Reviewed by Maura Keating
This review has been brought to you by the (divine?) intervention of the product that I am reviewing. Hallelujah! My hands are completely free!
Last year, I reviewed the Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump and I loved it–I still love it. The pump is light, portable, and rechargeable. The breast shields have fewer pieces and are easy to clean. But the hands-free contraption that comes with the pump never quite worked for me. When I am at work, I have to pump at least twice a day, and after a while, I gave up the long process that was required to use the Medela pump hands free. It was easier and less stressful to stare at a wall. All that time staring at walls got me thinking–and wishing there was a product that would enable me to utilize the time I spend pumping. Luckily, there is.
The Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is a simple idea that works. The Bustier is a tube of fabric that zips in the front. The Easy Expression Bustier is designed to be form fitting. There are no straps to worry about, no snaps or ties to adjust. There is no need to remove your shirt and the Bustier can be worn over a traditional nursing bra–just undo the flaps of the nursing bra. Two holes in the Bustier stretch to support the breast shields of your pump.
The fabric is a cotton/Lycra blend that feels soft against the skin and has just enough stretch to make minor adjustments easy. I put the Easy Expression Bustier in the washing machine for a test run in a mesh delicates bag and it survived. However, since I can’t imagine pumping without this, I would recommend hand-washing to ensure a long life.
Not only did the Easy Expression Bustier make pumping easier, it also improved my production. With my hands free, I am able to relax. I am no longer juggling two bottles, while trying to operate a breast pump and hating every minute of it. The Easy Expression Bustier also may improve positioning. Once you get set up, the bustier keeps everything where it is supposed to be.
In addition to the Bustier, Easy Expression also makes a halter version that wraps around your neck for added support. To find your correct size, be sure to visit the Bra Sizing Tips page on the Easy Expression website (http://www.easyexpressionproducts.com/bra-sizing-tips.htm). It’s essential that the fitÂ be correct for the Bustier to work. Both styles come inÂ five sizes and fit cup sizes A through H and band sizes 32″ through 48″. The Bustier is currently available only in white, but a black version is coming soon.
Now if only someone could do something about the supply closet that I have to use while pumping at work, I might not mind that my breaks are spent getting cozy with a pump.
Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier, $34.00. To find an Easy Expressions product near you, visit the “Find a Retailer Near You” or “Order Online” links at www.easyexpressionproducts.com
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Easy Expressions provided a review sample for this article. Neither the author nor Kidoinfo has received any monetary compensation for this review and we have no undisclosed relationship with the Easy Expressions company.