10 of the best breast pumps

The very best manual and electric breast pumps for you, from Tommee Tippee, Medela, Philips and more.

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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.

    Now read the MFM top ten breast pumps...

  • Medela Harmony Single Manual Breast Pump, £39.99

    Swiss company Medela has been making breast pumps for over 50 years. This is the second generation of  the Harmony manual breast pump, which was launched in 2004.

    Upgrades include the use of Medela's Calma innovation, a new bottle teat designed to make it easier for infants to switch more easily between breast and bottle; the Calma teat allows the baby to pause to breathe regularly while feeding, which mimics and helps maintain behaviour at the breast.

    Using Medela's 2-Phase Expression this is a efficient pump that copies a baby’s suckling rhythm of short sucks followed by longer, more intense ones.

    Our reviewer remarked on how the pump was gentle on her breasts and nipples and she was, "staggered at how much milk can be expressed in a short space of time".

    Read the full review of the Medela Harmony Breast Pump

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  • Philips AVENT Manual Single Manual Breast Pump, £26

    A simple, manual breast pump that's a good bet for travel when packing a more bulky pump isn't an option. Small, light and easy to use (after a little practice), this Philip AVENT pump has been on the market for many years and at £25 is very affordable.

    The 'Let-down Massage Cushion' - a lining inside the breast cup - claims to imitate the way baby feeds and improve milk production.

    Read the full review of the Philips AVENT Manual Single Breast Pump

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  • 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 review

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  • Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Single Manual Breast Pump, £12.99

    A compact, totally portable breast pump for occasional use or for holidays this BPA-free pump is great value for money and, unlike some other manual pumps, is quiet to use. Easy to assemble and simple to use our reviewer rated it for being "straightforward" but had some reservations about how long the product would last.

    At £12.99 the Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Breast Pump would be a great back up for a busy mum, who might only need to express occasionally.

    Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Breast Pump - read the full MFM review

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  • 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...)

    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

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  • Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Single Electric Breast Pump, £66.99

    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.

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  • Philips AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump, £85

    The electric version of its sibling the Philips AVENT Manual Single Breast Pump this single breast pump works quickly and efficiently to help you express milk at a speed suited to you; there are no pre-set pumping rhythms because after a few manual pumps you select your rhythm by pushing a button on the motor unit and the electronic pump takes over.

    Mains or battery operated this is a great pump of you need to express at work or on the move. Our reviewer said it was a, "well made, ergonomic product that transforms the way you can express milk". She also rated it on comfort and ease of use.

    Read the full MFM review of the Philips AVENT Single Electronic Breast Pump

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  • Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, £239.99

    The Medela Swing Maxi Double Breast Pump won a Gold Award in the Prima Baby Awards 2015 and that's because it's one of the best breast pumps on the market. Small, discrete and very easy to use this is a great bet if expressing is part of your daily routine.

    Markedly superior to other electric pumps this breast pump uses Medela's 2-phase expression pumping technology, which our reviewer credits with allowing her to express around 25 per cent more milk than when using a manual pump.

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  • Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump, £120

    The Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump is light, portable and BPA-free breast pump which according to our reviewer "saves you time" when you're expressing. With separately adjustable speed and suction levels it scored 5/5 in our review.

    At £120 this a good value electric pump which has won several awards and is rated for the comfort of the funnel-shaped cushions - good news for tender breasts - and because it can be used with batteries or with the mains it's a versatile choice. What's more, it even comes with spares.

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  • ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £114.95

    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. 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.

    Read the full review here

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