Which is the Best Breast Pump?
I used two different breast pumps, one with hoses attached to the wall with 1000 pieces that had to be cleaned and dried after each pump. Okay I exaggerate but there were at least five parts and drying the tubes took time. This was a big part of why I was unsuccessful at breast pumping with this pump. Who has time to feed baby, pump, burp baby, change baby’s diaper and repeat every 2 hours? Well I was not one of those super women who was able to pull it off. When I found the mobile Willow Breast Pump it was a game changer. I suddenly had freedom and was no longer chained to the wall!
To Pump or to Nurse?
Breastfeeding is a full-time job that new mom’s can add to the list. I’ve heard it said that breastfeeding is harder than giving birth and I would have to second that statement. Breastfeeding is so much harder than anyone tells you. Part of me thinks that no one wants to add unnecessary stress considering everything you already have going on with being pregnant, giving birth, healing, lack of sleep, and keeping this new tiny human alive. Even if someone does try to tell you each mama’s experience is unique. There’s no way to know what it’s like until you go through it yourself. There’s an additional learning curve of breastfeeding when returning to work.
Is the Willow Breast Pump Worth the Money?
Since my baby is now a toddler I purchased the first generation Willow pump. I wish I would have spent the money sooner. Trying to feed a newborn every couple of hours, clean the pump and the tubes, dry them, be chained to the wall while making sure baby is changed, comfortable, not crying is next to impossible. In my mind, whatever can ease the stress of pumping away from baby is well worth the investment. Let’s take a closer look so that you can decide for yourself.
In the last year or so they have made great improvements to their first model. I was happy with the first generation because of the freedom it allowed me. I am so excited for those of you who get to use the third generation pumps!
What’s the Difference between Generation 1, 2 & 3?
|Gen 1||Gen 2||Gen 3|
|Opaque Flanges||Clear Flanges||Clear Flanges|
|21, 24, 27 mm||21, 24, 27mm||21, 24, 27 mm|
|No container||Reusable milk container||Reusable milk container|
|Manual Seal||Magnetic Seal||Magnetic Seal|
|Sold Out||$150 Discount ($350)||$499|
|Strong Suction||Strong Suction||Added Gentle Suction Level|
Pricey but a game changer. The money spent is worth the time saved. Cleaning was much easier, faster, fewer pieces, bags can be stored in the freezer. There is an adjustment period learning to properly angle the pump to your nipple. I started with the pump where I was attached to the wall, had to clean all of the tubes and dry them. I wish I would have known about the Willow Pump from the beginning. You do have to purchase the bags separately.
$24 for 48 bags on their website so $2 per bag or you can buy 144 bags for $95 or $1.51 per bag on amazon prime.
Right now there is a sale on the Willow Website where they’re offering $150 off the Generation 2 Willow Pump until inventory is gone.
What are the Benefits?
- Hands free
- Fits in your bra
- Not stuck to a machine or wall with cords everywhere
- FSA/HSA Eligible
- 2 – 3 pieces to clean depending on which container you use
- Dishwasher safe
- Adjustable pump/suction
- Spill proof
- Payment Plans Available
What are the Cons?
- Bags are sold separately
What is Included with the Pump?
The Willow Pump arrives in a really nice box with the 2 pumps, 2 flanges, 2 flex tubes, 24 milk storage bags, 2 cleaning brushes, and a charger. It’s small and travels well. If you spend a lot of time in your car or on are constantly on the go, it’s easy and convenient.
Which Size Flange Do I Choose?
There are three available sizes, 21 mm, 24 mm and 27 mm. The sizing measures the base of the nipple which they have an easy image for you to choose the correct size. 21 mm is for nipples equal or smaller than a dime. 24 mm is between a dime and a nickel and the 27 mm flange is is for nipples larger than a nickel and smaller than a quarter. The majority of women land in the 24 mm range. You are able to select either the 21, 24 or 27 mm. The 21 mm accessories are sold seperately.
Do I Need a Special Bra?
I was able to place the pumps in my nursing bra comfortably. A good bra is key to success. My favorite nursing bras were these guys since they come in all three colors, easy to wash, no wire and are adjustable.
Overall, I would say that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Yes it’s expensive but your time is worth it. Plus you should be able to get some or most of your money back if you submit to your insurance. Every little bit helps!
I hope this helps in our quest in finding the best breast pump that fits your needs.