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If you are a working mother, knowing your breaks will be limited and you are always short on time, or a busy homemaker, you are better off with an electric pump. Neither a newborn, nor a more mobile child will give you time to pump calmly. If you are staying at home, you will have to schedule it in between other chores and caring directly for your child, and naptime tends to be filled with other obligations. Most recommendable would be the double electric pump to save even more time. The only reason I can imagine to use a hand-pump would be for emergencies or if you are truly 'going green.'