Hate being tied to a breast pump?
Me too. When I had my first daughter back in 2012 she was sent to the NICU despite being full term. This was due to some choking issues after swallowing fluids during birth. They immediately were giving her formula and my breast milk was not coming in as expected.
I could not get her to latch and even though I visited the NICU and attempted to nurse her it did not go well. I didn’t know anything about breastfeeding at the time because she was my first baby.
Since then I have gone on to have two more children and I realize just how rocky and unnatural my first breastfeeding experience was. Trying to feed her in the NICU with wires everywhere, and several people watching me was the most unnerving and stressful experience.
It was not going well at all, they were feeding her formula, and I met with a lactation consultant to learn how to pump.
I got set up with a hospital grade breast pump and was told to pump every two hours or so around the clock. Ugh.
I hated it. I mean who wouldn’t? Pumping can be difficult under normal circumstances but attempting to suction something from your breast for the first time ever, again with people watching and attempting to help you, while also still trying to unsuccessfully feed your baby.. well it was all stressful.
Once I got home and my baby came home too, I continued to attempt to breastfeed and pumped around the clock. Eventually after a week or so, my milk came in! I was so excited, it was working!
At the time I was planning to go back to work full in time in about 8 weeks so I wanted to build a stash of breast milk anyway. I continued to pump daily, my baby started breastfeeding better, and we went on to be successful at breastfeeding.
I had a lot of help, and visited the hospital lactation consultant a couple of times along the way, I also used a nipple shield till we got latching down. But we made it.
As things moved along, I hated pumping. Most moms who breastfeed probably agree that feeding your baby directly from the breast is much easier than pumping. There is nothing to clean, no milk to store, and you don’t have to tie yourself to a machine for 10 – 15 minutes multiple times a day.
I continued pumping despite the hate because I wanted to build a milk stash. But, if I had an option for a hands free, easy to use breast pump, I can only imagine the difference it would have made in my life.
Can such an amazing device exist? Yep, it’s the Hands free Breast Pump Willow.
BTW this did not exist when I was pumping or I would have been all over it.
Willow® Wearable Breast Pump Generation 3
- Everything works inside the Pump and inside your bra, with no external tubes, cords, or dangling bottles to hold you back.
- Milk flows into the spill-proof disposable collection and storage bag (an essential part of the Pump Kit) or reusable Container inside the Pump (Container accessory sold separately).
- Smart, proprietary technology responds to your body and maintains suction similar to a baby, enabling true mobility without spilling a drop.
- Lie down, bend over, play with baby, take a conference call… pump wherever the day takes you!
- The only wearable pump offering the option to pump into either Milk Bags or Reusable Containers
- The only wearable pump that is totally enclosed and spill-proof in any position, with self-sealing Milk Bags
- Quiet for discreet pumping
- Seven levels of suction comparable to most traditional double electric and hospital grade pumps, with two new lower suction levels and a new sensitivity setting
- Smart Suction technology adjusts based on your preferences to increase output (no need to press a button)
- New app exclusively for Generation 3 with step-by-step onboarding and simple, fast pairing – plus volume tracking, session history, and personalized pumping tips
- Compatible with iOS (iPhone 6 or newer) and Android (supported models)
- Only two parts to clean (dishwasher safe)
- BPA free
- Rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 pumping sessions to get you through the day
- One year warranty
Willow comes with everything you need to get started
- (2) Willow Pumps
- (2) 24mm or 27mm Flanges(21mm Flanges ship in a separate box)
- (2) Flextubes™
- (24) 4 oz. Milk Bags
- (2) Cleaning Brushes
Common Questions about the Willow pump
Can you use an FSA/HSA plan to get your pump. Yes, you can! Just pay with the debit card provided by your plan or submit it for reimbursement.
Is Willow covered by insurance?
Some insurance companies will cover Willow. More insurance companies are covering breast pumps so check with yours to see. You can read more about getting a breast pump through insurance here.
Does Willow work with larger breast sizes? Yes. Willow was designed to work with larger breast sizes including G and H bra cups.
What is the best bra for Willow pump?
Willow works best with any kind of nursing bra rather than an underwire or regular bra.
Willow offers Flanges and Milk Container accessories in size 21mm, 24mm & 27mm. Unsure of your size?
Where can I get Willow pump bags?
You can find them on the Willow website. The link is below!
I wish Willow was available when I was pumping for my first baby back in 2012. Breast pumps have come a long way since then. Being tied to a traditional pump is a big commitment but having a wearable and hands free pump can make such a difference. I
I recommend any new mom who wants to pump seriously consider such a time saving and easy to use pump.New moms call the Willow® Wearable Breast Pump life changing. Our cord-less & hands-free pump allows you to pump anytime, anywhere. Buy now!
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