5 expert-recommended breast pumps

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The BabyWombWorld Double Electric Breast Pump, R2 495

Available from www.babywombworld.co.za

  • This pump ticks most of the boxes at an extremely competitive price, making it the best value for money pump in my opinion.
  • It can be used as a single or double pump.
  • It has a rechargeable lithium battery.
  • It’s a closed system, so no milk can enter the pump parts.
  • 3 flange sizes available – 21mm, 24mm, and 29mm.
  • Dual suction control –  this is one of the only pumps which has two separate pump motors, enabling you to control and change the suction settings for each breast.
  • 3D suction –  the pump has silicone flanges that ‘collapses’ during suction, squeezing and massaging the nipple instead of just pulling it in.
  • Allows 2-phase expressing, with 9 suction strengths in each phase.
  • An LED touch screen with a timer, indicates your pump settings and expressing time.
  • A memory function saves your settings for the next session.

The BabyWombWorld Double Electric Breast Pump, R2 495

The Spectra S1 Plus Hospital Grade Double Rechargeable Breast Pump, R 3 499

Available from www.spectrababy.co.za

  • Spectra is an extremely popular brand and it’s easy to see why. Most mothers have very positive feedback on this pump.
  • It can be used as a single or double pump.
  • Comes with a rechargeable lithium battery. (Note that the Spectra S2 Plus costs a bit less and uses AC power, but otherwise is exactly the same as the S1 Plus, making it a good option for a mom not concerned about battery power).
  • It’s a closed system, so no milk can enter the pump parts.
  • 4 flange sizes available – 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, and 32mm.
  • It has a handy night-light.
  • Allows for 2-phase expressing.
  • In let-down mode this pump can pump at 70 cycles per minute and you can choose between 5 different suction strength settings.
  • In expressing mode, the speed and strength can also be adjusted individually between 5 speed settings and 12 different strength settings.
  • It has a 30-minute timer with a timer display function.
  • A memory function records current settings for your next pumping session.
  • It comes with a NAPPI code so you can claim the cost from your medical aid.

The Spectra S1 Plus Hospital Grade Double Rechargeable Breast Pump, R 3 499

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump, R5 200

Available from www.mybreastpump.co.za

  • I like that this pump has 7 different flange sizes available – 21mm, 22.5mm, 25mm, 28.5mm, 30.5mm, 32.5mm, and 36mm. Occasionally a mom with very sensitive nipples can struggle to find her perfect fit between the more standard flange sizes.
  • It can be used as a single or double pump.
  • AC powered or 6 x AA batteries.
  • It’s a closed system, so no milk can enter the tubes and pump parts.
  • Comes with a cool ‘n carry tote bag that can keep milk fresh for 24 hours if the freezer elements are frozen.
  • Customised control settings help you find your perfect pump settings.
  • It comes with a NAPPI code so you can claim the cost from your medical aid.

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump, R5 200

Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, R4 814

Available from www.breastpumps.co.za

  • Medela is a long established and well-known brand in South Africa, and many new moms specifically want a Medela pump. The Swing Maxi is especially small and light, making it easier to pack and commute with.
  • It can be used as a single or double pump.
  • AC powered or uses 6 x AAA batteries.
  • It’s an open system, so milk can enter the pump, but the pump can be cleaned inside if any milk entered the parts.
  • 5 flange sizes available (they refer to them as Personal Fit Breast Shields) – 21mm, 24mm, 27mm, 30mm and 36mm.
  • Allows for 2-phase expressing with a massage/let-down mode and a suction/expressing mode.
  • It comes with a NAPPI code so you can claim the cost from your medical aid.

Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, R4 814

NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump, R3 300  

Available from www.nuk.co.za

  • This is a good option for a mom needing a single electric breast pump. I like the flexibility that the different suction strengths and rhythms offer in finding a pump setting that works for you.
  • It’s a single electric breast pump.
  • It has a built-in rechargeable battery with a USB charger.
  • It’s an open system, but a unique blow dry feature helps you clean any moisture inside the pump.
  • Unfortunately, it’s only available in a 22mm flange size, thus not an option for a mom with larger nipples.
  • It has 4 suction strengths and 4 suction rhythms. These can be combined with each other to give 16 different pump programmes.
  • Comes with a practical shoulder belt so you can carry it around with you.
  • A soft silicone cushion ensures a comfortable fit.
  • The LCD smart display screen adapts to light conditions to show the pump settings, progress and time.
  • The memory function saves your pump settings.
  • It comes with a NAPPI code so you can claim the cost from your medical aid.

NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump, R3 300

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