Amazing Ways to Travel and Breastfeed at the Same Time

Amazing Ways to Travel and Breastfeed at the Same Time

It is true that we can have it all, especially as breastfeeding moms. If taking a child out to see the world by RV, plane or any other mode of transportation has always been on the bucket list, there are plenty of ways that we can breastfeed and travel at the same time.

Amazing Ways to Travel and Breastfeed at the Same Time

Sure, everyone who is breastfeeding and traveling with their child will need to plan and prepare in advance, but it is completely doable with a few extra steps and some creative thinking. The world has become vastly more accepting of breastfeeding moms, which means that there will be more spaces available and fewer disapproving stares from strangers.

Anyone who is ready to hit the road with their brand new bundle of joy can do so! Just follow these handy tips for a fool-proof plan to see all that the planet has to offer with the bouncing baby in tow.


Set Up Boundaries

Anyone who is traveling to see friends or family for the holidays might encounter those who have trouble taking no for an answer when it comes to the little ones.

These well-meaning relatives and friends might not understand that the baby is on a strict feeding schedule, and will insist upon holding him or her even when the new mom tries to intervene. Save everyone some stress, including the baby, by putting a foot down. It’s important to remember that the baby’s health and happiness come before relatives’ hurt feelings. Most people will understand and apologize.


Keep The Pumped Milk Cold

Amazing Ways to Travel and Breastfeed at the Same Time

Nobody ever knows when they will be able to feed their child, or when they will have to resort to the bottled stuff. This is where pumping and dumping come in handy. Keeping a few extra bottles of pumped milk on hand is a great idea.

The other reason why new moms should do this is that they never know how travel will affect their bodies. Some types of travel are just not conducive to milk production! Having enough supply of pumped milk means that the baby can eat all of the time, but you need to keep it cold.

Don’t let the milk go sour or get too warm. Instead, pack some bags of ice or even medical cooling pads to wrap around the bottles. Keep them in a small cooler to ensure that the temperature stays right where it is supposed to be. Always pack more ice than seems reasonably necessary, as most people underestimate how warm certain types of transportation can be.

Simply planning and packing ahead can save moms tons of time and anguish when it comes to feeding their little ones. All anyone needs is just a little bit of ice!


Stick With A Strict Feeding Schedule

When one is a breastfeeding mom, it pays to travel by land instead of air because they can stick with a strict feeding schedule! RVs are an ideal way to travel for new parents. There’s plenty of space, one can pull over at any time, and there’s no need to try to find a private place to pump or feed.

The American Southwest is a fabulous destination where one can find their perfect RV rental in Las Vegas and see the majority of the country from the comfort of a classic and reliable RV.

Land traveling by an RV is really the best option for many breastfeeding moms out there who want to see the whole world while maintaining the strict pumping and feeding schedule that their little ones require. Cross-country travel is also a great option for those who want to travel at their pace and see the country on their terms.

tips for breastfeeding and traveling

New Positions Could Come In Handy

When we are in the comfort of our own home it’s easy to snuggle up in the favorite chair and feed away, but public transportation is a whole different story. Airplanes are notoriously cramped, and unfortunately, they don’t give new mothers the benefit of a little extra legroom.

As such, the little bundle of joy might be squished or uncomfortable, to say nothing of mom! It makes sense to save ourselves some grief by trying out new positions before getting onto the plane or train. This way, new moms know what works for them and their babies, and positions can be tried out in the comfort of the home. It’s truly a smart strategy for anyone who is planning to hit the road.


Dress For Success

For logistical reasons, it makes sense to dress in clothes that will provide the baby with easy access to his or her food source. When traveling, wear flowy clothes and nursing bras that allow for some semblance of privacy along with ease of access. Some good options include larger shirts and sweaters with deep v-necks and button-down cardigans. It is also a good idea to bring along a scarf or nursing blanket for a little bit of privacy, in case one needs to stop at a rest place or public area to nurse.

Many people realize that nursing a baby is a natural act and would never dream of judging a mother for simply exercising her biological connection with a child, but some are still surprisingly judgemental. There are also plenty of moms out there who prefer to have a little bit more privacy while they are breastfeeding. Nobody knows what mood they will be in at any given time, so it is best to bring along a shawl, blanket or nursing cover just in case.

There is no reason why new mothers can’t see the world with their young children if they’d like to. Today, the planet is friendlier than ever towards nursing moms, and there are plenty of wonderful options out there for road trips, plane adventures, and boat trips.

As long as one plans ahead, there is absolutely no reason why breastfeeding or pumping on the road needs to be a chore, or why new moms and their babies need to be home bound.

How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

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How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

Feeding baby is often the most stressful part of being a new mother.  If you are breastfeeding, how do you make sure that baby is getting enough milk? If you are formula feeding, how much should a baby be eating?  There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer, but here I’ll answer some common questions to get you started in the right direction.  If you are still concerned, make sure to consult with your doctor or a lactation consultant.

FREE Newborn Feeding Log

Are you worried about how much your baby is eating? I was as a newborn, so I designed this feeding log to track my son’s feeding. It’s designed to help moms that are breastfeeding, formula feeding or a combination. Use this log for quick tracking that you can take to doctor and lactation appointments.

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    If you are concerned about how much milk baby is getting, make sure to download my feeding log.  I designed this as a new mom to get a picture of how much my son was eating.  I was trying to breastfeed but was constantly concerned he wasn’t eating enough, and his weight gain was inconsistent.  This allowed me to quickly and easily track every nursing session and bottle he received.  I had a sheet for each day that I kept in a folder.  I then took the sheets to doctor appointments and meetings with the lactation consultant.  It was immensely helpful to have this information recorded so that I could accurately answer the questions.  You can get my log here.

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    How much milk should a baby be drinking?

    Each baby is different, but here are some common guidelines to give you an idea.

    • Newborn: 2 to 3 ounces every 3 or 4 hours
    • 1 Month: 4 ounces every 4 hours
    • 6 Months: 6 to 8 ounces 4 or 5 times a day

    Another way to look at it is an average baby will consume 2 to 3 ounces a day per pound of body weight up to a maximum of 32 ounces per day. 


    How can I tell how much milk my baby is drinking when breastfeeding?

    Weigh baby before and after feeding.  Breast milk has a density close to 1.  This means that the weight of breastmilk is approximately equivalent to the volume. Therefore, if you give a baby 1 oz of breastmilk, the baby will gain about 1 oz if weighed right after feeding.  You can use this information to monitor baby’s intake from breastfeeding.  Weigh your baby immediately before feeding.  Then breastfeed until your baby is satisfied.  Once your baby is finished feeding, weigh him again.  The weight gained is approximately the volume of milk that your baby drank.  You do need a sensitive scale designed for babies to do this.  Here is one version of a scale that would work if you are concerned enough to do this after multiple feedings a day.  However, if you just want to get a basic idea, you can do this in the doctor’s or lactation consultant’s office.  Some locally-owned baby stores also have nursing rooms with scales that you can use. 

    Do NOT waste money on devices designed to tell you how much baby is eating while nursing. I purchased this one to try and sent it back after a couple of days.  Devices like this are not to the point of being accurate and they are extremely cumbersome to use.  If you are already questioning your ability to breastfeed, the last thing you need is something else to juggle while trying to get baby to latch.


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    How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk when breastfeeding?

    • Monitor baby’s fullness cues.  If baby latches on and nurses readily and then falls asleep, that’s a good indication that your baby is full.  When a baby is finished nursing, they often make a satisfied face.  My son would pick his head up, purse his lips and seem to be saying, “That was tasty!” right before curling up on me to sleep. 
    • A full feeding should sustain baby for at least 2 to 3 hours.  If your baby is wanting to nurse more often, pay attention to if he really seems to be hungry.  A baby may nurse more often for comfort and not because of hunger. Also, babies will nurse more frequently during growth spurts.  However, these periods shouldn’t last more than a couple of days.
    • Monitor for consistent weight gain. Babies naturally lose weight in the first couple of days after birth; however, they should be back to birth weight within about a week.  If your baby isn’t gaining weight, he may not be getting enough milk.
    • Watch baby eating to determine if he’s actually swallowing.  If your baby is taking long sucks and swallowing after no more than 4 sucks, then he is getting a decent amount of milk and actually eating versus suckling for comfort.

    What should I do if I don’t think my baby is getting enough milk?

    The first thing I suggest is meeting with a lactation consultant.  They are trained to evaluate your baby’s latch and feeding and give tips on ways to improve or make it easier.  Before deciding you need to supplement, meet with someone whose job it is to help women with breastfeeding. 

    If you are concerned that your supply is low, there are numerous lactation boosting recipes you can try like this lactation boosting protein shake.


    Is it alright to let someone give the baby a bottle of pumped milk once in a while?

    Yes, it can be wonderful for your sanity to let dad give your baby a bottle overnight while you sleep. However, there are a couple of valid concerns with giving your baby a bottle instead of nursing.  I’ll outline the concerns and tips for preventing any problems. 

    Concern #1: Baby will prefer a bottle to nursing.

    Drinking from a bottle is way less work for your baby than nursing.  The milk also tends to flow more quickly and doesn’t require time for a letdown.  Paced bottle feeding is important to make sure that your baby doesn’t get the idea that a bottle is better because he can now chug his milk.  Before giving your baby the first bottle, check out this article on paced bottle feeding!  I didn’t know about this before offering a bottle, and my son quickly decided nursing was way too much work, and he would rather have a bottle.

    Concern #2: Skipping a feeding will decrease your milk supply.

    This is another concern rooted in reality.  Breastfeeding is a supply and demand situation.  If demand goes up, supply will increase.  Conversely, if demand goes down, supply will decrease.  If you start consistently skipping an overnight feeding to get 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep, you will start to see a decrease in milk supply. The first couple times your breasts will be really full when you get up, but after a couple days they will start being progressively less full.  This can be a slow decline that’s a slippery slope you don’t notice happening until your supply has dropped a lot.  Ideally, if baby gets a bottle, you should pump instead.  However, that often negates the benefits of having your partner get up for a feeding. To make this easier, make sure you have an efficient pump. You can view my breast pump comparison here.


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    You have a few options. I suggest trying them all to figure out which works best for you but be very conscious of if you milk supply starts to drop.

    • Let your someone else feed your baby a bottle while you sleep (don’t go more than 6 hours between nursing sessions though).  Pump a couple of times after feedings during the day to get the milk for the bottle and help keep your supply up.
    • Have your partner get up with the baby and change the diaper, then bring the baby to you in bed to nurse.
    • Have your partner feed baby a bottle while you pump.

    You can do a combination of these as well.  Maybe you sleep through one or two feedings a week, but not every night.  Just make sure that anyone who feeds your baby a bottle is practicing paced bottle feeding and not letting baby chug the bottle to get back to bed faster.  If your baby will be getting a bottle regularly, it is a good idea to periodically do before and after feeding weights for a nursing session to make sure your baby hasn’t been getting lazy with nursing knowing that a bottle will be forthcoming at some point. 


    How can I keep track of how much my baby is eating? 

    You want to document not just the quantity of feedings, but also the quality.  Also, you will want to log any bottles baby receives.  There are numerous benefits to keeping track of baby’s feedings including seeing a pattern develop of how much baby needs to eat and tracking spit-up/other GI issues. Remembering to track can be difficult when you are an exhausted new parent.  Download the tracker I used here, to make tracking simple regardless of whether your baby is getting breast milk, formula, or a combination. If you are feeding formula at all, check out this price comparison to find the best value.

    FREE Newborn Feeding Log

    Are you worried about how much your baby is eating? I was as a newborn, so I designed this feeding log to track my son’s feeding. It’s designed to help moms that are breastfeeding, formula feeding or a combination. Use this log for quick tracking that you can take to doctor and lactation appointments.

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      How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

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      Breast Pump Comparison

      Breast Pump Comparison

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      Breast Pump Comparison

      Breast pumps – do you need one, how do you decide which one, do you have to pay for it yourself? These are all questions that soon-to-be-moms will be asking at some point.  Looking back, I made a lot of mistakes selecting a breast pump.  But hindsight is 20/20, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes.  Therefore, read on for my complete guide to selecting the perfect breast pump for you. I will cover definitions that are important to know when evaluating breast pumps and well as a breast pump comparison between all of the major brands. If you are looking for a breast pump because you’re worried your baby isn’t getting enough milk, make sure to check out this post.

      Around my second trimester, I got a random call from a company that supplies breast pumps.  My doctor had put in the order for me to get one through insurance.  The company rattled off a long list of all my options, and when finished asked which one I wanted.  I selected one I had heard of off the list and was told it would be at my door in a few days if it was covered.  Less than a week later, I had a new breast pump on my doorstep.  However, I ended up buying a second pump and wishing that I had yet another type.  Here are my tips for planning out your breast pump situation, so you end up with a pump you love (well as much as you can love something that leaves you feeling like a cow) as well as a comparison of all the readily available breast pumps.


      Terminology

      First things first, let’s cover breast pump terminology.

      Hospital-Grade Pump

      Heavy-duty pumps that have the most powerful motors and a higher amount of “sucks” per minute compared to personal pumps.  These pumps are more efficient but come with a higher price tag.

      Personal Pump

      These pumps are designed to fit the lifestyle of most moms.  They are usually relatively easy to transport and are more affordable than hospital grade pumps.  However, they are not as efficient as hospital-grade pumps.

      Electric Pump

      A pump that uses electricity via a wall outlet, but some pumps have the ability to run on batteries.  These pumps have the ability to pump both breasts at the same time and are much more efficient than manual pumps.

      Manual-Pump

      A pump that requires the user to do the work.  These pumps have a lever that requires a squeeze and release motion to express milk.  These pumps can be useful because they are highly portable and have few parts. However, they can be labor intensive.

      Closed-System

      Has a diaphragm that acts as a barrier.  This protects the milk from outside air and prevents milk from leaking into the pump tubing.  Therefore, expressed milk is never exposed to the pump tubing or motor which means that the tubing doesn’t require washing or sterilizing.

      Open-System

      Does not have a barrier between the tubing and the milk collection, so milk may potentially leak into the tubing.  This can be an inconvenience because it requires washing, sterilizing and air drying the tubing.  However, some moms report that small amounts of milk may get into the tubing without being noticed and this can lead to mold in the tubing. 

      Flanges/Shields

      These are the plastic pieces that go over your breast when pumping.  It is essential that these fit properly.  Flanges that are too small can cause pain from rubbing and flanges that are too big will not allow sufficient suction.  With some brands you can buy flanges in sizes other than what come with the pump, but this results in an added cost.

      Dual-Phase Expression

      The first step in breast milk expression is when the baby takes short, shallow and frequent sucks to cause a let-down.  The second phase occurs when the milk comes in and the baby’s sucks get longer and deeper. A dual-phase expression pump mimics these phases.


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      Things to Consider

      • Unique needs: Determine if you will be pumping at work or while traveling.
      • How many pumps: If possible, plan to get two pumps in case one breaks.  My first week back to work, I accidentally dropped my pump and it broke.  That left me without a pump for a day (thank goodness for Amazon Prime 1-day shipping!).  It was a very stressful day because I was at work and my son wasn’t a big fan of nursing, to begin with, so he was not impressed by having to act as the pump.  Once I got my new pump in the mail, I eventually got my original one fixed, so I kept one at home and one at work.  This was really the ideal situation.  If you are able to get two pumps, I recommend two different styles (one hands-free and one traditional).
      • Manual or Electric: If you are only planning to pump occassionally and/or you need to have something handy to use once in a while when traveling, you may be able to get by with a manual pump.  However, if you will be pumping with any consistency, then you definitely want an electric pump.
      • Hospital or Regular Grade: Breast pumps come as hospital grade and regular grade.  Hospital grade is the type that may be in pumping rooms at work and what the hospital will have.  These are designed to have multiple people use the same pump.  Regular pumps are designed to be single user.  They are smaller and easier to tote back and forth to work.  Regular grade is likely sufficient for what you are doing. 
      • Style: Once you focus on regular grade, electric pumps, you have two basic groups of pumps: the traditional style with the cones and bottles hanging off of them and the hands-free, discrete pumps.  If you are able to swing two pumps, I highly recommend getting one of each. 
      • Desirable characteristics: Things to look at and consider include the following:
        • Battery-powered option
        • The weight of the pump
        • Discrete and hands-free
        • Reviews
        • Availability of support and parts

      Breast Pump Comparison Tables

      Below is a comparison of all readily available electric breast pumps.  Hospital grade pumps and manual pumps are not included.

      The Criteria Evaluated

      • Hands Free (yes/no): Pumping bras are available to make any pump “hands-free” but being hands-free without a special bra is a big plus.
      • Runs on Battery (yes/no): Some pumps don’t maintain great suction on battery. However, having the option to use a pump on battery is helpful in a pinch.
      • Car Plug Ability (yes/no): The ability to power your pump with a car plug is a big plus when you are on the go.  If you can pump hands free, then pumping while driving is a great way to multi-task.
      • Digital Display (yes/no): Some mothers find a digital display really helpful for adjusting pump settings.  Usually pumps with a digital display come with additional features, like a timer or more setting options.
      • Closed System (yes/no): A closed system prevents any milk from getting into the tubing and potentially the pump motor which makes the pump more hygienic and saves you the hassle of cleaning the tubing.
      • Customer Support (yes/no): I learned the hard way that customer support is not a given with breast pumps, so I’ve included it as a criterion to evaluate.
      • Shield/Flange Size: You can often order a variety of sizes of shields/flanges. However, that’s an additional cost and hassle.
      • Warranty: If your pump breaks you want to know that it will be replaced quickly without additional cost to you.
      • Price: Many breast pumps are available through insurance.  However, if you are looking to get a second pump, or want one that isn’t covered, price is important to consider.
      • Amazon Rating: This seems to be the rating system that has the most submitted ratings, so I included it as a way to help compare the pumps.
      • Notes: This is where I included any additional features that I thought were important to consider.

      Medela Pumps

      Medela Pump In Style Advanced

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$200
      Amazon Rating
      4 stars
      Notes

      Medela Freestyle

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$300
      Amazon Rating
      3 stars
      Notes

      Medela Sonata

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$350
      Amazon Rating
      4 stars
      Notes

      Spectra Pumps

      Spectra S1

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 28 mm
      Warranty2 years on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$200
      Amazon Rating
      4.5 stars
      Notes

      Spectra S2

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 28 mm
      Warranty2 years on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$158
      Amazon Rating
      4.5 stars
      Notes

      Spectra 9 Plus

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor
      Price$180
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      Motif Pumps

      Motif Duo

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      21 and 24 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$200
      Amazon Rating
      4 stars
      Notes

      Motif Twist

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      21 and 24 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$100
      Amazon Rating
      3 stars
      Notes

      Freemie Pumps

      Freemie Liberty

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      25 and 28 mm
      WarrantyNone
      Price$300
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      NotesCan be charged with a USB

      Freemie Freedom

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      25 and 28 mm
      WarrantyNone
      Price$132
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      The First Years Pumps

      Breastflow Memory Pump

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      Comes with 2 sizes; unclear which ones
      WarrantyNone
      Price$74
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      NotesStores record of pumping sessions

      Quiet Expressions Plus

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      “Flexi fit shields”
      WarrantyNone
      Price$66
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      BelleMa Pumps

      Melon Comfort

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty18 months
      Price$105
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      E5

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty1 year
      Price$140
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      Plethora

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty18 months
      Price$130
      Amazon Rating
      2 stars
      Notes

      Effective Pro

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 and 27 mm
      Warranty18 months
      Price$130
      Amazon Rating
      4 stars
      NotesUSB charging

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      Lansinoh Smartpump

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      25 and 30.5 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$200
      Amazon Rating
      4.5 stars
      NotesBluetooth connectivity

      Momcozy Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      Can’t determine
      WarrantyNone
      Price$60
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      NotesUSB charger; portable

      BabySteps Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 mm
      WarrantyNone
      Price$59
      Amazon Rating
      4.5 stars
      Notes

      BellaBaby Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      Can’t determine
      WarrantyNone
      Price$52
      Amazon Rating
      4 stars
      NotesUSB charging

      KidsTime Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      Can’t determine
      WarrantyNone
      Price$33
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      NotesUSB charger; hot/cold message pads

      Philips Avent Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      25 and 27 mm
      Warranty2 years
      Price$170
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      Nibble Electric Breast Pump

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      Can’t determineX
      Warranty1 year
      Price$70
      Amazon Rating
      2.5 stars
      NotesOnly comes with one bottle
      Hard to find additional bottles and parts
      Compatible with Medela bottles and some parts

      Ameda Finesse

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      25 and 30.5 mm
      Warranty2 years on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$300
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      Evenflo Double Electric

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24.5, 28 and 30.5 mm
      Warranty1 year on motor; 90 days on parts
      Price$64
      Amazon Rating
      3.5 stars
      Notes

      Willow Wearable Breast Pump

      TraitYesNo
      Hands Free
      X
      Runs on Battery
      X
      Car Plug Ability
      X
      Digital Display
      X
      Closed System
      X
      Customer Support
      X
      TraitComment
      Shield/Flange Size
      24 mm
      WarrantyNone
      Price$480
      Amazon Rating
      N/A
      Notes27 mm is only other size available
      Run by smart phone app
      1:1 coaching included with pump purchase

      Additional Considerations

      The above section gives you the basics of each pump to help you narrow down your search.  Once you decide which pumps sound like the best fit for you, make sure to research and consider the following.

      • Availability and cost of spare parts
      • What size flange you need. Note: This may change over time.
      • Amazon reviews

      My Breast Pump Experience

      I originally got the Freemie Freedom Pump which is hands-free.  The cups go inside of your bra and then have a pour spout to put the milk into bottles or bags.  I loved this pump at home, but it’s the one I broke my first week back at work.  I called the company and they simply said they didn’t service their pumps.  Luckily my dad was able to fix it.  In the meantime, I ordered a Spectra S2 from Amazon.  This wasn’t hands-free, but I could purchase adaptor tubing to use my hands-free cups with this pump which I did.  Compared to my Freemie, this pump was lighter weight with better features like different settings, and it was quieter.  I could also use it with traditional cups or my hands-free ones. However, the S2 isn’t able to run on battery (the S1 is).  One that could run on the battery would have fit my lifestyle better, but I’ve heard other mothers say that when running on battery the pumps don’t have enough suction.


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      If I was to do it again, I would get a traditional style pump (probably Spectra S1 or Medela) and either the Willow or the Freemie Liberty which are a little more discreet and allow you to walk around compared to the Freemie Freedom that kept me tethered to my desk.  I may gravitate towards the Willow having experienced the lack of support from Freemie.

      If, despite a great pump, you are finding you still need to supplement, check out this formula price comparison.

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