There is no denying the fact that breastmilk is indeed best for your baby. It is the purest form of nutrition and a dose of immunity that you give the baby right from their birth. Every little munchkin comes into the world with a natural sense of sucking milk and nurturing themselves. While feeding on the breast is the best way, not always can you be available to feed directly. Such instances call for pumping or expressing breastmilk that can then be fed with a spoon or a bottle.
Apart from urgent unavailability, there may be other reasons for pumping breastmilk. These include inverted nipples or other latching issues, tongue tie in the baby, premature babies that cannot suck properly, sore nipples, long working hours, change of caregiver etc.
A breast pump ensures that whatever be the case, mother’s milk will always be available for the baby. You may be a working mother who needs to pass on the feeding responsibilities to someone else or someone who just needs expressed milk for stepping out for a while. The type of breast pump you need will depend on your availability, the reason for pumping, the frequency of pumping, your baby’s requirements etc. Here is the list of best electric breast pumps to buy in the UK.
Best Breast Pump for Expressing Review
The Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump is a strong reputed brand and an excellent option for daily use. The swing is designed to mimic to release milk naturally and therefore has its 2 phase expression technology. Its driving feature is “2 Phase Expression Technology”. The first stage is for simulation to get the milk flowing and the second phase is slowing down effect which allows for steady let down. The easy to use vacuum level options allow you to switch between phases and choose the most comfortable level for you.
The Medela Swing Breast Pump provides gentle sucking so it is great for mastitis. The pump comes with a belt clip and sling for easy carrying around. All parts are Bisphenol-A free meaning they are completely safe for mums and babies. Can run on batteries or mains. the box includes 1 PersonalFit™ 24 mm breast shield, 1 breast shield connector , 1 valve, 2 membranes, 1 tubing, 150 ml breast milk bottles, 2 bottle lids, 1 bottle stand, 1 shoulder/neck strap, 1 motor unit, 1 AC adapter1, 1 information guide, and instructions for use.
- Excellent quality
- Full kit
- Easy to clean
- 5 different shield sizes available to use with your breast pump.
Verdict – 5/5 This is a quiet and easy to use pump. No more slow and painful pumping. Having used this myself with 3 kids to solely express and feed, this product has lasted for long helped me feed 3 babies.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature breast pump is from one of the leaders in childcare products with a reputation for excellent products and an extensive range. This breastpump comes in a 3 part kit designed to come apart easily for cleaning and assembling whilst being lightweight and durable. Operated by a single switch button with additional various settings to provide the best comfort. The suction cups are made of soft silicone to provide ultimate comfort and can be used with batteries or mains.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature breast pump is designed to mimic a baby’s suckling and is discreet to use and it is designed to be portable. The pump is supplied with its own microwave steriliser box that allows you to clean all pieces quick and easy.
The pump allows effective control of your let down and flow with 4 settings to choose from. A one-piece valve delivers improved suction with no backflow. The breast pump feels really comfortable at the different settings. It is easy to hold with one hand so you can easily multitask.
The box comes with 1 x Closer to Nature easy vent 150ml baby bottle, 1 milk storage pot, 6 disposable breast bads, 1 microwave sterilising box, ac adapter, standard size breast shield, information guide and instructions.
- Comes with microwave steralising box
Verdict 5/5 Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature pump is designed for easier, faster, and more comfortable and gentle pumping at a reasonable price.
The Philips Avent Single Electric Breast Pump is lightweight, designed with supreme comfort and comes with various pumping speeds. Additionally, this pump comes with a cover that helps keep the shields free of dust, pet hair etc. Powered by battery or mains it is designed to be portable.
The stimulation mode mimics the sucking of a baby when they first latch, to help get your milk flowing. Once a flow is established, you can choose from one of three expression settings. The pump doesn’t have a digital display or a memory setting, so you’ll need to keep an eye on how long you’re pumping and remember your preferred suction strength.
The only drawback of this pump I find is that its quite noisy and you could not pump in the same room as a sleeping baby or partner without disturbing them.
Verdict – 4/5 Its slim base gives them every reason to install it in your cars or take them even in aircraft. Adjusting of the reclining system is easy and can be done without disturbing the child. Its pitch control system prevents the forward movement of the child in case of an accident.
The Lansinoh Signature Pro is a very affordable double electric pump. The closed system works very well and helps a lot with the hygienic aspect. It comes with very few parts which makes it very easy to clean, so that is definitely a big plus.
The 2-in-1 electric pump provides choice for the women who wants comfort and convenience of either single pump feeding or double pump feeding.
The motor is not very loud at all, and you most likely won’t be waking up your baby while running it. There are two modes, stimulation and expression, and it will pump just fine for most mothers. A great addition are the Lansinoh storage bags (which you will get a sample of with a purchase of this pump ) because they help you store the pumped milk until it is bottle ready during feeding time.
With enhanced adjustability and three customizable pumping methods, you can milk the maximum amount for ultimate production. An LCD screen is also fitted to track suction and other settings. This pump is designed especially by keeping in mind the hygiene of both mother and baby. You can choose from 8 adjustable suction levels for an easy comfort. Use ‘+’ or ‘-‘ control buttons.
Now the one main con of the Lansinoh is that the suction is not the best, and this is not the strongest electric product out there.
- Affordable pricing
- Travel bag included for easy portability
- Made with superior quality
- Painless operation
- Saves time with 2 pumps
- Noisy device but it can be controlled
- Suction is not the strongest out there, but it is gentle.
Verdict – 4/5 This is a trusted brand for more than 30 years and moreover invented by a breastfeeding mother. Both healthcare professionals and mothers have trusted every product under the brand of Lansinoh.
This unique product allows to milk down and mimics baby’s feeding style of sucking for comfortable breastfeeding. No more need of squeezing the nipple all you need to do is pump out the milk smoothly. There is an addition of 20 black and 30 white disposable breast pads. A superabsorbent lining is also attached for absorbing the extra milk. It has 2 phase system both stimulation and expression system makes milk in no time.
- Fantastic digital display
- Comfortable and quiet pump
- Hassle free disassemble
- Painless cleaning
- Easy to operate
- Handy spare parts
- Clear instructions
- Reasonably priced
- Leakage in bottle
- The suction setting can be adjusted upwards only
Verdict – 4/5 Nuby has manufactured a valuable product, which helps in comfortable breastfeeding and easy porting product.