Breast Pumps Electric vs Manual – Which Is Best?

electric-vs-manual-breast-pumpAre you unsure about what type of breast pump to buy?

The best way to make a choice is by first learning a little bit more about them, and in what situations they could be useful.

In this article we will take a look at the pros and cons in the battle of electric vs manual breast pumps, so you can make an informed decision.

Manual Breast Pumps

The main advantage of manual breast pumps is that they are lightweight, compact, and cost just a fraction of what an electric pump would cost. Having a small size, they are very easy to transport in any baby bag you have.

Using them is comfortable (as long as the brand you choose has an ergonomic design), and you can easily adjust the speed and strength of suction by the way you manipulate the pump’s lever.

These pumps are very quiet and easy to manipulate even in small spaces, this means that you can be discreet even if you need to pump away from home.

The downside of using these pumps is that they can take a toll on your hand if you use it on   daily basis, that’s why I recommend it for moms who will pump every once in a while and can’t/don’t need to invest in an relatively expensive machine.

WINS FOR: Moms who need to pump occasionally.

Electric Breast Pumps

Electric breast pumps on the other hand, work with a piston driven motor and a vacuum system that is used to express milk automatically form one breast or two breasts at the same time. They have been designed to cut the time you spend in your pumping sessions, so they work faster than manual pumps.

Expression technology has advanced quite a bit in the past years and now you can find electric breastpumps that do a great job imitating the natural suction pattern of your baby, with fully customizable settings.

With the help of a breast pump bra, you can even express milk while taking care of other things. These are bras that let you hold breast shields in place while the machine does its job.

What about the cons of using an electric pump?  Well, the main concern is price.  Although you can find products for less, most good pumps cost around $150 – $300.  However, if you have little time, or are a working mom, buying one can be a great investment that will help you build a freezer milk stash. I recommend this type of pumps to moms who need to pump on a regular basis.

Electric breast pump are also bigger and a bit noisier than manual ones. They usually come with their own tote bag for easy transportation, and to accommodate other parts of the kit.

WINS FOR: Moms who need to pump regularly.

As you can see, much will depend on the use you will be giving the pump.  If you are just going to pump on special occasions, an electric pump can be too much of an expense, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of it!

The same can be said about manual pumps, you could express milk on a regular basis with them… but let me tell you from experience: it makes pumping a time-consuming and fatiguing experience.

The main thing you need to do once you know which type of pump you want/need is look for breast pump reviews and more specifically, for brands that meet your needs.

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