Whether you pump to stock your freezer, pump to increase your supply, or exclusively pump to feed your baby, I am about to rock your world.
WARNING: You’re about to see some boobies.
Back in December I wrote about this wonderful new product some friends were trying and how that was all I wanted for Christmas. Well my Christmas wish came true, husband gave me a set of Freemie collection cups for pumping breast milk and I’m here to tell you that they have changed my life!
Like many women, I previously had a love/hate relationship with pumping. Before Babe was born I had dreams of a freezer stash worthy of the zombie apocalypse. We even bought a deep freezer specifically to hold all the milk I was planning to pump. But after doing the pump-and-dump for the four days I was in the hospital, it was all I could do to produce enough to feed my baby, let alone build a stockpile. In the beginning I was told to pump to increase my supply (which I now know to be a complete waste of time because babies are far more efficient than pumps). When you have a high needs baby, it can be extremely difficult to pump because the baby wants to be held nearly all the time. So, when Babe was seven weeks old my life looked a little like this:
Do not let the hint of a smile fool you, this was no fun. Husband was taking this picture, I think, because it gave him an excuse to not have to hold the pump himself for a minute! Seriously, can anyone actually pull this off? I think not. Still, this was the recommendation from the LC at WIC (and the entire interwebs): pump while nursing since I had to hold Babe pretty much whenever she wasn’t nursing.
Now, I didn’t mind having to hold my baby all the time. She’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. What I did mind was having the pump in the background in every picture! For the first few months of Babe’s life the pump was always there – on standby, just in case I actually managed to find a way to squeeze some pumping in. (I didn’t.)
At first I attempted to pump after every feed. It was a disaster. I was an exhausted new Mom and I was wasting precious time that I could have been sleeping, eating, or showering. It was taking so much time, not just to get set up, but to pump one side and then the other side because I would need three hands to double-pump these ginormous boobs of mine! I tried a hands-free nursing bra – it was so tight and uncomfortable, I had to tear it off! I tried universal attachment that was supposed to angle the flanges down so I could sit back and relax – a complete joke. So I gave up. I just put the baby on the boob anytime she was awake and that worked better than pumping to increase my supply ever had. I said goodbye to my dreams of having a freezer stash and made my piece with life without a pump.
Then something wonderful happened. A friend mentioned that she was using this new pump that was making her life so much easier. She introduced me to the Freemie, concealable collection cups that make pumping an entirely different experience than you’ve ever seen before. It sounded too good to be true. This amazing product she’d found had her walking into stores while she was pumping – what?! I knew right away I wanted to try it and I dropped not-so-subtle hints to husband that I really hoped I would find a set of Freemie collection cups under the tree AND I DID!
I know I look exhausted here. This was the day we drove home from visiting our in-laws for Christmas. As soon as we arrived I changed into something comfy, tossed Babe at hubby, and got pumping. I had to see if it was as wonderful as I hoped. It really was! Now I am able to easily and comfortably pump anywhere! I can even pump in the car without drawing too much attention! There are far few pieces to worry about cleaning and assembling each time so it’s just generally less work to use.
So how does it work? You just place the collection cups in your bra, slip the tube into each cup, connect the other end of the tube to your pump, and ta-da – you’re FREEmie!!!
I love my Freemie and honestly can’t imagine pumping again without it!
Get your Freemie Cups for Medela pumps here!