I cannot say how much thankful I am to my Medela Freestyle for the hands-free pumping goodness it offers. But before I had Freestyle, my then breast pump was the Medela Swing. It never really bothered me that I had to hold the pump while pumping because I don’t do it as much as office working mothers (another thing I’m so thankful for!) do. But then, you can’t blame me if I have thought about ways to hands-free pumping. Remember the lazy lady trapped inside this body?
I have made my list of ways to pump hands-free before and I believe it would be a waste if I don’t share it here. Most of them were too expensive for me or at that time can only be purchased miles away (shipping would double/triple the cost) OR is a DIY I don’t have time for. Alright, DIY that I’m lazy to do myself.
Here is my list and to non-Freestylers, this is for you:
1. Pumping Bras. There are several out in the market today. One that really caught my eye is the PumpEase. It costs a little more than Php1600. The price never appealed to me. Same with the Medela Easy Expression Bustier and the LLLI Pump Bra.
2. Fitted razorback shirt with built-in bra. I have this one shirt that has a bit low of a neckline and the built-in bra can be seen under the shirt. When I pull up the built-in bra and pull down the neckline, I can place the breast pump snugly in between without having the hold the pump. I’m also using it as a nursing top when we go out.
3. DIY using Ponytail Bands. From Kellymom, the tutorial can be found here. I never got to try this because I found out about this post-Freestyle. Although I heard this does not hold as well with well-endowed ladies.
4. DIY using a regular bra. Here‘s a complete step-by-step instruction with photos. Technically, you just slit an opening on any regular bra you have and sew the ends so it does not run. I think it’s good if you use a padded bra so it’s got that firmer hold on the breast pump. The others I’ve found out, used cheap bras from bazaars. The ones that only cost you Php100-300 a piece. You won’t be needing the best support anyways, because you’d be taking it off once you’re through the pumping session.
The last three I like the most because those do not involve too much money. I’d like it free please, if possible. I’ve been using the shirt for my belly dance classes so it’s readily available to me. If ever I chose to buy some more, I can still use it even if I’m not pumping anymore.
So, what do you think of them? Have you tried any of the above? Happy pumping!
- Why The Lazy Mama Breastfeeds (thelazymama.net)