If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’re probably going to need a breast pump. But navigating the world of flanges, battery packs and suction levels can be confusing, frustrating and downright hilarious. (Hello, milking station!) That’s why we asked 28 real moms about their favorite pumps and how they used them. But before you buy one, make sure to check with your insurance provider since most plans cover the cost of a breast pump. And here’s another top tip: Ask a mom friend if she has a pump you can borrow—it’s actually totally fine to use someone else’s breast pump (with separate accessories) as long as it’s considered to be “hospital-grade” (i.e., can be used by multiple people thanks to additional hygienic precautions in the design).