My experience with using a traditional pump to express breast milk after my first pregnancy with Mole was no fun. The whole process felt like a tedious chore. I was lucky enough to have an electric pump, but, I was constantly tied down to it as it had to be plugged in. The loud pumping noise drove my partner insane and I ended up giving up with it.
This time, I was determined to not only make expressing breast milk work for us, but most importantly, to enjoy it too.
After hours and hours of research into finding a pump that would work for us, I came across the Elvie Breast Pump. Every website I checked said it was sold out or they had a waiting list for a few weeks. Well instead of putting me off this intrigued me even further.
Why was it constantly sold out? Is it really that good?
The clean modern and sleek design compared to current breast pumps on the market made it look a whole lot more attractive. In a similar way of having the latest iPhone compared to an old Nokia. In fact, it looks so modern that it doesn’t even look like a breast pump.
- Small, compact and lightweight
- Fits inside a nursing bra
- Revolutionary silent technology
- Five parts and no tubes, cords or wires
- Closed system for maximum hygiene
- Two modes: Stimulation and Expression
- Seven intensity settings
- Smart app
- Comes with: one hub (the pump mechanism), two bottles (5oz/150ml, BPA free), two different sized breast shields, two valves, two spouts, two seals, two storage lids, two bra adjusters, a USB charging cable and a carry bag
Elvie Pump is the world’s first silent wearable breast pump, giving you more freedom and mobility while you pump
Double electric breast pump for hands-free expressing at home, at work or on-the-go
Small and lightweight to fit discreetly inside your nursing bra so you can pump anytime, anywhere
I was sold.
The product arrived with minimal packaging (something I am big on now), with very few pieces to set up.
I just had to download the app and connect everything together.
The pump easily fits inside your nursing bra. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is completely discreet as the on button lights up through your top. The pump was so comfortable that you can barely feel it working. The best part is, you can get up and carry on with jobs around the house of like me, see to your toddler and newborn without even giving pumping a second thought.
Cleaning the pump is no problem too. The non-electrical parts can be put in the dishwasher and sterilised.
- Track milk volume
- Pumping history for each breast
- Control the pump remotely (changing intensity, pausing or restarting).
Downside of the Elvie Breast Pump
The price. Currently costing £249.00, the Elvie Breast Pump is one of the most expensive breast pumps on the market. And that is just for one pump.
Another downside to the Elvie Breast Pump that I disappointingly experienced was, when the pump started to fill up over half way, the milk would leak out onto my top. I put it down to me moving around. A shame when being able to be portable is one of the pumps biggest selling points but if you do move around then it leaks out.
I then tried the pump with a smaller breast shield and whilst sitting down and it still leaked out all over my top.
The measurements of milk on the app were off. Sometimes the app would claim it is full when it was not.
Although the pump claims to be silent, you can still hear it switched on pumping away over the TV on a medium volume.
I love the Elvie Breast Pump. The smart technology was extremely helpful for me to track how well I was producing milk, very important for me whilst I was exclusively expressing.
Although I would not feel confident using this pump at work (teaching a class of students) due to the noise or the leaking issue, I still love how the pump fits discreetly into your bra. It is so convenient to use, I doubt I would have ever been able to have exclusively expressed for so long with a toddler around without this pump.