I was provided with a product sample to facilitate my review, however the opinions and experiences expressed here are my own. Please seek out your local La Leche League and or a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant IBCLC (certified part is important) to help with nursing and pumping concerns.
My first son and I went home after an induction, an emergency c-section and 5 days in the hospital. Breastfeeding was going great until he was ‘ordered’ formula by our pediatrician (we have a new pediatrician). I later learned that he was experiencing nipple confusion. For some babies changing their oral motor skills from the breast to a synthetic nipple can be confusing and frustrating. It often causes latching and unlatching with fussiness at the breast and did so for us. I was given instructions by the hospital lactation consultant over the telephone to “pump before every feeding to cause let down”….and wow, my son was nursing very very frequently so I was constantly pumping too. I was sore, cracked and bleeding and dreaded the pump. I sat holding the breast shields to myself late one night… leaning forward so the milk went into the bottle and not down my stomach thinking…wow, this is awful! I WISH I had a hands-free pumping bra from the start!!
It wasn’t until my 3rd son, and 3rd exclusively breastfed child that I purchased my first Simple Wishes hands-free bra. I first thought…there is no way this could work….little did I know that this would change pumping forever for me making it an effortless, enjoyable and great experience!! How did I live without this before? I now consider pumping a break! I can pump totally hands free and check e-mails, chat on facebook or shop online…all while pumping!! I even do my paperwork at work, eliminating the need for me to decrease my productivity for pumping sessions.
So, I wanted to share my amazing find and break down how a pumping bra works for you. The simple wishes hands free bra comes in 6 easy to assemble parts. Once you have your bra set up, it can stay that way. If you lose or gain weight, or your bust changes size along with supply or after the first few weeks when engorgement is common….it’s totally adjustable and personalizable!!
Each bra comes with 2 side panels, 2 straps, 1 optional strip with zippers to widen the front, and a back panel to adhere the side panels too. See the shiny part on the bra photographed here? It’s a not-so-scratchy velcro type material, that can be unhooked and reused as needed to adjust the size and fit of the bra. The signature bra comes in the black photographed here, and in the pink below. I have washed and used my pink bra over and over and it still works and looks great.
When preparing my pumping supplies for work, I assemble my tubing and breast shields with either a bottle or bag and pack this setup in a reusable zippered bag. This not only saves time, but also limits handling the bottles and possibly contaminating them (I work in health care and am always exposed to illnesses). After I turn my pump on, I can use my hands to do paperwork, make phone calls, eat and check my ipad (if I’m breaking of course!). Because the Affordable Care Act (legislation that has made breast pumps accessible to Moms through insurance) mandates that employers give pumping time to employees (but not pay employees for it outside of regular breaks and a lunch), being able to work and pump can help Moms stay productive/on the clock at work, and pump the food my baby needs! Read more about Pumping and Returning to work here.
What could you do while pumping hands free? Or, if you’re returning to work, how could a hands free bra help you? Here’s a great video from Simple Wishes demonstrating the bra! There is a great giveaway below, one winner will be chosen and prize awarded from Sime Wishes. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!