Pumping with Willow
Happy Tuesday Friends! Can you believe I'm pumping in these photos above? I'm so excited to be sharing my experience with my hand's free breast pump! Willow sent me a pump a few months ago and I'm going to be honest, it has completely changed my pumping game!
Willow is a hands-free wearable breast pump that you slide into your bra and can literally pump anywhere while doing pretty much anything. It takes away the annoyance of cords and having to go hide somewhere and do your pumping business.
Each Willow Pump comes with an app for your iPhone and a coaching call. At first, I didn't think I needed the coaching call and kind of shy'd away but quickly realized I needed some help and questions answered. So I jumped on my call and it blew my mind! They were so helpful and really helped me understand how to latch for the shape of my body. With the Willow, it switches into two different modes, so they recommend that you lean back until it switches from stimulation into expression but you absolutely don't have to. It just helps the process and ensures a correct latch. Once the Willow senses let-down it automatically switches to expression phase based on your individual milk production. It takes a few minutes for your body to release enough milk for the pump to go into expression and sometimes your latch may need to be corrected but the better you get at latching correctly the first time and the quicker your overall pumping session goes. What's cool is that it syncs up with the app so you can see all this information.
All of this, of course, depends on your supply and what time of the day your pumping at. I find it best to wake up, get my coffee and start pumping before the girls wake up. The coaches do recommend that you lean back until your pump switches to expression mode and then once it switches you can do whatever you can even lay completely down and take a rest if you want! I've pumped will doing my hair and makeup and cooking dinner.
I've gotten a lot of questions about noise, It makes a few different noises. The first is when it latches, then the stimulation noises switch once you start expressing. Then every time you fill up the flange and it sucks it into the bag and then once the 4oz bag is full it turns off. The other few noises it makes is when you Flip-to-Finish and this is when you flip the pump clockwise towards you and it sucks in any milk that may be in the flange. Their bags don't leak because they have a 1-way valve so once you are full you just take your bag out and put it in the freezer.
The other question I've received from Instagram is does your insurance cover it? and is it worth it? You can find the answer to some of those questions here. As far as if I think its worth it, I really do! I loathed pumping with Olive and I love how convenient the Willow is. In March I left pearl and Austin and I went on a little anniversary vacation. I pumped 4-5 times a day for 3 days on that trip and I was so thankful for my Willow. I pumped while walking around the city, during dinner and even in a movie.
As far as the pump being noticeable, You and whoever your with will probably notice you are wearing the pump. If I'm going to be pumping while I'm out I try to wear something looser so it's not that noticeable and I always go to the bathroom to make sure I correctly latch. But to be honest, I don't think anyone else would really notice! Austin only knew because we kept freaking out that I was pumping during dinner and how no one else knew and how cool that was! haha, but seriously I'm thankful to have a freezer supply and be able to pump with confidence. If you have any questions make sure to leave them in the comments below and I will answer you!