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I guess you can call me a veteran pumper! I have definitely had my ups and downs with breastfeeding, pumping and oversupply. With my first, he would not latch and it was a continued struggle as I tried nipple shields and syringe feeding and nothing was working for him. I ultimately decided to exclusively pump and bottle feed. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it! As a mom of 2 now, I know how every pregnancy, baby and breastfeeding experience is totally different! I also happened to have an over supply with both kids, although it is much greater this time around.
Fast forward to today with my 6 month old, she has been a good latcher from the beginning. I just knew it was going to be a completely different experience. Oh, let’s not forget how I got mastitis with both kids in the first month as well. Talk about life being hard as a mom! This time, I decided to continue to pump as well as nurse so that I could donate my excess breast milk to infants in need. With my first, I decided to regulate my supply and it ultimately bit me in the butt because I dried up by the time he was 5 1/2 months. Thank goodness my freezer had a surplus for him!
Now more about that pumping life…at one point I was nursing every 2 hours and pumping every 3 hours around the clock. And with the strict pump accessory cleaning guidelines I had to follow for breast milk donation, there was a time my entire 24 hour day was spent nursing, pumping, cleaning my pump parts and starting all over again. Sometimes I wished I had several pump parts so that I could spend less time cleaning them and allow me to spend more time with my kids. I happen to own 3 pumps, but that still isn’t enough when you pump as often as I did.
Nowadays, I am down to pumping twice a day, once in the morning and once at night and then whenever I am away from my kids which is hardly ever. I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced and Hygeia Enjoye double electric breast pumps.
These Pumpables are compatible with several breast pump models including my Pump In Style. They are pretty similar to the Medela accessories. The only big difference I notice is that the flange/shield do not come apart and are all in one piece, making it easier to clean. The part where the nipple is extracted is also longer. They are also much more comfortable than any other breast pump shields I have ever used. They feel like nothing! Using my Pumpables with my amazing pumping bra makes pumping effortless!! Pumpables offers 3 different sizes and I found that the 24mm worked well for me. The best thing about them?? The price!! I know that most breast pump manufacturers recommend replacing pump parts every 3 months, so that means if you breastfeed for 1 year you will need to buy 3 additional sets within a year. With as much as the pump parts cost through the breast pump companies, you could buy a whole new breast pump. These Pumpables are affordable and compatible with many breast pumps.
I highly recommend Pumpables to any pumping moms!
* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.