, they are often more comfortable to use while expressing milk. These features also help to collect more milk in shorter periods.

 

Electric breast pumps come in two further categories:

2a. Single Electric Pumps

This subcategory comes with one suction pump. This means that you can effectively pump milk from one breast at a time. Thus, it takes a little longer to collect milk. But you can even collect milk from one breast while breastfeeding on the other side.

 

2b. Double Electric Pumps

Dual breast milk pumps come with two suction cups allowing you to pump milk from both breasts. It collects more quantity milk faster as compared to single breast pumping models. Operating this model is easy and incredibly efficient.

 

What to Look for in a Breast Pump?

When you start shopping for breast pumps, look for an option that meets your specific needs. When hunting for the right best breast pump, there are some important factors you might want to consider:

  • Weight: Choose a lightweight pump as you might need to take it with you on your commute to work.
  • Noise: If you’ll be pumping around other people, and are a little conscious about the noise levels of electric breast pumps, there are some great quiet breast pumps that are quite silent.
  • Hands-free and Concealable: Some breast pumps allow you to be completely hands-free and are without any obvious tubing or wires. Some hands-free pumps are well concealed and can even be worn under your clothes.

 

What is the Best Breast Pump?

With So many great options out there, it can be a bit confusing to choose the one that’s right for you. What may be right for someone else may not work for you, as each of our bodies, preferences and circumstances are unique. Choose any of the below options, and you can’t go wrong. But to help you along the process, I’ve included the best in each category, so that you can go with whichever feature is most important to you.

 

Top 7 Best Breast Pumps for Working Moms in 2020

Quietest Best Pump for Working Moms

 

1. Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump

 

 

What I love about it

  • On my search to find the best breast pump for working mom, The Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump is a great choice.
  • Of all of the breast pumps in this review, the Spectra is the quietest, which allows you to pump discretely and efficiently in your workplace.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • Some things to keep in mind when considering this breast pump might be the fact that it is one of the more expensive breast pumps out there.
  • If you are comfortable spending some extra money, then this breast pump comes in with a tote and cooler combo, and will be a great tool for you to use in your breast feeding journey.

 

Additional Specs

  • The Spectra S2 is a non-toxic breast pump, which means that all of the components that come into contact with breast milk are BPA and DEH-P free.
  • It also includes a convenient night light and timer so that you are able to pump in dark locations and keep track of how many minutes you pump on each side.

 

 


 

Best Portable Breast Pump

 

2. Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump

 

 

What I love about it

  • I love the fact that the Medela Pump in Style Advanced can be battery powered. This is a super convenient option for moms who need to pump if they don’t have convenient access to an electrical outlet or need to pump in the car.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • Something to keep in mind about this breast pump is that it is louder than the Spectra S2. Some individuals also reported a loss of suction over time, which can be frustrating as it will take longer to pump the same amount of milk.

 

Additional Specs

  • This non-toxic breast pump is also BPA and DEH-P Free and includes a removable cooler and ice pack that can hold up to four bottles at one time.

 

 


 

Best Double Electric Breast Pump for Working Moms

 

3. Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump

 

 

What I love about it

  • The Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump is one of the most convenient and comfortable breast pumps that I have researched.
  • Its unique design allows for a more comfortable experience for busy moms as well as the convenience of having three different expression settings.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • When considering this breast pump, it is important to think about the fact that some customers have reported this breast pump losing suction after several months of heavy use.
  • If you are considering pumping multiple times per day, a more durable option might be a better investment.

 

Additional Specs

  • This BPA-free non-toxic breast pump includes a 25mm cushion. There is the option of purchasing a 19mm cushion separately if that is a better fit for your body.
  • All parts of this breast pump are light, easy to assemble, and dishwasher safe.

 

 


 

Best Budget-friendly Electric Breast Pump

 

4. Lansinoh Affinity

 

 

What I love about it

  • The one aspect that I love about the Lansinoh Affinity breast pump is that it is the most budget friendly option that is on the market today. This is a great breast pump for working moms that won’t break the bank.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • As with all breast pumps, there are several considerations that you might want to think about before purchasing.
  • Though the Lansinoh breast pump is a more affordable option, it also can take the longest to express breast milk.
  • If time is an issue, you may want to consider a speedier option while pumping at work.

 

Additional Specs

  • Being non-toxic and BPA free is another great quality that I found of this breast pump. It also has an LCD screen that keeps track of the time you have pumped.
  • There is a carrying case included and it is easy to assemble and simple to clean.

 

 


 

Best Manual Breast Pump

 

5. Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump

 

 

What I love about it

  • As a busy working mom, I always kept a manual breast pump in my car so that I would never be caught unprepared.
  • The Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump is the best manual option, in my opinion.
  • It is far less expensive than an electric pump and is also very easy to use.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • Keep in mind that a manual breast pump does require more work to operate than its electric counterpart.
  • Though the technique to successfully operating a manual pump is very simple and easy to master, you may want to invest in an electric pump if you have to use it multiple times per day.

 

Additional Specs

  • This pump is also non-toxic and BPA free and is compatible with other Philips products, including Natural and Classic bottles as well as milk storage containers. It is made of durable plastic and all parts are dishwasher safe.

 

 


 

Best Light-Weight Non-Toxic Breast Pump

 

6. BelleMa Effective Pro Double Electric Breast Pump

 

 

Whether you are at home, work or traveling, the BelleMa Effective Pro Double Electric Breastpump is ideal for moms on the go. Offering a two-phase mode, 9 adjustable suction levels, unique IDC Technology, and silicone cushions designed to massage and stimulate breast for maximum milk let down, this high-quality breast pump provides unmatched efficiency and comfort.

The quiet design with less than 60 dB of working noise creates a private space for mothers who can use the breast pump freely at home / travel / office without worrying about disturbing colleagues, family, or a sleeping baby.

 

What I Love about it

  • Made of silicone, which is a non-toxic material
  • You can control left and right pumps independently
  • Powerful: provide suction up to 250mmhg. No suction reduction while dual pumping
  • Safe and clean: FDA approved. BPA free closed system, anti-flow design, and very easy to clean
  • Efficient pumping design
  • Quiet, light weight and portable

 

Something to Keep in Mind

  • Some report that it does not last beyond 3 to 4 months.

 

 


 

Best Concealable Breast Pump

 

7. Freemie Freedom Double Electric Hands Free and Concealable Breast Pump

 

 

What I love about it

  • One of the most unique things that I love about the Freemie Freedom breast pump is that it is the most portable option.
  • It is the only breast pump system that allows you to pump while completely clothed.
  • This is the best breast pump for working mom who might feel self-conscious about partially disrobing with other options.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • Keep in mind, however, that since the Freemie uses special cups that are concealed under clothing, you won’t be able to store milk in them.
  • You will have to transfer the milk to separate storage bottles, unlike some other models.

 

Additional Specs

The Freemie Freedom is another non-toxic, BPA free pump option that is great for moms who want to conceal the fact that they are pumping. Each cup holds 8 ounces of milk and the entire unit weighs less than 5 pounds.

 

 


 

The Bottom Line

Being a working mom is something that might seem overwhelming, especially if you are nursing. Take heart! It can be done.

Look for durable, reliable, non-toxic breast pumps for working moms that will support your breastfeeding journey. Once you have found the right model, you are well on your way to being a successful nursing mom who also has a successful career.

If you are interested in other safe mom and baby gear, you can find more information about products such as cribs and organic diapers.

 

Shobita Ravichandran

Shobita Ravichandran

Editor-in-Chief

Shobita created Parenthood Guide in 2015 after she found out the hard way about toxins in many safe looking baby products. She's an architect, researcher, writer and mum of two strong-willed little humans. Ever since she found out she was pregnant, she has been extensively researching natural, safe, organic and non-toxic products for her children. Now she wants to take you along on this non-toxic journey and share her findings of the best and safest baby products out there.

2 Comments

  1. Jessica

    what about karmin breast pump?

    Reply
    • Shobita Ravichandran

      Hello Jessica,
      I’m not really able to find much information about this product anywhere. Hence have not featured this. If any of the readers are able to provide more information, That would be wonderful. Then I can look it up or write to the company to find out more.

      Reply

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