Manual Breast Pumps

Best manual breast pumps

While a manual breast pump isn’t meant for everyday use, it can be especially practical for occasional pumpers, while travelling and as a back-up when the power gets knocked out. To find the best manual breast pumps, we put a bunch through all sorts of tests, looking at how easily they could be cleaned and assembled, whether they leaked, and how much noise the handle makes during pumping (some can be really squeaky). Plus, we sent the pumps out to moms to get real-life feedback on comfort, ease of use and quality. Here are the manual breast pumps that got top marks, earning Today’s Parent Approved seal.

Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump
Best for Moms looking to pump occasionally, especially when they're away from home
Top benefits Comfortable pumping position, compact and lightweight, parts are compatible with Philips Avent Comfort electric breast pumps
Considerations Occasional minimal leakage, user manual could be more clear
Bottom line Lightweight and easy to pack, the Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump is a great option for travel, pumping on the go, or occasional pumping at work
Buy CAD $59.99 USD $44.99


Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
Best for Moms who occasionally need to pump on the go
Top benefits Two-phase pumping, easy bottle removal, quiet
Considerations May experience light, occasional leaking around the breast shield
Bottom line The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is a comfortable, easy-to-use option for occasional on-the-go or back-up pumping
Buy CAD $45.99 USD $29.99


Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Best for Moms who need a non-standard breast shield size, or want a manual pump that’s compatible with other Medela products
Top benefits Two-phase expression, comfortable pumping experience, easy to assemble and clean
Considerations Handle can detach during transport, membrane is very delicate
Bottom line The Medela Harmony is a high-performing manual pump for moms in need of a strong portable pump
Buy CAD $74.99 USD $41.99


The First Years My Expression Manual Breast Pump
Best for Moms who don't have especially large or small breasts who are looking for a budget-friendly manual pump
Top benefits Small number of parts makes cleaning and assembly simple, handle swivels from side to side for hand and wrist comfort, budget-friendly price point
Considerations Breast shield size can't be adjusted, milk could spill if the pump tips over
Bottom line The First Years My Expression Manual Breast Pump is a simply designed and affordable pump to have on hand as a back-up to an electric pump
Buy CAD $29.97 USD $18.11


Nuk Manual Breast Pump
Best for Moms who would like to pump one-handed, and moms whose babies like the Nuk bottles
Top benefits Quiet compared to other manual pumps, easy to assemble and disassemble, quick to clean
Considerations Cannot be sanitized in the microwave
Bottom line A great pump for on-the-go occasional use
Buy CAD $29.99 USD $19.99

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