A wearable breast pump is a specific type of powered pump that tucks into your bra, so you can express and collect milk hands-free. The pumps feature all of the same components as traditional pumping systems (flanges, collection cups, motor) but in a small and portable form. Some models also track your pumping and have a mobile app that makes it easy to access your data.
They are a great choice for moms who want to pump while multitasking, whether that’s during meetings at work or when cleaning up dinner or doing other household chores. Many of these models allow you to double-pump (pump on both sides at once), which can help increase your milk supply. Some even have a small battery that can clip to your waist or pants so you can take the pump with you while on-the-go.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right pump for you. First, consider what your pumping goals are. “If you’re a sole pumper who’s trying to build up a stash or boost your supply, you might want to stick with a traditional pump and use the wearable as an additional tool,” says Krystyn Parks, MS, RD, IBCLC, a pediatric dietitian and founder of Feeding Made Easy.
For instance, most wearable breast pumps don’t fully empty the breasts like a conventional electric pump does and that can cause a dip in your overall milk production over time. Also, some wearables can be noisy while in use so you might want to choose one with the most noise-reducing features. wearable breast pump