Start here BEFORE reading the breast pump reviews
Consumer reviews are a valuable resource when making any purchase, and a breast pump is no exception. Reviews written by real people can offer information that you can't find anywhere else. People who have actually used a product can tell you honestly what the pros and cons are and help you find the best breast pump for you. However, reading breast pump reviews should not be the starting point of your decision process unless you plan on dedicating a great deal of unnecessary time to your quest. It's better to spend a few minutes now thinking about what you're looking for in a breast pump.
Electric Breast Pump or Manual Breast Pump
Manual breast pumps are a very inexpensive option. A manual breast pump will work, but it can be a bit difficult to use and the milk is not expressed very quickly. However, a manual breast pump can be a great option for anyone who either can't afford to get an electric breast pump or someone who doesn't plan on using a breast pump very often. A new mother going back to work that intends to pump on a daily basis will likely find this option too tedious to be worthwhile. There is also an upside to a less complicated manual model; it weighs less and is much easier to clean. You don't have to worry about any electrical mechanisms malfunctioning. But still, a manual breast pump is best suited to the mom who doesn't plan to pump very often.
There are two options when shopping for an electric breast pump: a single electric pump or a double electric pump. A single breast pump will still give you fast and easy milk pumping, just one breast at a time. Moms who are serious about breast pumping, and intend to pump on a regular basis, will want to invest in a good double breast pump.
Breast Pump Reliability
Most moms use their breast pumps every day. Some moms use their breast pumps several times a day every day. That is a lot of repeated use and can put a strain on the motor. Check out the warranty information before you buy any breast pump. You will also want to look for any reliability issues throughout the breast pump reviews.
Breast Pump Materials
Many breast pump makers are coming out with BPA free pumps, or at least pumps where no part of the pump that touches the breast milk contains BPA. We know that this is an issue that is very important for many mothers, so we have dedicated a section specifically to BPA free breast pumps reviews. You will find it to the right, underneath the categories for price and brand.
Read The Breast Pump Reviews
The breast pumps are categorized to the right by both price and brand. There is an overview of each breast pump that includes the breast pumps features and warranty information as well as an overall rating and review. Use this overview to narrow your search before moving on to the individual breast pump reviews. This way you won't waste your time reading thousands of reviews for breast pumps that won't meet your needs.
A Quick Warning About Breast Pumps
Breast pumps mimic the natural lactation that occurs with your baby and they are very safe to use, when they are used properly. You should not experience pain or bleeding when using a breast pump. Some breast pump reviews speak of either pain or bleeding and it is important to know that this is not normal and indicates there may be some problem with the mother, the breast pump or the way the breast pump is being used. Contact your doctor or lactating specialist if pain or bleeding occurs.