If you’ve noticed I’m not very quick to turn around any review. This is because I believe reviews take time and since I'm still breastfeeding - I'm hard at work putting products to the test! I’m using these products regularly and it takes me some time to get a good feel for what I'm using. I appreciate the trust you put into bemybreastfriend and recommendations I share here, that said, I want to make sure I’m always delivering the most accurate and honest information possible.
A little history about me and how I came to list these next 4 products as my favorites.
I have been pumping for 5 years, not straight due to pregnancies but I have (exclusively and combo) pumped for a total of 46 months,🤯 that even makes me go wow. In this time I have used countless pumps and cups, making this list that much more special. I always say, I know which products I like most when I reach for them without thinking. I let my subconscious take the wheel on this one. This may sound silly but it’s true, it really is a sure way to tell which products I prefer. I definitely have grown to like specific arrangements over others and my daily use reinforces this regularly.
So here are my top choices to fulfill different life style needs!
Number 1. Hosptial grade, all in one, knock out of a pump.
The Unimom Opera+
This pump is basically the Queen of Pumps. She is beauty and grace, she’s Miss United States (🤣sorry I had to). This pump has become my top two for primary milk removal. I use this pump every morning when I wake up and before I go to sleep. It is rechargeable, although I wouldn’t recommend it for mobile, it still beats the hell out of be anchored to an outlet. This pump is easily hackable and possibly the most comfortable and effective suction I have used. This pump carries a steep price tag so I would absolutely recommend getting this pump covered by insurance if possible. Be sure to read the review to learn of all the bells and whistles, I promise it has plenty to offer. Check out the review HERE
What's my ideal recommendation for this pump? First and foremost, if your insurance offers this pump as a covered pump or slight upgrade, snag it before they sell out. This pump is truly a secret treasure, from the endless settings, comfortable suction, this pump would be most ideal for any moms' first pump starting out. Bring it with to the hospital for your delivery, whether you plan on using it or not.
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Final thought: The Unimom Opera+ should replace EVERY Medela Symphony in EVERY hospital. In with the new, out with the old, yes I am that confident in this pump.
Number 2. Mobile, effective and hackable.
The Pumpables Genie Advanced
This pump went with me to the hospital 12 months ago and can still be found on my counter top to this day. The PGA is gentle enough to be used from day one but also effective enough to bring in a milk supply and maintain it. This pump is simple to use, easy to hack and small enough to toss in a smaller pump bag and head out for the day. There’s a reason why I switched gears with baby number 4, I used to be a die hard user of another pump until I had the opportunity to use the PGA- the rest is history. Check out the review HERE
What's my ideal recommendation for this pump? I think the Pumpables Genie Advanced is a great option for someone who is looking for an effective small pump that can be used with truly any flange/cup arrangement. This pump can be your primary and secondary, best of both worlds.
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Final thought: Milk should be expressed at a comfortable level, shouldn't make your toes curl and shouldn't have a break in period. This pump is a hit right out of the gate, there's a reason why I left my old pump for the Pumpables Genie Advanced.
Number 3. Collection cups for on the go, minus the built in motor.
The Zomee Silicone Collection Cups
If you know anything about me, I love silicone. I love silicone as much as Dr. Evil loves gold. I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the taste of it.. just kidding about the last two but the feel of silicone flanges is second to none. I have elastic tissue and find that silicone makes everything better. These silicone cups are an 8 ounce capacity, which for some may be a little more than they may need. But I find they always sit on the breast comfortably, they’re easy to pour and require no adapter when used with an outside motor. My ideal pairing is the Pumpables Genie Advanced with these Zomee Cups, pumps ➡️ tube ➡️ into cups! That’s all you gotta do. Cup comparison to come!
What's my ideal recommendation for these cups? You will never read or hear me suggest any cup or in your bra pump as a primary option. If you're looking for added freedom, one or two sessions a day while grocery shopping, taking a walk or going out for a bite to eat- these cups can keep you on your feet. I always recommend to start with finding your most effective means of removal, then as you find your way in your pumping journey start bringing in those extra fun pumps and cups! These additional purchases should be considered your bonus tools of the trade. These are never to be relied on, but can still make all the difference for some!
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Final thought: I don't care what you put in your bra, its never going to make your bust look smaller or the same. So if you're going to use cups do it with a scarf wrapped over your neck or a blazer jacket covering you up. If you want to get that one extra session in a day to demand that extra bit of milk- this is the answer. Slap these cups in the bra, read a book, go for a walk, this is a sure way to keep your busy schedule and squeeze that extra session in.
Number 4. Mobile pump but make it motorized.
The Momcozy M5
It didn’t take me long to fall in love with these pumps. I reach for them pretty often and find I’ve been using them almost everyday- one session per day. Never will I ever be caught suggesting mobiles of any sort should be used as a primary removal. But let’s be honest, any removal is better than no removal. That’s why I love having mobile options. The M5 takes the tubes out of the equation and leaves you with a fully round set of cups that add minimal boob, to your boobs. Be sure to read the review, it’s another good one- I promise. Check out the review HERE
What's my ideal recommendation for these cups? Similarly to the cups above these mobile pumps are going to be an additional purchase to your already reliable and effective set up. Pumps like the M5 take it a step above for a little more money, so ultimately I would consider what you're working with, what your goals are and which arrangement fits your needs best. If you already have the Pumpables Genie Advanced, not looking to spend a lot of extra money but want to get another session in while taking the kids for a walk then the Zomee Cups might be a better fit for you. However if you're thinking you want something a little more discreet, no tubes, quick and easy to pop in and out of the bra while traveling or at work- then the M5 might be more your speed.
Final thought: If you want to go cordless without the loud thud of the motor or constant trouble shooting of an erroring alignment or some other annoyance- the M5 is a really great fit. You will read in the review that the flange of the 24mm flange fits like a 24mm flange should. The other Momcozy models seem to have an oversized flange. I honestly believe any of the Momcozy pumps are a good fit but I do believe the M5 is the best choice simply based on the size and shape. No 90° angles, no bright lights, its just all around a great option for a fair price.
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