Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing a Breast Pump

Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing a Breast Pump

If you’re a new or expecting mum, you’ll likely be considering a breast pump. But how do you choose from all the different types and models out there?

Even if you’re planning on breastfeeding exclusively, there are multiple reasons why you’ll want to have a breast pump on hand. At some point in time, you’ll need to be away from bub for a few hours - and this is when a breast pump becomes a lifesaver. Using a breast pump also prevents painful conditions like breast engorgement.

So with that said, let’s take a look at what you should know before choosing a breast pump.

What type of breast pump should you buy?

Let’s start by looking at the different types of breast pumps available.

Electric Breast Pump

An electric breast pump usually plugs into a wall and is generally the most powerful breast pump available. They come in both single and double expressions (one or both breasts), however, if the model you choose requires plugging in they may not be the most convenient choice for pumping on the go. A single expression electric pump can also be pretty inefficient as you’ll have to double the amount of time you spend pumping.

Manual Breast Pump

As its name suggests, a manual breast pump requires you to pump manually and is generally hand operated. They’re typically a lightweight and inexpensive solution but the downside is they require a lot of work to use. A good solution if you need to use a breast pump while out and about though.

Battery Operated Breast Pump

The other option is a battery operated breast pump. These breast pumps provide the best of both worlds, more powerful than a manual breast pump but also highly portable too - meaning you don’t require a power outlet to use them.

Our Kiwy Miya 3in1 breast pump offers maximum versatility depending on your needs. It comes with a rechargeable battery, charges via USB and converts to a manual pump if your battery is running low.

Closed system breast pump or open system breast pump?

Once you’ve figured out what type of breast pump you’d like to buy, the next thing to consider is whether it’s a closed system or an open system.

Closed System Breast Pump (Hospital Grade)

A closed system breast pump is more hygienic than an open system breast pump. Why? It contains a barrier that seals the machine off from your milk. This barrier stops the milk from getting inside your machine which can make small tubes and pieces of your breast pump difficult to sterilise.

Our Kiwy Miya 3in1 breast pump is a closed system breast pump.

Open System Breast Pump

An open system breast pump doesn’t have a barrier which means that your milk flows freely through tubes and other small pieces into the breast pump bottle. They are generally less expensive than closed system breast pumps but they’re also not as hygienic, a factor worth taking into consideration.


The first breast pump of its kind that can be used as a single electric breast pump, double electric breast pump or be converted into a manual breast pump.

You can also bundle it with our Hands-Free Pumping Bra to save even more money on your purchase.
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