on October 3, 2009
I just discovered this hands free pumping device after the birth of my second child. I tried easy expressions, the pumping bra by la leche league, and made by moms pumping band with my first child. Don't waste your time trying them even if you can find them at discounted prices. These products all offer assistance, but are not hands free. It truly is a hands free product.
Here's what I love about it.
1. It will fit any woman's body perfectly and is adjustable, so as your body changes postpartum you will not need to buy another size. The front zipper panel allows you to adjust the placement of the breast shields and the panel in the back allows you to adjust the overall size. Amazing!
2. The fabric is soft and comes in a nice light pink color.
3. Believe it or not the bra actually supports bottles completely full of milk.
4. I don't use the straps, but it's a nice add for the woman who wants a little more support.
5. The packaging is so cute.
Above, I mentioned that I tried three other products with my first child.
Here's what I did not like about each of them.
1. If you are not lined up perfectly with the holes the bustier will not work for you.
2. There is no support at the top to prevent the breast shields from slipping down while pumping. OUCH!
3. I had to buy a medium and large size. Depending on my milk supply, I would alternate between the two sizes.
4. The packaging is horrible.
La Leche Leage
1. Nice idea, but offers absolutely no support of the bottles.
Made By Moms
1. Is somewhat supportive of the bottles but so stiff and uncomfortable.
on April 18, 2014
I literally could not pump as quickly or easily as I do at work without this bra. I have one that I keep in my pumping bag and just wash every weekend and return on Sunday night for the week.
A couple things to know/keep in mind:
1. For those who don't realize- everyone I know who has this does not wear it as a stand alone bra. I wear my nursing bra every day. Then when I need to pump at work I put this on over my nursing bra with the 'flaps' of the nursing bra positioned down. Once done pumping I take it off.
2. Sizing- it may seem weird that it can fit so many sizes but it is accurate. Between the extra zippered piece and the extenders this really fits all sizes.
3. Effectiveness- I pump three times a day Monday-Friday while I'm at work. It allows me to use the double pump and is really hands free. I typically hold the pump to me for the first few seconds of suction and then let go. Then I have both hands free to do whatever- including checking email, making phone calls, etc.
4. Longevity- this is well made, no question. It is not thin material but instead nice quality material that you can tell will continue to hold up well.
5. Coupon code- as one reviewer pointed out. Yes, when you receive the product there is a request for reviews on Amazon and if you do they will give you a few dollars off a second one. Here's the thing- it's a great product and I know lots of moms who use this product every day who love it and none of us have ever bought a second one using a coupon code or given reviews because of pressure due to a coupon code.
6. Compatibility- this will work with any breast pump that has flanges that can be placed in the bra- whether double, single, electric or hand. I have an Ameda Purely Yours double electric but I know several others who have Madela's and everything fits.
7. One gotcha- when using this make sure that you center the flange on yourself and that you feel the suction. I would recommend first pumping WITHOUT the bra to see how it feels. Then put the bra on and pump. The reason I say this is because if you don't have it centered and in securely the pump itself can break suction resulting is a loss of effective pumping. It also gives you an idea of exactly how large you need the bra and where the openings should be on you in order to hold your pump.
8. Number needed- I have one. I use it five days a week and don't feel the need to have numerous ones. Since it isn't worn for as long as a normal bra or in the same way by no means do I feel the need to have multiple. I know it's not the cheapest product considering you probably just bought nursing bras, breast pads, a pump, and everything else your baby needs but don't feel like you need multiple to get the benefit.
Overall this should be in every mom's pumping bag as it makes pumping as easy as it could possible be. I highly recommend this product!
I haven't had the best luck with finding a nursing bra. I tried the Medela for a day, it wasn't comfortable and the zipper broke after 2 uses. Then I did the whole home hack and cut holes in my sports bra. I used that for 6 months. Then after being back at work a few months and getting tired of having to remove my shirt and bra every time I decided I needed a better way. Having the bad experience with the Medela one turned me off to buying a pumping bra, but I'm SUPER glad I gave this one a chance. I'll elaborate on what makes this better than the Medela and why I am in love with it (I'm uploading a few pics that help).
-Perfect fit: This is what makes this the best bra out there. The other positives are just bonus. This had a few different features that will help almost anyone get a great fit. First, the back panel of the bra has a Velcro panel, so you can make it tighter or looser to fit perfect. I am a 36D right now, I ended up moving the sides in about an inch on each side and it fits perfect! There's also a small cloth section with a zipper on each side that you can zip into the middle. This will spread the nipple holes a little wider if your breasts are further apart. I didn't use this section, but I can imagine it would be helpful for some. With the Medela pumping bra there is no areas you can adjust. According to their sizing chart I was at the top end of a medium. I wondered if I should buy the large, but I figured I'd go with what their size chart said. It was a horrible fit! Medela has 6 different sizes! It's very hard to find the right size without going and trying them on.
-Flange holes: The cloth holding the flanges in place has vertical and horizontal sections. They stay in place very well. There's absolutely no slipping. I can also squeeze my one piece Medela flange through the hole, which I couldn't with the Medela pumping bra. The Medeal bra has a small circular hole, which isn't nearly as great of a design.
-Straps: This bra has optional straps. I haven't put them on yet, but I think I will. I would like having the little added support.
-Reversible: This bra can be used with the zipper either going down to up, or up to down. There are bra strap clips on the top and bottom. I like wearing it with the zipper going from the bottom up because it's easiest to do since I'm used that. But, the package says if you want to use manual pressure to get more milk out, you do the zipper reversed, unzip it a little way and then you can compress your breasts to get extra milk out.
-Material: This is extremely soft and comfortable!
-NONE!!! Well, I guess price can be considered a negative. But, with how much money that I would spend on formula, spending a few bucks extra on a good bra is worth it.
Let me start off by addressing something I read in a review. With my bra received a coupon to buy a 2nd bra for half off (plus $5 shipping) if I wrote a review. There was nothing saying it had to be a positive review. It would cost me about $24 for a second one (if I remember right). I chose not to buy another because I don't feel like I need 2 of them. But someone had said they would get a free one if they wrote a positive review. Maybe that was the case and now it's changed, I don't know. But, I'm writing a good review because it's a good product, not because I get a free bra.
Next, it took me a few tries to figure out how to get the bra and parts on and in the right spot. I had problems with my sports bra method with getting the breast shield directly over my nipple (I know it's almost TMI, but we're all breastfeeding moms, right?). With this one I tried a few methods. I've figured out that I like putting the bra on and zipping it up half way. Then I stick the skinny part of the breast shield through the hole on the inside and then center it over where it needs to go. Then I do the other side, center it over. Then I zip it up the rest of the way. I've always had great placement this way. This method doesn't work for my all-in-one breastpump supplies, but I don't use those quite as much.
Overall, if you are going to be pumping, whether it's a little or a lot, I recommend this! I can now wear my nursing bra, unhook it, put this pumping bra on top and then when I'm done I unhook and I'm good to go. This saves me a massive amount of time!
on December 12, 2009
I bought 2 of these from Amazon and it was so much better than what I was using before. This is a really well designed and thought product. That is why I was surprised when I found this piece of Velcro was sown inside with the cloth and hence rubbed against my back causing pain (you know what can happen when velcro rubs against skin). I figured out a way to use it without it hurting me but I still wanted to call the company and give them my feedback because I thought this was otherwise such a neat product. Anyways, I called the company and left a message in their voice mail. I got a call back the same day. Apparently, there were some made with this Velcro problem which they had removed from their stock but somehow Amazon had not removed theirs. Without my asking they said that they would send me 2 without the Velcro problem for free. And I got them the next day by FedEx. So, great product and customer service. The only caution is that Amazon may still be carrying the wrong ones. Hopefully, they would be removed from stock soon.
on June 24, 2013
After buying the product, I was disappointed to see that it included a coupon for another bra IF YOU WRITE A GREAT REVIEW of the product on Amazon.
Customers should know if the reviews they are reading are such because they get a kickback from the company. I bought the bra based on the raving reviews. The bra is not as fantastic as everyone says it is.
on May 19, 2011
Cut 2 holes out of old sports bra. Voila! A cheaper, better fitting, better looking alternative to this overpriced product.
on April 9, 2013
Really, I DO NOT understand the hype & why ANYONE would give this 5 stars, but there are so few truly useful & well-designed products out there for pumping moms, I suppose people are pleased that there's anything at all for to address the "hands-free" need.
First of all, this thing is falling off, even though I fall well within the sizing window, so I will be using ONE HAND to constantly hike it back up as it scuttles down my chest every few minutes. (Sure, there are straps, but the point is that the sizing is terribly loose and therefore provides an inadequte hold on the pump's phlanges, The straps actually make that angle worse.) WHY DID THEY USE SUCH A STRETCHY FABRIC? All it does is give! (I am a 38-D BTW, so don't tell me to get the S/M.)
I will be using my SECOND HAND to press one pump phlange to my breast, since this bra does not actually serve that function. The phlange is barely holding on, so the pump cannot achieve any real suction and pumping feels like a light tickle. Since I'm sitting down in a chair, the milk dumps back down the phlange and down my chest, soaking my pants. Sure, some of it is getting into the bottle, but a bunch is pooling into the phlange and ultimately getting soaked into my clothes. Here;s the kicker: the REST is staying in my breast! This bra prevents one from actually draining her breast. It also applies an awkward downward pressure on the nipple, which can't be good for about half the ducts. Maybe if I gave it an hour this could help me drain a breast =but I'd have lost so much milk into my clothes it's not worth it when every drop counts.
This means I need a THIRD HAND if I hope to pump both at once, which is too bad, because I needed my third hand to hold my newborn-who-needs-to-be-held and my FOURTH HAND to address anything else that might happen, like a phone ringing or my toddler needing something. At this point, I am short two hands and far from hands-free, so I won't even get into how I can't get anything else done.
If I had the four hands (above-mentioned) and were willing to squat in a forward-leaning position so that milk wouldn't get wasted and if I were willing to accept the notion of leaving much milk in my breast (which will affect my supply), I might be willing to give this product two stars. But as it stands, I give it one star because zero stars is not an option. I also think it deserves some credit because the pink bra color would be pretty to someone who likes pink (I don't happen to) and because this manufacturer bothered to attempt to address the need for a hands-free pumping scenario, even though this is not a solution.
For all the women I know who poke holes in sports bras to serve this purpose (which is what I am going to do as soon as I wash this and drop it off for donation), I'm AWFULLY suspicious that there are no reviews for this with fewer than three stars. That's fishy.
UPDATE after 45 minutes of pumping: I've been able to collect less than half of what I'd normally pump in a session, although a normal session would be about 30 minutes. I gave this bra 45 minutes just to get half (keep in mind that some was lost down my chest and soaked into my pants, as described. The phlange has slid down my nipple and has hot-dogged the top of it as a result of the constant downward pull of the stretchy, loose fabric. This is unacceptable. Who are all these people giving it five stars?!?! I find that astounding.
on September 9, 2015
Wow!! Definitely buy this! After doing a LOT of research on the best hands-free bra, I arrived at the decision to purchase this one. I initially bought the Medela Easy Expressions bra at a local store and was a) appalled by the small sizing and b) shocked that it wasn't adjustable. Simple Wishes is definitely the way to go. There is a ton of room to make this fit your body and adjust it as things change over time. You can't tell from the photos, but there is a velcro piece on the back that lets you adjust the girth, it also comes with a section to add to the zipper in the front to accommodate different widths between your breasts.
on September 27, 2009
I consider this item in my CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT category. I don't understand why this bra is not sold in every baby store, right next to the pump. I can't believe how many weeks I spent pumping, bored out of my mind because I couldn't move my mouse or type on my keyboard, hold a phone to my ear, frustrated because I couldn't even scratch my face...this thing is a complete lifesaver. In fact, as I write this review, I am pumping! And now I never pump without it! And of all the pumping bras out there, this one is THEE BEST. I've seen two other brands, and they don't seem as comfortable or "made for everybody". Whatever size/shape you are, this bra will fit! You can adjust the circumference of the bra not only with the zipper inset in the front, but also with the velcro strips at the back (which are so sturdy and never pull off on their own). So because the back of it is all velcro, you can adjust the bra by I'd say 5-7 inches narrower or wider depending on your preference. I've fluctuated a lot since buying this bra, and I can adjust it as I need to. I started at about a 36C postpartum, and now I'm about my old size which is a 32 or 34B. I got the S/M size and it fits perfect. I'm normally in clothes, a size 2 (at my smallest) - 8 (at my largest), and this bra has changed with me and has always been comfortable. The material is a microfiber, so it's really soft and not itchy at all.
These make the best baby shower gifts and the packaging that it comes in is very pretty and feminine. I'm ordering another one for myself to keep at work when I pump.