12 Best Breast Pumps In India
When it comes to buying a breast pump, the most important factor that influences your purchase decision is the frequency of use.
Manual Breast pumps are for those who occasionally pump and feed their baby- mostly stay-at-home moms who occasionally wants to go out leaving the baby under someone else’s care. You will have to spend more time with a manual pump and it’s going to be strenuous on your hands. But if it’s just occasional, then it’s wiser to buy a manual pump rather than splurging on an electric pump that may cost double or triple that of a manual pump.
Electric Breast Pumps on the other hand are available in two varieties- single and double. They are suitable for two categories of people-
– Budget conscious folks who pump regularly.
– Occasional users who don’t mind the price, but needs a hassle free pumping experience.
Double Electric Breast Pumps are for extensive users. If you are a working mom who wants to spend minimum time for pumping, then double electric breast pump is exactly what you need. It not only saves time, but is efficient at draining your milk and maintaining your supply too.
Based on product features, comfort, efficiency and reviews, we have put together the list of best breast pumps in India below-
Note- Individuals respond differently to each breastfeeding pump. The amount of milk pumped depends on factors like your milk supply, time of pumping, stress and your general mind frame. To the end of the article, we share some tips to help you maximise the quantity of milk expressed through pumping.
If you are pumping occasionally, say just 1-2 times a week or even less frequent than that, then we would highly recommend you to choose Philips Manual breast pump– its light on your pockets and does a fairly neat job of extracting milk completely from your breasts. Thanks to its unique design, you don’t have to lean forward, but can rather sit and relax while pumping.
Now, if you need to pump and feed more frequently say 3-4 times a week or more, then Philips Comfort Electric Breast pump will definitely be a good choice. Its fast, easy and efficient. It has a soft massage cushion that is easy on your breasts yet highly efficient in extracting milk quickly.
For a regular user who pumps daily, Medela Pump In Style is the best choice. But unfortunately, it isn’t affordable for many.
Now, if you are looking for a budget friendly option, then Trumom Electric Breast pump is the best choice. It has multiple phase expression that helps to extract milk efficiently and it costs almost half what you would spend on Medela or Philips electric breast pump. Regular users could also opt for Trumom Double Electric Breast pump for quicker and efficient pumping.
Best Manual Breast Pump
Average Rating: 4.2/5 (based on 74 customer reviews)
The most distinguishing feature of Medela breast pumps is its two-phase expression that mimics natural breastfeeding and triggers letdown reflex. In this manual pump, the handle has a shorter and a longer end. On pumping with the shorter end, the breast pump starts a small quick suction cycle that imitates the feeding pattern of a hungry baby and induces the letdown reflex. After a minute or two, the mother can start pumping with the longer side of the handle and it results in deep, slow suction that draws out maximum milk from the breast.
The small size, easy cleaning, availability of spares and breast shields to suit an individual’s anatomy makes it a great choice for occasional users.
Average Rating: 3.9/5 (based on 288 customer reviews)
We highly recommend Philips Avent manual breast pump as it offers great comfort to the mother and does a very good job of extracting milk. This breast pump is compatible with the Philips Avent Feeding Bottle Range. One of the best things about Philips Avent breast pumps is that the mom can sit straight and doesn’t have to lean forward to ensure that the milk falls in to the bottle. The soft massage cushion helps trigger the letdown reflex and along with the breast pump, you get a feeding bottle with specialized nipple that lets baby latch on without any nipple confusion. It is easy to assemble and clean too. It is of course expensive than Pigeon Manual Breast Pump, but its superior features make it a much better product too.
Average Rating: 3.8/5 (based on 216 customer reviews)
Being a Japanese brand, Pigeon does maintain a minimum standard in its products. It is a no-nonsense breast pump that does its work silently and comfortably, thanks to its perfect sealing air cushion. Though its handle is ergonomically designed, being a manual breast pump, it definitely is hard on your hands compared to an electric one. The product is fairly easy to clean and is accompanied with a 150ml feeding bottle.
Average Rating: 4/5 (based on 65 customer reviews)
With an ergonomic handle, extra soft breast shield, this breast pump is easy on your breasts and helps pump milk naturally. It doesn’t boast of any special technology like Medela or Philips Avent. But still it has got 92% positive feedback from a survey conducted with 110 moms in Italy in the year 2013, thus proving to be of quality at par with the others in the list.
As it is imported from the US, Lansinoh is the costliest in this list of manual breast pumps. Like Medela, Lansinoh too has two-phase expression technology, but unlike Medela, it doesn’t have different length lever, but rather can shift from stimulation phase to expression phase with a click of a button. In the box, you get two different sizes of breast shield so that you can use the one that fits best and has maximum suction. The breast shield also has soft rims that help maximize the vacuum and suction.
Best Electric Breast Pump
Average Rating: 4.0/5 ( based on 238 customer reviews)
Though it doesn’t have the backing of an international brand like Medela or Philips, Trumom has been able to garner extremely positive reviews from the users. This bright colour breast pump uses three-stage expression technology namely massage phase, stimulation phase and expression phase. LCD panel, ability to operate on battery as well as mains and a light price tag makes it one of the favourite breast pumps of moms in India. The only drawback though is that the pump is a bit noisy. But overall, considering the price and quality, we highly recommend Trumom electric breast pump. If you want to spend minimal time for pumping, then, opt for Trumom double electric breast pump. It is highly efficient and costs less than half the price of double breast pumps from Medela and Spectra.
Average Rating: 4/5 ( based on 33 customer reviews)
With two years guarantee, Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump is a great option amongst the electric breast pumps presently available in the market. It has three pumping setting that you can adjust according to your need, compatibility with Avent Feeding Bottles and soft massage cushion that makes pumping a stress free experience. Just like most other electric breast pumps, Avent too is a bit noisy and may startle a light-sleeping baby.
Average Rating: 4.1/5 (based on 66 customer reviews)
Medela Swing is a portable lightweight breast pump that has two-phase expression technology and buttons to adjust the suction of the pump as per personal comfort. The stimulation phase is pre-set at 2 minutes following which the expression stage begins. Multi-tasking moms will find the belt clip pretty useful too. Medela Swing Breast Pump is the recipient of numerous parenting and pregnancy products awards.
A very popular brand in the US, Spectra M1 Breast Pump works on in-built rechargeable battery and efficiently drains milk from the breasts completely. It is comparatively heavier and bulkier than Medela Swing and Philips Event Electric Breast Pump.
Sprectra too adopts two-stage expression technology and the tubing of this breast pump has a back flow protector that avoids breast milk contamination.
Best Electric Double Breast Pump
Average Rating: 3.5/5 ( based on 23 customer reviews)
The only difference between Medela Swing Maxi and Medela Swing Electric Breast pump is that the former is double and latter is single. Medela Swing Maxi of course saves time and is portable enough to carry it to your office or while or a road trip or flight.
It is a fairly flexible double electric breast pump with which you can set and adjust the vacuum strength to 8 levels and speed in 6 levels. Its closed system prevents milk flow in to the tubing and motor (thus no need to clean the tubing except occasional airing out). Other features like LCD display, built-in bottle holders, ability to work on battery as well as direct supply makes it a worthy investment for working moms who pump exclusively.
Considered as one of the best double electric breast pumps ever, Medela PISA comes built in to a tote bag making it easy to carry around. It comes with different size breast shields, milk bottles and insulated bag with ice packs making it a complete package to express, store and carry breast milk. The pump boasts of high efficiency and maximum comfort for the mother making it the best option for a mother who pumps and feed her baby exclusively.
Tips To Maximise Quantity Of Milk Expressed Through Pumping
The most common problem that moms face while using breast pump, irrespective of whether it is manual or electric is inability to express a significant quantity of milk using the breast pump. Many spend up to 30 minutes to get only 10-20 ml of milk, which is definitely disappointing. This is because when your baby directly feeds from your breast, there is an emotional factor that triggers the letdown reflex. But when you express using breast pump, as this emotional factor is missing, letdown reflux may not occur. So, you may have to adopt a few tips given below to maximise the quantity of breast milk expressed through pumping.
- Gently massage the breast in circular motion from outside to the nipples before you pump.
- Always pumps at the same time every day.
- Milk supply is usually the maximum early morning as there usually is a larger gap between feeds at night. So, to check whether your pump actually has a defect, try pumping early morning (preferably after a gap of 5-6 hours when you feel your breasts heavy)
- Pumping after a warm bath or using warm compression before pumping is useful.
- Express with your hands before using pump in order to stimulate letdown reflex.
- Relax and think about your baby.
- Use pump of right flange size.
- While at home or whenever possible, feed the baby directly. As per researches, if you depend on pump exclusively to express breast milk without directly feeding the baby, your milk supply will falter after 2-3 weeks.