The Best Breast Pumps for Busy Moms

Editor's picks

Whether you breast or formula feed your little one is an extremely personal decision. But if you decide to go the breastfeeding route, a breast pump is a must-have helper for when you’re away from your baby or run into feeding hiccups.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best breast pump for your needs. Will you be pumping every day? Is portability a factor? Are your breasts super sensitive?

Whether you want electric or manual, single or double, we’ve rounded up the very best breast pumps in Canada (plus our favourite pumping bustier!), with top ratings and reviews.

Not sure where to start? We answer the most common questions in our breast pump buying guide, covering off everything you need to know before investing in this important piece of baby gear.

Our editor’s picks

Type: Double electric (can be used single)

Power source: AA batteries, plug or car adapter

Weight: 2.8 pounds

Extra features: Three-year warranty

  • Base has bottle holders (no tipping!)

  • Alternate flange sizes are sold separately

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Type: Manual

Power source: n/a

Weight: 159 grams

Extra features: Includes two flange sizes

  • Ergonomic handle to prevent cramping

  • Can take a few tries to get used to

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Type: Double electric

Power source: Rechargeable battery with charging cable

Weight: Less than one pound

Extra features: Carry bag with integrated cooler

  • One charge lasts up to six sessions

  • Can only check settings on the app

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Type: Manual milk catcher

Power source: n/a

Weight: 0.35 pounds

Extra features: Clip-on lanyard

  • BPA free and easy to wash

  • Only collects 100mL

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Type: Pumping bra

Material: 85% nylon and 15% spandex

Machine washable: Yes

Extra features: Oeko-Tex certified

  • Conforms to your body over time

  • Top clasp may be difficult to fasten

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In this guide
Do you need a breast pump?

If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’ll definitely want to consider a breast pump—especially if you’re returning to work or will spend extended time separated from your baby. On top of collecting milk, a breast pump can help you keep up your supply, alleviate engorgement and give your partner the opportunity to feed breast milk to your bundle of joy.

Types of breast pumps
Manual breast pump from Walmart Manual breast pumps

Manual breast pumps don’t require electricity to work. Instead, they come with a handle that you squeeze to stimulate milk flow. They are usually less expensive and less noisy than their electric counterparts. However, they can tire out your hands and arms if used every day.

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A single electric breast pump from Walmart Single electric breast pumps

Electric breast pumps do the pumping for you with a motor that runs the system. They require electricity, but many can be used with batteries. They’re more convenient than manual pumps but often cost more, too. A single pump allows you to pump and breastfeed simultaneously.

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A double electric breast pump Double electric breast pumps

Just like single electric breast pumps, double pumps are powered by batteries or an electrical outlet. Double breast pumps produce the same amount of milk in half the time of single breast pumps and tend to be preferred by moms who are tight on time and pump regularly.

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Best electric breast pump
Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump
  • Type: Double electric (can be used single)

  • Power source: AA batteries, plug or car adapter

  • Weight: 2.8 pounds

  • Extra features: Three-year warranty

Comfort, efficiency and noise are important elements to consider when buying a pump. The Evenflo Advanced Double Electric is our favourite because it checks all these boxes without stretching the wallet—especially for all of its features. With a couple flange sizes for a comfortable, personalized fit and a motor quiet enough for the nighttime nursery, it’s one of the best breast pumps for everyday use.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • No need to cry over spilled milk! The Evenflo is one of the few breast pumps to have a base with bottle holders to prevent tipping.

  • This pump has adjustable speed and suction controls for a more comfortable pump.

  • It can be used with AA batteries (sold separately) or an electrical outlet, making it portable and convenient for work and travel. The car adapter is sold separately.

Cons
  • All flange sizes aren’t included. You may need to purchase additional flanges to find the right fit.

  • Some moms say that the suction isn’t as powerful as pricier Medela breast pumps. However, if you have sensitive nipples, lower suction may actually be a pro.

The draw
I purchased this pump recently and definitely feel like I made the right choice! It's easy to use, quiet and comfortable. Plus the option to single or dual pump and the portability make it super convenient!
-Kee831, originally posted on evenflofeeding.com
The downside
Great so far. Would love it to come with more flange attachments.
-Birdie, originally posted on evenflofeeding.com
Best manual breast pump
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
  • Type: Manual

  • Power source: n/a

  • Weight: 0.35 pounds

  • Extra features: Includes two flange sizes

Moms rave about the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump—and for good reason. It offers a comfortable and quiet pumping solution at a lower price than other brands, making it the best manual breast pump around. The soft and flexible ComfortFit flanges create a soft-but-strong seal for optimal suction to maximize your pumping efficiency. Win!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The Lansinoh breast pump uses two-phase technology, meaning it stimulates your let-down reflex with rapid suction, then can be switched to a slower rhythm, to mimic your baby’s natural sucking pattern.

  • The ergonomic handle helps prevent hand cramps—a common complaint from manual pump users.

  • Just like the pump, Lansinoh replacement parts are budget-friendly.

Cons
  • There’s a bit of a learning curve, so the pump may take a few tries to get used to.

  • Some moms say the handle can dislodge during use and needs to be reattached, but that the pump is still worth it for the price.

The draw
Great pump! This mighty pump can get milk faster than my hospital-grade electric pump! It has two modes that make it so much more efficient for pumping and it’s quiet too!
-isabelc173, originally posted on influenster.com
The downside
The handle can dislodge during pumping which can be a source of frustration, but considering the super low price, I'll deal.
-ivyemla, originally posted on influenster.com
Best portable breast pump
Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump
  • Type: Double electric

  • Power source: Rechargeable battery with charging cable

  • Weight: Less than one pound

  • Extra features: Carry bag with integrated cooler

So many pumps are cumbersome or heavy, making pumping on the go difficult. This compact, closed-system model is the perfect answer. With two-phase expression technology, this lightweight pump produces more milk in less time, plus it’s easy to assemble and easy to clean, making it worth the higher price point. It comes with two sizes of breast shields for increased comfort and can be used hands-free.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • One full charge will last for up to six pumping sessions.

  • It has an intuitive interface (just four buttons) with nine pre-programmed settings so you can find one that works well for you.

  • It features Bluetooth connectivity so you can track your sessions automatically with the Medela Family app.

Cons
  • Some reviewers report it to be quite loud (though it is quieter than previous versions of this pump).

  • You can only check your suction settings and battery levels on the paired app.

The draw
As a working mom with an infant and a toddler, I am running around a lot. This pump has been great to help me pump while on the go. When using this pump for about 20 minutes, I produced almost as much milk as I did with my non-portable pump.
-samik22, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
The downside
My main complaint about this pump is the lack of a screen. I don't know how long I've been pumping and I can't tell what level of suction I'm using. It connects to the app to have some of this info, but I don't always have my phone available.
-BoyMom, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
Best milk catcher
Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector Medela Silicone Breast Milk Collector
  • Type: Manual milk catcher

  • Power source: n/a

  • Weight: 0.35 pounds

  • Extra features: Clip-on lanyard

Every nursing mom knows how frustrating it is to lose milk during a nursing or pumping session. This silent, manual model, which is designed to catch leaking milk, uses soft suction to draw the milk out. Plus, the easy-pour design makes transferring milk into a bottle or storage bag simple and spill-free. It can be used as a milk catcher during nursing sessions or on the go as a hand pump.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It’s lightweight and compact, making it perfect for travel.

  • The 100-per-cent food-grade silicone material is soft against the skin and conforms to the shape of the breast.

  • It’s BPA free and the one-piece construction makes it easy to wash.

Cons
  • It only holds 100 millilitres (3.4 ounces). If you have a large supply, the bottle might not be big enough.

  • Whether or not you love this milk catcher may depend on the shape of your breast. Some users say it has great suction while others say it’s too strong or not strong enough.

The draw
This product has allowed me to save so much breast milk. It comes with a lanyard strap just in case the suction breaks. There is a suction bottom so I can place it on the table and not worry about my wild toddler knocking it over.
-Lisa9iner, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
The downside
In my first use, I got three ounces out with zero effort!! I could have gotten more, but the container was full. I gave it four stars rather than five because I wish it could hold a little more.
-LaceyQ, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
Best breast pump bra
Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Pumping Bustier, Small Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Pumping Bustier, Small Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Pumping Bustier, Small Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Pumping Bustier, Small
  • Type: Pumping bra

  • Material: 85% nylon and 15% spandex

  • Machine washable: Yes

  • Extra features: Oeko-Tex certified

No one multitasks better than a new mom, but traditional pumping sessions really put a damper on mobility. This hand-free bustier with double pumping capability is made from a nylon/spandex blend for a comfortable fit. It’s compatible with all Medela pumps as well as many other brands. It also comes in medium, as well as a nude hue in small, medium and large.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It will stretch and conform to your body as you wear it.

  • It’s Oeko-Tex certified, which means that it is free of harmful chemicals.

  • You can throw it in your washer and dryer on the delicate and low settings.

Cons
  • It may initially feel tight but the snug fit will loosen with wear.

  • Some reviewers say the top clasp can be difficult to fasten.

The draw
So convenient. This bustier is even comfortable enough to wear overnight for when pumping is necessary between sleeping and feeding hours.
-Snuggle Bunny, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
The downside
The hands-free pumping bra is helpful in giving you the ability to do other things while pumping. It’d be more convenient if it was a normal bra that was adaptable so that you didn’t have to switch out your bra to pump.
-Owler16, originally posted on medelabreastfeedingus.com
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Katie Dupuis is an award-winning writer and editor in Toronto, and mom to two daughters (Sophie and Juliette). She is also the managing director of Chick & Owl Design Co. When she's not working, she's baking, reading or watching too much TV.
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