When I’m asked to review something that I can’t test with my own family, I turn to my Facebook page and offer my readers a guest review opportunity.
These guest reviewers (a.k.a. parents) receive the products for free and get to keep them in exchange for their honest reviews. Like my own reviews on Mommy Gearest, receiving a product does not automatically earn a positive review.
divaLeanne, a first-time mother to a marvelous little diva-baby, got to try the Pump Strap hands-free pumping bra. With an appreciation for integrity, Leanne prides herself on being honest (sometimes too honest), in everything she does. A Jacquie of all trades, she currently works from home, managing her own marketing/PR company.
Seems appropriate to post this on the last day of World Breastfeeding Week.
As a working mother, my time is not only disorganized, but very limited.
Gone are the days of having 20-minute “Hey, how are you?” chats with clients, family or friends, usually due to a hungry baby letting me know it’s time to be fed/changed/entertained.
I’m fortunate to have the help of my mother on Tuesdays and Thursdays who’ll often walk in to witness me cradling my baby in one arm to feed her, holding the phone in the crook of my neck, and typing on my laptop with my free hand. (Not so easy when she’s feeding on the right).
I’ve got to maximize my efficiency and the term “multitasking” has never been more relevant (or challenging).
As a nursing mother to a five-month-old, I’ve noticed a change in my milk production. Up until a few weeks ago, pumping out a four- to six-ounce bottle in the morning after the first feeding was a 15-minute endeavour; however, recently, the supply’s not been there and now 15 minutes gets me an ounce.
I can’t afford the time that it takes to sit there, pumping away, idly watching the television while holding my boob in one hand and the bottle in the other.
Enter The Nursing Mother’s Hands-Free Pump Strap.
Initially, I didn’t think it would be able to do the job – supporting my breast while holding the bottle in place and actually getting milk to come out – but I was pleasantly surprised. I sat there (grudgingly) watching an episode of Wonder Pets, while my right breast was being pumped – hands-free! I didn’t know what to do with my hands as I watched the milk drip into the bottle and listened to “the team” save The Rat Pack.
A few minor adjustments here and there of the suction flange position, and everything was good to go.
It’s lightweight, convenient and fits easily into a handbag; simple to put on, too.
Currently, it’s only available in the generic Caucasian skin-tone colour, but I don’t think this really matters since I’m not sure that this is something one would wear every day, under clothing, considering the slits for the nipples really make them stick out (unless you’re into the kinky look).
Not a gaffe per se, but it would certainly be an improvement to include a small pocket on the side for those who have (or, in my case, wish we had), a portable electric pump, making the entire system completely mobile.
Although it fit me pretty well, some supportive cups would be nice. When I’m engorged, I’m up to a D-cup and find that I usually have to hold and squeeze my breast while pumping to maximize the milk. Perhaps pockets with some removable padding would work nicely.
So…where can you buy it?
- From Pump Strap (who will ship anywhere in the world)
- If you live in California, you can get it at The Maternal Connection retail store at the El Camino Women’s Hospital