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10 Best Breast Pumps for 2022

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Since learning you’re having a baby, you’ve been making decisions, decisions, decisions. You’ve had to decide on a car seat, crib, stroller, and changing table. You’ve had to choose doctors, make medical decisions, and figure out child care.

Many moms don’t need a breast pump, but if you find you need one, and it’s now time to decide on a breast pump, you might be feeling overwhelmed.

We get it! Decision-making can be stressful, especially in the final stretch of pregnancy. So to offer you a bit of a breather, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best breast pumps on the market (and descriptions of why they might be the right match for you).

A breast pump is considered a medical device, and the FDA defines it as a device that helps women maintain or increase their milk supply. They can be manual or electric, and they can be single expression (pumping one breast at a time) or double expression (pumping both breasts at the same time). They can also be deemed closed or open system.

Closed system vs. open system breast pumps

As you shop for a breast pump, you’ll first want to consider whether you want a closed or open system. “Closed system” and “open system” aren’t formal medical terms, so brands may use them in different ways. It’s important to make sure you know what a particular brand means by the term if you see it in a product description.

A closed system breast pump is one that includes a barrier to prevent overflow milk from leaking into the pump system. This helps to keep the whole system hygienic. No system can be completely closed, as some air is needed to flow in and out for the vacuuming action of the pump. But a true closed system will come as close as possible.

An open system breast pump lacks this barrier.

It’s possible that you’ll encounter used breast pumps on the market. (After all, according to research, most U.S. mothers who breastfeed also pump.) While it can be tempting to go after a great bargain, there are some parts of a breast pump that can’t be well cleaned once they’ve been exposed to another woman’s breast milk.

Because of the higher risk of someone else’s milk having reached the pump in an open system, many people avoid buying these types of pumps secondhand.

  • Best all-around breast pump: Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump
  • Best natural suction breast pump: Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump
  • Best manual breast pump: Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
  • Best hidden/discreet breast pump: Willow Wearable Breast Pump
  • Most comfortable manual breast pump: Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump
  • Best portable breast pump: Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-Go Tote
  • Best hospital-grade breast pump: Medela Symphony Double Electric Breast Pump
  • Best breast pump for multitasking: Medela Freestyle Flex Double Electric Breast Pump
  • Best budget hospital-grade breast pump: Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump
  • Best budget electric breast pump: Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump

Product NamePriceTypeClosed vs. openPortable
Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump$$ElectricClosedNo
Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump$ManualN/AYes
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump$ManualN/AYes
Willow Wearable Breast Pump$$$ElectricClosedYes
Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump$ManualN/AYes
Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-Go Tote$$ElectricClosedYes
Medela Symphony Double Electric Breast Pump$$$$ElectricClosedNo
Medela Freestyle Flex Double Electric Breast Pump$$$ElectricClosedYes
Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump$ElectricClosedNo
Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump$ElectricClosedYes

  • Customer reviews: When choosing what pumps to include on this list, we looked first and foremost at consumer experiences.
  • Price: We aimed to include a variety of pumps and price points as we understand that different types of pumps work best depending on the reason for pumping — and budgets vary!
  • Convenience: In addition to popularity and prices, we looked at features that make the whole process of pumping easier and more convenient. Let’s face it — when it comes to something you’ll potentially use several times a day, comfort and ease of use should be paramount.
  • Brand reputation: Our team thoroughly vets the products we recommend for medical credibility, good business practices, and social impact. You can read more about that process here.

Whatever your needs, one of these options should work for you.

Price guide

  • $ = $0–$99
  • $$ = $100–$249
  • $$$ = $250–$499
  • $$$$ = $500+

Best all-around breast pump

Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump

Price: $$

A closed system, the Spectra offers the option for single or double pumping and has a strong, adjustable vacuum pump that many insurances will cover.

It’s lightweight and portable, with a carrying handle in its design. (The S1 version includes both power cord and battery options, which is very useful on the go!) It also has a nightlight with two light levels and a timer that can be useful for those 2 a.m. pumping sessions.

Particularly in the beginning, it’s important to be careful putting together the backflow valves to keep moisture out of the tubing. The bottles included are not a fit for every baby, so it may be necessary to use a separate bottle brand.

Best natural suction breast pump

Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump

Price: $

This is a very affordable and portable option. The Haakaa offers a convenient way to store breast milk that might otherwise go to waste: Simply attach the Haakaa to the opposite breast from the one your baby is feeding on to preserve milk that is let down at the same time! It’s also perfect for taking out a specific small amount of milk when weaning or trying to reduce breast fullness between feedings.

Because there’s no actual pump involved, there are no concerns about open or closed systems — and it’s easy to completely clean! — but the Haakaa requires more manual labor than an electric pump. The Haakaa’s shape can easily result in spilled milk if knocked over, so it may be worth it to invest the extra money for the storage cover.

Best manual breast pump

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Price: $

A key component of any manual breast pump is the handle, and the swivel handle of the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump sets it apart from the rest.

In part because of the ability to move the handle to the most comfortable position for each individual user and switch positions every time if needed, the Harmony offers a great amount of comfort and ease for a manual pump. Plus, it has the lower price point and higher portability than most electric models. Like the Haakaa, the Harmony is easy to clean, since there’s no motor or tubing.

The pump can lose suction over time as the O-ring becomes ragged, but it’s fairly easy to locate spare Medela parts to replace or fix this pump. (Additionally, the low price point makes it more affordable to completely replace this pump if necessary.) Like all manual pumps, if you intend to do a lot of pumping, this may not be the choice for you.

Best hidden/discreet breast pump

Willow Wearable Breast Pump

Price: $$$

A hands-free option, the Willow is a useful pump for working women and anyone frequently on the move. Because it fits inside your bra without the need for cords, this is an extremely popular option for people who need to pump in public. It comes with extensive customer service options and doesn’t get a lot of complaints about lost milk due to leaking.

Because of the Willow’s size, its bags can only hold a smaller amount of breast milk than other pump containers, so some lactating individuals find it necessary to switch storage bags mid-session. The Willow also involves a slightly more complicated method of assembly and can be more difficult to latch in the beginning.

Most comfortable manual breast pump

Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump

Price: $

The makers of the Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump really were thinking about comfort in the creation of this pump. It’s designed to allow you the option of manually pumping in a reclined position. The silicone liner also makes the actual pump more comfortable than those made only with plastic! Like most manual pumps, the parts are easy to disassemble and clean. It’s also easy to transport and comes with a more affordable price tag.

The Philips Avent Manual is on the louder side for a manual pump, as the handle doesn’t have a bumper to prevent it from banging against the collection bottle. It also can give your hands a bit of a workout since the handle doesn’t swivel and the grip can’t be adjusted. Although parts can wear out, because this is a more common brand of pump, replacement parts are easy to locate.

Best portable breast pump

Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-Go Tote

Price: $$

Built into a bag, this pump is ready to be taken on the go! The Medela Pump In Style was designed to optimize suction and pumping efficiency, so speedy pumping sessions are frequently noted when using it. (It doesn’t offer the same amount of control over suction levels as some other pumps, however.) As a closed system pump, it’s more hygienic than some other options.

A little louder than the Spectra, this breast pump isn’t the quietest, but it’s easy to find spare parts for it. It’s lightweight, so it travels well.

Best hospital-grade breast pump

Medela Symphony Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: $$$$

We’re not going to lie: This is a major splurge, and your situation is unlikely to require buying it — but you can consider renting it. If you’re trying to initiate or increase your breast milk supply, a hospital-grade pump will provide more suction your breasts are needing. The Medela Symphony is the choice of many hospitals. It might be a good choice if you are trying to establish milk for an adopted baby.

This pump has great suction that mimics a baby’s actual nursing pattern. It is such a well-sealed closed system pump that hospitals are willing to let multiple lactating women use the same machine. It’s also a quieter pump, which many parents appreciate.

While this pump has great longevity, it’s heavier and not great for portability. Also, due to the hefty price tag on this pump, it may be worth your while to see if there is a hospital or birth center in your area that rents out this pump.

Best breast pump for multitasking

Medela Freestyle Flex Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: $$$

This is a hands-free option for the mom on the move! The Medela Freestyle is extremely light and fits conveniently in a purse or diaper bag. It comes with a digital display and timer that includes a memory function to save your favorite expression suction patterns. It’s also compatible with most top flat nursing bras.

The downside to the Medela Freestyle Flex is that it doesn’t include as strong of a motor as the hospital-grade. (When the battery is low, the suction decreases significantly, so it may become necessary to plug it in.) The Freestyle Flex is also a louder pump.

Best budget hospital-grade breast pump

Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: $

This is a very price-effective hospital-grade pump. The Lansinoh is lightweight, portable, and has a backlit LCD screen. It runs on a power cord or batteries. The three pumping styles and adjustable suction options help with letdown, and the closed system keeps the pump hygienic.

The Lansinoh isn’t the quietest of the breast pumps available and can run through batteries quickly, but it’s a very affordable option for people seeking a hospital-grade pump.

Best budget electric breast pump

Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: $

The Bellababy Double Electric offers a touch HD display screen with a sensitive touch panel. This screen has all the information a lactating individual could hope for, as well as a convenient one-touch option for controlling the pump. The Bellababy Double Electric offers a closed system with strong suction that continues well even with a low battery.

While the Bellababy Double Electric is portable, it’s not the most compact option on the market. It also tends to run a little louder than some pumps. It has a lot of parts to clean and sanitize.

If your baby is having trouble breastfeeding, a breast pump will help you maintain your supply. Going back to work or any planned separations from your baby often also requires mothers to use a breast pump.

When choosing a breast pump, there are many things to consider:

  • Your pumping needs and lifestyle. How often are you going to use your pump? What’s your goal for pumping — maintaining milk supply, doing it daily during work hours, etc.?
  • Which pumps your health insurance will cover. As of late 2012, private health insurers in the United States do need to cover breast pumps under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Price point. Find that balance between your budget and the type of pump that will serve your needs best.
  • Portability.
  • Strength/variability of suction.
  • Comfort. Does the pump fit your body well?
  • Loudness of the pump.
  • Other parts you might need in addition to the pump.

Don’t forget to consider cost-effective ways to test out a potential pump before purchasing it for yourself. Some hospitals offer pump rentals. Talk with a local lactation consultant about why and how to use a breast pump and where to rent them.

When should I start using my breast pump?

When your baby is gaining weight and keeping a healthy weight, experts recommend waiting six weeks to use a breast pump to first establish a breastfeeding routine. However, low birth weight, separation from your baby, and other factors may mean your doctor recommends you start sooner (but never during pregnancy).

How often should I clean my breast pump?

If you’re using a shared pump such as a rented medical-grade breast pump, clean it before each use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning any breast pump parts that come into contact with breast milk after each use and ensure they dry thoroughly. This is true for both shared pumps and if you own your pump.

How do I know which breast pump will work for me?

Most breastfeeding mothers do not need a pump at all. If you decide to get a pump, most lactation experts agree that a double expression breast pump is ideal, though a single expression pump can be beneficial in certain scenarios, such as when nursing and pumping at the same time.

You can also choose between manual and electric breast pumps, which comes down to preference.

If you have a low milk supply, need to build up stores, or establish your milk supply, a hospital-grade breast pump is a good choice. If your baby spends time in the NICU or is born prematurely, your doctor may recommend one. In most cases, a double electric pump will fulfill pumping needs.

How do I pump breast milk?

Always wash your hands and then assemble the breast pump parts. For electric breast pumps, center the breast shield over your breast, pressing gently. Start on a low intensity and then increase slowly if you want. It should never feel painful. Manual pumps require a slightly different process. You will want to stimulate your breast by hand first and then center and press the pump to your breast before you start manually pumping the handle. Check out our full article on how to pump here.

What breast pump do lactation experts recommend?

Lactation experts all may have different favorite breast pumps they recommend, but they do all agree that a double expression pump is the best so you can pump on both sides at the same time.

Will a breast pump change my breasts?

Your breasts after breastfeeding and pumping may be different than before the baby, but many women experience minimal long-term changes. Nipples may change in size and appearance while breastfeeding, and stretch marks may intensify.

Pumping should never be painful, but breast pumps can cause trauma to breasts when used incorrectly or too often. So it’s important to choose the right size and not to overpump, which can lead to engorgement and mastitis.

There’s a breast pump for every person and situation.

Whether you need to pump every day on the go, want something to help take a bit of the edge off in the middle of the night, or are looking for a pump designed to help bring in your milk, these options should help take one more decision off your to-do list. (Don’t worry. You’ll still have plenty of other ones to make.)

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Did you know that babies get the best possible start in life when they've had a full 39 weeks or more to develop before they are born?

And that labor tends to be shorter and goes more smoothly for mothers, if it starts on its own, naturally?

That is, if delivery is NOT scheduled or induced.

Maybe, you've already begun thinking about labor and birth. Or …maybe not...

"So I am pretty sure how this baby got in here but I'm not exactly clear on how it's going to get out. "

Wherever you are in your planning for birth, this video is for you.

You'll hear from mothers who've had their babies and women who are still waiting. They have great advice for handling the last months of pregnancy and birth. What they have to say may help while you are …

"Waiting for Baby"

If you are like most women, you're learning about childbirth in lots of ways: from friends, health care providers, the Internet and mass media. Making sense of all the information that's available today isn't easy. And, if you feel confused sometimes, you aren't alone.

" You look up one thing and you get 100 different answers about what it might be and, for me, at least, my wheels just start spinning and it worries me.

That's one reason we're bringing you the most recent scientific evidence about how and when it is best for babies to be born.

" …that's why you come to childbirth education classes …"

With the limited time available in prenatal visits, its helpful to have access to an expert who can help you make decisions about birth based on what is proven to be best for mothers and babies.

"When we started to learn about the way my body's gonna work together and all of the parts are going to do their thing, it helped to make me feel a lot more confident about the labor and delivery and that everything knows what it is supposed to be doing."

Of course, using your appointments with your doctor or midwife to get good information and reassurance also helps to build confidence in yourself and your body as you prepare for birth.

"so it's getting really close to birth time and I am a little nervous. I still don't know exactly what to expect." " For centuries, you know, women have been pregnant and they deliver their babies and the majority of babies are born naturally, um, so your body is well prepared for continuing this pregnancy and for the delivery.

It's normal to feel anxiety about something you've never done before.

And because each birth experience is unique, it isn't possible to predict everything that will happen during your baby's arrival.

That's why learning about choices you can make to give your baby the healthiest possible start in life, will help you approach birth with confidence.

"I mean, it was hard but it was not as bad as I expected. I really didn't think it was gonna be that easy and I'm not saying it's easy. It's just I thought I was gonna probably feel like I was gonna die 'cause I was watching all those, uh, TLC shows and I thought, I was like oh man, I'm in for something awful. [Laughter] It'…the pain is so worth it. It is one of those things that hurts so great."

You may find it helpful to know that…

If the female reproductive system was a building, it would definitely win a prize for best architecture. Your body contains everything it takes to grow and give birth to another human being.

Second to your heart, your uterus is the strongest muscle in your body.

When your baby is ready to be born, the uterus begins to contract, that is - squeeze in and out, at first gently and for only a few seconds, and many minutes apart.

"When I relaxed and list.. and started listening to my body and just you know going through the contractions breathing through them, not thinking about the end result, just thinking about minute to minute how I was gonna get through, um, I think was a really key factor for me.

Unlike a marathon runner who sets out to reach her destination without stopping, a woman in labor has regular rest points that last several minutes while her uterus is not in a contraction.

"I remember when I had the 1st contraction that I could tell for sure, OK I am in labor. And the 1st, it wasn't super painful but it was uncomfortable but at that moment I was very excited because then you can tell oh it's really happening

As labor progresses, stronger contractions move your baby through the birth canal.

They may be uncomfortable for mothers, but to your baby, contractions probably feel like gentle hugs.

The cervix is the opening at the bottom of the uterus. It stays tightly closed during the nine months your baby is developing.

At the end of pregnancy, even before labor officially begins, your baby will drop into your pelvis. And at the same time, hormones signal the cervix to start to open, or 'dilate'.

Then, during labor, the rim of the cervix thins out, or effaces, as contractions gradually cause the opening to grow larger. When the cervix is wide enough, it will be time for you to push your baby into the birth canal,

And then, finally, into your arms.

"What a big baby!"

This amazing process of childbirth is something that normally begins all on its own when your baby's lungs, brain and other organs are fully mature.

"Aren't you just a beautiful babe."

"We can estimate when your due date is but we don't know exactly the day. So we want babies to deliver after 39 weeks and we actually wait for even a week or two after that for your body to decide when to deliver. And the reason is that babies are continuing to grow and they are continuing to mature.

The brain is developing, the lungs are still developing, the liver is still developing and your baby is being nourished by you and your body. And it is so much better to stay inside of you than us making a decision when this baby should be born. "Ok"

" The wafer is just that little thin thing on the bottom."

You may have heard about women who had their labor induced - that is started artificially before their bodies began to labor on their own.

Lately, though, concern about the number of inductions is growing because there is evidence that they often lead to unintended complications.

The fact is even ultrasound readings can't be 100% accurate about a due date. Some may be off by as much as two weeks.

That is why unless there is a medical reason to induce, it is best for babies' development if labor begins naturally after at least a full 39 weeks of pregnancy. "And, I am really glad you are not asking for a particular date to be induced just because your mother is here and patients do ask that question but we really want your body to and your baby to decide when the birth day is.

Babies who have the benefit of a full term pregnancy and a birth that begins naturally on its own, tend to have an easier time getting used to life outside the womb.

"My children that came on time just tended to eat better and they slept better and they cried less than my little guy that came early.

" I thought that with all of the modern miracles of science that a little, a little bit premature baby is not a big deal anymore.

Actually, babies born between the 36th and 38th weeks of pregnancy have twice as many health complications as those that arrive after at full 39 weeks in the womb .

It really is amazing how much development happens in the last part of pregnancy. For instance,

A lot of lung and liver growth is still taking place.

Also, at 35 weeks, a baby's brain weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 39 weeks.

And white matter - which helps different parts of the brain communicate with each other - increases dramatically in the same time period.

All throughout the last weeks of pregnancy, the brain is rapidly building connections that influence how a newborn is able to move, see and learn.

The same brain development happens for infants born prematurely but it has to take place more slowly. That's because once out of the uterus, a baby needs to direct a lot of energy to keeping warm, learning to feed and facing other ordinary challenges of life as a newborn.

Some early births are unavoidable and medically necessary

But we now know that every single day in the womb gives your baby an advantage.

"So, the last month of pregnancy I have learned is slightly uncomfortable…"

It's true: Every woman will tell you, the last part of pregnancy has challenges and it is normal to feel cranky or even fed up sometimes. Putting up with up with the inconveniences of late pregnancy, though, has advantages for YOU as well as your baby.

"Like what, for instance?"

Well, when labor begins on its own, it tends to be shorter and less complicated than if it is artificially induced.

That's because pitocin, a medicine used to induce labor can make contractions harder to manage, partly because the cervix may not be quite ready to start opening.

Also, sometimes inductions don't work and when that happens, it often leads to more interventions.

Like Cesarean birth - also known as "C-section".

Research shows that inducing labor can double the chance of having a C-section.

Many women aren't aware that a cesarean birth is major abdominal surgery which brings risks for

  • Internal bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Increased chance that future births will require a C-section
  • And longer hospital stays and longer recovery time

"I guess I had always heard about C-sections in the media. Like so-and-so went in, had their baby, two weeks later they were back at work everything's fine. It seemed like this kind of easy, new approach to having a baby. You don't have a vaginal birth you have a C-section and a little stitch and you're back and everything's fine. And maybe some people even get a tummy tuck at the same time. I mean that's the stuff I read about all the time in fashion magazines.

And I think there's a lot of things that are associated with C-sections that we don't realize like you can't get back in shape as fast because you're recovering from abdominal surgery. You can't exercise as quickly as you'd want to you have to stay away from everything for at least six weeks. You know it's so involved and nobody told me anything about that

For reasons researchers are still investigating, the number of C-sections has been on the rise. However, noticeable improvements in mothers and babies health haven't come along with the high Cesarean rate.

So while trends in childbirth change with time, the steep rise in potentially avoidable C-sections is one trend that didn't serve babies or mothers very well.

"We really want you to have this baby vaginally. In some situations, and they are very rare, less than 15%, and in your situation it will probably be even less than that, there might be a case where we'll have to end up having to do a Cesarean section

Cesarean surgery happens when there are conditions that make a normal delivery dangerous to you or your baby. These include:

  • bleeding problems with the placenta
  • abnormal positioning of the baby in the uterus
  • Active infections that could harm the baby or
  • an unusually long labor with medical indications that vaginal birth will be difficult.

The good news is that your doctor or midwife is trained to recognize these conditions, which do not affect the vast majority of pregnancies.

"Is there anything I can do to on my part to make sure that I am doing everything I can to have it naturally?"

"I think you are doing great. You baby is growing appropriately. Your weight is right on the curve that we want. And, that you are actually walking everyday and being very healthy so there is nothing in your situation that would make me feel that you are going end up with a c-section."

The last weeks of pregnancy will be a whole lot easier to handle if you stay active and healthy. It's also a good time to remind yourself that by reaching term and letting labor start on its own, your newborn is less likely to have:

  • Difficulties with breathing
  • Jaundice
  • Infection
  • Problems learning to breastfeed
  • Trouble staying warm
  • Low blood sugar
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • A stay in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • and other complications from early birth

It's good to remember the benefits that a full term, forty week pregnancy has for babies -and mothers too, as you move through your last trimester and get ready for birth.

"Yes, right now you're wobbling like a penguin but you know what? That mean you're close."

"Do anything you can to make yourself feel a little bit better. Eat all the watermelon you can. Eat all the bon-bons. Sit it in a bath of cold water. Whatever it's going to take just to let that baby cook.

"Just waiting those last few extra days or minutes or even weeks, uhm, can be really tough but you saying, okay, I'm not going to put this on my schedule; I'm going to focus on what's best for the baby. And, uhm, that timing when they choose to come out, I think, is important.

You are going to feel much more at ease about labor and birth if you don't have to deal with misinformation.

"Well, I heard the bigger the baby's gonna get, the harder the labor gonna be."

Actually, a baby's weight is not a good predictor of how difficult or easy birth will be. And babies born at healthy weights have the advantage of being able to keep themselves warmer than babies born too small.

"See, I'm, I'm really small and I am worried that my baby will get stuck."

Regardless of how tall or thin they are, most women have pelvises that are naturally large and flexible enough to accommodate average and above average weight babies, without the need for medical intervention.

And you can rely on nurses to help you gradually guide your baby through the birth canal during labor.

"Well, this is kind of a little embarrassing but I was thinking that having a cesarean would, um, give me the ability to enjoy sex as much as I did before being pregnant, um, after."

You may be reassured to know that after a normal delivery, the muscle tone and elasticity of the vagina and surrounding tissue returns to normal within about three months.

"I am a person who likes control in my life. I like to control everything that happens to me and the idea that the labor is going to be something I won't be able to control is very scary for me."

"I will honestly say the single hardest thing for me in this pregnancy has been letting go of the control"

Letting your body and your baby's development determine the best time to give birth does involve dealing with uncertainty. And for some women, that is hard. If you can let yourself get comfortable with the element of surprise, it helps.

"Children for the rest of our lives they'll surprise us and it starts with labor. They will surprise us. They know when they're ready. It's such a great feeling to be surprised by your own child that you made. It's like a gift."

The reality is: there is not much about children in general that is perfectly predictable.

Your baby will eventually smile and sit and walk, but you'll never know exactly when.

It's good to think about the timing of your labor and birth the same way – with flexible expectations.

The changes pregnancy and birth bring do require adjustments in life, but before you know it, the many rewards a new baby brings will convince you that all your patience was worth it.

90,000 review of machines for preparing a children's mixture




Feeding and sleep


Julia Zhilina

Julia Zhilina

Editor Babysleep

Moms of two children

We write a lot about how to breastfeed and still get enough sleep. But don't formula-fed babies have trouble sleeping? When a baby on IV wants to eat, mom needs to get up, heat water, prepare a bottle of formula. If you linger with this process, the child may burst into tears. And if bottle warmers have been known for a long time, then who can prepare the mixture instead of mom and dad? nine0003

It turns out that there is a solution for this situation too! In this review, we have put together devices for preparing infant formula. So far there are not many of them on the market, but we will monitor the appearance of new ones and add them to this review.

Baby Crisis Calendar

Infant Formula Machines

Agu Baby Häppi Shaker

This is the most popular machine that can prepare formula by measuring certain proportions and temperature as recommended by the formula manufacturer. The machine is controlled both using the display and through a mobile application. nine0003

The flow heating system heats water in seconds and prevents the development of dangerous microorganisms in the water. The amount of water and mixture spoons can be selected manually on the machine's display. And you can register in the AGU app, where there is a database of the most famous formulas for artificial feeding. In the app, you can set the desired parameters for preparing a bottle according to the age of the baby, and at night, just open the app on your phone and instruct the machine to prepare a bottle. nine0003

Baby Brezza FORMULA PRO Advanced

Similar infant formula machine. Manufacturers write that any mixture can be used with it, any bottles from 60 to 300 ml. The bottle tray is adjustable in height. The device prepares infant formula without air bubbles. The dry mixture can be poured with a margin into a special compartment that does not allow air to pass through, it holds about 700 grams. The water tank is designed for 1.5 liters. nine0003


The water tank capacity of this machine is 1. 8 liters. Compartment for a mixture of 390 gr. The bottle holder is height adjustable. Removable parts can be washed in the dishwasher. The manufacturer promises that the bottle will be ready in 20 seconds. The built-in mixing system allows you to prepare a drink without lumps. The manufacturer does not recommend the use of the formula maker for premature or low birth weight infants. It is also not recommended to use mixtures with a thickener, goat's milk, rice proteins, a large amount of maltodextrin and vegetable oils. With these mixtures, the device can become clogged. nine0049


Moms on the net appreciated the convenience of this device: it is enough to set up the device in advance, fill in the mixture, pour water, select the mode, and at night you only need to press 1 button to prepare a bottle - and in 10 seconds everything will be ready. This compact device can be placed on the bedside table near the bed. In standby mode, it works silently. Ocub always maintains a tank temperature of 45°C and the final mix temperature will be 37°C. This machine fits standard bottles with a neck diameter of 40 mm. nine0003

The reviews say that machines do not always measure the correct amount of the mixture. The first time is to watch them.

How to calculate the amount of formula for a baby

The simplest calculation for full-term babies is: 1 day - 10 ml, 2 day - 20 ml, 3 day - 30 ml, 4 day - 40 ml, and so on up to 100 ml maximum.

After the first week of life, the calculation is more complicated and depends on the child's current weight.

From 10 days to 2 months, 1/5 of body weight per day is divided into 8 or 7 feedings. For example, a baby is 1 month old and weighs 4200 grams. Calculation: 4200:5 = 840 ml per day, 840:8 = 105 ml per feeding 8 times a day. If the child maintains intervals of more than 3 hours, usually at night, then there will be 7 feedings and a single volume will be slightly larger. If the baby is not large and cannot absorb more than 80 ml per feeding, you can calculate how many times a day you need to feed him at smaller intervals. nine0003

2-4 months: 1/6 of body weight is divided into 6-7 feedings per day. A single volume is usually 140-160 ml.

4-6 months: 1/7 body weight for 6 feedings. A single volume is on average 160–180 ml.

6–8 months: 1/8 body weight for 5–6 feedings, but not more than 1 liter in total per day. Single volume 180-200 ml.

8–12 months: 1/9 body weight per day for 4–5 feedings, no more than 1100 ml per day. Single volume 200–240 ml.

Pediatrician's recommendations

Natalia Trofimova

Senior Sleep Consultant, Pediatrician

Premature babies are more complicated and depend on gestational age, that is, the degree of prematurity and maturity. If the baby was born not very premature, after 34 weeks, he can almost immediately suck a bottle or breast.

Calculation of nutrition for premature babies in intensive care units and emergency departments is carried out every day by the calorie method. Depending on the presence of concomitant pathology and gestational age, the norm ranges from 110-120 kcal / kg of baby's weight. The daily volume of formula or breast milk (70 kcal / 100 ml) and divided into 8 feedings. nine0049

In terms of the number and one-time volumes of feeding on the IV, our approach differs from that in the West. There, from birth, a larger volume of each feeding is recommended and, accordingly, feedings occur less frequently. For example, at the age of 1 month, 6 feedings per day are recommended.

Baby's sleep on IW

Formula-fed newborns have slightly different sleep and wake times than breastfed babies. One of the reasons is the rate of absorption of breast milk - it is higher than that of formula. The mixture allows you to prolong the feeling of satiety of the child, so for 2-3 hours a well-fed baby may never wake up. nine0003

The size of the portion also affects the duration of sleep: infants drink different amounts of breast milk at each meal and sometimes they may “not finish eating”, so the sleep time may be shorter than in formula-fed infants who receive milk formula in equal portions.

But the sleep of babies on AI is not always better than that of infants. A child can wake up not only from hunger. He may be disturbed by colic, a wet diaper, uncomfortable clothes. Also, the quality and duration of sleep is affected by the microclimate in the room. You can read about what can prevent a child from sleeping and how to help him sleep better in this article. nine0003

If you think your baby is not hungry, healthy, but still wakes up frequently at night, book an individual consultation with BabySleep. It happens that the reason for frequent nighttime awakenings is not obvious, a sleep consultant will help you understand the situation and find a way to solve the problem that suits your family.

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Founder of BabySleep, the first sleep consultant in Russia and the CIS

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How to calculate formula for a baby by weight

A newborn from the first days should receive a certain amount of food. When breastfeeding, special calculations are not required: the baby himself eats as much as he needs. With artificial, when mother's milk is replaced with formula, it is important to calculate the amount of food and the daily number of feedings.

Average age mix

In the first days of life, the child eats colostrum, which is a high-calorie product and fully satisfies his needs. But "artists" are recommended to be fed strictly according to the scheme. Nutritional norms are derived by pediatricians based on the results of long-term observations, taking into account age, body weight, and health status.

The following formula is popular, according to which the daily dose is calculated: if the weight of a baby up to 10 days is less than 3200, then his age in days is multiplied by 70, if more - by 80. The result is the amount of food per day. For example, 2 (days) X 70 = 140 grams. nine0003

Table for calculating the volume of the mixture

Age Volume The amount of mixture per day
From 10 days to 2 months of life 1/5 body weight 700-850 ml
2 to 4 months 1/6 nine0194 750-900 ml
4 to 6 1/7 850-1000 ml
6 to 12 1/8-1/9 950-1100 ml

The data in the table are approximate, each child needs an individual diet, which is easy to calculate.

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