Choosing a breast pump is an important decision; with plenty on the market, you need to work out which one fits in best with your lifestyle. For mums who are looking to save time expressing, are expressing milk for twins or are going to be separate from their baby for a longer period, using a double breast pump is a good option.
Recent scientific research suggests there are benefits to double pumping, as it stimulates an additional milk ejection.
That said, recent scientific research suggests there are also benefits to double pumping, as it stimulates an additional milk ejection. Expressing from both breasts simultaneously has been found to stimulate prolactin levels, meaning you pump a higher volume of milk, but also the milk pumped had more fat, with a higher energy content for your little one.
We’ve found our favourite double breast pumps on the market here:
Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump, £239.99, Amazon
A Mother & Baby gold award winner, Medela’s Swing Maxi breast pump is a double electric pump which provides fantastic, efficient support with maximum comfort. With a range of vacuum levels and settings, you can adapt the Swing Maxi breast pump to suit your needs and comfort. Our mums love how portage and lightweight the breast pump it is and loved that they could use it hands free – perfect for multitasking mums! Medela’s 2-Phase Expression Technology might sound complex, but our mums loved how straightforward and effective it was to use. You can read more real mum reviews of the Medela Swing Maxi breast pump here.
Ameda Lactaline Double Electric Breast Pump, £129.99, Amazon
Another award-winning product, the Lactaline Double Electric Breast pump is super easy to use, assemble and clean. With 32 different setting combinations, you can easily adapt the suction and speed to make expressing more comfortable. The pump is quiet and it’s small enough to use on the go. We also love how the smaller bottles stand in the unit when not in use, which is perfect for easy storage. The one thing we would change is the suction cups, which are comfortable but are really lacking cushioned inserts. The breast pump also only comes with one size breast cup, with other sizes being an additional add on. You can read more real mum reviews of this breast pump on our Awards section of the site here.
Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump, £149.99, Amazon
Winning multiple Mother & Baby awards, this breast pump is comfortable, durable and effective. It includes two phases – ‘let down’ and ‘express’ and allows you to change the suction strength. Our mums loved how soft the pumps were and thought the bottles were a good size. The breast pump also has a big and easy to see screen, which makes expressing during the night much easier. The downsides are that the pump is pretty noisy and that you need both hands to really use this breast pump. Overall though, this is a great product – super simple and comfortable to use. Read more real mum reviews of the Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump here.
Ardo Calypso Double Electric Breast Pump, £135, Amazon
Slightly trickier to use than some of the others on this list, it can be used as both a single and a double breast pump. It’s easy to adjust the speed and our mums loved how comfortable it was to use. With a huge range of settings, including a separate ‘vacuum’ and ‘cycle’ button, letting you choose how you express, Ardo claims this is the quietest breast pump on the market. With lots of additional extras included in the price, you won’t have to spend money on any additional extras.
Philips Avent Comfort Twin Electric Breast Pump, £199, Amazon
A double version of the Philips Avent award winning single breast pump, this is comfortable and easy to use. With a good suction (that doesn’t pinch your skin) and three different pump settings, our mums liked the massage cushion on the breast cone. The unique design means you don’t have to lean forward to make sure all of the milk makes it into the bottle, allowing for more comfortable pumping. With three different pumping settings to choose from, this is a great time saver. We also love that it comes with a Philips AVENT Natural baby teat, which promotes natural latch – a great option if you are combining breast and bottle feeding.
Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast pump, £329.99, Amazon
Another breast pump from the award-wining brand Medela, this is one of the world’s smallest pumps, ideal for expressing on-the-go. The breast pump is rechargeable and hooks easily to a pumping vest, leaving you completely hands free. We love the long battery life and the two-phase expression technology, allowing you to express more milk in less time. The breast pump comes with a cooler bag, allowing you to keep milk fresh for your baby if you’re expressing for a few hours’ time. It’s slightly more expensive than other double breast pumps on the market, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for a lightweight, simple pump that is quick and easy to use.