Manual vs Electric Breast Pumps – Which Are Better?

You know you want to breastfeed your child to give him the best possible nutrition and head start on life that you can. But you aren’t sure what type of breast pump you need – manual or electric.

Before you can decide which type to buy, you need to figure out how often you’ll be using it. The manual vs electric breast pump question requires careful consideration of several factors.

How Often Will You Be Pumping?

Some moms won’t pump very often. They plan to nurse their babies, and they don’t expect to have long separations from their new bundles of joy. Women who don’t plan to pump every single day can easily get by just with a manual pump (source).

But some women plan to head back into the workforce after having their babies. They’ll be pumping at least once a day. Those women will want to buy an electric breast pump because it’ll be a big time-saver for them since it will express milk more quickly than a manual pump.

 

What is Your Cash Flow Like?

Sometimes price makes the decision for mothers as to what type of pump they buy. Women who are watching every penny may not be able to afford an electric pump, even if they plan to pump multiple times a day.

Electric pumps, even single electric pumps, are much more expensive than manual pumps.

Even if you have to struggle to save up enough money for a breast pump, you should try to get the nicest pump you can. While there are good, affordable options out there, some cheap pumps tend to break easily and not have enough suction to express an adequate amount of milk.

Portability

While electric pumps can be packed away and taken to work or on vacation, they aren’t as portable as manual pumps, which are generally lighter, smaller and easier to clean. Plus, if you aren’t near a power outlet or you run out of battery power, you will still be able to express milk if you have a manual pump.

But if you need an electric pump because you plan to express a lot of milk, there are some electric breast pumps out there that are easy to pack up and take on the road with you.

Before You Choose One

Take a close look at your lifestyle, your finances and what your pumping needs will be. No matter which pump you choose, the most important thing to do while breastfeeding is never give up, even if it gets difficult.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m committed to providing the best information I can to every mom who visits my website.

You know you want to breastfeed, but you aren’t sure what type of breast pump you need – manual or electric. Before you can decide which type to buy, you need to figure out how often you’ll be using it. The manual vs electric breast pump question requires careful consideration of several factors. Click here to learn if you should choose a manual, or an electric breast pump: https://momlovesbest.com/feeding/breast-pumps/manual-vs-electric #breastfeeding #BreastPump #momlife #motherhood

4 Reader Comments

  1. Jennifer Hernandez

    If I manual pump does it lessen the milk supply? I have an electric pump, I’ve just been lazy to plug in and take everything apart afterward. As suppose to just using my little self-manual pump. But it seems like less milk coming out. Or maybe that I’m staying on track with pumping every 2 hours instead of 4 hours passing and I’m super full. I don’t want to slow or lessen my milk supply. I just had my baby 1 week ago, so I need to produce more for her as she’s growing.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for the great question. Producing milk can be seen as a supply/demand process, so the more demand you put on your breasts (through nursing or pumping), the more your body will adapt to increase the supply. This is why electric pumps are generally favored for increasing supply, because they do a much more thorough job of emptying your breasts each time. The drawback, as you’ve mentioned, is they are a lot less convenient. Since you already own an electric pump, and your baby is only 1 week, perhaps you might try both? Let me know how it goes for you.

    • Jojo Prince

      Hello Jennifer,
      My little prince is six weeks old now, and from the beginning, I have been producing a lot of milk. But I can tell you if you want more to produce more milk you need to use the electric pump. I’ve used both and can see a big difference between an electric and manual pump. I’m a cow right now; I had to buy a freezer for my milk!

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Thanks for sharing your story Jojo! I’m glad you’re able to get a big stockpile going for your little boy.

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