This post is sponsored by Willow Pump. As always, all opinions are my own.
As a working mom who breastfeeds, the thing I dreaded most about returning to work was pumping. FOR REAL, is there anything worse than being hooked up to a machine by tubes where you have to sit or stand in one place for 15-20 minutes with limited range of motion? Nope. I remember casually scrolling through Facebook towards the end of my pregnancy and seeing an ad for Willow Pump. I was instantly intrigued and saved their post, so I was excited when they reached out to see if I’d like to collaborate.
I’m truly excited to share this product with you, as I believe that it is maybe the greatest technological advancement for working moms EVER. I know so many of you had questions about it, so I thought I’d answer them to the best of my ability.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: WHAT ON EARTH IS A WILLOW PUMP?
The Willow Pump is a revolutionary new breast pump. The Willow Pump is actually two separate breast pumps–one for your right breast and one for your left. It’s not only hands-free, but is outside tubing free too, meaning that you’re free to move around while using it. Willow Pump slides down in your nursing bra and that’s it! No need for a special bra or hands-free pumping apparatus.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: BUT WHERE DOES THE MILK GO?
The Willow Pump is basically two main pieces–the front is the pump, and the back is a flange with a short connected tube called the “Flexitube.” You fit a donut-shaped milk bag in between the two pieces and connect the Flexitube to the one-way valve of the milk bag. Thus, you pump directly into the self-contained milk bag, which is held between the flange and the pump.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: SO HOW DOES THE WILLOW PUMP WORK?
You press the start button on the front of the pump to begin the session, and you can track everything via the Willow app on your phone (YES, there’s an app for that!). Once the Willow detects let down, then you are automatically switched from stimulation to expression mode.The app will show you how much you’re pumping in real time, and will give you notifications if the latch is not good, if things are assembled incorrectly, or if your milk bag is full.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: WHERE HAVE YOU USED WILLOW PUMP?
I have successfully used Willow pump at my home, at my office, outside, and even in my car. Now, while you can hear it pumping, it is more quiet than you would expect and is discreet inside your top. It also makes you look a little more “busty” than usual, but otherwise, you’d never know I was wearing the pumps under my top.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: How does the Willow Pump compare to a traditional pump?
I also have a popular traditional pump that is hospital grade that I received through my insurance. My milk production with the Willow pump is VERY similar to my output using the traditional pump.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING MOMS: Are there any drawbacks to the Willow pump?
In all honesty, the only drawback to the Willow pump is the price. It is $479.99. That said, it’s worth EVERY penny! Willow does offer financing as low as 0% on the pump (see website for details). You can also use your HSA or FSA funds as well.
I truly love the Willow pump! It’s so easy to use as a busy working mom, and it makes one of my most dreaded tasks so much easier. It has been a game-changer!
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TGIF!!! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Becky at BYBMG, and myself want to welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up and the weekend. We made it! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share our favorite posts we’ve written throughout the week. Drop up to 3 links below.