Wearable breast pumps are multitasker-moms best friend. Did you know that only around 25 percent of children were exclusively breastfed from birth to 6 months in the US, from 2011 to 2018? According to a study done by the National Immunization Survey (NIS), many mothers struggle to breastfeed their babies the recommended time by the World Health Organization (WHO).
As an engineer and mother of two, I understand how challenging it is to continue breastfeeding your baby along with complementary foods after 6 months, getting a good night sleep, or having a little time to yourself. Nowadays, thanks to the possibilities offered by wearable breast pumps, breastfeeding your baby for the first year or two is a more realistic option.
If you have no time to read the entire blog, here are my top three picks.
Best Wearable Smart Pump
Elvie Double Electric Breast Pumps
- Robust and intuitive app
- Pump fit inside your bra
- 9 levels – Hospital grade suction
- Containers Capacity 5oz/150ml per side
- Closed system, BPA free
- Full battery lasts 2.5 hours of pumping
- HSA/FSA Funds accepted
Best Budget Friendly Wearable Pump
TSRETE Double Wearable Breast Pumps
- Leak-proof system
- 9 levels of suction intensity
- Containers Capacity 6oz/180ml per side
- Food Grade Silica Gel, accessories are BPA-free
- Full battery lasts 3-5 pumping sessions
Most Discrete Wearable Pump
Willow 3.0 Wearable Breast Pump
- 360° mobility
- 6 flange sizing options
- 7 levels – Hospital grade suction
- Pump into reusable containers or storage bags (4 oz. per each)
- App connected
- Full Battery charge lasts 5 full sessions
- All parts that come into contact with milk are food safe and DEHP/BPA free
- Insurance & HSA/FSA eligible
- Elvie Double Electric Breast Pumps
- TSRETE Double Wearable Breast Pumps
- Medela Freestyle Flex Breast Pump
- Willow Go™ Wearable Breast Pump
- Freemie Liberty II Deluxe Breast Pump System
- Momcozy 9 Levels Wearable Electric Breast Pump
- Lansinoh Smartpump 2.0 Double Electric Breast Pump
The Elvie wearable breast pump is a state-of-the-art smart pump. It has the most robust and intuitive app to control the pump from your phone. You can monitor in real-time the milk volume and personalize the pump intensity settings to match your personal preference.
This pump also wins the gold medal for quietest pump, even on its higher setting. Being so quiet and able to sit entirely inside your bra, gives you confidence to pump anywhere. Some reviews claim to successfully go shopping while pumping.
- Hands free pump without wires
- Option to personalize the breast pump to your preference: 2 modes and 14 intensity settings
- Option to change brightness on your pump
- Reusable bottle holds up to 5 oz/150 ml, fridge and freezer safe
- Single or double pumping by assigning each pump a side to be tracked in the app
- Insights feature of the app to learn more about your pumping behavior
- 2h charging time via micro-USB, for 2.5 hours of pumping (depending on your settings)
- Includes Breast Shields in two sizes. A third size (21 mm) can be purchased separately
- Closed system, Dishwasher safe, and BPA free
- 2 year warranty on the Hub (pump mechanism) and 90 day warranty on washable components
- HSA/FSA Funds accepted
If you are a newbie to breast pumps in general, be patient and don’t give up right away. It is normal to have some spilling and overflowing when getting used to a breast pump, and the Elvie isn’t an exception.
Try not to bend over too far while pumping because the breast-milk will get on the sensor and the reading will be inaccurate, resulting in the breast pump turning off automatically. It will interpret that the collection bottle is full or close to.
Keep in mind that the Elvie is a pump-and-pour model so there are no bags for storage. Also, this pump begins with an stimulation mode, and it won’t move into expressing mode until it detects that your let-down has started. Consider wearing a well fitted bra to improve the pump performance overall.
The TSRETE double pump is the best budget friendly pump in this list. Most people who buy this leak-proof seem to love it, and it is ranking very high on Amazon compared to the other breast pumps in the market. If fitted properly, you can lean over and it will not leak. You will be able to pick up and play with your baby, and keep doing things around the house without having to be tied down to one place.
It is very comfortable although it has the highest profile and is the loudest among the other breast pumps on my list. The 9 levels of suction are very convenient but I recommend starting low if you have never used a breast pump before or you have sensitive niples. Battery is pretty good, it doesn’t need to be charged for three full sessions but it will require about 3 hours of charging.
- Hands free pump: lightweight, easy-to-grip and no tubes
- USB rechargeable. A full charge can last for about 3-5 times
- Holds 6 oz of milk per side
- Two adjustable suction modes: Breast pumping mode and massage mode
- LCD screen with 9 adjustable intensity levels, memory function and 30 minutes timed turn off
- Food Grade Silica Gel with detachable accessories that are very easy to clean
- Anti-backflow design prevents the milk from being contaminated
- Pump motor sound is lower than 40dB
This double pump has a pump-and-pour style but includes storage bags to store and freeze. The only complaint some customers have is that it can be a bit noisier than other pumps and some of the milk stays inside the pump. You can get the milk out by taking the components apart.
Medela Flex is highly rated among moms and it has the best suction. This breast pump is lightweight and quiet. The pump comes with a wrist strap which is very handy and it can also fit well in your sweatpants or housecoat pocket, making walking around the house easy. This model is not as discrete as the other hands free breast pumps on this list due to its design, size and small tubes.
The Freestyle Flex wearable pump comes with USB recharge capability which makes charging easier. You could recharge it in the car if needed. Many moms claim that this breast pump works great while walking, doing chores around the house, on long car rides and at work if you have some privacy.
- All in one mobile portable pumping solution, small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or baby bag
- Includes 100 storage bags for a convenient and durable solution to store your liquid gold.
- Compact and easy to clean
- Quiet & Lightweight, weighs less than 1 pound.
- Easy to use digital display
- Closed system design with Overflow Protection prevents your milk from entering the tubing
- Easy to clean connectors to prevent leaking
- 2-Phase Expression Technology for more efficient expression and maximum flow
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 2 hours
- USB charging cable
- Bluetooth connectivity to the MyMedela app for convenient pump operation
The downside to the Freestyle Flex breast pump is that it is not capable of pumping only one breast at a time. If you only wanted to pump one of your breasts you will have to hold your finger over the tube from the other side.
Consider not putting the pump in your pocket because the bottoms can be sensitive and you could accidentally pause it. If the screen were to become unresponsive at some point just do the old trick, turn the pump off and on to get it working again.
When it comes to wearable pups size matters and the Willow wins the race. It is the most discreet breast pump in the market. Moms say it just looks like they got a breast enlargement when wearing them. It is a hand free pump truly made for multitasking and active parents. The in-bra design will give you freedom to work, go shopping, play with your other children or a nice walk outside.
This mighty pump has hospital grade suction to make the most of your milk supply. It can feel powerful for some mothers so if you are new to pumping start with a low level until you find a comfortable level for you. Some customers claim that the Willow has helped them to increase their milk supply.
- Slim profile that easily fits in your bra, with no cords or bottles
- 360° mobility, Gravity-defying latch lets you pump in any position
- All of the parts that come into contact with your breast milk are food safe and DEHP/BPA free
- Two ways to pump: Pump into reusable containers or spill-proof, self-sealing bags which hold up to 4 oz. per pump (8 oz. total)
- App-connected to track your pumping sessions and your milk production
- Hospital grade suction with 7 levels (up to -245 mmHG)
- Two pumping modes, automatically change from stimulation to expression mode when it detect your letdown
- Six flange sizing options to choose from: 15mm, 17mm, 19mm, 21mm, 24mm, and 27mm
- Battery lasts 5 full sessions with one charge
- Easy to clean, only two parts by hand or in the dishwasher
- HSA/FSA Funds accepted
Using this wearable breast pump will take you on a learning curve. It takes time to learn how to use them properly, bag insertion, flags sizing and how to handle it at the end of your pumping session can be a bit challenging at the beginning. Be prepared to maybe get some spills when handling the bags for the first time. It is a good idea to take the bags out over a sterile bowl or a container to avoid wasting the liquid gold.
Consider taking advantage of the step-by-step onboarding and how-to videos on the app. You can also join the Willow Pump Support group on Facebook to get help with questions and concerns from mothers that have been in your shoes before.
If you are one of the fortunate mothers with a high milk supply, this is the hands free pump for you. The Liberty II cups will allow you to collect up to 8 ounces of milk inside each lightweight cup. I find it very handy that the collection cups can be used with other pumps as well, which will also save you money in the long run.
This premium mobile breast pump is ultra quiet and lightweight with concealable collection cups that can be easily slipped into your bra. Many moms like that this pump doesn’t need to be cleaned because your milk never enters the pump, thanks to the collection cups and the pump unit being separate. This mighty tiny pump it clips to your hips.
- Hospital Grade Suction (up to 280mmHg)
- Standard Freemie Cups with 25mm and 28mm breast flanges
- Adjustable Sleep Timer
- Memory settings: 3 Re-Programmable Favorites
- Independent suction and cycle controls with Turbo® power
- Automatic shutoff
- Durable Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
- Easy-to-read LCD screen
- Made without latex, BPA, BPS or DEHP
Consider using lube in your nipples between pumping sessions. Putting a bit of lube inside of the funnel before starting pumping works too. Also, avoid bending over farther than 45 deg or you will spill some of your milk. This breast pump allows you lots of maneuverability but it doesn’t work great when bending over too far.
There are multiple parts to clean, all of which are dishwasher safe or can be sterilized in boiling water. Some of the parts of the Liberty II cab can be a little hard to fully clean, especially at the beginning when your milk fat content is the highest. Some mothers use a Q-tip every few washes to get all the little crevices clean. It could take you between 15–20 minutes to properly clean the whole system after use.
The Momcozy S12 is very popular among moms because there will be no leakage if you connect the parts properly and it is very quiet. Also, all parts of the Momcozy electric breast pump are made of food-grade PP+Silicone materials, with BPA-free contents. This is also the first Momcozy model to be equipped with an LED Display for easy operation and memory function.
This wearable breast pump is lightweight and worn inside a nursing bra and regular wireless bras, although it is less discreet than other pumps in this list. The suction cups fit nicely inside your bra but the pump itself steaks a bit out. So the Momcozy S12 pump works best for moms who don’t mind walking around showing they are pumping, or who will be pumping at home, or at work in a private room.
- 9 Adjustable Suction Levels and 2 Modes with LED Display
- Safe material, food-grade silicone
- Flange Size: 24mm
- Bottle capacity: 180ml / 6oz
- Usage time: 70-80 minutes
- Shut time: 30 minutes auto shut off
- Charge time: about 2.5 hours, power adapter must be 5V-1A or 5V-2A
- All accessories are included in it, easy to clean, and ready to use
Consider also buying a Momcozy Warming and Vibration Lactation Massager with it. It helps to reduce the risk of breastfeeding problems like plugged ducts in tender and engorged breasts. Many moms claim that it helps them to soften their breast before feeding, helping with latching and let-down. It is also helpful to improve the milk flow while expressing with a pump.
Like most breast pumps there is a bit of a learning curve, due to the fact that the nipple needs to be centred for the pump and cup to work at its best. It isn’t great that the flange only comes in one size, making some moms to add an additional silicone flange in order to maximize output, but this is outweighed by the other benefits and the budget friendly price.
Some might argue about why the Lansinoh Smartpump 2.0 double breast pump made it to the list of the best hands free breast pumps. This small and lightweight breast pump can be used with batteries allowing you to take it mostly everywhere or plugged into the electricity. Thanks to the long cord that comes with this double electric pump, you would still be able to do other things while pumping.
Everyone seems to love these wearable pumps. The pump suction is really good and having five ComfortFit® flange sizes to choose from makes it easier to find the right one for your breast. Also, these breast pumps are compatible with inexpensive brand bottles.
- Highly Customizable pump settings and built-in memory to remember them
- 8 hospital strength suction levels and 3 different pumping styles to mimic your baby’s natural feeding pattern
- 2 mode technology for let down and expression modes to maximize breast milk expression
- Kit includes 2 Standard (25mm) and 2 Large (30.5mm) ComfortFit® flanges
- 5 ComfortFit® flange sizes available (21mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30.5mm and 36mm)
- Ultra Quiet hospital grade pump
- Comfortable rims: ComfortFit flanges are soft against sensitive skin while forming a tight seal
Consider using the flange sizer on Lansinoh website to make sure you are using the correct flange size. It is very important you use the correct size for best pump performance.
The membranes are super important to maintain suction and not have milk backing up into places it shouldn’t be but they are delicate so it is good to have some extra ones with you at home for emergencies.
If I like to use the pump without being plugged into the wall to be more mobile, consider getting a charger and rechargeable batteries (6 x AA). Also, it is a good idea to invest in the car plug available at Lansinoh. These things will allow you to take the pump with you and use it anywhere anytime.
When looking for the best wearable breast pump the first thing you should do is to make sure you choose the right one for you. There are very good breast pumps in the market right now, like the best hands free pumps in this list, but you need to consider where you are planning to pump, your milk supply and if all materials that come in contact with the milk are BPA-free and food-safe. There are other factors like: suction, noise level, weight, battery life, price, and how easy it is to use them but this will be highly influenced by your personal preference.
They are totally worth it for multitasker moms and working parents. Their portability is one of their bigger advantages over other manual or conventional pumps. They allow you to pump anywhere and anytime because they are battery-powered and some of them fit completely inside your regular bra, giving moms the freedom and confidence to pump on the go. Also, hands-free breast pumps make it very easy for moms to express and collect breast milk. These pumps collect breast milk in containers attached to the pumping mechanism.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the USA requires most health insurance plans to cover the cost of a breast pump. It may be either a rental unit or a new one you’ll keep. Your health insurance plan may have guidelines on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, the length of the rental, and when you’ll receive it, before or after the birth of your child. But don’t forget that it’s up to you and your doctor to decide what’s right for you.
When looking for the best hands-free breast pump the first thing you should do is to make sure you choose the right one for you. There are very good breast pumps in the market right now, like the best wearable pumps in this list. Although you need to consider where you are planning to pump, your milk supply, and if all materials that come in contact with the milk are BPA-free and food-safe. There are other factors like: suction, noise level, weight, battery life, price, and how easy it is to use them but this will be highly influenced by your personal preference.
Should I buy hands-free breast pump?
If you’re a working mom or a multitasker, a hands-free breast pump can be a lifesaver. It allows you to pump milk while you’re doing other things, like working at your desk or taking care of your baby. Hands-free pumps also tend to be more comfortable than traditional pumps, since you don’t have to hold the pump in place.
They can also be more efficient, since they can express milk faster. However, hands-free pumps can be expensive, and they may not be covered by insurance. If you’re thinking about buying a hands-free breast pump, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant to see if it’s right for you.
How does hands-free breast pump work?
A hands-free breast pump is a type of electric breast pump that allows the user to pump milk without having to hold the pump in place. Many hands-free pumps come with a hands-free bra, which helps to support the breasts and keep the pump in place.
Some models also have a built-in timer, so that the user can set it and forget it, freeing up their hands for other tasks. In general, hands-free breast pumps are more comfortable and convenient to use than traditional manual or electric pumps. As a result, they are becoming increasingly popular with working mothers who need to pump milk during the day.
Why do my nipples swell when I pump?
It is not uncommon for women to experience swollen nipples after using a breast pump. This is usually due to the suction created by the pump, which can cause the blood vessels in the nipples to dilate. In some cases, the increased blood flow can also cause the nipples to become engorged, making them appear larger than normal.
If you are concerned about nipple swelling, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. They can help you determine if your symptoms are normal or if there is another underlying condition that needs to be treated.
Should you wash your nipples before pumping?
Pumping breast milk is an important part of providing nutrition for your baby, but it’s also important to take steps to ensure that the milk is clean and free of bacteria. One way to do this is to wash your nipples before pumping. This helps to remove any dirt or bacteria that could contaminate the milk. You can use a mild soap and water, or you can use a dedicated nipple cleanser. Be sure to rinse the soap off completely before starting to pump.
In addition, it’s important to clean the pumping equipment regularly. Bacteria can build up on pumps and bottles, so be sure to wash them in hot, soapy water after each use. By taking these simple steps, you can help to ensure that your breast milk is clean and safe for your baby.
Can pumping damage your nipples?
It’s a common misconception that using a breast pump will damage your nipples. While it’s true that pumps can cause some discomfort, this is typically due to incorrect technique or equipment that doesn’t fit properly. When used correctly, pumps are perfectly safe and shouldn’t cause any long-term damage.
In fact, pumping can even have some benefits, such as increasing milk production or helping mothers who are away from their babies to maintain their milk supply. Of course, as with anything, it’s important to listen to your body and stop if you’re in pain. If you’re concerned about any potential risks, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.
Do I have to hold my breast while pumping?
One of the most common questions that new moms ask is whether or not they need to hold their breast while pumping. The answer is that it depends on the type of pump you are using. If you have a manual pump, then it is important to hold the breast in place in order to get a good seal. However, if you are using an electric pump, then you usually don’t need to hold the breast since the pump will do it for you.
There are some electric pumps that come with a hands-free attachment, which can be helpful if you need to multi-task while pumping. Ultimately, the best way to determine what works best for you is to experiment and see what gives you the most comfortable and efficient pumping experience.
A wearable breast pump, also known as hands free breast pump, are lightweight breast pumps powered by batteries that are designed to be worn inside your nursing bra. They give moms the freedom and confidence to pump anywhere anytime. They are also known as hands-free breast pumps.
Are you feeling confident now to choose a good wearable breast pump that works well for you? This list will save you time and money but remember that wearable pumps have a learning curve so try not to get frustrated at the beginning. Also if you are new to pumping, you might have to try more than one before you find what you like.
Thinking about how you are planning to use the breast pump will determine if you need a wearable pump or a conventional pump will be enough for you. The cost is also very important to many parents and that’s why I add some of the best budget friendly pumps to my list as well. Although, being able to go to work and still breastfeed your baby may outweigh the cost of some of the more advanced options.
Last but not least, if you’re not pumping regularly and/or are blessed with a high milk supply, having one of these wearable pumps as your only breast pump might not be a good idea. Consider having also a conventional pump at home, since they can handle more volume. Would you like to know which are the best breast pump in the market today and how to choose the right one for you?