Breast Pumping
Ameda Platinum Breast Pump
Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump
Ameda Manual Breast Pump
There are a variety of breast pumps on the market today. But before you choose a pump, it is helpful to know what features to look for.

Types of Breast Pumps Recommended for Different Situations


Your Situation

Multi-User, Hospital-Grade Pump
Single-User, Personal Pump
Manual Pump

Pumping for missed feedings less often than once a day

X

X

X


Maintaining full milk production, baby not breastfeeding

X

X


Building full milk production, baby not breastfeeding

X


Pumping for missed feedings 5 or more days per week

X

X


 
Adapted from Mohrbacher, N.
Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers. Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2010.

 


Multi-User, Hospital-Grade Breast Pumps

A multi-user, hospital-grade pump is recommended when a baby is not yet breastfeeding and a pump needs to be effective enough to establish full milk production. These pumps—most often rented, but sometimes loaned by public health departments—are used when babies are born preterm, sick, or are not breastfeeding for other reasons. Although multi-user, hospital-grade pumps can be shared, each mother attaches her own milk collection kit to the pump, which keeps her milk separate. A double kit can be used so the mother can pump both breasts at once. This type of pump may be more than a mother needs if she just wants to pump an occasional bottle.



Ameda has two multi-user, hospital-grade breast pumps.  Click to learn more about their specific features and benefits.

Ameda Platinum Breast Pump

Ameda Elite Breast Pump

Single-User, Personal Electric Breast Pumps

These pumps are designed to be used by one mother (not shared) and are the best choice for mothers who already have a full milk production and miss feedings due to work, school or other activities outside the home. Double pumps are a plus because pumping both breasts at once cuts pumping time in half. And a pump with two separate controls (suction and speed) is ideal, because it gives you more setting choices. This helps you find the settings that work best for you.

These types of pumps can vary widely in quality, so here are some additional features to look for:

  • Durability.Most pumps designed for daily use offer a one-year warranty on the motor.
  • Flange Fit Options. With pumping, nipple size and elasticity can change. For greater comfort over time, a range of sizes allows you to change flanges as your body changes.
  • Adjustable Suction and Speed.Within safe and effective suction and speed ranges, the more adjustable your pump, the easier it is to follow your milk flow and find your own best settings. Pumps with one control are less adjustable than pumps with two separate controls.
  • Power options. With more power options, you can pump in more places. Look for a pump that can be run by batteries, a car adapter, and an AC adapter.
  • Pump Care.Easy care is important. Check on how many parts need to be washed and whether the narrow, hard-to-clean tubing ever needs to be cleaned.

Ameda has a number of single-user, personal electric breast pumps with a variety of accessories. Click to learn more about their specific features and benefits.

Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Personal Breast Pump 

Ameda Lactaline Double Electric Breast Pump 

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump


Manual Breast Pump

Most manual pumps are powered by squeezing a handle. These are a good choice if you plan to miss breastfeedings no more than once a day. They require practice to find the rhythm that most quickly triggers milk flow. Having a manual pump may also be a good back-up option in case of power issues.


The Ameda Difference

View the Ameda CustomControl video
View the Ameda Proven Airlock Protection video
View the Ameda CustomFit Flange System video


This is general information and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away. Every baby is different. If in doubt, contact your physician or healthcare provider.

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Choosing a Breast Pump

This is general information and does not replace the advice of your physician or healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away.  Every baby is different. If in doubt, contact your physician or other healthcare provider.