Here is a round-up of our pick of the best electric breast pumps to make expressing easier, especially if you’re juggling breastfeeding and work commitments. By Licia Selepe
Whether you’re getting ready to go back to work or you just want to get some rest or go out, using a breast pump means that your baby can benefit from your milk even when you’re not around. Selecting just the right one will help you keep your milk flowing and prevent plugged ducts or an infection.
Choosing a breast pump
If you’ll only be away from your baby occasionally and your milk supply is well-established, a simple hand pump might be all you need. However, an electric pump is a better option if you’re returning to work full-time and are away from your baby for more than a few hours a day.
A typical pumping session lasts about 10 to 15 minutes on each breast, so if you’re expressing at work or are crunched for time, it may be worth investing in a double breast pump to halve your expressing time, although these are more expensive.
Philips Avent Comfort Single electric breast pump
R2 395, Dis-Chem
The unique design allows for more comfortable pumping and after using the gentle stimulation mode, you can choose from three strength settings while the massage cushion helps stimulate milk flow. Compact and portable, this pump is perfect to keep in your handbag when you’re at work or can even be stored in your desk drawer. It can also be operated using batteries for on-the-go convenience.
Nuk Luna electric breast pump
R1 699.90, babiesrus.co.za
The flexible opti-form breast shield fits snugly against your breast and the dual-phase pumping system is modelled on nature, making it ideal for regular use and offers gentle expressing of milk. The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and operate with one hand, and it only has a few parts, making cleaning easy. It is operated with mains or batteries, making this another discreet office option.
Beurer electric breast pump BY 40
R1 730, takealot.com
This pump has 10 stimulation and 10 pumping levels and features a memory function so you don’t need to reset the pump each time you use it. The electric unit has a clear and illuminated display for midnight sessions and the non-slip rubber feet mean it won’t bounce around on your side table. Use it plugged in or with batteries for ultimate convenience.
Medela double electric breast pump
R7 999, babygroup.co.za
If you are expressing at work or want to reduce the amount of time you spend pumping, this quality offering will allow you to express from both breasts at the same time, as the two-phase pump is modelled on a baby’s natural feeding behaviour. The pump has back lighting so you can express at night without having to switch on lights and the memory function will automatically return to your desired settings.
Pigeon Single Electric Breast Pump Pro
The no-backflow feature of this breast pump prevents milk from flowing back to the funnel and there are seven adjustable suction levels and four speeds to choose from. The perfect sealing air cushion fits gently on your breast and is designed to be airtight, so it won’t slip off your breast if they are soft or engorged. This pump is also a quiet option, making it perfect for the office or night time.
Tommee Tippee electronic breast pump
R1 299, takealot.com
The massaging motions of the suction cup are designed to help increase your milk yield by imitating your baby’s sucking. Consisting of just three parts, this pump is easy to assemble and clean. It is portable and lightweight, and works with both batteries and electricity.
All breast pump parts that come in contact with breast milk should be cleaned after each use with liquid dish washing soap and warm water.
Consult your instruction manual to make sure the pieces are dishwasher safe and it isn’t necessary to clean the tubing unless it comes in contact with breast milk.
Electrical units, which hold the motor and batteries, should be wiped down after each use.
Basic Cleaning Method
- Read the instruction manual to find out which parts should be washed and the best way to remove parts that must be cleaned.
- Right after pumping, rinse each piece in cool water.
- Wash each piece using dish washing liquid and plenty of warm water.
- Rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Air-dry the pieces on clean paper towel or on a clean drying rack.
- Avoid using cloth towels to dry the pieces as they carry germs.
- Once dry, assemble the pump before you store it or use it.
- Try not to touch the inside of any parts that will come in contact with your breast milk.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.