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Best manual breast pumps

If breastfeeding is for you then you might find yourself wanting a pump. Electric breast pumps are very efficient and helpful if you plan on expressing a lot, however, they can be rather pricey, loudier, bulkier and some mums just don’t get along with the sensation of an electric pump. We have searched for the best manual breast pumps, so keep reading to find one that suits you.

When it comes to ease of use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump gets the thumbs up from us. All you need to do is place the suction cup onto your breast and squeeze it a couple of times until the suction takes hold and the pump then does everything else. As mum doesn’t need to do anything for the pump to work and it’s ultra lightweight it is ideal for expressing and feeding baby at the same time. We’ve recently shortlisted the Haakaa for the best manual breast pump award in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards.

Best manual breast pump - NatureBond

The NatureBond Silicone Breast Pump is another pump that does the hard work for mum. When feeding baby, you suction this to your other breast to ensure every drop of breast milk is being collected opposed to being wasted in a breast pad. Made from 100% BPA Free silicone, it is extremely soft and comfortable to use. The pump is also very small, lightweight and comes with a pouch making it super handy for mums on the go. Another plus for us is the price, at £11.99 you can’t go wrong. Does it get the thumbs up from you? Well, we shortlisted it in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards so it must be good!

Best manual breast pump - Medela

Medela are probably one of the best known breastfeeding pumps around and celebrity mums such as Kourtney Kardashian, Tamara Ecclestone and Blake Lively are all fans of their pumps. Mums who usually express with the Medela electric pumps will find the Harmony manual breast pump super handy for when they are away as it offers the same 2-phase expression technology. With the manual pump you would start pumping with the shorter side of the handle, this creates a faster sucking cycle (like a hungry baby). Once milk is flowing you switch to the longer side which creates a slower sucking cycle to express the majority of your milk.

Best manual breast pump - MAM

The MAM manual breast pump is individually adjustable to help all mums express comfortably. This pump has a suction controller that allows the strength to be adjusted to your preference to ensure the flow suits you. When it’s turned all the way to the right, the vacuum is held for up to three seconds. This allows lots of milk to be expressed quickly. The funnel can also be altered and angled to a position that is easy for you to use. In the funnel the soft breast pads make sure the fit is secure and it offers mum a pleasant sensation on the skin.

Best manual breast pump - AVENT

The Philips Avent Comfort Manual breast pump has a massage cushion that has a soft, velvety texture that gives mum a warm feel on her skin. It has been designed to fit the majority of mums but if you do require a larger cushion, this can be bought separately. This pump includes Avent’s Natural bottle and teat that is breast-shaped to promote natural latch-on. So, even when you need to feed your baby from a bottle they have made it easy.


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