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WOW! These REALLY ARE pain killers!
on May 4, 2012
Where do I begin??
For starters, I ordered the 3 pk. starter set from the actual website. For under $30 you receive a pair of ALL THREE sizes! This was the perfect option for me because I really wasn't sure which size I would need. I actually called a local boutique to see if they could help me decide on a size just by looking at my breasts. They are, after all, a PREGNANCY specialty boutique. They offered their assistance for a $30 fee! YIKES! I figured since I could simply order ALL THREE sizes for the same price as their "fitting consultation" I may as well do that.
Good Deal: check
After conversing with the owner of the company Jon, via email, he sent my order out right away. Seriously...I received these lifesavers, or breastfriends ;p THE NEXT DAY!!!!! Pretty sure that's NEVER happened before. The shipping was something like $5.60 so I certainly didn't pay for the speedy overnight service that I received.
Good Customer Service: check CHECK
I nursed exclusively from my left breast last night. Our son sleeps with us, and I often opt to sideline feed him so that I may fall back to sleep. I ended up "sidelining" him from the SAME breast ALL night! Needless to say I was ENGORGED this morning around 5am when I got up to test my new pumpin' pals. I have an average frame (size 8-10); however, I am very large busted (34G pre pregnancy and currently measuring 34L). I didn't even know Ls existed! Anyway..after boiling these bad boys as directed for about 8min or so, it was time to put them to the test. I started with the XL. Right away, I noticed a HUGE improvement in breast comfort. I read some reviews mentioning an issue with suctioning; however, such was not the case for me. My sister gifted me the Simple Wishes Hands Free Bra at my baby shower, and it works like a charm (even with the XL flange). The pumpin' pal never fell off or lost suction during my session; I tend to pump for 35 plus min. each time. I actually found myself switching to the Large halfway through this morning. I think I was just excited to test the difference between the two. I will say, the Large produced more milk at a faster rate; however, this may have been due to the fact that my milk was already flowing. I will start with the large tomorrow and update if a big difference occurs.
As far as the angled flange design is concerned, WHAT A RELIEF!!!! It makes all the difference in the world being able to RELAX while pumping. I was able to get 5oz in this first session from the ONE boob. Perhaps even more importantly, my neck and back weren't aching during and afterwards. Until I found these super shields, I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to continue to breast feed my son (only 7weeks old at the moment) for the desired year or two. Now, I feel this will be easily attainable.
Good Product: check check check (one for each size!)
In writing this review, I hope to help women like myself, find some relief. It is so special to be able to breastfeed. I truly believe it is a gift, one that I may now enjoy pain FREE.
Overall, I am completely satisfied with my purchase. I wish I had known about these earlier,