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Willow Pump: Worth the Bucks?

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Willow Pump: Worth the Bucks?

If you’re a mom who pumps frequently, particularly a working mom, then the answer is YES!

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out one of the hottest new gadgets for mom…the Willow Pump! Thank you to Willow for sending it to me! This post is not sponsored, it’s just my two cents after having the chance to use Willow over a period of several months.

Using Willow pump in the makeup chair at a photo shoot. This would not be possible with a traditional pump!

Using Willow pump in the makeup chair at a photo shoot. This would not be possible with a traditional pump!

This is the Willow 1.0, which retails for $429.99 new. The latest version, the Willow 2.0, retails for $499.99. Because of the steep price tag and the fact that this pump is not covered by some insurers, moms are all asking the question, “Is it really worth the money?”

My answer is YES! But I have some caveats. Read on to see why I’m recommending the Willow Pump to breastfeeding moms.

Willow Gives You Freedom

One of the biggest issues I have with a traditional style pump is how limited you are during pumping. You can’t even hold your baby! Sammi and I had a difficult journey with breastfeeding, and I was pumping anywhere from 4-6 times a day for the first eight months of our breastfeeding journey. During this time, I was super limited. I had to be stuck in one spot, physically hooked up to this very restrictive machine during pumping. It was difficult to fit in a workout, errands, doctor appointments, household chores, and social engagements and stick to a pumping schedule. Once I was back to work, it would have been impossible to find places to pump on set tethered to a traditional pump. Because Willow fits in my bra, I was able to use it without issue! And with the Willow pump, you can do a wide variety of activities! You can even hold your baby while you pump. Imagine that!

Willow Stimulates Your Supply

One of my biggest concerns with trying Willow was getting adequate stimulation. The main reason that I continued to pump so frequently was in order to stimulate my supply, and I wanted to be sure that such a slick device was really going to give me the stimulation I needed. I was very pleased to find that Willow does deliver on this! I was able to get the same amount of milk (or more) than with my traditional pump! If you’re worried about maintaining your supply, Willow is a great option for you!

Willow Fits in Your Purse

This might not seem like a big deal. But it’s one of the most important factors about Willow that I think moms need to consider. Having to cart around a traditional pump for a year or more is a major lifestyle impediment. Whether for trips, or getting around town, or just going to-and-from your office, being able to travel light really affects your experience as a new mom. (Read my post on infant travel to learn more about my traveling light philosophy). Because Willow fits so easily into your bag, it’s much easier to sustain this aspect of your breastfeeding journey while also allowing you to balance other areas of your life.

As I mentioned, I do have some caveats to mention in regards to this device, which is a major purchase for most moms. If you are one of the lucky ones for whom breastfeeding has come easy and you don’t find yourself needing to pump very often, you’re probably okay without the Willow. If you are fine hanging at home and able to breastfeed frequently, you probably don’t need the Willow. And if the restrictions of traditional pumping don’t chafe at you and suck out your life force, like they did for me for eight months, then you probably don’t need the Willow.

What do you think—are you taking the plunge and trying Willow? Let me know in the comments!

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Best Nursing Bras for Busy Moms

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Best Nursing Bras for Busy Moms

When you're a new mom, and a nursing mom, it can be really easy to feel like you're losing your identity. Whatever you did before becoming a mom, you now suddenly exist only to make milk for your perfect, albeit grouchy little piglet of a baby. In my experience, the opportunities for comfort and self care can be few and far between.

But there's good news! Finding great pieces designed to support a nursing mom can really go a long way to making you feel more like yourself. These pieces make the process of whipping out your boob on demand much easier, while also allowing you to express your identity as a woman through fashion. Remember that?!?!

I've rounded up a few of my favorite pieces for different types of activities below. Keep up with me on Instagram, where I'm always sharing new pieces and motherhood essentials that I'm discovering along the way.

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Love and Fit Strappy Back Nursing Sports Bra

Love and Fit Strappy Back Nursing Sports Bra

Kindred Bravely Marvella Classic Maternity & Nursing Underwire Free T-Shirt Bra

Kindred Bravely Marvella Classic Maternity & Nursing Underwire Free T-Shirt Bra

Medela Women's Slimming Nursing Cami with Removable Pads

Medela Women's Slimming Nursing Cami with Removable Pads

Medela Women's Slimming Nursing Cami with Removable Pads

Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra

What pieces are getting you through this phase of life? Leave a comment below to let me know!

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