Most breast pumps available on the market today are all BPA free, top-rack dishwasher safe, come with bottles you pump directly into and, for electric pumps, have controls to adjust the suction power and speed, however, some are better than others. Here are a few of our picks.
Personal Electric Pumps
Most moms going back to work opt for a personal, double electric pump because it efficiently empties both breasts at the same time. These pumps typically come in a carrying case with the option to use battery power or an electrical outlet. Most offer a cooler for storage and transporting milk. There are also single electric pumps, but they only allow you to empty one breast at a time.
Manual Breast Pumps
For occasional pumping, a manual pump may be the right choice. Suction for these pumps is created manually—some are easy to operate single-handedly while others require two hands. Manual pumps are quiet, small, and easily portable.
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