Can we keep it real? Yes we can! In real life, in store, we've got you covered.
It has been 20 years since I used a breast pump. A lot has changed in those years; my 20" long baby is now 72" long, my phone is so much more than a phone and my computer no longer sits only on a desk.
But, the breast pump that I had then? Yep. It's still on the market and most of the women who we talk with in the shop still use them.
They look something like this. And, yes, the phone in her hand has a cord. There's on called the Pump in Style......(you can stop laughing now)
Okay, it got a little better. You could move around the house...with bottles hanging off your breasts and..a glass of wine, looking like something out of a sci-fi movie.
Today, at long last, there are other options, and from our conversations IRL with moms who have used them, they are better. (Okay, honestly, could they be worse?)
They do not come cheap. But. Define cheap.
- What is your time worth?
- What is your comfort worth?
- How many days will you be pumping?
- How many times a day?
- Might you be driving down the freeway with bottles hanging off your breasts? (Yes, you might.)
- Might you have to sequester yourself to bathrooms, restrooms and broom closets to pump?
Consider the below.
These are not endorsements, we are not receiving any compensation of any sort from anyone and we don't sell these We're just passing along the words of wisdom from the amazing women who frequent our stores.
And the winners are:
Look Ma, no hands! No noise! And, yeah, you look a little bustier while pumping, but, hey, that's why we have scarves and ruanas right?
Also no hands, no noise! Ditto looking like Pamela Anderson. Ditto loose tops and ruanas. One note from clients is that you have to purchase "willow bags". But still a giant leap for womankind.
We first heard about Freemie years ago. Their version does not come with an app, but is mobile and bottleless. And is half the price of the above.
Honorable mention-manual pump. We've heard a few people mention this, and for the more casual pumping mom this might be worth looking into?
For our money (and, yeah, we're not pumping, so it's easy to say) and from the moms who shop IRL at Mom's the Word, the word is that getting one of the above is something that anyone who can do should do.
Why? Because it makes a mom life so much better and that's what we are all about.
Because, at the end of the day, mom's the word:)