The 5 Best Manual Breast Pumps to Buy in 2018

Express milk without electricity with these top-picks

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A breast pump is a vital tool for nursing mothers, allowing them relief from oversupply, stimulation to increase supply, and the chance to travel and go back to work while still breastfeeding. Breast pumps allow mothers to collect and save breast milk so that other caretakers can feed their nursing babies, allowing breastfeeding mothers some freedom.

While many breastfeeding mothers rely on electric breast pumps for expressing breast milk quickly and efficiently, manual breast pumps are also essential tools for nursing mothers. Not only do they work without electricity, allowing them to be used literally anywhere, they also relatively painless and efficient. And believe it or not, some pumping moms prefer a manual breast pump because they give you a little more control in getting milk out at a faster speed.

There are generally two kinds of manual breast pumps—ones that rely on natural suction pressure that draws out breast milk after letdown, and ones that rely on a hand pump to stimulate the nipple. Below, we round up the top manual breast pumps to consider. 

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Medela Manual Breast Pump

Nursing mothers can’t always be with their babies or near an electric pump, especially if their job requires them to be on the go or to travel frequently. The Medela Manual Breast Pump works like an actual pump. Women attach the suction cup to their nipples and use a swivel handle to actively pump the milk out.

Despite the extra effort, the Medela Manual Breast Pump is actually very easy to use—the pump is strong, but the actual act of pressing it requires very little pressure. This is thanks to an ergonomic design and a two-phase handle that provides two different compression points for expressing milk—one for getting milk flowing, and the other to collect letdown.

The Medela Manual Breast Pump is easy to assemble and comes with two 5-ounce bottles for collecting milk, a cap to save it, and a stand to prevent full bottles from tipping over.

Discreet and small enough to fit into your purse, the Medela Manual Breast Pump is great for airplane travel, out-of-the-office meetings, or jobs where you rarely have the time or space to use an electric pump. Many reviewers on Amazon note that the Medela Manual Breast actually extracts more milk than their electric pumps. 

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Best for Letdown: Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump

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The bestselling manual breast milk pump on Amazon, the Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump is designed specifically to stimulate production. Painless and easy to travel with, it functions by using natural suction pressure.

What makes the Haakaa so wonderful for already strained mothers who aren’t producing enough milk is that it requires no effort, minimal cleaning, and virtually no pain. All you have to do is attach the Haakaa pump to your breast, massage your breast with your hands, and wait while the milk collects.

Reviewers on Amazon with low supply say that the Haakaa Manual Breast Pump helped to boost supply and also that it allowed them to save all of the milk they produced.

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Best For Large Nipples: Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump

Much like the Medela Manual Breast Pump, the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump works with an ergonomic lever that is easy to press for expressing milk quickly and without hand cramps.

What sets it apart is that the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump comes in two flange suction cup sizes— standard (25 mm) and large (30.5 mm). The large size flange works well at covering large size nipples, reducing pain and allowing for more expression of breast milk.

Reviewers on Amazon love that the different flange sizes allow them to customize the pump for a more comfortable fit. 

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Best For Small Nipples: Philips Avent SCF330/30 Comfort Manual Breast Pumpv

Similar to the Medela Manual Breast Pump and the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, the Philips Avent SCF330/30 works with a lever. What sets it apart from competitors is a cushioned flange, which some reviewers on Amazon note made manually expressing more painful. However, those with smaller nipples will find that the extra cushioning provides a tighter suction, aiding milk collection and preventing pain.

This is also a great manual breast pump for moms who use the Philips Avent bottles because you can just pump directly into here without having to dirty (or clean!) another bottle.

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Best for Working Moms: Sumgott Manual Breast Pump with Lid for Breastfeeding

If you are away from your baby for most of the day, you'll want and need a pump that can efficiently remove as much milk as the baby can so you don't get any breast infections and so you can also provide milk for your baby at home.

The Sumgott breast pump can remove just as much milk as an electric pump without the need for any power source making it great for working moms who don't have access to an outlet or who prefer using a manual pump. 

The food grade construction, which is BPA-free, makes you feel safe knowing that your "liquid gold" is being stored in something that isn't harmful. Reviewers commend this for getting out a lot of milk, though some wish this came with different flange sizes. 

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