6 Smart Breast Pumps and Devices for New Moms

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Smart breast pumps and devices mean that breastfeeding can be a little bit easier for all the new moms out there. Convenient, discreet, and useful, these tools all help to simplify feeding time.

Did you know the first electric breast pump came out in 1991? These were a huge upgrade from manual breast pumps, which took much, much longer to operate.

Thanks to electric breast pumps, new moms can pump at home and at work to efficiently maintain their milk supply for their baby. 

Now, as with everything else, there are smart breast pumps. These take electric breast pumps to a whole new level. They sync with smartphone apps to track how much you pump, remind you to pump, and more. 

Below we review the best smart breast pumps for new moms by several trusted baby product brands, and all the exciting features you have to choose from.

  • Best traditional-style smart breast pump: Medela Sonata or Lasinoh 
  • Best smart breastfeeding monitor: Momsense
  • Best quiet smart breast pump: Elvie Pump
  • Best wearable smart breast pump: Willow Pump 2.0
  • Best smart breast pump for travel: Babyation

The Pump by Babyation

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The Pump by Babyation is designed for comfort and efficiency. The breast shields and tubes are discreet and low-profile enough that you can use The Pump with your shirt on. For added comfort, their soft material and shape mimics the feel and shape of a baby’s mouth.

One standout feature is The Pump’s quietness. A breast pump can have a discreet design but it’s still obvious to everyone what’s going on when they hear that recognizable suction sound. The Pump’s whisper-soft operation takes care of that issue.

The carrier itself is designed to look like a handbag or purse, albeit a slightly oddly shaped one made of hard plastic. Even so, the design removes the need for you to carry around additional bags. The carrier has space for a hard ice pack, milk bottles, and all the parts you need to pump.

With the Babyation smart phone app and LED screen on the carrier, you can control your pumping schedule and make sure you never miss a beat with pumping reminders and lactation logs.

Price:

Pros:

  • Discreet shields allow for pumping with your shirt on
  • Whisper-quiet operation
  • All-in-one container with storage space for everything
  • Smartphone app available for iOS and Android

Cons:

  • Only available for pre-order
  • Expensive

Bottom Line:

The Pump by Babyation promises convenience, efficiency, and a discreet design that makes it easy for new moms to pump on the go with minimal hassle. However, it comes with a hefty price tag and it hasn’t yet been vetted by consumer reviews.

Medela Sonata Smart Breast Pump

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The Sonata Smart Breast Pump is the smart breast pump from trusted breast pump manufacturer Medela. The design of this double-electric breast pump is optimized to help you pump more milk in less time—at a speed that rivals the performance of hospital-grade breast pumps.

In the MyMedela App, you can review your baby’s weight and pumping session history. The app also leverages breastfeeding data to personalize your own breast feeding goals and help you stay on track.

At just under $400, the Medela is more affordable than most of the smart breast pumps on our list, which tend to go for well over $400. The Medela Sonata Smart Breast Pump comes with additional perks, as well, such as 30 days of free 24/7 access to board-certified Lactation Consultants. 

Price:

Pros:

  • Parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Whisper-quiet operation
  • More affordable
  • Two pumping rhythms

Cons:

  • Battery only lasts up to 1 hour (or 3-4 pumping sessions)
  • Wide array of parts can be annoying to manage

Bottom Line:

The Medela Sonata Smart Breast Pump is a solid choice for new moms who want to purchase their breast pump from a provider that’s been trusted in the industry for decades. However, this breast pump is missing the convenience of some of the more wearable smart breast pumps on our list.

Willow Pump 2.0

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The Willow Pump 2.0 isn’t just smart because it has a smartphone app. It’s also smart because it’s wireless—in a way. This in-bra breast pump is fully wearable and untethered, so moms don’t have to take time out of their day to go sit in a room and pump, or taking all the parts out and putting them back into a container every time they pump. You simply set yourself up in the morning and go.

How does Willow achieve this? They’ve found a way to pump with fewer parts. You can pump and store milk in the same bag, which you can put into a freezer when you’re done. The Willow Pump keeps working no matter what position you’re in, and the company even claims you can do yoga while wearing the pump. And thanks to its compatibility with breast cup sizes A through H, the Willow Pump 2.0 works for moms of all shapes and sizes.

The Willow wearable breast pump syncs with a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android. Using sensors in the pump, the app and pump work together to pump smarter—switching between stimulation and expression, while also tracking all the key metrics you want to know, like milk volume and pump time. The app also includes free resources with breast pumping tips. 

Price:

Pros:

  • Parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Smartphone app available for iOS and Android
  • Works with breast cup sizes A-H
  • Battery charge lasts for 5 pumping sessions

Cons:

  • Milk bag only holds up to 4 oz
  • Expensive 

Bottom Line:

For the truly on-the-go mom, it doesn’t get better than the Willow Breast Pump. However, the design may take a bit of getting used to, since you wear the pump all day.

Elvie Pump

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The Elvie Pump bills itself as “the world’s first silent wearable breast pump.” This smart breast pump fits in any standard nursing bra and it only come with 5 parts, making it easy to wear, clean, and assemble!

The app for the Elvie Pump, available on iOS and Android, is super intuitive. As long as you’re wearing the pump, it monitors your milk volume and tracks the pumping history for each breast. You can even control the pump remotely using your smartphone app. Talk about discreet! If you prefer to not enjoy the smart features, the Elvie Pump still works as a regular, in-bra electric breast pump.

Best of all, the Elvie Pump is quiet to use. This smart breast pump comes with a 2-year warranty, which is longer than most breast pumps. Currently, the Elvie Pump is only available in the UK, with pre-orders for US in early 2019.

Price:

  • Pre-order for $479.

Pros:

  • Parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Silent operation
  • Smartphone app available for iOS and Android
  • Remotely control pumping through the app
  • Long warranty

Cons:

  • Only available for pre-order in the US
  • Only lasts 2.5 hours on single battery charge
  • Expensive

Bottom Line:

This in-bra wearable smart breast pump is a good choice for those want a silent pumping experience above all. The Elvie’s remote control and smartphone tracking make it a favorite among metric-focused moms, too.

Lasinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump

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The Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump looks the most like a traditional electric breast pump of all the smart breast pumps on our list. This smart breast pump uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the Lansinoh Baby App, so you don’t need to have a WiFi connection for it to work. 

The Lansinoh comes with a lot of parts. That affords new moms the ultimate in flexibility in functionality, but it also means you have a lot to carry around and keep track of. New moms can choose to use the Lansinoh as a single or double electric pump, and can select from three pumping styles and eight different suction levels to achieve the ideal fit for their comfort and their milk production needs.

The Lansinoh Baby App provides feeding summaries, including the date, time, duration and volume of your pumping sessions. You can view pumping history and trends over time, which are easily exportable to share with your baby’s doctor. Besides breastfeeding reminders, the app can also give you bottle feeding and diaper reminders. Finally, there’s a resources section in the app that provides information on how to troubleshoot the Lansinoh smart breast pump, as well as tips and tricks for breastfeeding.

Price:

Pros:

  • Parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Inexpensive
  • Traditional feel may be more intuitive for some to use
  • Robust smartphone app with multiple reminders, extensive feeding logs and history available for export

Cons:

  • Only runs for 2 hours on one battery charge
  • Wide array of parts can be annoying to manage
  • Noisier operation

Bottom Line:

The Lasinoh is a great choice for moms who prefer the feel and functionality of a traditional electric breast pump, but with all the high-tech features a smart breast pump has to offer. 

Momsense Baby Breastfeeding Monitor

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One of the biggest reasons new mothers stop breastfeeding after the first month is because they don’t know how much their baby is feeding—and if they’re getting enough milk. The Momsense Baby Breastfeeding Monitor is here to change that. 

This smart breastfeeding device tells you how much your baby has nursed, by way of a smartphone app and wearable tech device. The wearable itself looks like a set of traditional white Apple headphones, but with a few extra sensors on it that mimic the design of a sleek stethoscope. It plugs into your smartphone through the headphone jack, so it’s easy to use. Since it includes headphones, you can listen to podcasts, music, or take calls while your baby nurses.

In the smartphone app, the Momsense Baby Breastfeeding Monitor gives you a daily feeding report, where you can track nursing volume and your baby’s weight, and add photos. Thanks to the BabySafe sensor, You’ll know not only how long your baby is nursing for, but how many ounces of milk they consume. The monitor only works in Airplane mode, in order to protect your baby from radiation.

Momsense also offers a 14-day satisfaction guarantee and 1-year warranty.

Price:

Pros:

  • Works on Android and Apple phones
  • Smartphone app tracks milk volume by breast, breastfeeding session time, and amount consumed by baby
  • Feeding log and photos can be shared with pediatrician, friends, and family

Cons:

  • Only works in Airplane mode

Bottom Line:

The Momsense Baby Breastfeeding Monitor gives new moms the confidence that their baby is breastfeeding and nursing healthily. It’s a smart addition to any breast pump plan.

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