AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION – 1800 686 2 686
Which breast pump is best for you, and how do you decide? Manual breast pumps are usually cheaper, lighter and more portable than electric pumps but are slower to pump than the electric models. Electric pumps are best when you are pumping several times per day and double breast pumps empty both breasts at the same time, halving the time it takes to express.
Many pharmacies hire out pumps, so you can try before you buy. The Australian Breastfeeding Association also offers breast pumps for hire. Take a look at their website:
There are a few well known brands of breast pumps. Tommee Tippee, Medela and Philips Avent as shown in the pictures above. Here is a small amount of information on some of the models, but I urge you to do your own research and find out what is available in your own area and which pump best suits your needs.
Electric or battery powered single pump, designed for Mums who express often. Has adjustable suction, mains adaptor and a carry pouch. Small and portable.
MEDELA MINI ELECTRIC
Electric or battery powered single pump designed for Mums who express occasionally. Adjustable suction and mains adaptor. Small and lightweight.
PHILIPS AVENT SINGLE ELECTRONIC
Electronic or battery powered single pump designed for long term use. Micro-processor memorises and maintains your preferred suction, speed and interval. Can also work manually
PHILIPS AVENT MANUAL
Single manual pump designed to provide gentle suction that stimulates the let down reflex by mimicking baby sucking. Can express milk into bottles or via cups, which allows you to express, store and feed breast milk to your baby all with the one cup.
TOMMEE TIPPEE CLOSER TO NATURE FREEDOM BREAST PUMP KIT
Single manual pump. Breastmilk is collected in storage pots that fit into TommeeTippee bottles for feeding. Price includes the pump, a bottle, two milk storage pots, six disposable breast pads and steriliser/storage box.