Breast Pump Comparison

breast pump comparison

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A breast pump comparison guide was just what I needed in order to decide which pump to order. As a first time mom, deciding which breast pump to go with has been somewhat of a mystery. & it can be an expensive mystery, too. If you don’t like the pump you have, you can’t return it to the store once it’s been used! 

Fortunately, most women with insurance can get a free or low cost pump. Aeroflow Breastpumps basically does all the work for you as far as getting approved through insurance. Then you just choose the one you want and it’s shipped to your house!

But which one do you choose?

The answer to that question depends on a couple of factors:

  • How much you’re going to pump
  • What features are most important to you
  • How much you’re willing to spend

So in order to help you decide, I have created a breast pump comparison guide which is broken up first between brands, price, and then by key features. Hope this helps!

Medela

  • Freestyle – For moms who pump a couple times a day and not worried about supply. The Freestyle is designed to be hands-free (with accessory), but some say that leads to less suction and therefore, less milk.
  • Pump In Style – For moms who pump several times a day. The Pump In Style is a basic pump that will work for most moms. 
  • Sonata – For moms who are exclusively pumping. The Sonata is built with hospital performance – it’s a work horse that will get you the most milk. 

Spectra

  • 9 Plus – Small and portable, could be hands free. Comparable to Freestyle, for moms not concerned about supply.
  • S1 Plus – Rechargeable basic pump. Comparable Pump In Style
  • S2 Plus – NON-rechargeable basic pump. Comparable to Pump In Style
  • Dew 350 – Work horse pump for exclusive pumpers. Comparable to Sonata. *Heads up: Since I started working on this post, this pump appears to have disappeared from Spectra’s website. 

Evenflo Advanced

Lucky for us, Evenflo has only one double electric pump to choose from. The more advanced options only include a bag, cooler, and bottles.

The Evenflo Advanced is “hospital strength” and good for frequent use. It has 32 speed and suction settings to give you optimal comfort. It can use batteries or an AC adapter. Plus, you get two free online breastfeeding classes included.

Lansinoh

  • Signature Pro – Lansinoh’s standard double electric pump. Adjustable settings. Lansinoh describes this pump as good for moms on the go. Several reviewers said they had been using it for exclusive pumping with no problems and a few even said they got more milk over other brands.
  • Smartpump – Basically the same pump as Signature Pro but with upgrade to bluetooth technology to track sessions on a mobile app. 
breast pump comparison
Breast pump comparison

Price Comparison

If cost is your main concern, here’s how each pump ranks, from lowest to highest priced.

  • Evenflo Advanced
  • Spectra Dew 350
  • Lansinoh Signature Pro
  • Spectra 9 Plus
  • Lansinoh Smartpump
  • Spectra S2 Plus
  • Spectra S1 Plus
  • Medela Pump in Style
  • Medela Freestyle
  • Medela Sonata

Remember, you can qualify for free or reduced breast pumps with your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, click here to get 10% off through Aeroflow Breastpumps.

Key Features

Rechargeable

  • Medela Sonata
  • Medela Freestyle
  • Spectra S1 Plus
  • Spectra 9 Plus

Battery/AC Adapter

  • Medela Pump In Style
  • Spectra S2 Plus
  • Spectra Dew 350
  • Evenflo Advanced

Mobile app

  • Medela Sonata
  • Lansinoh Smartpump

Hands free

  • Medela Freestyle
  • Spectra 9 Plus
  • *BONUS* – Freemie
    • I did not include this brand before because it is not as well known as the other brands. But, if you’re looking for some other hands free option, check out the Freemie pump.
      The suction cups for this pump fit into your bra (no special bra needed) and collect milk without bottles hanging down out of your shirt. Your bra and the suction provide the stabilization needed to keep them upright. 
      You also have the option to buy JUST the collection cups and tubing adapters that will fit your other name brand pump!
      Personally, I’m buying the collection cups to use when I get back to work.
      • CONS: Can look bulky from outside your shirt. Still connected to an external pump.
  • *BONUS* Willow
    • Again, I didn’t include this brand due to it not being so well known. You may have seen this advertised on Facebook. This is almost the same as the Freemie pump but the difference is that there is NO tubing and NO external pump! You simply put the breast shaped pump into your bra and get started. 
      The milk collects directly into the bag inside the pump! It looks more natural inside your shirt than the Freemie
      • CONS: You must buy the bags that go with the system and they only hold 4 oz per bag. If you need to pump more than 4 oz, you have to stop and change out the bag. 

Digital Display

  • Medela Freestyle
  • Spectra S1 Plus
  • Spectra S2 Plus
  • Spectra 9 Plus
  • Lansinoh Signature Pro
  • Lansinoh Smartpump

There you have it ladies! Hope you were able to get some insight into which pump might be the best for you. If this still isn’t enough information, ask the other women in your life who’ve had experience. I work with several other experienced moms in the NICU and they all had a different, but useful opinion about which pump to get. Hopefully we can get some people to comment here with which one they chose and how it worked for them! Now it’s time for me to make my decision…. Hmmmmmmm.

Don’t forget to check out my ultimate pregnancy checklist!


breast pump comparison
breast pump comparison
breast pump comparison
breast pump comparison
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