Cheap Breast Pumps
As a new mother, or even a second- or third-time mother, breastfeeding demands and enables a special relationship with your newborn. Nothing quite aids this connection as much as a cheap breast pump, particularly if you don't expect to be with your baby 24/7. Good manual breast pumps can be had for about $30 and good cheap electric breast pumps cost less than $160; high-end breast pumps, by contrast, go for $400 and counting. Paying upscale prices gets you a model that's faster, more efficient, and easier to use, but legions of women who choose cheap breast pumps report they manage just fine and their babies thrive just as well.
Our Top Pick
Medela Harmony Review
For a single, manual breast pump users at Target.com sure love the Medela Harmony saying it is capable of producing the same if not more milk than a powered breast pump. A user at Amazon agrees saying she was able to pump much more milk with this pump than a competitor and she also noted how comfortable it is. Meanwhile, at Associated Content a Medela Harmony reviewer points out that the pump was so comfortable she wasn't even sure it was working at first.
The Medela Harmony is a single manual breast pump that comes with one size breast shield, however additional sizes can be purchased if needed. Since it is manual, the speed and suction are set by the user and there is no power source needed. The pump comes with two, five ounce bottles, a bottle stand, two solid lids and a travel cap. Additionally, this low cost breast pump can be turned into an electric pump with a Symphony or Lactina conversion kit.
We love that this pump can be converted to a powered pump if needed. We also like that users love this manual pump which is rare for a budget manual breast pump. Comfort and the ability to express a lot of milk are highlights for users. Overall we think if you're going for a manual cheap breast pump, this is the one to try.
Ameda Purely Yours Review
As far as ease of use, milk expression, comfort and price Ameda Purely Yours takes the cake in cheap breast pumps that are powered. Users at Amazon say it produces as much milk as hospital grade pumps and that the adjustable speed and suction settings are the best for optimal comfort. Users at BabyEarth.com rave in Ameda Purely Yours reviews, saying it's easy to use, easy to clean, comfortable and efficient.
The Ameda Purely Yours is the basic pump, for more money you can purchase the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra version which comes with all the bells and whistles like a carrying bag, a cooler, bottles, nipples, milk storage containers, additional breast shields and more. However, this version is the same exact pump for much cheaper and only comes with the Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System. As a powered double breast pump, it comes with one breast shield although six other sizes can be purchased. It has 32 speed and suction options available that can be adjusted by the user and it runs on electric, battery or a car adapter.
We love that this budget breast pump has 32 speed and suction settings available, and the fact that it comes with three power source options. Users absolutely love this pump comparing it to hospital grade pumps and saying it's comfortable and expresses a lot of milk. Overall, this cheap breast pump is a must have for the price.
Simplisse Manual Breastfeeding Companion Review
It's all about comfort with the Simplisse Manual Breastfeeding Companion. The Fashionable Housewife says on her blog, The Fashionable Housewife that this cheap breast pump is soft and doesn't pinch, while a user at BreastPumps.comagrees saying it's a totally comfortable pumping experience with no tugging or pulling. Amazon users also say the pump is efficient and gets a lot of milk in a short amount of time in Simplisse Manual Breastfeeding Companion reviews.
As a single manual breast pump, the Simplisse Manual Breastfeeding Companion uses a soft breast cup that conforms to different breast sizes rather than using a breast shield. Speed and suction are manually set by the user and there is no power source as this is a manual breast pump. Additionally, this is the cheapest breast pump on our list, and is very, very basic. In fact it doesn't come with any extras.
We like that this budget breast pump uses a slightly different technology in the form of breast cups rather than breast shields. This allows for a truly one size fits all experience since the cup shapes itself to the users breast. Users also really like the breast cup commenting often on how comfortable this low cost breast pump truly is. We would recommend trying out this manual breast pump if money is really tight.
Medela Swing Review
Users at Target.com really like the Medela Swing breast pump with one user saying it doesn't cause any breast tenderness or pain and it allows her to produce a lot of milk. At the Living in Sweet Dreams blog the Medela Swing reviewer says she loves this pump because it's easy to use, easy to clean and allows her to completely empty her breast in about 15 minutes.
As a single, powered breast pump, the Medela Swing comes with one size breast shield, but other sizes can be purchased if needed. It has a two phase expression technology which includes stimulation of 120 CPM speed and 50 to 140 mm Hg suction, and an expression mode of 45 to 72 CPM for speed and 50 to 250 mm Hg for suction. This is said to mimic a baby's natural nursing rhythm. It is powered by electricity or battery and comes with two, five ounce bottles with lids, travel caps, a carry bag, a bottle stand, a wide base slow flow nipple and a neck/shoulder strap.
We like that this inexpensive breast pump comes with so many extras and that it has the two phase expression technology. Reviewers also really like this pump saying it is comfortable, produces plenty of milk and is easy to clean. The bottom line is this cheap breast pump is a good option to try.
Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Single Review
Getting poor Evenflo Comfort Select reviews all around, users at Amazon report that the Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Single breaks after only a few days, loses suction easily, and is slow and loud. Similar problems are reported by users at Target.com where users say the pump loses suction, doesn't allow them to express any milk and sometimes leaks milk all over.
As a single, powered breast pump, there isn't a lot of information available about the Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Single. While it must come with a breast shield of some sort, the manufacturer doesn't say and it doesn't say if there are other sizes available. When it comes to pump cycle, users can choose between minimum and maximum suction while speed isn't mentioned only to say it is improved in this model. The low cost breast pump runs on electric or battery and comes with a four ounce bottle, nipple, cap, seal disc, four disposable nursing pads and a carrying case.
We don't like that there is limited information available about this cheap breast pump from the manufacturer. Even more worrisome is the fact that for pump cycle, the only description is improved pump cycle. This leads us to believe that previous models also had problems. Finally, user reviews are horrible for this inexpensive breast pump with reports that the pump breaks and loses suction after a short period of time. The bottom line - save your money and try a different budget breast pump.