Pumping on the Go

Portable Breast Pumps

Last month, we wrote about one of the most efficient and overlooked breast pump choices: the hospital grade pump. For all of the positives about this pump, the main negative is portability. These pumps are heavy, upward of 12 pounds. This may not seem like much until you need to leave the house for more than a few hours. If you have packed a baby for a trip to anywhere then you know that the added weight of the pump would not be welcome. As one Cincinnati mom said,

It usually felt as if I were packing the entire house to go out. Car seat/carrier, diaper bag, pacifier, toys, spit towels, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes – because you know they will throw up since you dressed them in their nice clothes. I can’t imagine taking a heavy pump from place to place, too.

This is where the small electric and battery-operated breast pumps can be a lifesaver. Lightweight and small in size, they can be carried in a diaper bag, purse, or briefcase. Most have the option to use batteries or an AC adaptor. Going cordless lightens your load and allows for pumping anywhere. They are inexpensive. Ranging from $35 (single pump) to $120 (double pump), small electric pumps are half the cost of the mid-weight pumps.
Perfect for travel or a few hours away from home. The downside to these pumps is that they are not as fast and efficient as the heavier, more expensive models. They are not ideal for the workplace due to the time it can take to fill a bottle. However, they can be used at home for everyday pumping but may need to be replaced every few months, depending upon usage.

What breast pump worked best for you? Please share your experiences, to help new mother’s figure out which may work best for them.

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