This post was most recently updated on March 5th, 2020
Breast pumping while traveling can become complicated.
Only if you choose the wrong pump!!
There’s nothing complicated about the process. The best breast pumps for travel are lightweight, compact, have rechargeable options and definitely have a closed system.
If you manage to buy a pump that has all these features, you are on the right track.
Our reviews will help make you an informed purchase with the most in-depth research and analysis on the internet.
All of the pumps here are BPA-free and safe for babies.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
10 Best Breast Pump For Travel 2020
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- 1.Spectra Baby USA – 9Plus Electric Breast Pump
- 2.YIHUNION Portable Electric Breast Pump
- 3.BabyBuddha Breast Pump
- 4.Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
- 5.Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump
- 6.Freemie Liberty Mobile Hands Free Breast Pump
- 7.Ameda Mya Portable Hospital Strength Breast Pump
- 8.Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump
- 9.KidsTime Electric Breast Pump Double Breast Pump
- 10.IKARE Double Breast Pumps
- Conclusion & Editor’s Choice
The Spectra Baby USA is one of the best breast pump for travel and on-the-go usage.It’s lightweight and portable design makes it extremely convenient for pumping outdoors.
With this device, you can easily pump anywhere you want while walking and doing other stuff. The size is pretty small to fit inside a diaper bag. That’s super helpful.
It’s a rechargeable pump that can also be used while plugged-in. The LC display lets you monitor and change the setting. The 30 minutes auto shut-off timer is a nice addition.
This pump works best in the lower setting as you can’t adjust the speed and suction independently. However, the power is enough to gain enough milk in low and mid setting.
The letdown mode will take a few minutes to get the milk flowing. After that, you can expect roughly the same volume as with other models of Spectra Baby USA. If portability is your priority, this pump should get the job done for you.
- Bottles have measurement indicators to keep track of milk amount.
- Compact and lightweight aids on-the-go pumping.
- Easy to use with a LCD display.
- Shuts off automatically after 30 minutes.
- The speed and suction is not independently adjustable.
2.YIHUNION Portable Electric Breast Pump
The Yihunion pump is a masterfully designed pump for travel. The dual use feature of using it on the go or as a table top pump, makes it stand out from others at similar prices.
It’s a rechargeable pump that gives you almost 6 sessions at a single charge. The best thing is you can also recharge the pump using the USB cable from anywhere.
There are 3 pumping modes including massage, suction and milking- all functional at 8 adjustable levels. Despite being a single breast pump, it has enough suction power to gain more milk in a short time.
Why do we prefer it for travel? The design is compact and lets you pump with a single hand keeping your other hand functional. The closed system saves you from a lot of hassle from cleaning. On top of that, the insulated carrier bag helps to carry the device and milk safely.
- LCD screen lets you adjust the level of suction.
- Choose between portable mode or table top mode when necessary.
- Ultra quiet pumping at just 48bB.
- Rechargeable using everyday devices.
- Comes with only a single flange size that might not fit all women.
3.BabyBuddha Breast Pump
Let’s introduce you to BabyBuddha! It’s the definitive breast pump for outgoing moms as you have the ability to wear it and move freely doing whatever you want.
It has lots of adjustable suction modes, which can be easily controlled using the trackball on the device. The auto mode is unique and changes levels after every 45 seconds. You can also switch to manual if you want.
The best thing in this pump is the suction power. This device can cut your pumping time in half and keeps you empty better than most other pumps. The cushion is soft and feels comfortable on the breasts.
This is a double breast pump that you can wear using a lanyard. And the breast shield cover makes this pump very convenient for travel and outdoor usage.
It’s a fully rechargeable unit that can also run while plugged-in. The only issue we found was the noise. It’s not overly quiet but not loud as well. Certainly adaptable!
- Strong suction even on the lowest letdown setting.
- Wearable and lightweight design gives you hands-off experience.
- Usable as both single or double pump.
- Controls are easy to use.
- Noise is a bit louder compared to the spectra pump.
4.Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
The Medela Harmony is one of the best manual breast pumps for travel. Despite being manual, you can easily pump 4 oz of milk in a short span of time.
There’s a swivel handle that makes pumping comfortable and stress-free. You can certainly control the suction and flow of milk with the handle. This is uncommon in manual pumps.
Sometimes you might lose suction as it happens with manual models. In this case, if the yellow piece under the handle loses alignment, you will lose suction. So, check it once in a while and fix it. Don’t let water get on the handle or the O ring inside. Otherwise, you will need to replace that.
In case of emergencies during travel, you can’t just rely on a battery-powered pump. You might not have access to electricity all the time. So carry this manual breast pump as a backup pump.
Also, the lightweight design makes this pump extremely convenient to carry inside your handbag or diaper bag.
- Control the suction using the swivel handle.
- Pumps more milk as a manual pump.
- Lightweight and compact.
- Easy to operate.
- Might require O-ring replacement sometimes.
5.Bellababy Double Electric Breast Pump
Bellababy is a popular breast pump that is both affordable and easy to use. You will get almost every feature of a premium pump without compromising a lot on the functionalities.
A full recharge provides 2 hours of pumping. That’s really crucial when you are traveling and don’t have access to electricity. The closed system makes the pump even more appealing at such a budget.
This double pump has 9 suction levels. You can control everything using the HD display with no hassle of pressing buttons. The device remembers your last setting and starts from there.
You won’t find extra bottles with the package. What you will get is 10 storage bags and 2 storage adapters. You can use older bottles if they fit, otherwise an aftermarket purchase won’t cost that much.
The only thing to complain about is the noise. But considering the fast milk output and low price, that’s not the worst thing to worry about.
- Battery life is above average.
- More suction levels and suction power.
- Prevents milk spillage and contamination.
- HD screen makes operation easy.
- Makes loud noise at the highest suction setting.
6.Freemie Liberty Mobile Hands Free Breast Pump
The Freemie Liberty as the name sounds provides you liberty from holding your breast pumps. It’s a double electric wearable pump that will remain pretty much discreet while you are moving outdoors.
This pump has some advanced features that justify the extra price you pay. There are 3 programmable memory buttons for saving your favorite setting. If you are in a hurry, this feature will save you time. Even the sleep timer is programmable between 5-40 minutes.
You can wear the Freemie cups underneath the bra and let the motor do its job. It’s not perfectly concealed but you get the freedom to move while pumping. With each cup, 8 oz milk can be collected.
The biggest issue with Freemie Liberty is the additional parts like flanges and cups costs way more than parts from other brands. If you have the budget, this certainly looks like a great purchase.
- Programmable timer and memory function.
- Collection cups have sufficient capacity.
- Hands-free pumping.
- Lightweight and compact unit.
- Slower milk supply 4-5 oz approx. per 30 minutes.
7.Ameda Mya Portable Hospital Strength Breast Pump
You won’t believe how light an electric pump can be unless you actually use an Ameda Mya breast pump. It’s just 8 oz and you can throw it inside any purse or diaper bag!
The best part is it’s a double electric pump and gives you around 2 hours of pumping on a full charge.
The 10 expression mode levels and 5 massage mode levels are all good. What’s better is that you can pump a huge amount of milk in a short time. Customers have even compared it to the Medela S1 and some think it’s even better. That’s a huge compliment!
Additionally, it has a memory function remembering the last setting and 30 minutes auto switch off feature. When you are in the middle of a session, you can easily transfer from battery mode to plug-in mode with no complications.
The pump parts are also compatible with many popular breast pump brands. That’s handy and might save you some bucks if you happen to have another pump at home.
- Pumps good amount of milk in a short time.
- Super lightweight design makes it convenient to carry.
- Shift from battery to plug-in with no hassle.
- Compatible with parts from other brands.
- Some users complain that the battery life doesn’t last long.
8.Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump
If you need a simple breast pump to fit in your traveling lifestyle, the Philips Avent manual pump might be a great choice. It’s affordable and you can easily carry it as a backup pump when you have no time to arrange an electric pump!
The specialty of this pump is its design and shape. The design is such that you won’t have to lean forward, just straight up and let it do the job. Extremely helpful if you are working mom and hate to lean often.
The massage cushion is soft and has a textured design that feels comfortable when pumping. The flange has an additional travel cap to keep it clean.
The feeding bottle has a breast-shaped nipple. So, you can feed your baby right away from the bottle and the baby will feel as if he is breast-feeding. The pump has fewer parts than some of the other manual pumps – saves cleaning time!
Keep in mind, if you are not using the right flange size and pumping too hard, you will find it hard to empty your breasts.
- Feels soft on the skin.
- Unique design allows pumping while sitting straight
- Limited parts makes cleaning and assembling faster.
- Flange can be kept clean with a travel cap on.
- If you are not using it properly, you will have a hard time to empty your breast.
9.KidsTime Electric Breast Pump Double Breast Pump
If you want a breast pump that will provide comfort everytime you start pumping, KidsTime is the thing for you! It’s a very tiny pump that has as much as 18 modes to adjust to your needs.
The most unique thing about KidsTime is it gives you a short massage before sucking in every cycle. Additionally, the soft cushion of the pump acts gently just like how your baby’s lip feels.
It’s a double breast pump that has a lot of power, despite being small. You can pump just the same amount of milk or even more as you can do with a Medela pump. In about 3 and half minutes, pumping 1 oz milk from each breast is totally doable.
It’s NOT rechargeable. But you do have the option to use a USB cable to charge it anywhere. If you are traveling, there’s a good chance you have a power bank as well. Make use of that.
A portable and powerful pump at this price range is simply unbeatable!
- Short massage before every sucking mode.
- Powerful suction.
- Compact and lightweight.
- Soft cushion for gentle sucking.
- No rechargeable option.
10.IKARE Double Breast Pumps
IKARE double breast pump is best known for its silent operation and compact design. At 35 bB, people will hardly notice you pumping, that making it a great fit for traveling moms.
You can also customize the setting as you want with 6 suction levels and 3 modes of operation including massage, stimulation and expression. It’s a closed system, so you’re bound to get clean milk every time.
The recharging function along with plug-in feature makes it an ideal pump for on-the-go purposes. Whether you are in a hotel or in the car, nothing is stopping you from pumping.
We love the addition of a microfiber bag, cooler bag and ice pack. The freedom to use 21, 24 and 27mm breast shields are even more appealing. You can also set the timer and start from the setting you were last using.
All in all, it’s a great alternative to your insurance pump provided by your hospital.
- Beautiful digital screen helps to monitor the setting.
- Portable and compact design.
- Memory function remembers your last setting.
- Customize your pumping sessions.
- The settings can be a bit hard to figure out.
Conclusion & Editor’s Choice
It’s hard to pick a top winner among all the pumps we reviewed. Some have awesome functionalities and some with affordable price point.
Considering the portability, suction power and price, we think Spectra Baby Usa 9 Plus electric is the best travel breast pump.
This pump provides a moderate amount of milk in a session and together with added advantage of compactness and ease of carrying, it simply becomes a dealbreaker for traveling moms.
You can quickly pack it inside your diaper bag and pump while driving or walking around. There are other faster pumps in this review, but the Spectra wins over them in terms of overall value.
Depending on the nature of your breast pumping, your purchase will differ. Choose wisely and pump better!