Best Manual Breast Pumps of 2021


While most modern-day moms rely on electric pumps to express milk quickly and efficiently, manual pumps still have a loyal following. Their portability, simplicity, and independence of battery power to operate result to them been preferred by many new moms.

But which manual pump does an efficient and decent job? Here are five manual breast pumps that will not let you down.

Madela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Madela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Manual controlled vacuum allows you to adjust the suction for the most optimal comfort level and efficient flow of breastmilk. Once milk starts to flow, you switch to the longer side of the handle which creates a slower sucking cycle to express the majority of your milk

If you can afford this pump, you will not regret having in the house or when on the go. Although slightly complex, it is easy to use and highly innovative (has double pumping action for effective expression). Additionally, it has a soft and ergonomically designed handle.  Check out our review of this breast pump here.


  1. Comes with 2 bottles, a stand, and 2 membranes
  2. Two-stage pump action
  3. Soft, ergonomic handle 
  4. Well designed 


  1. Large size 
  2. Pricey
Haakaa Manual Breast Pump

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump 

The award-winning and best-selling Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump, recommended by nursing mums, magazines, celebrities, doulas and lactation consultants all over the world! Make sure you’re giving your child the best by purchasing the original Haakaa-branded Manual Breast Pump!

If in the market for something attractive, simple to use, and portable, Haakaa Manual Breast Pump will not disappoint. It is a simple pump that is designed for moms who travel more often. You can easily slip it into any bag for expressing milk on the go.

It is made of food-grade silicone so no worries about plastic spoiling the fun. The only downside is that it is too basic that it lacks fundamental features like a double-action pump, ergonomic breast shield, which are crucial for maximum comfort. Check out our review of this breast pump here.


  1. 100% food-grade silicone construction
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Very simple design


  1. A little too basic for some
  2. Not very ergonomic
Maymom Medela Manual Breast Pump

Maymom Medela Manual Breast Pump

There’s no easier way to add innovative G4 years of experience in making high quality breast pump accessories for Medela Pumps; 100% compatibility with Medela pump accessories like Medela valves, Medela membranes and Medela tubing.

Next in our list is the Maymom Medela Manual Breast Pump. It is more of an accessory than a pump and does add a level of customization to the existing Madela range of pumps, such as the one at the top of this list.

Basically, it is a well-designed pump attachment without any bottles. It is designed to work with the bottles and valves of the Madela brand and comes with different breast shield sizes. 

Just keep in mind that you are not buying a ready-to-use pump, and this is not a complete kit. It is more of an accessory to help you get the most out of Madela products.


  1. Made of BPA free material  
  2. Well designed 
  3. Excellent size range


  1. Third-party product
  2. No bottles 
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump

Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump

Lightweight & portable: This lightweight manual breast pump has an ergonomic easy-express handle to reduce hand fatigue. It can be easily carried in any bag while traveling for quiet pumping sessions.

Designed by a nursing mum, this pump has a lot to offer. First, it has a soft silicone-tipped breast shield (which comes in 2 sizes). Its ergonomic handle, closed-system design, and simplicity further make it an excellent option for any mom who is looking for an efficient and user-friendly device. It is reasonably priced despite having a lot to offer and performs better than most premium manual pumps on the market.


  1. Reasonably priced
  2. Ergonomic and efficient
  3. 2 flange sizes (25mm & 30mm)
  4. Comfortable design elements
  5. Closed system


  1. Overall quite simple design
  2. Not for frequent use
Phillips Avent Manual Breast Pump

Phillips Avent Manual Breast Pump

More comfortable pumping position due to unique design
Soft, textured massage cushion helps stimulate milk flow.

Unless you live under a rock, you must have heard about Philips Avent, a recognized leader in the baby care market for simplicity and innovation. This pump frankly shows the commitment of Philips Avent to design quality products. 

First, the handle and breast shield are angled well to offer the most natural and comfortable pumping experience as possible. The plastic used is BPA free, and the pump is totally compatible with many products across the entire Avent range. This is an advantage if you already have other products such as bottles of this brand.


  1. Comfortable pumping position
  2. Compatible with the complete Avant range
  3. Soft and textured breast shield


  1. Very pricey

The bottom line

Considering the world of breastfeeding is much a Horses for Courses” kind of game and not every product will suit you, we recommend you take time before making a purchase.

What we assure you is the above pumps will not let you down. Some are pricier than others, so you may want to consider your pocket before shopping.    

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