Best manual breast pumps according to redditors

We found 84 Reddit comments discussing the best manual breast pumps. We ranked the 19 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Manual Breast Pumps:

u/ernieball · 26 pointsr/BabyBumps

In the US it is required that insurance provide a breast pump (thanks, Obama!!!).

Unfortunately this doesn't always mean an electric pump - some insurances have managed to loophole their way into satisfying this requirement while only providing a simple hand pump, but it's better than nothing.

Be sure to check with your insurance provider. Some require you to obtain prescriptions from your doctor that you can take to a Durable Medical Equipment Supplier. Some just ask for your OB's name and contact info and will do the legwork for you.

u/MurderMeMolly · 12 pointsr/BabyBumps

I would recommend getting a Haakaa from Amazon $12.99 I think. It uses suction and can relieve the pressure without emptying your breast, so your brain won’t get signaled to increase your supply.

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 4oz/100ml,2019 New Style

u/MsWhatsit83 · 11 pointsr/beyondthebump

Have you tried using a haakaa? It suctions onto your breast and gathers milk from your let down. So when you breastfeed, you put it on the side the baby isn’t currently using. It’s a really good way to stockpile some bottle feeds, without risking creating and oversupply.

I could usually get an ounce or so per feed. You can combine several sessions to get enough for a bottle, then freeze. Just make sure that the milk is the same temp when combining. So if you already have a container of milk in the fridge, let the new milk cool before adding it to the container. You can leave in the fridge for several days before you need to freeze.

u/huminskikab · 10 pointsr/BabyBumps

The Haakaa Manual Breast pump, if you plan on breastfeeding. It catches the milk from the other breast while your LO nurses. No more losing that liquid gold all over your shirt/bra. Because, you’re pulling milk out by simple suction on one side, you are also boosting milk production! Serious, lifesaver! Only 12.99 on Amazon!

Check this out: Haakaa Breast Pump Manual Breast Pumps Silicone Breastfeeding Pu...

u/GordonTheGopher · 9 pointsr/Parenting

It won't negatively impact her in any way, but you might feel engorged and uncomfortable, even leaking. Ensure you have pads in your bra or you might be in for some embarrassment.

My daughter was extremely difficult to get to accept formula, but I started trying pretty late, about 6 months old. A 2 month old would probably be fine.

Here's a $30 pump if you decide to leave some breastmilk in the fridge instead of buying formula. It's also useful for relieving pressure on trips away from the baby.

u/Thisisalovebeanie · 8 pointsr/beyondthebump

I just wrote this comment somewhere else too, but get a haakaa!!

Make sure if you feed from both breasts that you use it for the whole feed and put it on the other breast when you switch sides so that it is not all foremilk.

If your supply is regulated appropriately, you’re not going to get much extra from pumping (which is GOOD because you don’t want oversupply!)

You have to wait til milk is chilled to the same temperature to combine, but I’ve found with my haakaa I can get 1-2 oz per feed. Sometimes I’ll hand express into it while baby is feeding to get a little more out of it. I have multiple since they’re so cheap so that I don’t have to wash them between every feeding. If you use it every time, you’ll probably have an extra 5 oz by the end of the day that you can then use for a bottle. Then you could pump a full bottle’s worth at once when you need to use it.

I also find I get much more from the pump in the morning than at night, so if you’re going to do a bottle feed morning could be a good time for it.

I’ve read that if you plan to freeze milk it’s best to do it straight away rather than after time in the fridge, so if we don’t have immediate need I’ll usually freeze the milk from the full pumping session.

u/kherioux0813 · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

Hakaa is great! (I got an off brand one on amazon and love it) You just attach and let LO eat from opposite sides. Also watching YouTube videos on it helps, shows you how to get a better suction from it.

Bumblebee breast pump manual...

u/surrogateuterus · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

There's a couple options.

Pump one boob while baby is nursing the other.

Slap a haakaa on the non-nursing boob while nursing the baby

Have the pump ready to go before feeding, pump right after the morning feed. The milk can sit out for a couple of hours just fine.

Pump while someone else holds the baby.

Pump after a night feeding. I always used a manual pump for night after-feedings. I just didn't like to deal with all the set up and noise. I only did 10 minutes a boob.

Don't worry yourself too much about a stash. Generally you just need enough to get through the first day because you'll usually pump enough at work for the next day. Its nice to have extra. But really, it's not worth stressing about..with my youngest here I was stressing and when I finally stopped, it seemed like the milk just came a flowing.

u/ColonelCoconuts · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

I second this comment, and here is why:

I used the medala double-electric pump-in-style for my first 3 months at home, so that I could sleep for more than 2 hours at a time and my SO could help with feedings.

Well, on top of being ridiculously loud and waking the baby every time I went to pump, it gave me no range of motion whatsoever. So if by chance you are home alone and they are napping next to you on the couch, should the noise wake them up, it is near-impossible to comfort them with all the cords and tubes in the way. If they are napping in the other room, should they wake up, detaching yourself from an electric pump in a hurry is both frustrating and messy. I now know what it feels like to cry over spilled milk.

A hand pump is quiet and can be used anywhere. After getting my hand pump I could sit cross-legged on the couch. Before that I was sitting in a stool near an outlet, bending forward awkwardly so as not to lose any milk from the chambers. If you need to tend to the baby while you are using a hand pump, set the pump down on the table. It is that easy.

The little nubbins you stick the tubing into with Pump-In-Style broke twice. The replacement part was upwards of 30 dollars, each time, for a small bit of plastic. The only replacement I ever needed for my hand-pump was a small rubber o-ring, which I purchased at a hardware store for less than a quarter.

I know I'm in the minority here, but I HATE my electric pump!!!

Here is the handpump I used. They can be purchased used on craigslist for around 12 dollars, if you are up to sterilizing.

Edit: words

u/struggle_cuddle_club · 6 pointsr/baby

Cloth diapers - flour sack towelsfrom amazon as the stuffers - cheap and clean easily. Bamboo liners for the poop. Rubber gloves for swishing it in the toilet for the parts that don't come off with the liners. Lot's of covers that can be used from newborn to 35 lbs. You can use any bum cream if you use the flour sack towels as well FYI because it doesn't ruin them. Also pick up a couple of these laundry bags. Wipes.

Cleaning is easy - "quick wash" with a bit of soap, then a hot long wash for extra soiled diapers.

Baby nest was nice to have but not a necessity. Blankets/towels can help. Also a wrap is nice for the first 6 months but not necessary.

Gripe water for gassy baby, Punkin Butt teething oil

A pump, even hand pump will be handy. Especially in the first few weeks she's regulating her supply.

Zip up sleepers (snaps suck)

Baby Bag (backpack style)

Don't worry about a baby changing table, you can change anywhere. Don't worry about a diaper genie since you're cloth diapering.

Breastfeeding scarf/carseat cover

Older baby (6-12 months will come fast)

- snack containers

- Food holder thing(frozen bananas are awesome for teething)

u/stepheli88 · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

I also recommend trying to bring baby and husband with you to the wedding for reasons mentioned by other posters.

If you would feel more comfortable with baby at home, I’d recommend getting the haakaa to build up a little supply for when you are gone. You suction it to the opposing breast when breastfeeding and it collects leakage/let down. I wish I had it in the beginning days when I was leaking everywhere. This way you don’t have to worry about pumping!

u/aeb1022 · 6 pointsr/TropicalWeather

Even if your wife is planning to breastfeed, have formula on hand just in case. I'd recommend the ready-to-feed (RTF) stuff that comes in the little bottles (like this). That way you don't have to worry about your water source, or washing/sterilizing bottles. You can get individually wrapped nipples for them, too (Amazon link). One of the other commenters said you have to refrigerate the RTF formula, but that's only true once it's been opened.

If your wife *is* planning to breastfeed, i'd recommend a manual breast pump and/or a haaka in case baby has trouble latching and she wants to express milk. They have electric pumps with battery powered options, too, if you want to look into that. (in this case you'd obviously also need bottles and a way to wash/sterilize them).

Obviously diapers and wipes too. Another thing is we do so much freakin laundry, which, in the event of an extended outage, wouldn't really be possible. So more onesies and swaddles than you think you need and burp cloths/rags in case you have a spitty baby.

Some items we Amazon Primed in the first week or two that we didn't know we needed: simethicone gas drops, probiotics, vitamin d drops, velcro swaddle, different size pump flanges, slow flow nipples, saline spray/drops, miracle blanket swaddle, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Newborn babies are hard, and I hope you don't have to deal with a hurricane at the same time! Praying for calm weather in your area!

u/freyascats · 6 pointsr/breastfeeding

The pains definitely ease up. Use all the lanolin you can get for those cracked nipples! (Or, I really like earth mama natural nipple butter) And it will take a few weeks for your supply to figure itself out, but eventually you will start to worry why your boobs aren't hard any more and if it means your supply is dipping (it's normal and no, your boobs are just figuring out how much to produce and at what time). Warm compresses on your boobs help.

I recommend getting a haakaa milk catcher or similar type of non-pump device to catch those flood gates of milk and save it! You don't really want to pump a lot right now because that will just increase your supply more and more.

u/ZeusIsAGoose · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

I got a haakaa pump to catch the milk that leaks from the opposite breast while my baby feeds from the other one. (I don’t use the suction though to avoid creating more demand for milk.) I just prop it under my breast to catch what drips out and then I store it in the fridge. That helps because I’m not wasting the milk and it doesn’t go all over me or the baby.

I also bought the lansinoh ultimate protection nipple pads and they are AMAZING. They hold so much milk and you can avoid getting milk on your bra or clothes.

And I got the lansinoh nipple cream because it’s safe for baby, no need to wipe it off before she eats. And I haven’t had dry or cracked nipples yet!

My baby is only 11 days old but this combo has been working so far!

u/soawhileago · 5 pointsr/breastfeeding

You're welcome. Seriously check it out! It even got my overly enthusiastic boobs to mellow out. That didn't happen with my first for three months. I hope it can help you.

u/iLiketheway_youthink · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Thanks for the advice!! And for the Silicone Breast Pump!! link for the u.s.

I actually had no idea that this was even a thing until my mom had mentioned something to me the other day. She told me I would have to put a towel or something over my other breast while the baby was eating. I had NO IDEA!! So, this thing is going on my registry.

Also, she's SUPER ADORABLE!! I love those eyes!!

u/baileyfaze · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump


Chux pads, hands down, were the best purchase we made. Those saved us so much laundry and so many diapers. The link is hit or miss - one box we got was great and quilted, the second box was not quilted and they fall apart more easily. Which really sucks because we're not going through several a day anymore, so it has time to really fall apart before it gets soiled. Even the shitty ones are incredibly helpful.

A Haakaa breast milk catcher. Best money I've ever spent. I stopped using it every day at 11 months PP. 11 months of daily use.

An electronic nail file. I cut too close once, and decided I don't ever want to do that again. It's quiet, it has a little light on it, two speeds, and a bunch of different nail heads.

Stacking cups. Don't know why we even have other toys. Did you know you can throw them and chase after them and then throw them again, mom? You can put them inside each other! You can put them in the toy basket and then take them out and then put them back in again! You can knock them down when mom & dad foolishly stack them up! You can clack them together! You can bang them against EVERYTHING!!

This inflatable tub. It has a little shoehorn for the crotch so you can use it before baby can totally sit up by themselves. We're still using it because my child is dead set on committing suicide in the bathtub.

Sleeved bibs. Or as we like to call them, eatin' ponchos. We got some "art smock" cheaper ones to alternate with, but the Bumkins one is 👌👌👌 so much better. The art smocks are fabric-y on the body, so they stain.

A ring sling. No link because I actually borrowed from my local babywearing community. But I checked out a ring sling back to back to back. My chonker outgrew the Moby wrap I had (which was super hot and a PITA to get on and off) by 3 months when I finally discovered ring slings. Ring slings are like the cool, breezy older sister.

A yoga ball. We spent hours bouncing our child.


This Graco Swing. Well, any swing, but this is the one we had. Of the several swings at daycare, my baby tolerated one kind...for a few minutes. Obviously this is a my baby thing.

A walker. We got one used from a garage sale before we realized they're not really recommended for babies anymore.

Any chew-toy specific type teether.

u/mrscartoon · 4 pointsr/breastfeeding

IMO, it's a bit of a waste of time to pump after a feed session. It would be all you do! I had great luck with the Haakaa manual pump by putting on the other breast while nursing. I typically ended up with an extra 3oz/day and gradually made a supply from there.

u/Bonzena · 4 pointsr/NewParents

Also maybe look into trying the Haakaa. It’s a pump you use on the opposite breast while the baby is nursing. It just suctions on and does the work for you. It’s very easy to use and only costs about $15. Just another tool to help keep your breasts as empty as possible. Good luck!

Edit: here’s the link

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 4oz/100ml,2019 New Style

u/HeCallsMePrecious · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps
u/niihla10 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

How is the one that you linked different from this one that is already $12? Just doesn’t come with a lid?

u/tinapop · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

Warning - lots of text below! My baby is about 6 weeks now and I'm exclusively breastfeeding. My Medela Harmony manual pump has been fine for building a stash - I pump 1-2 times a day for the freezer and occasional bottle feedings from Dad. I think it's pretty convenient, but I'll be using a double electric pump when I go back to work (waiting to see what Tricare will cover in 2015!).

Whatever you decide to use for diapering, I'd strongly recommend getting some prefolds (I got Osocozy unbleached). They're great for burp cloths, catching milk from your other boob during letdown, etc and they're also way cheaper and more absorbent than fancy burp cloths. Personally I love prefolds and covers for diapering, but don't buy too much into any one system or brand until you know what works for you. My husband hates prefolds so now I'm having to add pockets and AIOs to appease him.

I'd get some swaddlers (at least 2; my favorite is from Nuroo but that was a gift and they're pricey, the summer infant SwaddleMe wraps are good now that she's bigger but didn't fit well until about 10 lbs). My girl lives in footed pajamas and I love the Gerber zipped ones, we found tons at goodwill for $1.50 each but if you can't find them used, they're on Amazon for $10 for a 2 pack. You're right that other people will buy clothes, but they'll pick cutesy stuff and you need some practical choices too.

Nursing pillow - I had an unexpected C section and this has been so necessary. I love the Luna Lullaby since it's big and I had a big baby.

Some kind of baby carrier, I got a Moby wrap while she's small and it's amazing for running errands (I put it on before getting in the car and pop her in before going in the store, WAY easier than a carseat and stroller).

We were gifted a used swing and it is a freaking godsend. It's the only way I get chores done since I can pop her in there and cook, do laundry, clean, etc without her crying. YMMV, some babies hate them, but buy used and you won't be out too much cash.

Wubbanub pacifier is easy to keep track of and super cute.

Pack n Play with a mattress for cosleeping (recommended to reduce SIDS risk for the first 6 months). At least 2 mini crib sheets.

Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter is amazing for the first couple weeks.

QuickZip crib sheets will be amazing once you use the crib.

Simba baby safety nail cutter - no bleeding!

Finally, the Itzbeen pocket nanny timer is so helpful for keeping track of feedings and diaper changes, especially in the first few weeks.

Hope this wasn't too overwhelming. Good luck!

*Edited to add links to products.

u/erosebro · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

My first recommendation is to check to see if she has a baby registry. New parents need/want LOTS of stuff, and while all gifts are appreciated, having someone help cover the essentials always made us really happy! Some of my favorite gifts were for things we needed like extra bottles, bassinet sheets, and giftcards to Amazon.

Now, to your question - here are some top items we've used with our new baby:

u/MableXeno · 3 pointsr/Parenting

I think some of this depends on your situation...are you cramped for space, low on cash, looking for ways to keep your life as uncluttered as possible?

That's kind of my wheelhouse. So from that perspective:

  • Good convertible carseat. The bucket seats (the ones with the click-off base and carry handle) have to be upgraded at a certain point. I lucked out with my first kid. She was almost 2 before she hit 20 pounds. But My 3rd kid outgrew it at like 6 months. Lesson learned, just use the convertible. It reclines more for an infant and then stays rear-facing usually up to about 30-40 pounds (when your child is about 3 years old - the new recommendation for turning them forward facing). The cost of two seats is worth it if you have 2 vehicles and will regularly be trading off driving duties (like one spouse dropping at daycare, and the other spouse picking up). It's smarter to do two seats - so that you don't risk installing the seat incorrectly b/c of the constant shuffling.

  • Sleeping space: The most basic IKEA crib is perfect. It's cheap, easy to move, a mattress can be raised and lowered, and it's fairly small, so might fit through doorways. Baby has no idea how much her crib costs. Room sharing is much easier this way, too (for parents not interested in bed sharing).

  • The most basic style of flannel receiving blankets. Mostly b/c these can double as many other things. Obviously, you have traditional uses like swaddling and keeping baby warm. But I have used them as: barrier between baby and floor for diaper changes, or the grocery cart, an emergency diaper, emergency towel, emergency 'soak up whatever that gross liquid is', burp rags, nursing cover, I've soaked them in water to help cool baby down on a hot day or during a fever. (And maybe less important, but a good old fashioned style baby pin or new fashioned style pin - in case you do need to wrap up an emergency diaper...You might never need it, but I've used pins for plenty of things that aren't diapers, too.)

  • All the onesies. Don't go crazy with cute outfits. There will be plenty of time for them, but when they're really small - onesies are easy to carry, easier to wash, and easier to keep track of. And when they inevitably get destroyed b/c babies are disgusting you won't feel bad leaving it in the garbage can of the Target bathroom. Get socks. And I also like the footie and footless "body suit" onesies...also called creepers, sometimes? They're just an easy all in one piece of clothing.

  • Even if you're not sure about the specifics, a pack of pacifiers, a pack of bottles and a basic handheld breastpump. I know a lot of insurers started doing the bigger electric pumps, but it's a hassle if it's not something you're definitely using...and hard to pass on (creating waste) once you've used it. The manual is good for helping to pump the non-feeding breast, or just to relieve basic engorgement (this was my primary use for my last baby) or a single skipped feeding. It's also good for stimulating to help the milk come down if you're not sure if baby is triggering the letdown reflex.

  • Don't buy a ton of tiny newborn diapers. Sizes 2 & 3 tend to be the more common long-term use. So if you're going to stock up on a size - do the larger ones.

  • A basic carrier. Even for a newborn, this helps to be hands free. And it's pretty easy to use without help. You can find these used online or baby consignment shops if you don't want to pay full price. And if you decide you want a more expensive variety, you at least have an idea of what other features you'd wish you had or would be nice in a carrier if you have some experience with one.

  • Hold off on buying a stroller...they're not that easy to use, and if you aren't going to be walking long distances on smooth pavement, they aren't ideal. You can't really use them at the grocery store, they're too big for restaurants. The carrier ends up doing some of this work for you.

  • Thermometer, gas drops, diaper cream (like desitin), olive oil for skin care.

    Those are my go-to basics.
u/bantamforever · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

So, I totally breastfed one kid and then pumped exclusively for the next, and for the third breastfed a little but mostly pumped and then when I was sick of pumping, I switched to formula.

A couple of things to know about breastmilk production. First is that the initial wave of hormones that triggers the production of breastmilk comes from the delivery of the baby and the placenta. Your milk will come in whether you do anything or not. But, to maintain your supply, you need to empty your breasts and stimulate your nipples about 8 times a day. It doesn't have to be in 2 hour intervals around the clock. A baby doesn't cue to eat at exactly 2 hours around the clock. When you breastfeed you follow the baby's cues. If you are exclusively pumping, then you can pump more frequently in the day and then at night give yourself no more than one 4-6 hour stretch for uninterrupted sleep. Don't go more than six hours without pumping or feeding a baby unless you are trying to decrease your supply, because that is what will happen. If you do go more than six hours, beware that you can get plugged ducts or mastitis. Your supply regulates at 12 weeks, so the first 12 weeks if you want to develop your full supply, it's important to keep up the frequent breast emptying and nipple stimulation. After that, you can go further apart and some people are able to pump as few as 4 times a day with a couple "power pumps" throughout the week (pumping on an off for 10 minutes over a 1 hour period to simulate cluster feeding). But some people need to keep up the eight pumps for the duration of pumping, so you will figure out what works for you. If your goal is not to provide breastmilk only, you can pump less and give some formula, but your supply will tend to gradually dwindle. That might be what works for your family.

Some people do use formula during the very early days of breastfeeding and there is actually evidence that this can increase rates of success because it decreases frustration and allows the baby to have more energy for effective breastfeeding. So you don't have to be afraid of formula. But you do have to stimulate the nipples and empty the breasts. :)

If you are doing a combination of pumping and breastfeeding, the easiest way is to just breastfeed when you are home and then pump when you are away from the baby. In your situation (going back to work), if I liked breastfeeding, I would probably start out breastfeeding and maybe add in 1 extra pump a day if it's not too onerous. Then once your are working, you pump throughout the day while you are away from your baby. Some people breastfeed overnight (this is good for your supply and bad for your level of fatigue), some people use pumped milk or formula. Personally I found this all to onerous with my third, so I mainly pumped because I preferred it to breastfeeding, and my husband and I took turns giving the bottle at night. When I switched to powder formula I would keep bottles prefilled with water and a premeasured formula container at the bedside. Add formula, shake, feed baby. When I went back to school he was 8 weeks, and I rapidly dropped pumps, used up the rest of my freezer milk and guilt free switched to formula. My plan for all future babies is to provide breastmilk for approximately six weeks and then to give formula after that. This is based on my own personal experiences with breastfeeding and my current lifestyle (work full time). You will find what works best for your situation and your family. Some people are able to pump and breastfeed and provide milk for over a year, and they are happy with being able to do so.

Other little tips:

Get a pumping bra or make one by cutting holes in a sports bra.

A lot of moms store their pump parts in the fridge in between pumps and wash and sterilize once a day. This might be an acceptable practice with full term kids (I felt fine doing it with mine after the first six weeks) but for newborns, for milk donation, and especially for any preterm babies it is very important to thoroughly clean the pump parts with soap and water and air dry every single time. Which sucks because preemie moms have enough on their plate, but the evidence suggests that cleaning is an important part of safe milk handling for preemies.

Lastly, I haven't had a chance to try one of these personally (they came on the market after I weaned the last baby) but a lot of my friends have raved about this for use during a feed:

u/librarianzrock · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I'm tempted to get one of those Harmony pumps for the car for this reason. I got a Medela car adapter for my double electric, but I also forgot flanges on a long car ride (I had one but not two so it took twice as long...).

I also have extra pumping parts EVERYWHERE...little bags of bottles and caps wherever I might pump...and powerbars. I'm like a crazy bag lady and live in fear that I smell like sour milk. Can't wait to go back to work next week...uhh

u/bassgrl73 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Throw a haakaa in the side she isn't nursing on as she feeds from the favorite boob. You'll collect some milk and it will relieve the pressure! They are like $20 on Amazon.

I have this knockoff brand and it worked great:

u/_TheOtherWoman_ · 3 pointsr/Mommit

Good idea, definitely look into getting a pump. Personally, I just fed on demand and only pumped maybe a 2 dozen or so times in the 2 years that I nursed my son but this [Madela Hand Pump] ( is awesome. I also had an electric pump but just found the hand pump to be way more convenient.

u/myshadow2 · 2 pointsr/Mommit

I love the [haakaa pump] ( It's quiet, easy to clean, cheap, small, and I can fill up 200ml in one session, sometimes in 10 minutes or an hour depending on the boob at the time. I usually don't use the measurements on the pump and just pour the milk into a container when the pump is about half full so it doesn't detach and spill when it's full/heavy. It's not exactly a pump, rather it just suctions onto the boob.

u/francesmcgee · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I planned to EBF, but had some health issues, so I had to pump/formula feed while in the hospital. The bag of pumping supplies I got in the hospital came with this. You might end up with the same thing. I also use it to get my nipples hard and long to help the baby latch.

u/nrf_af · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

They make lids for the Haakaa. I had one spill too many then found this.

u/obaketsumk · 2 pointsr/breastfeedingsupport

I’ve been here! Too many times. Amazon saved the day after my most recent one - cat jumped up on my night stand to lose two good ounces all over the wall and floor! Buy a stopper Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump Stopper 1 pk (Blue)

u/pippx · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I went with this one. A lot of moms in my Facebook mom group raved about it and it's through Amazon Prime, so easy to return if things don't work out :D

u/luckysmama19 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding
u/mac_question · 2 pointsr/mechanical_gifs

Full disclosure- this was two years ago & my memory may have only remembered the funny part of the story, since I ended up taking a different design route altogether & never bought one to test.

If you search Amazon for "peristaltic breast pump," you get stuff like this, which looks like what I remember.

It seems hindsight is 20/20, and that the pumps themselves might not have been peristaltic, but the design of the nipple is why they use that word (the linked model has a "peristaltic nipple")... Think movement of fluid by contractions of a tube. Just not like OP's gif, which is the peristaltic pump we all think of.

u/sloanerose · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Look into the Haakaa manual pump. It costs around $25 and is literally just one piece that you suction on while LO is feeding on the other side. It catches all your letdown and you can get several ounces with each feeding. I hated using an electric pump because it's such a process and honestly wasn't comfortable for me. I got 8 oz from one feeding with the Haakaa pump and it would've taken me hours and several pumping sessions to get the same amount with the electric.

u/AshLegend · 2 pointsr/Mommit

First of all, it's not too late. Basically, you need to remove milk from your breasts either by pumping or nursing at least 8 times or more in a 24 hour period to maintain full milk supply. If your health insurance doesn't cover a pump (almost all do - you can check by calling the customer service line on your insurance card) then you can at least get a cheap manual pump like the Medela Harmony and still maintain milk supply. The only downside to a manual pump is that you can only pump one side at a time. I personally never responded to an electric pump, and exclusively used a manual pump at work through the first year. You can even use hand expression to maintain milk supply without a pump - and for many women it's can be even more effective than a pump! When you do get your hands on a manual or electric pump, try using the hands on pumping technique to help your output. If you're on Facebook, as to join this group BRAS Brestfeeding Support Group

u/belsie · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Buy the symphony tubing at least. The part that connects to the symphony is different from the pump in style's. The rest is the same. The symphony is much better than the pump in style, I also have a workplace with the symphony and the power is much better than my pump in style at home. I purchased this kit The extra pump parts and bottles are a plus, too. For extra bottles beyond that, the Gerber first essentials bottles are compatible with Medela pump parts and super cheap. The kit I linked to is only $30, by the way.

u/artemisrex · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I just bought this:

Works great, very easy.

I pump 3 extra ounces a day, so basically I use the pump until I get 3 ounces. If babe gets a bottle I pump to replace what he eats. Don't worry about not having enough because you can always give LO what you pumped if you're desperate, although you might want to wait until 5-6 weeks to start pumping if you don't want to introduce a bottle this early and are worried about that issue.

u/MeepsWellfed · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Wow. That is awful!

Did you get a hand pump as a back up after that? It’s a good back up for folks that can’t afford a full second pump.

I’ve heard good things about the Haakaa and put it on my registry.

u/KittyKate86 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

This one

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 4oz/100ml,2019 New Style

u/Kacidillaa · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

My Lansinoh pump has the option to use batteries but I never have. And honestly, I like using a hand pump way more. A friend gave me this one because I was getting engorged a lot and it felt way more efficient and handy to me. I can get 4oz in like 5 minutes when an electric pump would take like 20 minutes.

u/the-sassyfras · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

One thing that helped me build a stash in the early days before I returned to work is a silicone breast pump that catches your letdown on the side the baby is not nursing from. I would catch a couple of ounces per feed that would have just been wasted in my nursing pad. They are really reasonably priced to on [Amazon] (

u/lawsy2 · 2 pointsr/parentsofmultiples

Abergele Hands Free Pumping Band Strapless Breast Pump Bra Nursing and Expression Bustier 100% Cotton with Three Position Hook and Eye Closure Black X

For $20 this one has worked well for me so far- can't use it as a substitute for a regular bra but works fine with a nursing bra. I got an XL and XXL so you would probably need like a small or medium I would think. I have no idea what actual bra size I am now- was 34 DD pre pregnancy so Def bigger than that lol. I'm no expert tho- only 7 days pp with a little guy in the NICU so I'm exclusively pumping for now but this bra works well for me!

u/darth_junglist · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Hi, congratulations on having your first baby, I'm a first time dad too(although only for almost 6 months now). We've had a similar issue as in my gf wanted to purely breastfeed but she didn't feel like she was producing enough milk, she was dreading at the thought of using formula. And she was going down the same rut feeling really bad cause she wasn't producing enough milk but not wanting to use formula, to the point of tears. I suggested that during night time I give the baby formula before bedtime (gets me more involved too) and while I give her formula she can always pump to at least fool the body into thinking that's she's feeding the baby. Eventually she gave in and it was a whole new beginning, the baby was sleeping almost all night and on top of that we had some milk reserves so sometimes we didn't even need formula for night time feeds. Hope this helps. And additional suggestions is one of these bad boys

Haakaa Manual Breast Pumps Silicone Breastpump Breastfeeding Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone (3oz/90ml)

Using while feeding the baby and you'd be surprised at how much gets lost during feeds.

u/ultrav5 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

They're a type of pump. It uses suction to stick to the boob and collect all the let down. I've collected almost 30oz just from popping the haakaa on while I fed my baby from the other side.

As it's just silicon there's no pumping manually or noise like with an electric pump.

Edit to add: Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free by Haakaa

u/YouMightFeelPressure · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I love my Avent manual and have heard from others that they love theirs too. This is the one I have:

I actually use it over my Ameda double electric - it's faster and has better suction!

u/PrettyNicola · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this style is more for collecting let down from the breast you are not nursing on than for actively pumping?
I don’t think you would want to use this to pump milk if you are missing a feed. For that you would want something more like this: Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

u/thecatsmeowmeow · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

If you want to try pumping more, I would highly recommend this silicone pump thingy. You can put it on your other boob while baby is nursing and get a couple ounces. I had the same problem with trying to pump while taking care of a clingy baby. It's impossible!

My husband and I had a similar problem where he always felt like he wasn't doing enough and it was honestly exhausting feeling like I had constantly reassure him

u/delavenue · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

So, what I have done is pump one side and nurse the other. That way I'm not stuck in the chair all day long. I usually do it once or twice in the early morning (thats when your milk is usually most plentiful, from 4am on) and it is enough for one solid feed at night.

I also have a fast let down and pumping for just one or two moments on that side can help with the squirt to the back of the throat. A haaka is a nice affordable option for this as it doesn't require lot of cords and tubes.

I know it's exhausting. I also know you are a great mom for giving it your best.

u/loveislovelyislove · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I've heard the milk catchers are good for sexy times when we can leak.

I'm going to be using an affordable passive collection silicone pump ( this model ) to collect the milk from my other breast during nursing.

u/mmabpa · 2 pointsr/InfertilityBabies

I love this list, I kept thinking "ditto!" with almost everything you wrote! Because I can't help myself, here is some of my feedback on some of those products:

For boob cream- I loooove the Motherlove Nipple Cream. The Earth Mama Angel Baby one was really grainy to me, and I'm not a big fan of the cocoa butter smell (to each their own!). The Motherlove cream saved my nipples those first few weeks and I still use it after a long pumping session.

Leak management- gurl I feel you on being leaky! I am SO leaky. I love the nighttime Bamboobies, they're the only ones that work for me (and I have to switch them out three times a day). The downside is they're pretty obvious through clothing, so when I have to go out of the house I'll pop a disposable lansinoh one in there instead. But Bamboobies all the way!

Leak Collection!- Yes! The Milkies Milksaver I have has been great at catching the ~1oz I leak from the non-nursing side. Now that Miss V and I have more of a breastfeeding pattern that involves her only eating from one side per session I'm going to try out a Haakaa Silicone Pump to see if the suction will draw out even more ounces from the neglected boob.

Extra Pump Parts- NeneSupply on Amazon is a Spectra pumping girl's best friend, especially for hard-ish to find and expensive spare Spectra parts.

Nursing Bras- They're expensive but I'm a total Bravado fanatic. I'm a big girl and they carry a wide variety of sizes, even for the much bigger bust sizes. And they recently released this hands free pumping attachment that, the few times I've experimented with it, was freaking awesome. I hope it continues to be awesome when I go back to work!

Oh! I forgot one of my favorite pumping accessories! The Pumpin' Pals Super Shields have made a difference in my output but are also a thousand times more comfortable that regular flanges. Plus you can recline while pumping without spilling breastmilk everywhere! I was gifted these by a friend at my shower and I was skeptical about them living up to the Amazon reviews hype but I am definitely happy to have them.

u/Waiting4Baby · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Just FYI: If anyone is looking to get a manual breast pump as well, here's a set that includes a built-in bottle with nipple (and cover) along with a bonus Haakaa-style suction pump:

Obviously it's not the brand-name version, but you can't beat the $12.99 price, plus the reviews are good and a friend of mine says it worked for her!

u/mountaingrrl_8 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

If you want to save the milk a Hakaa pump is well worth the $20 investment. It's how I built up a pretty decent freezer stash with almost zero effort.

Edit to add that I also have a manual pump I occasionally use, but all the parts are annoying to clean so the Hakaa is something I'm still using almost daily three months out.

Also, my LO did the same thing and my midwife assured me not to worry, and it is getting better as she gets older. I definitely notice if I have more engorgement than normal and I don't pre-drain a bit, she becomes the exorcist with all the puking she does everywhere.

u/Ambiegrace · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Thankfully my insurance covers a double electric, but I ordered this manual pump for those reasons exactly.

u/Meowmyy · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got the Medela pump through my insurance and it works (it is pretty loud) but it is nice being able to get parts if needed at almost any store! I wanted the Spectra but my insurance didn't provide that option.

Many people use a haakaa on the side they are not feeding on to catch the letdown! I prefer the milkies milk saver since it goes right in your bra/tank top and you don't have to worry about baby kicking it off!

u/ShineBrighter · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I have this one. It has the flower stopper. It was cheaper at target I got it on sale.

u/tortsy · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

So I had this issue too! I don't know how you feel about building up a milk stash, but I would recommend investing in a haakaa silicone pump.

Its the best thing ever. It gently collects let down from one boob as you nurse and its just great. It did wonders for me and I have recommended it to all my friends who decided to nurse their child and all of them have raved about it as well.

Its also super easy to wash and helps you maintain your supply. This was helpful for me because I kind of wanted an over supply since I was going to go back to work. Pumping twice at work and not being around my child would definitely cut down my supply so the haakaa was good at building it.

I stopped pumping with my electric pump at around 9 months and exclusively used the haakaa and it was great.. I ended up nursing my LO until she was 18 months

u/mamawritescode · 1 pointr/Mommit

Good! You should be able to pump less and less as the weeks go by. As someone pointed out, now's a great time to introduce a bottle anyway.

Another thing to look into is a haakaa. I have not personally used it, but it is popular and might save you a little time or effort.

u/CorgiSnugs · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Not exactly a traditional manual pump, but I love the Haakaa pump. Might be what you’re already referring to though.

It’s a small suction hand pump. Great for catching letdown on your opposite side, or in the shower/bath when you randomly let down. If I use it twice a day, I extract enough for a bottle feeding. Super easy and has no parts, so cleaning is a breeze!

u/PriceKnight · 1 pointr/amazondealsus

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u/backwardshctib · 1 pointr/breastfeedingsupport

Just thought of one other thing... have you heard of the Haakaa?

If you used that just before your feed it might help with the heavy let down and then the flow wouldn’t be as strong. It doesn’t pump it just suctions on and collects what comes out so you don’t have to waste.

So sorry to hear this is difficult for you. I hope you can find a solution!

u/snack_blahg · 1 pointr/blogsnark

They're on Groupon often, believe it or not! Also I heard a lot about this single suction manual pump after it was too late to use with my son. I definitely plan to check it out with the next baby. And finally, it's nice to have a single manual pump too (not electric) - good for car rides, when you need to pump only one side a little, etc. Oh and one more thing - hands-free pumping bra. I liked the simple wishes one.

u/bethskw · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Congrats and good luck! I trained for a half while breastfeeding so AMA. I have three kids who each nursed for 2+ years.

The good news is that neither exercise nor nutrition are likely to affect your supply. (Here's the science behind that.)

Finding time to nurse or pump is more likely to be an issue, if your long runs conflict with feeding times. My kids were always fine for about 3 hours between feedings, once they were a few months old, so timing wasn't an issue even for long-ish runs. When your runs get really long or if there's a lot of travel time before/after your races or long runs, consider bringing a hand pump. I have this $30 one and it was SO nice to know I'd always have a quick and easy way to relieve pressure if I was away from my baby too long.

Sports bras become extra annoying to fit while you're lactating, just because your boobs can be so big and/or change sizes. Get a good sports bra! I normally go with whatever bra is on sale, but in those early post-baby days I spent $50 on a Moving Comfort and it was SO worth it.

u/throwmeawayjno · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

If you plan on putting your baby in daycare, you definitely need a double electric. As another mentioned, check your insurance!! But if not, I'd still urge you to buy one like the Spectra s2 which is $159 on Amazon right now. Even though it's a large upfront cost....don't forget that formula will cost you so much more in the long run. So you'd be making an initial large investment to then save way more later. Keep in mind that formula can cost anywhere from $70-$150 a month....depending on what you buy.

Don't listen to your bf. You have plenty of milk! Supplementing with formula is only necessary if you weren't making enough or you don't want to breastfeed.

I agree with getting a haakaa to catch the drips. Make sure to buy from haakaa USA. There are fakes that aren't guaranteed that pass themselves off as haakaa.

Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free

One of the knockoffs which was actually a good and trustworthy one was the naturebond but I believe it's been moved likely for copyright.

For a haakaa, you use it either to catch drips after a feed and you're still feeling engorged or during a feed on the non nursing side.

But want to add that it is not a replacement for a double electric. Use a double electric for when your kid is in daycare and gets a bottle. The safe rule of thumb to maintain milk supply is nurse/pump as often as baby eats. For most babies....that's probably 8-12 times in a 24 hr period. you've got a big one so I'd expect your number closer to 10.

To build a stash, you can pump directly after you feed or do 1 additional pump in the morning about an hour after his morning nurse.

Does your bf explain at all why he suddenly wants to formula feed? I bet it's bc it bothers him to see something he sexualizes leaking...but boobs were made to feed babies first before they were ever meant to amuse men....just saying.

u/AlltheRestisDarkness · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Sure! This is similar to the one I have, but the actual Hakaa brand has one with a suction cup bottom that might be good. The thing tips over if you breathe the wrong way. I just stick mine in a coffee cup so it doesn’t spill. Here’s the link-