A silicone breast pump (also called a Haakaa or milk catcher) can be a great tool for expressing and saving your milk when you’re breastfeeding. Here are the best silicone breast pumps.
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Why use a silicone pump?
Silicone pumps can be really helpful in a few different situations:
- When you’re nursing or pumping on one side, a silicone pump can extract and save extra milk that would be lost in a breast pad on the other side.
- These can be really helpful for “catching” leaks and saving breast milk when you have random letdowns during the day.
- If you struggle with feeling “empty” after nursing or pumping, sometimes integrating a silicone pump at the end of the session can help.
- Some people find that using a silicone pump with warm water and epsom salts can help with clearing clogged ducts.
Here’s are quick primer on how to use a silicone breast pump:
More on how to use a silicone breast pump here.
Differences in silicone breast pumps
Most silicone pumps have similar features – a flange on top that goes on your breast, and then a bulb that you squeeze to initiate suction and collect the milk.
Below are the main differences that you’ll see.
Wearable or traditional
Some silicone pumps can be worn entirely inside your bra, as opposed to kind of hanging off of your chest:
More on wearable manual pumps here.
Volume that the pump holds
Usually, silicone pumps hold anywhere from 2 to 5 oz of breast milk.
Silicone pumps tend to come with different accessories to prevents spills of precious breast milk – some come with lids and others with stoppers.
Some also come with straps that you can wear around your neck in case your baby kicks the pump while you’re nursing or you suddenly lose suction.
Best silicone breast pumps
Here are five of my favorite silicone breast pump pumps.
✅ Has a strong, flexible lid and a suction cup on the bottom to prevent spills
✅ Wearable; the whole pump goes in your bra
Lasinoh Breast Milk Collector
✅ Comes with a strap to stabilize the pump while you're using it
✅ Comes with a stopper to avoid spills
✅ Has an easy pour spout
Below is a little more information on each of these pumps.
1. Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump
Volume 5.4 oz
This is the 3rd generation of the original Haakaa! This traditional silicone breast pump has a lid and a suction base on the bottom to prevent spills.
2. Elvie Curve
Volume: 4 oz
This silicone pump goes in your bra, which can be helpful if you’re nursing your baby (as they won’t be able to kick it off) or need privacy or mobility for other reasons.
Below are some stories I did showing in a little more detail how it works:
3. Lansinoh Breast Milk Collector
Volume: 4 oz
The Lansinoh Breast Milk Collector is similar to the traditional Haakaa, though it’s a little smaller and comes with a strap that may help you prevent spilling.
4. Naturebond Silicone
Volume: 4 oz
The Naturebond Silicone Breast pump comes with a stopper to prevent spills and a strap to stabilize the pump.
5. Haakaa Ladybug
Volume: 2.5 oz
Like the Elvie Curve, the Haakaa Ladybug can be worn in your bra. It has a spout at the top that you can pour milk out of, and “feet” that the bottom that stabilize it on a countertop.
Here are some stories showing it in a little more detail:
Is your favorite silicone breast pump not on the list? Tell us in the comments!
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