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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.
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.