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I’ve talked about these multiple times before, but I just cannot stress how much these have changed my life.
This is my favorite method of hands-free pumping because it not only allows me to continue working while pumping, it gives me hours of extra time to spend with my baby. I pump 5-6 times at work and at 15-20 minutes each, I save about 2 hours of wasted pumping time per day.
These cups are different than the freemie pumps! You do not have to buy a seperate pump to use these cups. This is simply a replacement for your standard flange, membrane, and bottle setup.
Each Freemie cup has a flange and valve built in so they totally feel like a normal pump. Instead of milk flowing into an attached bottle, the milk is collected into the cups that surround the flange. Even when filled to the max (8 oz!!), my bra has never had an issue supporting the cups or keeping them close to my breasts.
- Fully contained inside your shirt for discrete and easy pumping
- The collection cups have a built in notch where the tubing goes, so you don’t have to take the system apart to drain the milk. Just tip and pour into a bottle.
- Easier to drive while pumping! These have a low-profile design that stay out of your way while trying to drive.
- Gives you more time with your baby without having to take multiple pumping breaks.
- Easy to pump one side, while breastfeeding on the other. The flange and bottle setup doesn’t not get in the way and the freemie cup can easily slide into your bra while feeding Baby on the other side.
There are some down sides to this system, but I personally feel the plus sides far outweigh the minuses.
- First, if you lean forward too far, milk can get into the tubing. This is ultimately why I decided to use the Spectra over my Medela because it has a backflow prevention system, just in case.
- There are some reports of the cups leaking. I have used these hundreds of times now and have never once had this happen. When I first purchased them I did boil all the appropriate parts per the directions. I’m not sure if this is why I haven’t had any issues, or if other people may have gotten faulty parts. I would suggest buying them from a store with a good return policy just in case.
- The flange sizes are limited so if your specific flange size is not available, you will most likely not be able to use these.
- Finally, I don’t love how hard it is to see the milk inside the cups while pumping. This isn’t a huge issue since I’m at work and shouldn’t be looking down my shirt while pumping. However, I have had two instances now where I put the cup on crooked and didn’t collect a single drop of milk from one side. If the plastic was a little more clear, it would be easier to tell if you are getting any milk after a quick peek.
Overall, I could not imagine my life without these. Having these at work has been a truly invaluable experience.