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With four kids, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to try out different breast pumps. It wasn’t until my fourth son was born when I found what I’d call the best breast pump for working moms. Honestly, I’d say it’s the best breast pump for moms period!
Whether you’re a stay at home or a working mom, you won’t find another pump that is more convenient and easy to use.
To show you how it compares to other pumps, let me tell you how pumping/breastfeeding went with my first three kids.
With My First Son, I Never Got Breastfeeding or Pumping Down
When it comes to breastfeeding and pumping, I’ve had results all over the map.
My first son refused to breastfeed and screamed every time I tried.
After over a week of this, I gave up and decided I’d have to pump instead. I hadn’t researched pumps at all and knew nothing about what to look for in a pump.
Feeling out of place, I stopped at Walmart picked up two cheap pumps, a manual one, and an automatic one. My hope was that at least one of them would be a good one.
I got home and tried the manual pump first. It was so painful to use, I cried. And it got little to no milk out.
Next, I tried the automatic one and, to my relief, it worked. It started pulling my milk out.
However, after 15 minutes I had less than an ounce total.
I’d never pumped before, but I knew I should be getting way more than a single ounce!
The next two weeks I switched back and forth from nursing to pumping. My son still refused to breastfeed most feedings and I found myself always on edge.
I dreaded every time I’d have to feed him and hoped it’d be one of the rare sessions he ate well.
By the time he was three weeks old, my milk supply was practically gone.
Partially due to the incredible stress I felt every time I fed him. Partially because my body had no idea how much to make.
My son went back and forth so many times between eating great and refusing to eat, my body had no idea how much to make.
Also, the pump I’d bought was a nightmare. I’d never managed to get more than two ounces total with it.
I felt like a failure, but I put him on homemade formula at three weeks old.
With My Second Son, I Couldn’t Breastfeed and Hated Pumping!
When my second son was born he actually breastfed great…with one little problem.
If he ever got more than 1-1.5 ounces at a time without being burped, he’d throw it all up.
I tried feeding him for shorter time periods, but a couple times a day, he’d throw up everything he ate.
After this went on for a week or two, I decided I would only pump and feed him from a bottle.
I needed some way to make sure he wasn’t getting too much at a time.
A good friend of mine loaned me her Medela pump and it actually worked great!
It pulled up to three ounces from each side per session. (That was a lot for me, I’ve never been able to produce a lot of milk like some others have)
By that point, my son was eating almost everything I got. It took a while to feed him. He could only eat an ounce at a time, but he’d get fussy if he didn’t eat it all.
I wasn’t able to build up a supply in my freezer like I’d hoped. That also meant I couldn’t premake a bottle when it was time to feed him.
When it got close to my son’s feeding time, I’d have to lay him down while I pumped.
I’d pump for 15-20 minutes and often hear him start crying because it was time to eat and he was hungry.
I felt helpless. When I was pumping, I couldn’t do anything else. I had to sit there, hold the shields in place, and listen to him cry.
To be honest, I hated it, but there was no other way I could feed my son. By the time he got his bottle, he was often shaking and extremely upset.
Not really what I’d envisioned when I thought of breastfeeding/nursing my baby. Again it was very stressful and my supply ran out by the time he was three months old.
My Third Son was Almost Exclusively Breastfed, I Still Hated Pumping
When my third son was born, feeding him was completely opposite from what I’d experienced the first two times.
He knew how to breastfeed from day one and never threw up while he was eating.
For the first time in my life, I enjoyed breastfeeding.
That time around, I’d purchased my own Medela pump because the one I’d borrowed before had worked great! (Even if I hated using it because I couldn’t do anything else while I did).
However, since my third son breastfed so well, I hardly ever used the pump.
Occasionally, I used it when I planned to take him somewhere I didn’t feel comfortable nursing him.
Every once in a while I also used it for a couple minutes after he was done eating. I hoped doing so would encourage my body to produce more milk that I could save up.
This probably would have worked to increase my supply but, I never did it consistently. I hated being incapacitated while I pumped. I hated having to sit there for up to twenty minutes and do absolutely nothing but hold the shields in place.
Eventually, I quit pumping and just breastfed him every time he needed to eat. I really really enjoyed being able to feed him! Unlike the first two times, my supply never ran out.
My son never acted like he wasn’t getting enough and I was able to nurse him as long as I wanted.
He was breastfed the longest, but my pump was only used a handful of times.
My Last Round Of Breastfeeding, I Finally Found a Pump I Loved!
A couple months before my last son was born, a friend of mine showed me a pump she found that she absolutely loved.
She’d had twins the year before and was still pumping when they were eight months old.
I couldn’t believe it, I’d never lasted half that long pumping for one kid. How in the world was she still pumping for twins?!
When I asked her about it, she said was still pumping because she’d found an option that was completely hands-free. She could do just about anything while she was pumping.
At that time, she was back at work. She told me about a time she’d actually been in her office pumping while she worked and another co-worker walked in to talk to her for a couple minutes. During the whole conversation, her coworker didn’t realize she was pumping while they talked.
Amazed, I asked her what she used and she showed me her Freemie Collection Cups.
The Freemie is a pumping attachment that has adapters to make so it can be used with almost any pump. It works with Medela, Ameda, Avent Pumps and more.
The collection cups sit in your bra and the tubing connects to your pump, it really is completely hands-free. You can do just about anything while you pump.
It sounded like exactly what I’d been looking for, so I bought a pair to try out when my son was born.
I had him a month later and he too was breastfeeding great from day one.
Just like my third son, he never had a problem breastfeeding. Because of that, I wouldn’t even have tried to pump if it weren’t for the Freemies.
When he was just a couple days old, I tried them and, like my friend had said, they really were hands-free.
I could pump while I made dinner, washed dishes, and read to my older boys.
Some nights I’d pump during storytime for my older boys at the same time I was bottle-feeding my newborn.
It was just as convenient as my friend had said. After using the Freemie pump, I threw out all my breast pump shields.
There’s no way I was going to go back to pumping the way I used to after the freedom of using a Freemie pump!
It took four kids, but I’ve finally gotten the best of both worlds. With my last son, I was able to enjoy breastfeeding because he did so well and I also loved pumping!
Update: Freemie has recently released a new version of this pump.
The Freemie cups I used were attached to my Medela pump with the Freemie tubes.
It’s hands-free, but you can’t go any further from the pump then the length of the tubing.
The new version is battery powered (with rechargeable batteries) so you can actually pump while you take the kids for a walk or while you go anywhere really.
You don’t have to find an outlet close to your kitchen counter, couch, desk, or wherever you’ll be pumping because it’s battery powered!
I haven’t tried the new version, but I think it looks amazing! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it these next couple months to see how other moms like it!
How has pumping and breastfeeding gone for you? Have you tried the Freemie Pump? Do you have any questions for me?
Let me know by leaving a comment below! I do answer all of them!
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