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My breastfeeding journey was rocky. The Freemie breast pump helped immensely because we had periods where I exclusively pumped. In fact, it’s safe to say that the Freemie breast pump saved my breastfeeding journey and was so helpful as a work-at-home mom.
To help other moms in their breastfeeding journey, here’s my honest review of the Freemie breast pump.
Freemie breast pump review
I received the Freemie Independence through my insurance company. Not all breast pump companies offer this as an option. I went through Edgepark and didn’t have to pay anything to get it. You can also purchase a Freemie breast pump from various retailers.
For answers to other questions about pumping with Freemie, so my post titled How long does it take to pump with Freemie.
Freemie breast pump pros
- Hand-free pumping without having to wear a hands-free pumping bra. Finding the right bra is hard enough without adding criteria to it. Freemie sat inside of all my nursing bras and nursing tanks with ease. I also didn’t have to change outfits or bras to pump, which was great for this busy work-at-home mom.
- Each cup can hold up to 8 ounces. I was an overproducer in the morning and my Medela couldn’t hold my full pump. That meant switching out cups midway through and generally a mess. I loved how Freemie could capture all my morning milk, which was generally 8 ounces from one side and 6 ounces for the other.
- The battery-powered pump allowed me to get stuff done while pumping. I could start a load of laundry, change my son’s diaper or get my work done in a place that was convenient for me. I wasn’t tied down to being wherever my power cord was. Plus, the rechargeable battery pack meant no added costs of buying batteries regularly.
- Dishwasher safe. Not all parts of the Freemie are dishwasher safe but the main plastic parts are. I just ran it through the dishwasher instead of boiling or otherwise disinfecting it, which was convenient.
- The small size of the pump makes it light and portable. I could easily clip the pump portion of the Freemie to my waistband as I was getting stuff done while pumping.
Freemie breast pump cons
- Assembly has to be just right or the suction is low. Especially as my Freemie aged, this became more and more of a problem.
- It isn’t all that discreet. The cups are large, which in some ways is good because they hold tons of milk if you’re a high producer. But for trying to conceal the fact that you’re pumping, this is not great. I generally wear a sweatshirt over top when trying to conceal things more. I’ve pumped in a sports stadium and around my in-laws with no shame, awkward looks or strange questions.
- The cost of replacing parts is significantly higher than other breast pump parts. I hope Freemie improves this soon because I couldn’t afford the $70 for all new cups after using the pump for a year.
Is Freemie dishwasher safe?
While the manufacturer recommends hand washing the breast pump, I did not experience any setbacks from placing my pump parts in the dishwasher. However, I will say, be very careful about where you put the parts in your dishwasher as I did lose a $28 part to it falling from the rack and melting. Always place them in a basket designed for small parts, such as the silverware basket.
While it isn’t perfect, the Freemie is an affordable hands-free pumping option for work-at-home moms. The breast pump is especially helpful for moms who exclusively pump and bottle feed their baby. I paired my Freemie with the Avent Natural Bottles to keep our breastfeeding journey alive when things got rough.