Breast Pump Buying Guide

Did you Know


  • Many historical sites have been discovered with feeding vessels that indicate that women might have expressed milk to feed infants.
  • Milk was originally expressed by hand. However, the process has seen a decline since the invention of breast pumps, which made expressing milk easier and faster.
  • The first pumps were patented in the mid-19th century, as a device to treat inverted nipples and also to provide milk to the infants who were either too weak to suckle or couldn’t latch onto the breasts.
  • In the year 1854, the United States Patent Office gave the first patent to O.H. Needham for a breast pump.
  • Later in 1863, the Scientific American credited L.O. Colvin as the inventor and patent applicant of a breast pump.
  • The first mechanical breast pump was then invented by engineer Edward Lasker. It was made in the early 1920s and imitated an infant's sucking action.3
  • The first vacuum-operated electrical breast pump was manufactured in 1991 in the U.S. It worked effectively without causing any discomfort to the user.4
  • Breast pumps have been commercially available only for the past 20 years even though the first breast pump was invented more than 150 years ago.
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