Breast pumps refer to the medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used by the lactating mothers to ensure uninterrupted milk supply to their infants when away from home. Breast pumps based on the mode of operation are classified into four major types namely manual, single electric, double electric and hospital grade breast pumps. Based on the design, there are two main types of breast pumps available; closed and open systems. Open systems do not contain a barrier between the milk collection kit and the pump tubing due to which collected milk is susceptible to contamination, while closed pumps prevent contamination due to the presence of a barrier between the collection kit and pump tubing. Currently, majority of the breast pumps available represent closed systems. Changing lifestyles and increasing number of women prioritizing their career along with their child, have emerged as the major factors impacting the growth of this market. On the other hand, high cost of the devices followed by risk of contamination might limit the market growth. Increasing disposable incomes of respective nations will further propel the market growth.
Recommendation of breast pumps is majorly dependent on the frequency of breastfeeding; Double electric breast pumps are the most preferred pumps for frequent breastfeeding as it ensures efficient milk expression with less time consumption. While single electric breast pumps are the most preferred pumps over manual pumps owing to powerful motor capacity and variable suction pressures. Hospital grade breast pumps are usually recommended in the initial phase of breastfeeding mainly to establish milk supply and get acquainted with the use of pumps. These pumps are by far the most superior types of breast pumps due to powerful motor, effective pumping capacity and can support multiple users. Distribution channel of personal grade breast pumps varies from hospital grade breast pumps; durable medical equipment (DME) supplier or retailer or online sales channel forms the base of personal grade breast pumps, while hospital grade pumps reaches to the end users via hospitals. Electric breast pumps are preferred over manual breast pumps due to several beneficial features such as electric motor support, effective milk expression and less time consumption.
The global market for breast pumps is analyzed from two perspectives; product type and geography. Manual, single electric, double electric and hospital grade breast pumps are the four major product types. Single electric breast pumps market is the largest market in 2013 owing to the reasonable price and several benefits over the manual pumps. In terms of volume, manual breast pumps constitute the leading market segment owing to its low cost and easy availability. Double electric breast pumps market segment is anticipated to be the fastest growing segment owing to best option available after hospital grade breast pumps. This is attributed to certain features such as easy and efficient milk expression solution for mothers who have to express milk several times a day and on a daily basis. In addition, these pumps are available with adjustable suction cycles; they start with shorter but quicker sucks in order to accelerate the letdown response, followed by longer, deeper and slower sucks.
Geographically, breast pumps market is studied for four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. These regions are further analyzed by country. In terms of Revenue, North America accounted for the largest market share in 2013, owing to increasing breastfeeding rates and increasing awareness about breastfeeding. In terms of volume, North America leads the breast pumps market. Key players operating in the global breast pumps market include Medela AG, Ameda AG, Pigeon Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics NV, NUK USA LLC and Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.
Breast pumps are referred to as the medical devices used by lactating mothers to express milk. Additionally these devices are also used to establish milk supply and help relive engorged breasts. These devices are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These pumps are designed to mimic the suckling action of the nursing baby and can act as a supplement to breastfeeding. The demand for these devices is increasing due to the rising number of working women and their growing disposable incomes. Consistent technological advances followed by introduction of breast pumps with enhanced pumping capacity, variable suction pressures, ease of operation will further enhance the acceptance of breast pumps across the globe. On the other hand high cost of these devices and strenuous maintenance of these devices are some of the limiting factors that might restrain the market growth.
There are several types of breast pumps available in the market such as manual, single electric, double electric and hospital grade breast pumps. Pediatrician, lactation consultants and mid wives represent the healthcare professionals who impose a strong influence on the product purchase by the lactating mothers. The breast pumps market has been segmented by the product type into four major categories namely manual, single electric, double electric and hospital grade breast pumps.
This report studies the market for breast pumps by product type. The global breast pumps market has been segmented by product type and market size estimates and forecasts for the period 2012 to 2022 have been provided for each of the segments and sub-segments, in terms of revenue (USD million) and volume (no. of units). The CAGR (%) of each market segment for the forecast period 2014 to 2022 has been provided along with market size estimations, considering 2013 as the base year.
The market has also been segmented geographically into four regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia and RoW, and the respective market sizes and forecasts in terms of revenue and volume have been provided for each of these regions. These regions are further broken down by major countries. The current and future market sizes (in terms of USD million) of the mentioned regional markets and their major countries have been provided in the report for the period 2012 to 2022 with their growth rate (%) for the period 2014 to 2022. The study further offers recommendations and highlights of the market, which would be useful for the current and future market players to sustain and flourish in the global breast pumps market.
The market overview section of the report demonstrates the market dynamics and market trends such as drivers, restraints and opportunities that influence the current and future status of this industry. Impact factors such as event impact analysis, market attractiveness analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis have also been explained in the market overview section of the report, in order to give a thorough analysis of the overall competitive scenario in the global breast pumps market. The competitive landscape section includes market share analysis of all the leading players in this market, for the year 2013.
The report concludes with the company profiles which incorporates key information such as product portfolio and business strategies about the major market players. Some of the major players profiled in this report include Medela, AG, Philips AVENT, Ameda Breastfeeding Solutions, Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc., Whittlestone, Inc., Hygeia Medical Group, and Bailey Medical.
The global breast pumps market is segmented into the following categories:
- Breast Pumps Market, by Product Type
- Manual Pumps
- Single Electric Breast Pumps
- Double Electric Breast Pumps
- Hospital Grade Breast Pumps
- Breast Pumps Market, by Geography
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)
- South Africa
- Rest of Row
- North America