If you pump your breastmilk once a day or more, lactation experts suggest that you invest in a double electric breast pump to effectively drain the breast and maintain an adequate breastmilk supply. These double electric breast pumps offer the time-saving convenience of pumping just one side or both sides at once, are powerful enough to help most women maintain a milk supply and are durable and portable to withstand daily travel to the office.
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Medela Pump In Style Advanced features new pumping technology, which cycles the breast pump quickly to mimic a baby's initial suckling to stimulate milk letdown, then slows down to imitate a baby's slower, deeper suckling to pump more breast milk in less time. The breast pump suction also can be adjusted manually, just like the popular Pump in Style Original. The power and suction options make this pump one of the best you can buy outside of hospital grade breast pumps. The quiet and... easy-to-use Pump In Style Advanced comes in a backpack or messenger bag style and includes AC adapter, battery pack, milk cooler bag, and a manual breast pump.
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This lower-cost version of Medela's popular Pump In Style comes in a sleek black travel case and has plenty of suction and speed adjustments to meet your needs. The bag includes a removable cooler pack, and a battery pack also comes with this pump for added convenience. Many moms consider the Pump In Style to be very close to hospital grade breast pumps, and this pump is often recommended by lactation consultants. The most common complaint about this breast pump is the noise of the motor,... which is not obscenely loud, but you can certainly hear the motor over a cubicle wall.
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Infinitely adjustable suction is the standout feature of the Avent Isis Duo Twin electric breast pump. The buttons for adjusting the strength and speed of the suction are right on the handle, too, so they're close to your breast for easier adjustments. The petal insert for the horns also helps many women pump more milk in less time. As with the popular Isis manual pump, you can pump directly into Avent bottles for storage or feeding. An insulated storage and travel bag is included with the... pump. The most common complaints about this pump are the multiple pieces to put together and the steeper learning curve on the suction adjustment. However, the ability to get more milk tends to outweigh the hassles.
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Ameda Purely Yours features adjustable pump suction and speed, and the HygeniKit system allows you to pump breastmilk into almost any milk collection bag or bottle. Ameda's valve system protects pumped breastmilk from contamination and prevents milk backup in the tubes, making this a good choice if you think you'd like to re-sell your pump later. Ameda Purely Yours runs on batteries, AC power or a car adapter. The backpack style includes a manual breastpump, and a bare-bones version with... no travel bag is also available. The most common complaint about this pump is that it has less powerful suction than other pumps, but this may not be a problem for everyone, as some women don't require a lot of suction to produce a lot of milk.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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The Playtex Embrace double electric breastpump features a hospital-grade motor at a great price. I really like the unique soft breast cups that take in more of the nipple and give a more realistic feel of a baby's mouth. The flexible cups also move during pumping to mimic suckling. The Playtex Embrace breast pump has five suction and speed levels, comes in an attractive carrying case and is compatible with all Playtex baby bottles for added convenience.
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Not sure you can afford to spend a lot on a double electric pump? Lansinoh has a decent breast pump that sells for about $140, which is quite a bit less than others of reasonable quality. I like the bottle holders that come with this pump. They help ensure you don't knock over the top-heavy bottles and lose your hard-earned milk. It's also a closed system, which means there's no possibility of milk backing up into the motor. You can adjust the speed and suction strength. However,... this breast pump doesn't come with a carrying bag, which may be important if you're carrying it to the office.