Types of pumps
General Tip: It’s very important to have the right flange size for your breast when using a breastpump, as the wrong size could compromise your supply as less milk is drained and make pumping painful.

Manual Pumps
These pumps are easy to use and great for occasional pumping sessions. They’re not efficient in establishing a milk supply or keeping it up. Therefore, they’re not recommended for moms returning to work or school full time or with an infant in the intensive care unit.
They fit perfectly in a purse or handbag, which makes them discreet to carry around.
They’re single user pumps, which means they’re not to be used/shared by more than one person, as there is a risk for bacterial cross contamination.
They’re affordable and readily available in most breastfeeding supply stores.
No electricity or batteries are needed. The suction power is based on the mother’s hands, so it could cause fatigue in the mother’s hand.
The pumping time doubles as each breast has to be pumped individually in the case of both breasts needing to be emptied.
There are two types on the market: Cylinder and Squeeze-Handle Pumps.

Battery Operated Pumps:
These, like the manual pumps, are easy to use, portable and for single users only.
They operate on batteries. Rechargeable batteries are also an option.
No electricity is required although some of these pumps come with AC adaptors.
Most of these pumps have vacuum adjustment settings.
The main complaint about these pumps is the short battery life, which affects pumping as fewer cycles are generated when the batteries begin to wear down.
The number of cycles (creation of suction and release of it) changes depending on the batteries. The less cycles a pump performs, the longer it takes to remove milk from the breast.
Replacing the batteries can be costly, if used for long term pumping e.g, returning to work or school full time
One kind is hands free.
They’re not effective in establishing the milk supply in the case of an infant being in the intensive care unit.
Like the manual pump, this is to be used with one hand so each breast has to be pumped individually, doubling the length of pumping and the cost of replacing the batteries.

Electric pumps
These are the types of electric pumps: Semiautomatic, Personal Use and Hospital grade breastpumps.
The hospital grade breastpumps:
Are multiuser, meaning they can be used by multiple mothers, by buying personal milk collection kits, without the risk of bacterial cross contamination.
These types of pumps are used to establish a milk supply in the case of a premature delivery and baby having to stay at the hospital, or for a baby who is not able to do it on its own.
They are considered medical equipment and sometimes insurance companies will provide coverage for its expense.
Due to their high prices, rental is the best option.They can be rented from a hospital, a rental station or a lactation consultant in private practice who offers that service.
These pumps require the use of electricity and some can be used with a car adaptor.
Both breasts can be pumped at the same time, cutting the pumping session time in half.
Most have adjustable suction settings.
They are closer to mimicking the baby’s natural suckling pattern.
Can also be used for single pumping.

Single user electric breastpumps
They’re excellent for when moms have to go back to work or school
They are single user pumps, which means they can’t be shared/used by more than one mom, even with a new collection kit, as there is a risk of bacterial cross contamination.
The motor can wear out, depending on usage frequency.
Pumps both breasts at the same time, which will cut the pumping time in half.
Most have adjustable vacuum settings.
They’re easily available in most baby and breastfeeding stores.
Can also be used for single pumping.

Semiautomatic
Typically with these pumps, the mother will control the vacuuming by covering a hole in the flanges. To release it, she would have to uncover the hole.
Prolonged vacuuming can cause nipple trauma.
Mothers have to experiment to find the perfect pumping cycle that will allow them to remove milk effectively.

Pedal pumps
As the name implies, mother’s generate suction by pumping a pedal with their foot.
They are available online
They can cause fatigue in the mother’s foot as they pump.
Doesn’t use electricity.
Can pump both breasts at the same time.
Need a breast milk collection kit.
Can also be used for single pumping.