The best breast pumps

Breast pumps are the ideal choice if you want to express breast milk regularly, so we highlight the best breast pumps as tested by real mums.

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  • Expressing ourselves...

    No matter how eager we are to breastfeed our babies breastfeeding can be painful, a lot harder than expected and sometimes, just not possible. 

    It's usually at these times we move on to expressing our milk - and that's when the breast pump comes out of the box.  

    What's a breast pump?

    For any breast pump virgins out there, here's our quick explanation on the vital tools.  

    Breast pumps are used to express breast milk so we can store it and feed it to our babies with a bottle.  

    There are single pumps and double pumps - those that work on one breast at a time and those that can express from both breasts in tandem.

    Manual pumps require us to pump a handle in order to create suction and express breast milk.  Manual pumps are often designed for occasional use, but are cheaper and lightweight. 

    Electric pumps have suction powered by mains or batteries. They look very similar to a manual, with a breast shell and milk collection bottle, but there’s no handle because you don’t need to pump with your hand.

    Many electric pumps let us control the suction strength and speed and they are often efficient but are more expensive, noisier and bulkier than manual ones.

    Like any parenting product there are loads of different types out there!  So if you're unsure which breast pump is best for you, don't worry, our buyer's guide will help you make up your mind.

    Check the top ten of best breast pumps:

  • 1. Haakaa Manual Silicone Breast Pump, £15.99-18.99, MFM Gold Award Winner

    This is a great little pump for on the go - when you need to express silently and quickly, without faff. Made from 100% food grade silicone, our silver award winner convinced the judges with its nifty travel size and novel design.

    It doesn’t require assembly, cord or batteries and uses a natural suction mechanism that’s easy to operate in any situation.

    It fits into a handbag or changing bag, has superior comfort, is dishwasher safe and has a suction base to prevent spillage. A very practical alternative or companion to more expensive electrical pumps.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Haakaa Manual Silicone Breast Pump:

    “The pump is soft and tactile but effective. Its compact size and shape mean you don’t need a bulky electric pump taking up space. The stopper is a nice design too and handy for stopping spills and keeping the milk sterile. It fits in the steriliser well, so is easy to clean and keep safe for baby.” Mum of 1, Lucy

    “A fantastic travel breast pump. I love that it’s eco friendly, easy to use, with a nice floral design. It is well thought out.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

    You can buy the Haaka Silicone Breast Pump from Haaka, and Amazon

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  • 2. Medela Swing Pump & Feed Set, £144.99, MFM Silver Award Winner

    This great starter set contains the award winning two-phase Medela Swing Breast Pump, two bottles, a Quick Clean bag, Pump & Save bags and 3 150ml breastmilk storage bottles.

    The pump uses Medela’s two-phase expression pumping technology which aids milk let down and comfort, and its size and use of batteries means it is super portable. Our silver award winner has a range of vacuum levels and settings so it can be easily adapted to different needs and comfort.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Medela Swing Pump & Feed Set:

    “I was a little apprehensive about expressing milk as a first time mom but I did find the pump easy to use. I like that the package comes with storage bags to freeze milk, and it’s really handy that it comes with cleaning equipment.” Mum of 1, Laura

    “I was really impressed with this breast pump set. It is surprisingly powerful, and my baby fed happily from the Calma bottles. The Quick Clean steriliser bag is great. It doesn't take up a lot of space when not in use and is holding up well to use. I would definitely recommend the pump to friends as it is easy to use and effective.” Mum of 3, Sarah

    You can buy the Medela Swing Pump from Boots, Amazon and Medela

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  • 3. Philips Avent Single Electric Breast Pump, £125, MFM Joint Bronze Award Winner

    Our joint bronze award winner was designed to be Philips Avent’s most comfortable breast pump yet. It features a soft massage cushion and allows users to sit comfortably without the need to lean forward to catch the milk effectively.

    It is ideal for frequent use, it goes straight to a gentle stimulation mode when switched on and then lets you choose from three different pump settings. It can also be used with batteries which is handy if you need to pump at work or while travelling.

    The accessories also include a well-designed bottle with a natural teat that promotes natural latch-on.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Philips Avent Single Electric Breast Pump:

    “I’ve been using this pump for just under 2 weeks. I like this pump, it’s simple to use and comfortable, easy to clean and I get a good yield from it.” Mum of 3, Deanna

    “This is a good breast pump. I liked the fact it wasn't that noisy which is good for any mum with a newborn and needing to express in the early hours! I would recommend this product.” Mum of 2, Taryn

    You can buy the Philips Avent Single Electric Breast Pump from Boots and Philips Avent

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  • 4. Nuby Natural Touch Ultimate Digital Breast Pump, £130, MFM Joint Bronze Award Winner

    This is a great breast pump designed with a natural approach to pumping in mind. It encourages milk let down by mimicking baby’s feeding action, and has a stimulation mode and 9 speed levels to select from.

    The super soft silicone cup has a three-phased action - massage, draw and collect - to encourage milk flow. It also features touch screen technology and a rechargeable battery (lasting up to 3 hours) to make it great when out and about.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Nuby Natural Touch Ultimate Digital Breast Pump:

    “Great that it is quiet and that you don’t need to have it plugged into sockets to use.” Mum of 1, Anna

    “The best thing about this pump is the pumping action which is so gentle but really effective. It is incredibly comfortable to use and while it's not quicker than my high grade double pump it isn't slow and results in a great supply of milk. The digital interface is really easy to use and by having such a range of stimulation speeds I expect first time mums and those who find expressing difficult would be much more likely to produce milk with this pump. The timer is a handy and unique feature, useful if you need to power pump or increase supply.” Mum of 2, Bethan

    You can buy the Nuby Natural Touch Ultimate Digital Breast Pump from Boots, Amazon and Mothercare

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  • 5. Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, £239.99

    This electric pump is small, discreet and very easy to use - a great bet if expressing is part of your daily routine.

    The double pump breast pump uses Medela's 2-phase expression pumping technology, and it’s super portable and can be used with batteries, as well as plugged into the mains.

    Read our full review of the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump here.

    What our reviewers say about the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump:

    “Really easy to use and the same brand you would see in a hospital or maternity ward, which is very reassuring. The product is easy to use & efficient.” Mum of 2, Lucy

    “Simple to use and effective at pumping milk, very portable and long lasting.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

    You can buy the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump from Medela, John Lewis and Amazon.

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  • 6. ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £139.99

    As a double pump the ARDO Calypso Double Plus makes it easy to express from both breasts at the same time, and compared to some of its competitors it's surprisingly quiet.

    With a huge range of settings, ARDO's USP is that you can personalise your expressing using the separate ‘vacuum’ and ‘cycle’ buttons, each of which can be adjusted to eight different levels.

    Scoring 4.5/ 5 in our review this is a superior, electric breast pump that our reviewer rates as being value-for money, easy to clean and simple to use.

    Read our full review of the ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump here.

    What our reviewers say about the ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump:

    “Really liked this product. Easy to use and clear instructions. Neat to store unlike others that I have used which were quite bulky. Great suction power which made expressing fast and easy to do.” Mum of 1, Laura

    “Quiet and expresses effectively, lots of accessories included.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

    You can buy the ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump from John Lewis, ARDO and Amazon.

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  • 7. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Single Electric Breast Pump, £64.99

    Breastfeeding mums have long been fans of Tommee Tippee's breast pumps and bottles. This single breast, electric pump is one of the most affordable on the market and is a good step up from a manual pump. With four settings - light, low, medium and high - our reviewer thought it a good option for travel or for occasioning expresssing.

    Easy to use and comfortable on your breasts it comes with breast pads, a milk storage pot, a couple of spare parts and a bottle with a newborn teat, making it excellent value for money.

    Read the full review of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump

    You can buy the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Brest Pump from ASDA, Amazon and Argos

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  • 8. Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump, £30

    Another award-winning breast pump, this affordable manual pump by US company Lansinoh is easy to assemble, compact and durable - a good option for mums on the move (store it in your handbag, and off you go).

    Our reviewer said this is "as good as a manual pump will get." Eco and baby friendly - the pump is made from 100% polypropylene, a plastic suitable for breast milk storage - the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is great value for money; you get two extra valves, a spare diaphragm, a cleaning brush, two bottles and a couple of milk storage bags all for £30.

    Read the full MFM review here

    You can buy the Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump from Amazon, Flubit and Boots

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  • 9. NUK First Choice Sensitive Single Manual Breast Pump, £30.99

    NUK has been inventing babycare products alongside healthcare professionals for 60 years. This manual, one-handed breast pump, which scored 4.5/5 in our review, is BPA-free, light and easy to operate.

    A 'suction strength regulator' helps to make expressing more comfortable - start on the lowest setting and then increase the strength gradually.

    The NUK Sensitive Breast Pump comes with a bottle, including anti-colic, orthodontic teat, (approved by the British Dental Health Foundation) screw ring, cap and travel seal - a silicon cushion, a stand and two breast pads - not bad for £39,99. What's more, the bottles supplied with the pump can be frozen to keep the breast milk for longer.

    Read the full NUK First Choice Sensitive Manual Breast Pump

    You can buy the NUK First Choice Sensitive Manual Breast Pump from Amazon, Chemist Direct and Uber Kids.

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  • 10. Medela Harmony manual breast pump, 24.99

    This breast pump is one of the few manual pumps that features 2-phase expression technology. It is great for those who do not pump frequently or want to supplement their electrical pumps with one for travel.

    It has a great, streamlined designed and is very compact, making it perfect for taking along in any situation.

    You can buy the Medela Harmony manual breast pump from John Lewis, Medela and Mothercare.

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Last updated on 26 March 2018

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