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Breast Pump Finder Quiz

January 12, 2024

Author -

Melissa Iftimie

Where, when and how often you pump matters. Answer these questions to find the best breast pump for you!

We all know that breastfeeding is a superpower in itself, but let's face it – sometimes, we need a little extra help to feed our baby. That's where the trusty breast pump comes in. But let’s be honest, breast pumps are kinda weird! They are truly unlike anything you’ve used before. So let us tell you everything you need to know about how to find the best breast pump for you.

First, Will You Need a Breast Pump?

Most likely! But honestly, you won’t really know until you’re in the thick of it. Women pump for many different reasons. Here are the big ones:

  • It can give you more flexibility to be away from your baby. 
  • Pumping can help you maintain or increase your breastmilk supply. 
  • Pumps help moms give breast milk to babies who don’t like breastfeeding.

What are the major types of Breast Pumps?

There are 4 types to have on your radar. It’s common to have more than one pump! Personally, I had an electric, wearable and a couple manual ones!


These you rent from the hospital with a prescription from your provider. These pumps are ‘multi-user’ pumps and it’s rare that you’ll go this route.

Electric Pumps

These are the most common ones. They are what you might imagine a breast pump to look like with a motor that sits on the table that connects with tubing to your body.

Wearable Pumps

These fit all or mostly in your shirt. 

Manual pumps

These are passive collection pumps or hand-powered. These are usually paired with either an electric or wearable pump. 

How to Pick a Breast Pump that Fits Your Lifestyle

Here’s where our quiz comes in. You need to think through some things about your lifestyle. For example, the answers to ‘where’ and ‘when’ questions will help you determine if you want a wearable or an electric pump. So here we go!

How Often Do You Need to Pump?

This question might be a hard one to answer before you meet your baby. The answers here range from occasionally, to (what feels like) all of the time. So, think of the answer as a continuum between only breastfeeding and only bottle feeding pumped milk. You might fall somewhere in the middle. If you only plan on breastfeeding, that means you will pump for a variety of reasons and any pump could work. If you will be an exclusive pumper you want a high performance pump and perhaps the ability to optimize the pump session yourself versus a predetermined pumping setting.

A - I plan to only feed my baby pumped milk.

B - I will pump when I return to work.

C - I will pump when I need to be away from the baby, like to go out to lunch.

Where Will You Pump?

Portability is the theme to this question. We all love our routines, and (eventually) when you find your pumping routine, where are you? 

A - I will be in one place like at home or at work.

B- I will have easy access to an outlet.

C- I will be commuting, or on the move. 

D- I need to travel with my pump.

E- All of the above 

When Will You Pump?

Meaning, do you need to pump discreetly? And how discreet is discreet for you? 

A - I will pump in public (for in person meetings)

B - I will pump around others, but I’ll be joining meetings virtually.

C - I’ll be around others at home (like around family).

How Easy Is It to Clean?

Pump parts need lots of cleaning love. So, get ready to clean your pump parts. Hack it: One way to reduce the cleaning load is to purchase multiple flanges or collection cups. These extras will not be covered by insurance and the price ranges depending on the brand. 

A - Whatever, I’ll buy multiple parts

B- I’m going to throw these in the dishwasher 

C - I’m OK with lots of pieces to clean by hand

What About Price and Support?

Some pumps are more expensive than others. You’ll most likely be able to get some partially or fully covered by your health insurance. Read more about how to do that here. But in the meantime some things to consider:

  • Price of the pump, or price to upgrade to the pump you want
  • Cost of additional parts like flanges, collection cups and tubing for less cleaning and/or normal wear/tear. (Plan to replace it all at least once).
  • Warranty and Customer Service if there are any problems with your pump.
  • Cost of storage bags

Are You Techy?

Some pumps have lots of fancy tech features. 

A - I need an app for everything. 

B - I don’t care.

Ask Your Friends!

It might feel like a strange question, but you’ve already asked about all the other baby gear you need so why not ask about the breast pump. Ask your friends what they have used and if they would recommend it.

Your Answers Determine the Most Important Features

Depending on your answers to these questions you want to look at: 

  • AC power adapter (plug in) vs. rechargeable battery vs. batteries
  • Battery life 
  • Weight
  • Noise when pumping
  • Cost to buy and maintain?
  • Pump control: Some pumps allow you to change the cycle speed and the vacuum suction.
  • Flange size options
  • Tech features like milk volume tracking
  • Do you want a wearable? AKA Pumps that completely fit in your shirt (cups and tubing included)
  • Customer reviews
  • Friend recommendations
  • Warranty
  • Do you want 2 pumps?

Can You Get a Free Breast Pump?

Good news! Health insurance plans in the US must provide coverage for breastfeeding support - and that includes breast pumps. So, what can you get covered? It depends on your state and your plan. Some cover up to a specific dollar amount - like $200. Some pumps will be completely covered by that amount, or you can pay the difference for a pump upgrade. Check out Villie's guide to get your brast pump.

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