Maybe it’s just me, but pumping is the worst. Breastfeeding has a lot of things going for it, but pumping is not one of them. When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3, I immediately began dreading all the hours of pumping that were in my future.
I work part time, and I had already lived through the embarrassing and inconvenient realities of pumping at work: finding several times during the day to stop everything and go sit in a room by myself, practically undressing from the waist up and hoping no one would accidentally come in my locked room, having a meeting go long and milk start leaking through my bra and shirt, feeling guilty that I didn’t pump enough while at work for daycare to use the next day, worrying that not pumping enough was the reason I had to stop breastfeeding earlier than I wanted, honestly this list could go on for a really long time.
Enter: The Freemie. The pump that changed my life.
I had a Facebook advertisement pop up that piqued my interest in this new style of hands-free pump. After doing some research, I knew I needed to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I did!
Here’s why I love it:
- It’s discreet. The milk collects in a cup that sits in my bra. It sounds weird at first, but it is totally legit. This means I can leave my shirt on while I’m pumping. No more sitting half naked in an office hiding spot! No more worrying that someone is going to walk in on me!
- It’s portable. The cups are connected by tubes to the pump, which is battery powered (rechargeable, not with annoying AA batteries), and the pump clips on to the waistband of my skirt or pants. I can pump literally anywhere I want!
- My insurance covered it. I had to jump through a few hoops, but I was able to get this as my free pump from them. In my experience, it was more than worth the extra hassle.
Now, I can pump at any time. I pump in the morning when I’m making my kids breakfast. I pump while I’m driving and walking into work, and when I’m waiting in line for my morning coffee. Even when I’m sitting in a meeting with my co-workers, I can pump. In the middle of writing this, I remembered that I needed to pump, so I’m doing it now, in an open office, with two hands available for typing.
Are you picking up on how awesome I think this is? Until you’ve been a pumping mom, you might not fully appreciate my enthusiasm. My husband thinks I’m a little crazy, but I don’t care, this pump is incredible.
Now, with all things, there are a few downsides.
- I can’t see how much milk is being pumped. I don’t know if I’ve pumped 2oz or 4oz with the collection cups being hidden in my bra. The first few times I used it, I did it at home so I could watch and get a better sense of how it worked. I’m 4 months in, and this hasn’t been a huge issue for me, but can be a challenge since I have a milk quota to reach every day.
- I’m not sure it’s as powerful as previous pumps I’ve used. I haven’t had any supply issues with this pump, but a pump that plugs into the wall might be more powerful and helpful if you have concerns about supply. However, because the pump gives me so much freedom, it’s easier to pump several times during the day. Since I’m able to pump so frequently, supply hasn’t been a problem for me yet like it has in the past.
- The pump isn’t totally silent; it does make a small “whoosh”-ing noise as it pumps. Although this isn’t an issue for me, the quiet noise does make the pump less discrete.
When I was pregnant the first time, I remember standing in the baby store and seeing only one brand of pump and supplies everywhere, so I just assumed that was my best choice. By baby #3 I’ve learned that is definitely not true. It’s worth it to do your research and talk to breastfeeding moms and make an informed decision. If breastfeeding is a priority to you, you will likely spend a lot of time with your pump, so make sure you get one that works for you.