The 5 Best Breast Pumps in 2021

The 5 Best Breast Pumps in 2021
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Breast pumps have come a long way since the original patent filed in 1898 by JH Hoover for a breast pump intended for humans, not cows. Almost 100 years later, in 1991, Medela released its first consumer pumps. Here we are 30 years later with endless options, but none are perfect.

Finding the perfect pump for your body and your situation can be overwhelming. But, whether it’s a long Tuesday at work or a rare night without kids, you can’t live without. Myself, I am sitting here pumping as I write this article, hoping to earn enough ounces for my 6 month old son.

As a mother of four, I have tested and tried virtually every pump on the market for a smooth, quiet unicorn that will produce as much milk as possible. Sadly, I’m here to say that it just doesn’t exist, but out of the 13 models I’ve tested for this guide, there are a few that come close.

To help refine our recommendations, I also interviewed three lactation specialists and an OB-GYN. Because pumping is as unique as the many bodies in the world, it’s important to note that what works best for someone else may not work best for you. Most importantly, all of our experts said to consider your specific breast pump needs before purchasing.

The best breast pumps in 2021

Best portable breast pump: Elvie, $ 279.99 at Elvie
The Elvie is completely hands-free, waterproof, and really looks like a progressive pump from the future.

Best manual breast pump: Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump and Flower Stopper Set, $ 26.53 at Amazon
The Haakaa attaches to your breast, hands free, providing low-level suction while you do other things like nurse on the other side.

Best portable breast pump: Luna Motif Double Electric Breast Pump, $ 206.16 at Amazon
An on-the-go alternative to a full-size pump, the Motif Luna Dual Electric Pump is a small, quiet, and easy option with heavy milk production.

Best double electric breast pump: Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump, $ 239.99 at Buy Buy Baby
A true workhorse, the Spectra S1 Plus electric breast pump features high efficiency and a powerful and durable motor.

Best Hospital Grade Breast Pump: Medela Symphony, $ 2,002.49 at Amazon
Rent a hospital Medela Symphony might be worth it for a serious outing, our experts say.

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