Pump Ease: Hands Free Pumping

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So when I was writing the breastfeeding products post, I didn’t mention the one thing that has been invaluable during these times. It has so been a part of my routine that I didn’t even think of it as a product.
That thing is PUMPEASE hands free pumping bra.

It’s a simple concept: a band of stretchy fabric with holes in it for pump cups. Ok, I admit it looks darn funny, that’s the sole reason why you won’t see a picture of me pumping here. But… it has saved me from boredom and helped me get things done. If only now they could invent a battery powered double electric pump (I am sure there is one on the market, if we look).

I had PumpEase back before Alexis came along. So I never had to deal with pumping without one. Until one day I thought, “Well, it can’t be that bad! I only need one breast pumped. Rather than put the bra on, I’ll just hold the pump”.

Yikes! It was uncomfortable! I didn’t know how much pressure to put on it, my arm kept getting tired, I was restricted in what I could do. I am sure women who pump like that from the beginning are just fine pumping while holding the cups, but it’s like wine. Yes, wine! If you have drank bad wine all your life and you try a really expensive bottle, it seems good, but not THAT good. But it’s when you have to go back to that bad wine after having indulged for a bit in the good stuff that you clearly see the difference. Well, I clearly saw it. I am never pumping without PumpEase again! Seriously.

If I wasn’t so into organic everything ( and to be fair, I didn’t really need an organic pumpease, but it seemed right since it was one of the options), I’d totally go for one of those 50’s red polka dot bras. I might have even done my hair all Merilyn Monroe-ish and put one red lipstick while wearing it. Ok, maybe not. Just please say no to leopard! That’s just…. Just please say no!


So here’s how it works:

It’s a band of stretchy fabric that has clasps all the way down the front, along with two holes where you put your pumping cups through. You get the cups through, position them on your boobies and fasten the band. Then you grab your laptop ( well, if you’re smart, you did that before attaching yourself to the pump), sit back down and hit “Go!”. Voila! Your hands are free, your milk is going and you won’t believe how fast the time goes. It’s absolutely essential for working moms.

So this is a MUST on my list of breastfeeding supplies. Register for it along with a pump, you won’t regret it!


WHY BUY IT: Um…. did you just read all that I wrote above?
WHY NOT BUY IT: Because 20-60 minutes of your time daily aren’t worth 38 dollars. Mine is!
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  • Reply
    April 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I have the Medela Freestyle Pump which does not need to be plugged in. You just charge it up and go! It also comes with clips to attach the pump cups to your bra, and a black band that goes around your waste to clip the pump onto. Voila, hands free!

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      April 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Oh and I forgot to mention, I pump at work and I do not wear the nursing bras because they provide little support for my boobs. If you place the pumping cup inside of a normal bra, it stays there by itself pretty well. Most of the nursing moms here do this to stay hands free.

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    April 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I BF, but I pump at work, and I have never used a hands-free bra. I can rest the bottles on my legs and use one hand to hold them in place, and browse through stuff on my phone. I am sure a hands-free bra would be nice, but it also seems like a lot of work to strip down when it only takes me 10 minutes to pump in the first place.

    Anyway, I wanted to let you know the Ameda Purely Yours pump can be used on batteries (6 AA). I know you like your Simplisse pump so I doubt you’ll switch, but I wanted to let you know that there is one out there!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      April 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      You don’t have to strip down. You just put it on top of your clothes.

      I really don’t pump that much but I thought a bra like this plus battery powered pump would be an awesome combo.

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    April 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Did you look at Hygeia breast pumps? They have battery powered and car adapter versions, a button to record baby’s cry to encourage letdown, are recycleable, and include hospital grade filters, so they can be shared (or resold in good conscience). I really like mine!

    • Reply
      April 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      I agree about the Hygeia. I am surprised you didn’t look into it. It is the only “green” pump on the market. I have a Simple Wishes hands free bra and I absolutely love it.

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        Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
        April 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        What makes a pump green?

        • Reply
          April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

          It is the only nonhospital grade pump that has a closed system. With all other pumps it is possible for milk to get into the pump itself and for any germs/bacteria to be transferred. That is why you should not borrow or buy a used pump. So less pumps in landfills. It also has a rechargeable battery, rather than having to replace batteries.

          • Julie
            April 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

            The Ameda Purely Yours is also a closed system. But I don’t think that makes it a “green” pump.

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    April 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Yeah, there is a battery powered double electric pump that is pretty popular. The Medela Freestyle pump.

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    Mary H
    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    boo! I don’t have a facebook account.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      April 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Go ahead and just leave a comment here for that entry and specify that on the action

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        Mary H
        April 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Alright! yay! I would love a red PumpEase bra if I won! These are adorable and would make pumping so much easier and more convenient! Granted, I haven’t started yet, my little girl is due in June, but I’m a multi-tasker and I can only imagine all I could get done at the same time! 🙂

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    Mar [RaisingBean.com]
    April 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I love my hands free pumping bra! Definitely great for multitasking. And those prints are super cute, mines just boring white.

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    April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    It looks scary 🙂 LoL!

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    April 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Instead of purchasing another thing (that has only a ssomewhat hort term use) I just repurposed one of my old pregnancy bras (they won’t fit once I’m not nursing), you just cut two holes where your nipples are. I can open my nursing bra, pull up my shirt and then put the hands free bra over top. It was free and used something I wasn’t going to keep around anyway.

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    April 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I find these cumbersome and time consuming. I can put the pump flanges directly in my bra and the suction is enough to keep them in place while I’m completely hands free. I just think that setting up the pump is time consuming enough. To me this would just be extra.

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    April 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    The madela pump in style is a double electric pump that has battery pack.

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    Pregnancy blog
    May 2, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    organic pumpease is comfortable to use than using any other option.

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