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Go Hands-Free! Busy Moms Need a Wearable Breast Pump

April 19, 2024

Tailored for busy moms on the move – which, let’s be honest, is all moms – wearable breast pumps (sometimes known as “hands-free”) can be a game-changer for breastfeeding moms. If you’re an expecting mother seeking convenience while pumping, you’ve landed in the right place. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) provides a range of wearable breast pumps covered in part or in full by insurance.

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Choosing a breast pump that best fits your needs can be overwhelming so let the breast pump experts at EHCS help. We’ll also walk you through some popular hands-free brands (Willow, Elvie, Medela, and Lansinoh), how to use a hands-free breast pump,˜ and answer common FAQs to ensure you have all the information you need. Let’s dive into this exciting journey of hands-free pumping!

Why Wearable Breast Pumps are Perfect for Busy Moms

Every mother knows how crucial it is to have a reliable breast pump. If you’re looking for convenience and flexibility, a hands-free breast pump is your perfect solution. Let’s explore why it’s the ideal choice for busy moms like you.

With a hands-free breast pump, you can multitask and make the most of your time. Whether you’re working, catching up on household chores, or simply relaxing, a hands-free breast pump lets you continue with your daily activities while expressing milk. The convenience it offers is unrivaled. Unlike traditional breast pumps that require you to be stationary, a hands-free pump allows you to move around freely.

Moreover, a hands-free breast pump helps maintain your milk supply. Regular pumping is essential to stimulate milk production and ensure a steady flow. With a hands-free pump, you can easily incorporate pumping sessions into your daily routine without disrupting your schedule.

At EHCS, we understand the needs of busy moms like you. That’s why we offer a range of hands-free breast pumps that are designed to provide comfort, efficiency, and convenience. Our pumps are equipped with advanced features, such as adjustable suction levels and customizable settings, to ensure a personalized pumping experience tailored to your preferences.

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What’s the difference between a wearable breast pump and a hands-free breast pump?

Wearable and hands-free breast pumps offer distinct advantages and cater to different preferences and lifestyles. Wearable breast pumps, like the Willow Go and Lansinoh Wearable, are typically compact and discreet devices designed to be worn inside a bra, offering mobility and convenience for multitasking moms. These pumps are quiet and allow for discreet pumping even in public settings. On the other hand, hands-free breast pumps such as the Elvie Stride and Medela hands-free pumps are often worn with a pumping bra or other hands-free accessories and offer convenience through their portability. Hands-free pumps may have more features and pumping power suitable for longer or more frequent pumping sessions. You might prefer a hands-free pump if efficiency and output are more important than extreme portability. Ultimately, the choice between wearable and hands-free breast pumps depends on the mom’s needs, lifestyle, and priorities, whether seeking portability and discretion or focusing on efficiency and performance.

Choosing the Right Wearable Breast Pump

When it comes to selecting a wearable or hands-free breast pump, it’s essential to consider various factors to ensure you find the best fit for your needs. Let’s delve into the comparison of top pump brands, the factors to consider when making a decision, and the importance of balancing cost and features.

Comparing different brands can help you identify the one that suits your requirements the most. While all of our breast pumps are high quality, it’s crucial to consider your specific needs and preferences. Our hands-free breast pumps are designed with innovative features to enhance convenience and comfort during pumping sessions.

When making a decision, remember to consider factors such as suction strength, noise level, ease of use, and portability. Our hands-free breast pumps offer adjustable suction levels, ensuring optimal milk expression without discomfort. Additionally, our pumps operate quietly, allowing you to pump discreetly wherever you are. With their compact and lightweight design, they are perfect for busy moms on the go.

While cost is an important consideration, it should not be the only deciding factor. Instead, focus on the features that are most important to you. Our hands-free breast pumps offer exceptional value for their price, with a range of features to make your pumping experience efficient and comfortable.

Choose a hands-free breast pump that aligns with your needs and lifestyle. We understand the importance of finding the right pump to support your breastfeeding journey, and our team is dedicated to providing you with the best options available. Explore our range of hands-free breast pumps today and discover the perfect fit for you.


Available Wearable & Hands-Free Breast Pumps

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Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump
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The Elvie Stride is an ultra-quiet, hands-free breast pump that sits under your clothing, offering more mobility and discretion. Elvie Stride gives you back control…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are wearable pumps as effective as traditional pumps?

Absolutely! Today’s wearable and hands-free breast pumps are designed to provide the same level of effectiveness as traditional pumps. They use innovative technology that allows you to express milk without the need for manual pumping. The suction power and efficiency of hands-free pumps are comparable to traditional pumps, ensuring that you can express milk efficiently and comfortably.

Can I use a wearable pump while on the go?

Definitely! One of the major advantages of wearable breast pumps is their portability and convenience. You can easily use a hands-free pump while on the go, whether you are running errands, traveling, or working. With no cords or tubes to worry about, you can discreetly and comfortably pump milk wherever you are, making it a convenient option for busy moms.

How do I clean and maintain my wearable pump?

Cleaning and maintaining your hands-free pump is essential for proper hygiene and optimal performance. You can easily clean the detachable parts of your wearable breast pump with warm soapy water or in the dishwasher. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and sterilizing the pump. Regular maintenance, such as checking for wear and tear, replacing parts when necessary, and ensuring proper storage, will help prolong the lifespan of your wearable pump.

Are hands-free breast pumps covered by insurance?

Yes, hands-free and wearable breast pumps are often covered partially or entirely by many insurance policies. Apply online now or email breastpumps@myehcs.com if you’re interested in which breast pumps your insurance covers. Please note that wearable breast pumps are often considered a deluxe pump and may require an upgrade fee. Not all insurance policies permit upgrades.


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Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

September 20, 2023

You’ve gone to the trouble of pumping breast milk so don’t waste that liquid gold. Learn more about breast milk storage to ensure you’re serving up safe pumped breast milk.

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Welcome, new moms and seasoned pros alike, to a topic that’s as precious as it is practical: storing pumped breast milk. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you already know the incredible benefits of breast milk for your baby’s health and development. And if you’re navigating the world of breast pumping, you’re likely finding that your “liquid gold” can sometimes feel more like a science experiment.

Fear not! We’re here to simplify the process and help you make sure that every precious drop of your breast milk is safely stored and ready to nourish your little one whenever they need it. Whether you’re pumping to build a freezer stash, preparing for a return to work, or just looking for some handy storage tips, we’ve got you covered.

Using stored breast milk might seem like a straightforward task, but there are some guidelines that can make the process clearer. Whether you’re planning a night out, heading back to work, or just want to let someone else share in the joy of feeding your little one, we’ve got your back.

Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

Freshly pumped milk
Room temperature: up to 4 hours
Refrigerator: up to 4 days
Freezer: 6-12 months

Thawed, previously frozen
Room temperature: up to 2 hours
Refrigerator: up to 24 hours
Freezer: never refreeze breast milk after it’s been thawed

Left over from a feeding (meaning your baby did not finish bottle)
Room temperature: use within 2 hours after baby has finished eating
Refrigerator: use within 2 hours after baby has finished eating
Freezer: do not freeze

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Ready to use that breast milk? Take note of these general guidelines to ensure that your baby’s milk is served up properly!

Thawing frozen breast milk for immediate use

Warm the milk by running warm water over the bag or bottle and use it within the next 24 hours.

Warming refrigerated breast milk

Warm the milk by running warm water over the bag or bottle until it’s at room temperature.

Note: Never thaw or heat breast milk in the microwave.


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The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Proper Storage and Preparation of Breast Milk


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Maintaining or Increasing Milk Supply While Working

June 10, 2023

Nursing is more than just providing nourishment for your baby; it is a time for bonding. Transitioning from being home to working again can be a difficult time for both you and your baby. Continuing nursing after going back to work can help with the transition of being apart during the work day.

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Returning to work will mean baby is at breast less, and you will likely have to pump to maintain your milk supply. It is recommended to express milk or pump every three hours while away from your baby. At first you may need to express/pump more frequently if you start to leak or feel uncomfortable. Full breasts and engorgement can slow milk production and are signs you may need to pump more often. Breasts are never truly empty of milk, so pumping and removing even small amounts of milk will increase production.

When you are with your baby, allow him/her to nurse on demand. The “in-between” comfort feeds can help your milk production. Once you are back to work, the first few weeks your baby will likely increase night-time feeds to make up for the lack of nursing during the day. Breastfeeding at night can help increase milk production since prolactin, the hormone that encourages milk production, is higher during night-time feedings. Breastfeeding on demand over the weekends and evening hours can help rebuild your supply, especially if you’ve noticed it decreasing when pumping during the week.

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Increasing Milk Supply

 

  • Adding one more pumping session can help with supply; a 5-minute pumping session is better than not pumping at all. If the pumping session you added is not producing milk, continue to pump at the same time each day, and within a few days you will see your supply gradually increase because pumping stimulates milk production.
  • Ideally, each pumping session should be about 15 minutes on each breast. Continue to pump for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk come out. (Worried about how to store and use your pumped milk? Check out this post.)
  • Try cluster pumping instead of pumping or nursing every few hours. Sit down with your pump and baby, and switch between nursing and pumping every half hour for several hours.
  • Breast compressions can help stimulate let-downs when pumping and will help to thoroughly drain all milk from the ducts. While pumping, use one hand to massage breast from the armpit towards the nipple, gradually increasing the pressure and finishing with a few firm squeezes of your breast.

Remember it will take time to increase your supply; it will not happen overnight. Maintaining proper hydration, nutrition, and rest are just as important as frequently pumping and nursing to increase your milk supply.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregnancy-weight-gain.htm
• https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/pregnancy-weight-gain/
• https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm


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