One of the worst things about pumping breast milk, besides the pumping itself, is trying to figure out how to pump and still get stuff done.
There were days when all I did was just sit and pump. Between pumping and taking care of my baby, I didn’t accomplish anything else.
And while those other things aren’t necessarily the most important things to think about, it can be really annoying to never feel on top of things.
That’s why I’m writing this Freemie review to tell you that there is light at the end of the pumping tunnel.
If I can figure out how to make it work, you can too.
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What is the Freemie Breast Pump?
The Freemie Freedom Double Electric Breast Pump is the only complete electric breast pump that allows you to pump without taking your clothes off.
I don’t know about you, but having to strip down every time I need to pump is really annoying. The Freemie system does away with that problem.
In addition to having the ability to purchase the full breast pump system, you also have the option of just getting the Freemie Collection Cups themselves and using them with the pump you already have.
This is actually what I did.
How do Freemie Collection Cups Work?
The Freemie Collection Cups work the same way that your regular breast pump’s collection system would work.
The only real difference is that you place the “bottles” in your bra rather than having to have them hanging off of you.
This makes pumping while needing to be hand’s free much easier.
I used my Freemie’s at work, while driving, when playing with my son, even while cooking or just watching TV. There are a million possibilities.
What Pumps are Freemie Cups Compatible With?
The Freemie Open-System Cup Set comes with a connection kit to fit with several breast pumps, including:
- Medela Personal
- Medela Pump in Style Advanced
- Medela Lactina
- Medela Symphony
- Hygeia Enjoye
- Hygeia Q
- NUK Expressive Double Electric
The Freemie Cups are not currently compatible with the Medela Freesyle, Medela Swing, or the Medela Sonata breast pumps.
If you get the separate connection kit, the Freemie is also compatible with the:
- Ameda Purely Yours
- Ardo Calypso
- Evenflo Advanced
- Lucina Melodi Prime
- Philips AVENT
- Spectra S9 Plus
- Spectra M1
- Spectra S1
- Spectra S2
The Difference in the Freemie Open and Closed
In an effort to take care of everyone, Freemie makes two different collection up sets. An open system, and a closed system.
The difference between and open system and a closed system is that the closed system has a barrier inside of them to keep the milk from passing through into the tube leading to the pump.
There are several breast pumps out there that are closed system breast pumps and this special barrier makes the Freemies compatible.
Is the Freemie Pump Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance companies will cover the Freemie Freedom Breast Pump, but typically they will not cover the separate collection cups if you have already received a breast pump through insurance.
It is best though to check with your individual insurance company to verify. You may be able to get both depending on your coverage.
Fill out this form with Aeroflow to see what you qualify for.
How Many Ounces Does the Freemie Hold?
Each of the Freemie cups holds up to 8 ounces of milk. I have found though that emptying out the cups before they hit this level and then continuing to pump if need be makes them a little easier to use.
When they are completely full, you will probably be more likely to spill some and wasting that liquid gold needlessly will just drive you crazy.
You also have a greater chance of leaning too far over and getting milk in the tubes if the cups are completely full. So you’ll just need to keep an eye on them.
Freemie Pros and Cons
Just like with any product, there are some pros and cons to the Freemie system that you should know about.
- Able to pump with your clothes on
- Freemie Freedom pump is very quiet
- Cups can be used with other pumps
- Easy to clean and assemble
- A true hands-free experience
- Funnels only come in two sizes
- Milk can sometimes get backed up in the tube
- Need to be wearing the right kind of bra
What if the Freemie Cups are Too Big?
The breast funnels that are made to fit the Freemie Cups only come in 25 mm and 28 mm sizes. This can make it more difficult if you are like me and need a smaller size.
While it is possible to pump with a larger size, you will probably be more comfortable and actually get out more milk if you are using the right sized flange.
Thankfully there is a solution.
You can pick up these awesome little inserts that fit right inside the funnel. I personally use a size 19 breast shield, so these things worked perfectly for me.
You just slide the little silicone piece right down inside the funnel and it makes it the proper size. No more problems.
If you haven’t figured out your proper breastshield size, then definitely check out this guide.
Tips for Using the Freemie Collection Cups
If you do decide to give the Freemie system a try, here are some great tips to make things easier.
Don’t Lean Forward
If you lean too far forward while using the Freemie Cups, then the milk won’t be able to drain properly. This will end up causing milk to flow back into the tubes.
It’s simple solution, just sit back and relax while you’re wearing them.
If you do get milk in the tubes, just clean out with hot water and allow to dry. You can basically whip those things around like a lasso to help get most of the moisture out. Then just attach the tubes to your pump and run it for a few minutes. The moisture should all be gone in no time.
Wear a Tight Bra
Compression is key for making the Freemies really work because you need a tight seal to make sure that the suction stays strong enough.
Wear a bra that is a little tighter fit to help with that.
You shouldn’t have too much trouble if you wear a structured bra rather than a soft nursing bra. I actually had a nursing sports bra that worked the best for me.
It was easy to get the cups in since it could come undone easily, but since it was a sports bra it was naturally a little tighter when wearing it.
That was my favorite, but any other tight-fitting bra will work just fine.
A Tank Top and an Open-Front Shirt
While you can technically wear anything with the Freemies since you don’t have to actually take your clothes off, the easiest outfit that I found was a simple tank top with an open-front shirt. Something like a button down or a loose blouse.
That way I had easy access to my boobs to put the cups on, but I could still stay fully covered. I wore an outfit like that daily at work when I was pumping. It made the process so much easier and meant that I could continue working without having to worry about people seeing me.
My Opinion of the Freemie Freedom
I got a set of Freemie Collection Cups a couple of months into my pumping journey. I had been on the fence about making the purchase since I couldn’t get them through my insurance since I had already received a pump.
I was a little skeptical about whether they would really make things easier for me. While I do think there are things that could be improved upon with the Freemies, I actually really like them.
The suction isn’t quite as strong as if I were just using my regular Medela flanges, but I just turned the suction up a bit and it was fine.
Being able to easily pump at work or in the car without feeling exposed was a really great thing for me. I also used them when I had friends and family over. It was nice not having to go off to another room or try to keep myself covered with a blanket or something.
Though they aren’t quite as discreet as the box claims (you’ll basically have Dolly Parton boobs with them in), I honestly do think that they made things much easier for me. Especially as my son got older and became more active.
He would get distracted by the bottles, but he left the Freemies alone. That right there was huge for me. He had a tendency to pull all of the tubes out of my bottles and that just made pumping a nightmare. I didn’t have that problem with the Freemies.
Who is the Freemie Freedom For?
The Freemie Freedom is for anyone that doesn’t want to have to take off all of their clothes just to pump.
Anyone that is looking for a way to have a truly hands-free pumping experience without having to deal with bottles dangling out of their shirt.
The Freemie Collection Cups are for anyone looking to have a more relaxing pumping experience.
Anyone that wants to pump, but not have to worry about remaining covered while still being able to do other things.
Does this sound like you? Are you going to be getting a set of Freemies? Let me know in a comment below or join the conversation in our Facebook group.
Until next time!
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