6 Best Breast Pumps

6 Best Breast Pumps

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According to the United States Department of Labor, about 70 percent of American women with a child under 18 years of age participate in the labor force. That's an incredible 800 percent increase in working moms since 1860, despite the fact that the percentage of moms working outside the home decreased slightly over the past few years.

And, okay, let's hope that no one is still breastfeeding children in high school, but it shows just how many women feel the need to work - even after having a baby. 

That need can be economic, a drive to change the world, or simply mental stimulation. Whatever it is, the need is there. And, as the United States is the ONLY developed country that doesn't offer paid maternity leave, many mothers find it necessary to return to work sooner than they would like. (In case you're wondering, the only other countries to skip out on paid maternity leave are Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.) 

Put all these factors together and you can see why breast pumping has become commonplace in our world. 

Everyone wants the best for their child.

Whether you need to work or not, you're likely to feel an overwhelming desire to give your baby his or her very best shot in life. And, when it's medically and physically possible, that usually means breastfeeding. 

Breast milk contains just about everything your baby needs and nothing she or he doesn't. It's also been linked to higher IQs, fewer ear infections, and a reduced likelihood of developing asthmatic conditions. According to the World Health Organization, breast milk is the best source of nourishment for your child - and "if every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800 000 child lives would be saved every year." 

Wow!

So, if you need to get back to work, you want to get a breast pump.

No one is going to tell you that manual breast pumps are easy. No one says that electric breast pumps are fun (even when they have all those lovely buttons to play with). Even reading breast pump reviews to find the best breast pump for you can be a tiring experience. 

But, if a breast milk pump is what gives your baby his best chance at success, you're going to do it, right? 

Even if you don't need to go back to work and you just need a little more flexibility with feeding schedules - you're going to do it because happy moms make happy babies, and breast milk is just healthier than formula. 

(There are, however, circumstances where formula is the only or best option. That's something you need to discuss with your doctor. And, you may want to consult a lactation specialist before you give up on breastfeeding or pumping altogether.)

What are you looking for?

There are hundreds of expression machines on the market and they all claim to be the best breast pump. And, you will always find women that swear by their breast pump. That made it difficult to narrow our faves into a workable, researchable list. So we spent several hours a day for more than a week considering each option. 

We tried to present a range of options because every woman's situation is different. Some may only need to express on the rare occasion that they're traveling. Other's only pump once during the day while they're at the office. Some work in different spots every day of the week and need something portable. 

While each one of these factors is important, it's up to you to decide which is tops in your book. But now it's time to take a look at our Faves!


Editorial staff