You don't always want to follow the crowd, but when it comes to investing in a breast pump, it helps to know what decisions other people have made.
To help you make the call, we have shared some of our research from speaking with women about why and how they pump over the last few years.
Based on our surveys, Medela seems to take the cake, but there's some pump brands out there with a cult following.
Which pump do you recommend?
We don't want to promote one pump over another, so we'll just stick to presenting the responses we had from mums in surveys and conversations.
Popular electric pumps
Medela and Spectra seem to be the most popular electric pumps. Many mums say they come across Medela in the hospital, often renting them after they leave.
Popular manual pumps
The popular manual pumps are more evenly spread. Medela still takes the cake, but closely followed by the Haakaa (which has some very fervent advocates, especially among mums who have a very high supply or strong flow). Philips, Tommee Tippee and Ameda also do quite well.
This particular survey is of 100 women, which is not quite enough of a sample size to say that this is what all Australian pumping mothers are using. However, it is does seem to be repeated in other surveys we've done.
Didn't answer your question?
Hmm... Check out these posts, which have more detail on different kinds of pumps, and the pros and cons of electric vs manual pumping.
If you're still left wondering, or you think we've got something wrong, then please email us at email@example.com.
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What mums say.
Here's a thought from one mum on the haakaa passive pump.
"I love the haakaa. I use it to help ease my forceful letdown. My baby often can't cope with the force of milk and splutters and coughs."