Manual Breast Pumps vs. Electric Breast Pumps
There are countless types and styles of breast pumps available in the world today. Choosing the right pump can be a particularly difficult task. Firstly, you need to work out if a manual or electric breast pump would best meet your requirements.
Manual breast pumps
If you will only be pumping occasionally then a manual breast pump should best suit your needs. Since manual breast pumps are small and lightweight you can easily pack one in a nappy bag and carry it wherever you go.
A manual breast pump is usually 30% cheaper than an electric pump. To me if I was only expressing say once or twice a week a manual breast pump is a no brainer.
Also a manual breast pump gives the mother complete control over the suction and speed of the pump; however, many mothers, including me, grow tiresome during manual expression and are unable to collect enough milk for a feeding.
There are now more electric breast pump options than manual, mothers that prefer manuals over electric usually prefer the Haakaa Silicone Breast pump or the ARDO Amryll Manual Breast pump. My tip is don’t skimp on price here. I consider a pump as a medical device. Top quality is paramount.
Electric breast pumps are designed to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers that need to pump daily. If you plan to return to work after having your baby then you should get an electric breast pump.
Working mothers prefer to use electric pumps because they can easily express more milk in a short amount of time. A mother who needs to increase her milk supply may also benefit from using a double electric breast pump. If you choose a model that offers double pumping you can greatly decrease the amount of time that you need to pump. I have also heard you may increase you milk supply if you double express.
Often electric pumps can be quite heavy and noisy; however, manufacturers continue to use advanced technology, which creates lighter pumps that make much less noise. Many models can also be operated with batteries making them more convenient for active mothers. If you are after a quiet electric breast pump you must check out the Cimilre S3 Double electric Breast Pump. Wow was I impressed. Super strong suction!
The electric pumps that are available can be quite expensive compared to the manual pump prices, but if you plan to feed your baby breast milk exclusively then the pump will be well worth the price. Most electric pumps come with their own carry bag or backpack and have storage for keeping your expressed milk cool.
Also worth noting that both ARDO and Cimilre are both closed systems protecting the milk and the motor. Medela use 2 phase expression technology, but not closed system.
The top electric pumps that was recommended by mothers were the ARDO Calypso Double Plus and the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. It is worth noting ARDO are the only brand endorsed by the ABA! They are that good!
Now that I have had my 3 kids and they are all grown up, I wish I just bought a top quality electric breast pump from the beginning. It would have been much easier that the 3 cheap pumps I went through over the years.