About Hospital-Grade Breastpumps 

Hospital grade breastpumps are the strongest and most durable breastpumps available to breastfeeding moms. These pumps effectively stimulate your breasts to adequately raise your levels of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin to increase your breast milk production. 

While personal use breast pumps are intended for use by only one mother, hospital grade pumps are designed and approved by the FDA to be safe for multiple users. Hospital grade breastpumps can be used by more than one mom because they are designed with barriers that prevents cross contamination. When multiple moms use a hospital grade breastpump, each mother will need to use her own collection kit. 

Hospital grade pumps have stronger, more powerful motors that provide a higher level of suction (especially at high elevation) and more efficient pumping. These pumps are larger and heavier, which in turn makes them less easy to transport than personal  use pumps. Consequently, the increased durability and strength of hospital grade breastpumps cause them to have much higher purchase price than even the most expensive personal pumps. Thankfully, these pumps are also available as rentals.
When should I use a hospital grade pump?

Hospital grade breast pumps can be used in any type of pumping situation because they are designed for frequent, daily pumping; however, they are recommended for use under special circumstances including when pumping: 

  • Premature or sick infants 
  • Twins or other multiples
  • Engorgement
  • To increase milk supply 
  • To induce lactation 
  • Exclusive pumping

My hospital-grade breastpumps are the Ameda SMB's, Ameda Lact-e's, and Medela Classics