11 Best Breast Pumps of 2022
Best Breast Pumps of 2022
October 25, 2022

Best Breast Pumps of 2022

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Breastfeeding provides a great source of nutrition for your little one and an opportunity to bond and connect with the newest member of your family. But there are certain circumstances—like if you’ll be away from your little one, are looking to share feedings with your partner, you’re struggling with feeding or low supply or you’d simply prefer to pump—when a breast pump can be hugely helpful.

Choosing the best breast pump will depend on your lifestyle and personal preferences, but there are a few brands and models that consistently rank high on the list for many breastfeeding parents.

Here’s all the information you’ll need on selecting the best breast pump for you and the top choices as voted on by Babylist users.

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Do You Need a Breast Pump?

Since everyone’s situation is unique, you’ll need to think about your lifestyle, employment situation, feeding preferences and how long you plan on breastfeeding when making the decision on whether or not to purchase a pump. If you’re planning on working outside the home after baby is born and continuing to breastfeed, for example, then a good pump is a must-have. But if you expect to be with baby most of the time, it may not be quite as crucial.

We recommend getting a pump if:

  • You’re planning on being away from baby on a regular basis, such as for your job, or for an extended period of time, such as a trip.
  • You’re looking to maintain your milk supply, either because your baby can’t or won’t nurse or you’re dealing with an illness or a medication that isn’t safe for breastfeeding.
  • You’re dealing with low supply or engorgement.
  • You prefer feeding baby expressed milk.

How to Get a Breast Pump Through Insurance

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, health insurers must cover the cost of a breast pump. The type of pump you qualify for will depend on your particular health insurance plan, as each plan has its own set of specific guidelines.

Reach out to your insurance provider well before your due date for plan-specific information about which pumps are covered and how to order one. You can also check Babylist Health, an easy and efficient way to cut through the red tape around ordering a pump. All you’ll need to do is input your state of residence and your insurance provider and Babylist Health will do the rest, including providing you a list of covered pumps (including upgrade options if you want to pay more), verifying your insurance coverage, requesting the prescription from your doctor and shipping the pump right to your door.

What Types of Breast Pumps Are There?

There are five main categories of breast pumps:

  • Hospital-grade breast pumps: These heavy-duty pumps feature powerful motors and a greater amount of “sucks” per minute. They extract milk quickly and are generally fairly quiet, but they’re bulky and lack easy portability. Hospital-grade pumps are usually rented, as they are upwards of $1,000 to purchase.
  • Electric breast pumps: Efficient, portable and adjustable for both suction and speed. While all require electricity to function, some models feature rechargeable batteries, giving you the freedom to pump without being tethered to an outlet. Electric pumps also typically come with a carrying case and cooler for milk transport, making them a popular choice for working moms. Single electric breast pumps are available, but a double pump is the more popular—and more efficient—choice.
  • Wearable electric breast pumps (sometimes also called hands-free pumps): Gaining in popularity over the last few years, wearable breast pumps are just what they sound like—hands-free, completely portable breast pumps that you can wear right in your bra. Everything you need to pump—the motor and battery, the flanges, the bag or container that collects the milk—is built right into a wearable pump. Because of this, there are no exterior tubing, wires or collection bottles needed. Wearable pumps let you pump more discreetly than traditional breast pumps, and some even let you pump in different positions.
  • Portable breast pumps: Portable breast pumps are a cross between a traditional pump and a wearable pump. Portable pumps take the body of a traditional pump and shrink it down to a smaller, more compact size. Whereas a traditional pump may weigh around two or three pounds, many portables are weighed in ounces—anywhere from a few ounces to about 10-12 ounces for the larger portables. If you’re pumping with a portable, you’ll still need to run tubing from the pump to your flanges. To collect the pumped milk, you can use either standard breastmilk collection bottles or collection cups (a wearable milk collection insert) for extra portability.
  • Manual breast pumps: These breast pumps use the pressing motion of your own hand to create suction and pump your milk. Some are easy to operate with one hand, while others require two hands. Because they lack a motor, these pumps are quiet and small (about the size of a bottle), making them a good choice for travel or for occasional pumping.

All breast pumps are made up of a few essential components:

  • A breast shield (also known as a flange) that cups your breast. Breast shields come in varying sizes depending on the type and brand of breast pump you choose. Some models provide multiple sizes for you to try out, while others offer additional sizes for purchase.
  • A bottle or bag for milk collection
  • A power source (a motor for electric pumps, and a handle for manual ones)

Manual vs. Electric Breast Pumps

Like most things when it comes to baby gear (and parenting, for that matter), there’s no one right answer to this question. There are pros and cons to each, and which breast pump is best for you depends on when, where and how often you’ll be pumping.

If you’re pumping on the regular, like at work or every night before bed, or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of a manual pump, then an electric breast pump is the best choice for you. Electric pumps are bulkier than manual pumps and many need to be plugged into an outlet, but there’s no question that they’re faster and more efficient at removing milk than their manual counterparts.

But. (There’s always a but!) Manual breast pumps are awesome for what they are. Going out for the night and don’t want to drag your electric breast pump along? Throw a manual pump in your bag and use it if your breasts start to feel full or if you end up being gone longer than you expected. Baby only ate off of one side? Use your manual pump to quickly pump the other breast to take the edge off before it’s time for the next feeding. Manual pumps are compact, affordable and get the job done.

What Is the Best Time to Start Pumping Breast Milk?

According to the La Leche League, you can begin pumping once breastfeeding is well established—usually around four weeks after baby is born. However, if your baby is in the NICU, is having trouble breastfeeding or you wish to pump exclusively, you don’t need to wait.

They recommend introducing a pumping session after one feeding each day when your breasts are still feeling full. (For lots of people, this is often the first morning feed.) Around this time, you can also start introducing your little one to a bottle.

How long you breastfeed and pump depends on your personal situation. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends trying to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and then continue nursing, while also feeding solids, through the rest of the first year. Ultimately, though, you need to do what’s best for you, your family and your childcare situation.

What Is the Best Breast Pump?

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most now that their little one has arrived, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight. Here are the breast pumps we think are the best of the best.

Best Electric Breast Pump

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The Scoop
  • Rechargeable battery for wireless pumping
  • Adjustable suction with tons of settings
  • Quiet
What Our Experts Say

Packed full of features and with countless positive user reviews, there’s a reason (a lot of them, actually) why the Spectra earns our top spot when it comes to the best electric breast pump. This hospital-strength breast pump delivers big power with way less bulk and noise. Digital controls let you adjust speed and suction to customize and maximize output, and the pump uses a closed system, which keeps milk completely separate from the pump pieces and ensures better hygiene and performance. There’s a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three hours, so you’re not always tethered to an outlet while pumping. Users also love the helpful extras like the timer and nightlight for late-night pumping sessions and that the pump remembers your exact settings from your last session and automatically reverts to those the next time you turn it on to pump.

What’s Worth Considering

If you’re looking to spend a bit less, check out the Spectra S2. It doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, but is otherwise pretty comparable.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I loved everything about this pump! As an exclusive pumper, this was a must. It’s lightweight and has a rechargeable battery, making it easy to move around or bring to work. I was even able to pump in the car on my commute home easily. The light built into the handle was perfect for pumping in the dark or low light settings while baby was being fed. Also easy to adjust settings.” -Kate

Additional Specs
Includes Valves, adapter, tubing, (2) 24mm flanges and (2) 28mm flanges, wide-neck bottles and back-flow protectors
Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 7.5” x 7”

Best Breast Pump for Work

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The Scoop
  • Pump, tote and accessories all in one
  • Easy set up and cleanup
  • Battery backup
What Our Experts Say

Don’t be fooled by this unassuming tote—what’s inside is a game changer for working parents or anyone who pumps on the regular. There’s the double electric pump, of course, that’s clinically proven to increase milk volume by almost 12% and is much more compact than other similar breast pumps. It’s also a closed system pump so you don’t have to worry about milk entering the tubing.

Then there’s all the stuff you need to pump (a cooler, a battery pack, two sizes of breast shields, bottles, etc.) conveniently tucked inside so you don’t have to scramble around or worry about forgetting anything when you’re pumping away from home. Another plus: there aren’t a ton of parts to clean when you’re done.

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no screen on this pump, so you can’t easily glance at what level your pump is set on or how long you’ve been pumping. Some users also report that the motor is on the louder side.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Wow! I am so impressed. I have had a variety of breast pumps through 3 kids and many years of pumping and this one is outstanding. The flanges are much more comfortable that the typical all plastic, the pump is very quiet, and suction is great (rivals the Medela hospital grade pump) and gentle.” -Momof3

Additional Specs
Includes Breast pump, (4) 5 oz/150 mL bottles with lids, (2) 21 mm PersonalFit Flex breast shields, (2) 24 mm PersonalFit Flex breast shields, 2 PersonalFit Flex Connectors with membranes, complete tubing, cooler with cooling element, microfiber bag, battery pack (8 AAs not included) and power adaptor
Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 13” x 6” x 9”

Best Wearable Breast Pump

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The Scoop
  • Hands-free pumping
  • Quiet and discrete
  • Pump in any position
What Our Experts Say

This wearable breast pump is the true definition of hands-free pumping: with zero cords or attachments, everything you need (even the motor) is right in the pump cups. Simply slip the cups into your bra and go about your day as you pump. The Willow is quiet, ultra discreet and spill-proof. You can pump and store your milk in the same bag and pump in any position without worrying about leaks. There’s also an app that tracks milk volume, pump sessions and time.

What’s Worth Considering

The Willow doesn’t come cheap. (And in most cases is not covered under insurance—although we’re hoping that will change as time goes on. It is eligible for reimbursement under FSA/HSA, though, and Willow offers a financing option via their website.) Bags are also expensive, and you can’t transfer milk from one bag to another nor can you reseal them. It only works with breast cup sizes A-H, and you can’t charge and pump at the same time. And some pumping parents report that they don’t get the same output with this hands-free pump as they do with a traditional pump.

Looking for another wearable option? Check out the Elvie. You can pump right into the attached storage containers—no bags required.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Willow is amazing and gives you so much freedom.” -Miranda M.

Additional Specs
Includes 2 Willow pumps, (2) 24mm flanges (27 mm flanges ship separately), 2 Flextubes, charger, (24) 4 oz. milk bags, 2 cleaning brushes, 2 carrying bags
Dimensions 4.4” x 5.5” x 3.3”

Best Affordable Wearable Breast Pump

The Scoop
  • Similar to Willow and Elvie at fraction of the price
  • Convenient hands-free pumping
  • Comfy silicone collection cups
What Our Experts Say

Love the idea of a wearable pump but not looking to spend a ton of money? Meet the Imani i2, the affordable answer to hands-free pumping. With a small, individual motor on each side and super comfortable silicone breast shields, the Imani offers a slightly different design than the Willow and the Elvie but provides the same ultra-convenient hands-free pumping experience. The clear cups, even with the motor attached, are lightweight and slip right into your bra for an easy and discrete pumping session. There are two modes (massage and expression, with five levels per mode), a run time of about two and a half hours and an auto shut-off after 20 minutes. The best part? The double set will cost you only a fraction of what you’d pay for other similar wearable pumps.

What’s Worth Considering

Like other wearable pumps, many pumping parents will notice a difference in output when using a hands-free pump versus a traditional pump—and the Imani is no different. There are a lot of parts to assemble/disassemble and clean. And the rubber cap on the top of the collection cup can be tricky to keep in place.

Also note that the breast shield on the collection cup is fairly large, but the pump comes with a 25mm silicone insert to make it smaller if you need to size down and other size options available through Legendairy Milk.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I wasn’t sure about wearable pumps and didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I’m so glad I gave the Imani a try. It’s SO easy to use and I love it for the times I can’t stop what I’m doing to sit down and pump. Big fan.” -Jen

Additional Specs
Includes 1 motor, (1) 7oz/200ml clear plastic cup, 1 silicone membrane, (1) 28mm silicone breast shield, (1) 25mm silicone insert, 1 valve base, 1 duckbill valve, 1 charging cable

Another Affordable Wearable Option

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  • Over $150 less than most wearable pumps
  • Strong suction with 2 modes and 9 levels
  • Pump into reusable containers (5 oz or 7 oz)
What Our Experts Say

If you’re looking for another affordable wearable alternative, the Willow Go is a good choice. Like its more expensive counterpart, the Go fits right in your bra for hands-free pumping. There are two modes (stimulation and expression) and nine different suction settings, and you’ll get about five pumping sessions without having to recharge the batteries. Milk is collected in reusable storage containers so you won’t have to deal with buying disposable bags. The pump comes with five-ounce containers, but you can also purchase seven-ounce ones separately if you have a strong supply.

What’s Worth Considering

You can’t be quite as mobile with the Go as you can be with the original Willow—you’ll need to stay (mostly) upright while pumping. Nipple alignment is a bit tricky. There are five parts to clean for each pump, which is time-consuming. And you can’t control the Willow Go via the app.

What Babylist Parents Say

“After a lot of events that happened post-birth, I ended up needing to build back my milk supply. It was really hard taking care of a newborn while stuck to a wall, so I ordered these in attempts to allow myself to pump while caring for my daughter. It has tremendously helped me by allowing me the ability to pump while my hands are tied with her. Highly recommend if you’re on the go or need something just while busy with baby and can’t stay tied down to a plug.” -Bonnie

Additional Specs
Includes 2 Willow Go Pumps, 2 Flanges (21 mm and 24 mm), 2 5 oz reusable containers and Charger
Weight 0.84 lbs
Dimensions 5.3” H x 4.7” W x 3.15” D

Best Electric Breast Pump for Faster Pumping

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The Scoop
  • Powerful but quiet motor and slim design
  • Designed for pumping more milk in less time
  • Rechargeable battery
What Our Experts Say

A relative newcomer in the world of pumping, Motif has quickly made a name for itself as the maker of one of the best electric breast pumps on the market. The brand’s double electric pump shares lots of similarities to the well-loved Spectra, but with a few key differences. The most important? The Luna was designed to produce more milk in less time. And who doesn’t appreciate that? (You can read the full study here.) Other things pumping parents rave about is the pump’s slim design, hospital-grade suction, the super quiet motor and the rechargeable battery life of over two hours. You’ll also find lots of settings in both massage and expression mode as well as a built-in nightlight and a backlit LCD screen.

What’s Worth Considering

If you’re stuck between the Spectra and the Luna, don’t stress; you truly can’t go wrong with either of these high quality breast pumps.

What’s Babylist Parents Say

“This pump has been awesome. I love the built in light, I love how easy it is to carry, and I’m a huge fan of the cycle and level options.” -Kayla

Additional Specs
Includes Breast pump, (2) 24mm breast shields, (2) 28mm breast shields, 2 silicone valves, 2 backflow protectors, 2 tubing, 2 milk collection containers, 2 milk collection container caps , 2 milk collection container covers, 2 milk collection container disks, 2 bottle nipples, battery and power adapter
Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9.17” x 7.68” x 9.61”

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Best Manual Breast Pump

The Scoop
  • Compact and portable
  • Hand-powered and cord free
  • Great for quiet, discreet pumping
What Our Experts Say

A great manual pump is your BFF if you’re an occasional pumper or if you’re on the go and need to express a few ounces quickly and without the hassle or bulk of a full size pump (think date night, a long car trip, etc.). Since it’s small, silent and doesn’t involve any cords, this pump makes discreet pumping really easy. Its angled design allows you to sit comfortably when you pump, ensuring milk flows naturally into the container. It even comes with a bottle stand to help prevent a spill of even a drop of that liquid gold.

What’s Worth Considering

Your hand will get tired, especially if you plan to manually pump more than once a day.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s great to have on hand when you may need a pump but can’t bring your electric pump or if you don’t plan to pump. I would recommend getting the help of a friend who’s used one before or a lactation counselor but it’s relatively easy to use and is a life saver to have on hand when you need it!” -Hayley

Additional Specs
Includes One set of PersonalFit 24 mm/medium breastsheilds, (1) 5 oz. bottles with lid, valve and membrane, Harmony connector and bottle stand
Weight 11 lb
Dimensions 8.6” x 7”

Easiest to Use Breast Pump

The Scoop
  • Hands-free, one-piece pump
  • No separate parts to clean
  • Ultra affordable
What Our Experts Say

Think a manual pump is a lot of work? Think again. The Haakaa, made from 100% food-grade silicone, is about as low-maintenance as it gets when it comes to pumping. It’s a one-piece pump that attaches to your breast and collects milk using its own suction—no hands (or power source) required. Lots of pumping parents will pop it on while their baby nurses on the other side to gain a few ounces for their freezer stash. Better yet, it’s under 15 bucks.

What’s Worth Considering

Although it can act as a collection device, don’t forget that the Haakaa is a pump. That means that if you’re struggling with oversupply and using the Haakaa at every breastfeeding or pumping session, you’re actually encouraging your body to make more milk.

Some parents also find that their baby is able to kick it off if they’re breastfeeding on one side and using the Haakaa on the other. If that’s the case for you, try Haakaa’s Ladybug Milk Collector instead.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I hated my electric pump, but loved the Haakaa. My pumping needs weren’t high since I wasn’t going back to work right away, and I could get about 4 ounces a day out of this just by snapping it on the breast I wasn’t nursing on a couple times a day. Comfortable and took zero effort.” -Heron

Additional Specs
Includes No additional parts
Weight 15.2 oz.
Dimensions 1.9” x 1.9” x 6.9”

Best Portable Breast Pump

The Scoop
  • Portable and powerful
  • Smaller than your smart phone
  • 14 different suction settings
What Our Experts Say

If you’re pregnant or a new parent and you’ve spent even a little time on social media lately, you’ve probably heard the buzz around the Baby Buddha breast pump—and we think it lives up to the hype. Revered for it’s teeny, tiny size and super powerful suction, the Baby Buddha lands somewhere between a traditional closed system electric breast pump and a completely hands-free, portable option. It’s small enough to hold in one hand and light and compact enough to slip in your pocket or wear around your wrist or your neck while you pump. But its size in no way affects its power. This single or double pump has a stimulation mode with five levels and an expression mode with nine, so it’s easy to find a custom setting that works for you.

The rechargeable battery lets you pump without being tethered to the wall. And, while not condoned by the brand itself, there are tons of Baby Buddha hacks to help you figure out how to use your pump with other pump brands’ components.

What’s Worth Considering

Although advertised as quiet, we think the Baby Buddha is actually on the louder side as compared to other similar pumps. The suction is also pretty strong, which is perfect for some pumpers but not so great for others.

For another portable option that pumping parents report has gentler suction but still does a great job expressing milk, check out the Pumpables Genie Advanced Portable Breast Pump. It weighs about half a pound and can be used as a primary pump.

Additional Specs
Includes Breast pump, (2) 24mm flanges, (2) sets of duckbill valves, (1) pair of silicon diaphragms, 2 bottles, 2 bottle bases, 2 bottle storage caps, 2 bottle hygiene covers, 2 pump covers, 3 detachable tubes and T-connector, USB charging cable, detachable lanyard, carrying tote
Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 8.3” x 7.6” x 6.9”

Best Affordable Breast Pump

The Scoop
  • Affordable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Light, small and easily portable
What Our Experts Say

With thousands of almost unanimously positive online reviews, the Bellababy Double Electric pump is a fraction of the cost as many similar pumps on the market. This closed-system pump features four pumping modes and nine levels of suction. Breastfeeding parents love the pump’s light weight, wireless capabilities and, of course, the price.

What’s Worth Considering

Users complain that some of the suction settings are actually too strong. The pump is also on the louder side.

Lansinoh’s Double Electric Breast Pump and the Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump are two other well-reviewed pumps that are worth a look if you’re in the market for a more affordable pump.

Additional Specs
Includes 2 storage bag adapters and 10 storage bags
Weight 2.84 lbs
Dimensions 14” x 10.24” x 4.13”

Best Hospital Grade Breast Pump

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  • Hospital-grade strength
  • Proven to achieve faster milk ejection and flow
  • Good choice for exclusive pumpers
What Our Experts Say

Don’t get sticker shock just yet—hospital grade pumps are almost always rented on a monthly basis through wherever you gave birth, so there’s no need to worry about forking over a ton of cash. If you’re an exclusive pumper or having trouble with supply, the Symphony may be the pump for you. It boasts a two-phase suction system that’s been proven to achieve faster letdown and faster milk flow. It’s efficient, easy to clean and even has a special system in place to prevent milk overflow.

What’s Worth Considering

This is a big, bulky pump, so you’re not going to want to tote it around unless absolutely necessary. Bottles aren’t included, but can be purchased separately with the Medela Symphony Double Pumping Kit.

What Babylist Parents Say

“As an exclusive pumper, this hospital-grade pump was an absolute must-have. It was quick, efficient and powerful and helped me pump for my son for almost a year.” -Jen

Additional Specs
Includes Breast pump, Symphony 2.0 Program Card, container stand, quick start card, protector for card/cord
Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 10.25” 8.25” 12.50”

Best Breast Pump Accessory

The Scoop
  • Transforms electric pump into a hands-free pump
  • Multiple flange sizes for all breast sizes
  • Discrete
What Our Experts Say

If you already have a breast pump but would love the convenience of a wearable pump, Freemie Collection Cups are an excellent choice. Compatible with most popular electric pumps (be sure to check the full list here), Freemies’ tubing plugs right into your existing pump, giving you the convenience of a hands-free pumping option without the steep price tag of buying a new wearable pump. Each cup holds up to eight ounces of breast milk.

What’s Worth Considering

The opaque plastic makes it tough for some moms to get proper nipple alignment. Others say you’ll need to pump a bit longer than with traditional flanges in order to get the same amount of milk.

If you’re not loving the Freemie cups, check out these silicone collection cups by Legendairy Milk. Some pumpers find them more comfortable and more effective than the Freemies; just keep in mind all these factors vary greatly from person to person.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The Freemies are my forever gift to pumping moms. They are the BEST things EVER!” - J.S.

Additional Specs
Includes (2) each 25mm and 28mm funnels, (2) cups, (2) valve bases, (2) barriers, (2) duckbill valves, Freemie Closed System Connection Kit, 3 lengths of Tubing and a Y-Connector; breast pump sold separately
Weight 8 oz. each
Dimensions 4.4” x 2.75”

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