Sunday, March 2, 2014

Freemie: Double Electric Breast Pump #Giveaway

A few months ago, a friend emailed me (Nissa from Cloth Diaper Guru blog) a link to a new product: Freemie Hands-free pumping system for breastfeeding mothers.  I was a seasoned, working and pumping mom, and this was something new. I shared the link with a few of my followers and there was a huge interest in this product.

While there are plenty of breast pumps on the market, Freemie is completely different.  The Freemie milk collection cups allows you to pump with your shirt on.  You can pump in front of anyone, you can pump anywhere, and the pump is much quieter than the typical breast pump.  If you already own a breast pump, Freemie sells adapters to make the milk collection cups usable with many popular brands.  Freemie also sells a manual breast pump that is great for on-the-go use.




When I heard about Freemie, I had almost 2 years of pumping experience between my two children.  I was using a typical, double-electric breast pump that required partially undressing and holding the milk bottles for 10-20 minutes of pumping. While I usually had access to private nursing areas, sometimes I had to pump in unusual locations.  While in graduate school, I often sought privacy in a rarely-used conference room near my work space. If the conference room was occupied, I pumped in a single-person bathroom because the lactation room was on the other side of campus and always very busy. I was particularly good at balancing my pump on the sink in the bathroom, but standing and pumping for 20 minutes was tiring for a sleep-deprived mom.  Despite the hurdles, I pumped until my first child was 13 months old. When I had my second child in 2013, the acrobatics and adventures in pumping increased as my work required more travel.  I learned to pump while sitting on a toilet seat and balancing the pump on my lap. During one busy trip, I pumped in an airplane bathroom.  All the time spent pumping in less than optimal locations made me realize that location does matter.

Not only does location matter, but your time matters too, and not taking enough time to pump can impact your milk supply.  I usually needed to pump three times during my typical work day to supply enough milk for daycare.  Using the Freemie system, you can pump right at your desk without having to walk to a lactation room.  You are able to keep working and pump at the same time, so you can get the maximum amount of time you need to collect the most milk.  What about pumping on your way to or from work?  You can pump on the bus or while driving: no one would be aware.  The more opportunities moms have to pump, the more milk they will collect.  Freemie is a game changer and I only wish this was available when I started pumping for my first child.  Unfortunately, Freemie came too late for me (my second child is turning one year old), but I'm thrilled that new moms can use this technology to their benefit.


Kassondra from Motherhood Community, uses the Freemie collection cups and shared a few of her thoughts about them versus other hands-free pumping accessories:


"I had all but given up on pumping before I got my set of Freemie collection cups. I'd tried several other "helper" items before with no luck. [I tried a] hands-free pumping bra [that] only barely fit my 46Js and it was so constricting, and tight, and uncomfortable - I just couldn't handle it. [I also tried] another attachment meant to angle the flanges differently so that I could lean back [while pumping and it] was a complete waste of money. [With Freemie] I am able to easily and comfortably pump anywhere! I love that the collection cups are discreet. Even as a woman with large breasts, I can pump in the car without drawing too much attention. My friends with average sized breasts have even walked into stores with their cups in place! There are far fewer pieces to worry about cleaning and assembling each time so it's just generally less work to use. I love my Freemie and honestly can't imagine pumping again without it!"

You can read Kassondra's full, non-sponsored review of the Freemie collection cups on her website. Now that you're all excited about Freemie, let the fun begin!

 Freemie is giving away a double electric breast pump to one lucky reader. Giveaway open to US residents 18 years of age and older.



This giveaway is sponsored by Freemie and co-hosted by Cloth Diaper Guru, Viva Veltoro, and The Parenting Patch.

This giveaway is sponsored by Freemie.  One winner will be randomly selected at the conclusion of this giveaway.  Participating bloggers and Cloth Diaper Guru are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  Participating bloggers were not compensated for their participation in this event. Opinions expressed in this post are that of Cloth Diaper Guru blog.  Please direct questions to ClothDiaperGuru@gmail.com

Winner was selected: Congrats Sally M!

46 comments:

  1. I drove out to Boston without my infant son (he was meeting me there). I pumped in the car while we were driving (my mom was with me) but man was it messy! I really could've used something like this back then!

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  2. This sounds totally fantastic! I want one!

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  3. This would be such a lifesaver when traveling especially! Waiting in the airport, in the car, even while at my in-laws house (I wouldn't have hide myself in the basement every couple hours! :)

    I saw this product before, glad its actually taking off!

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  4. This would be awesome for traveling or in the car!!

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  5. Thanks for including my testimonial. I really do love my Freemie!

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  6. I am a nurse And often rush through my pumping breaks due to having to chart on my patients or whatnot. This system seems like it would be awesome! I could pump descretely at the nurses station and non one would know! Goodbye missed and rushed pump breaks.

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  7. I am an owner of the original and new Freemie collection containers. I loved the originals but couldn't find them so I obtained a set of the new and improved Freemie collection containers. The new design is awesome. They hold more and are easier to disassemble. I have the Medela Pump-In-Style which is noisy and heavy to carry back and forth between home and work. I would love to have the Freedom Pump which would actually allow me to pump without people asking, "What's that noise?" It would also be much easier to transport without the added back and neck pain from carrying a heavy bag.

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  8. I had my first child during veterinary school, and spent much of my clinical training year pumping. Best was the two weeks I spent on an ambulatory service...constant driving between cars, pumping under a cover in the front seat next to the doctor, with 3 classmates (2 male) in the bench seat behind us. Relaxing!

    Now that I'm in practice, the freemie would be incredibly handy...actual hands free pumping would allow me to do paperwork or other desk work, rather than being totally tied up for 20 minutes at a time. Plus pumping in the car would be a time saver.

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  9. Hands free time with baby, its always great to get snuggles

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  10. This would be for my daughter who is having a baby due soon! She is a teacher and plans to breast feed so this would allow her to pump while she is at work.

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  11. Baby #2 is on his/her way in the next 2 months, so having a hands-free, easy-to-use system for when I travel; I pumped in the back of a car during a 9-hour drive last time, and had to use a nursing cover so as not to be exposed to in-car neighbors and passers-by. At the very least, it would be great to be able to comfortably read a book (or, *erhum* I suppose it's more likely that I'd be holding one of the two kiddos than reading a book) while pumping); I did a lot of pumping even at home with #1 so I could have milk stored up for any time I'd spend away.

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  12. I learned that Freemie is striving to advance breastfeeding by making the breast pump compatible with modern life.

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  13. This would be amazing to use to pump while doing everyday activities. I had a hard time keeping up with pumping the first time around and this would make it so much easier!

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  14. I would use this at work once I have my baby! <3

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    1. ^this is Jade G. in the raffle. As the baby's due date gets closer (still far though, July 30th) and as the kicks get harder, this becomes more of a reality and the need for a pump to use at work becomes greater. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. I once had to drive cross-country to pick up my hubby from his truck that had burned down. My dad was in the car with me, so I felt too uncomfortable to use my regular pump. A Freemie pump would make it much more convenient for me to pump anywhere I need to.

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  16. I learned that all different size of breast funnels fit the same collection cup.

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  17. I am currently breastfeeding but do not pump. If I were to win this I would give it to a friend who is breastfeeding her own baby and pumping for a baby who's mom could not produce enough milk!

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  18. Expecting my first in May- this sounds fantastic :)

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  19. Being pregnant with my 3rd little one (in 3 years) I desperately need to be able to use my HANDS at all times! I love this concept! Hands free is essential!!

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  20. I EBF our baby, he has started solids but not a lot. I never have time to pump plus the one I got I dont get much w a pump. I think using this kind of pump would be good for me because then I can get a baby sitter because

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  21. While working offsite pet adoption events with my first son, I had to go out to the company van during the hot desert summer and use the lighter adapter to power the pump. Not ideal to run the van with air conditioning blasting for 15 minutes while trying to be inconspicuous in a crowded parking lot.

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  22. This will be great come December!

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  23. Wow, this would have been awesome when I was pumping for my son. I would have been able to work and pump while at my desk. I worked in a cubicle in a very quiet office and my pump was too loud to do it privately, even if I had added a curtain to my cube. So the bathroom was literally my only option. Thankfully it was a very clean bathroom, but there was nowhere to sit, so I usually did lunges and squats while pumping. Multi-tasking at its finest!

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  24. I would use Freemie to pump while back at work!

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  25. I haven't pumped before so no stories but my baby is due in June.

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  26. I would use this right at home. I have an 11 year old, 20 month old, and an 8 month old. I need my hands as free as possible.

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  27. This is so amazing! I have had manual pumps, the Medela pump, you name it. I have pumped in dressing rooms at the mall, in my car, and numerous other places.

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  28. Pumping has always been such a frustrating experience for me! So hard to relax and I think this would make such a difference, especially with older children to care for.

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  29. I would love to have one of these! I will be returning to work soon and have been worrying how I am going to be able to pump at work. They of course give me the time to pump but with my current pump I will have to leave work, go home, pump and then return to work. Seems like it is going to be a huge hassle but the Freemie would remove all of the extra work!

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  30. Omg need this in my life!!! Hands free with a young baby would be life changing! I pump for my baby. finding the time and having no hands to pump is my biggest issue.. pump vs letting baby lay and cry for 20 minutes, baby comes first and my supply suffers!

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  31. I would love to have a milk supply but pumping at home around my teenage son and stepson means hiding in my bedroom and missing out on family time. I would love to be able to pump without hiding.

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  32. Wow- I love that the cups are compatible with my Medela!

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  33. I think this is a genius idea!!! I would have loved to have this when I was pumping. I will for sure use this for my third baby!! :)

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  34. This would be perfect for travel!

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  35. I pump at work and in the car and this product would be awesome for discrete pumping when needed!!

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  36. My daughter has been nursing 21 and is weaning now and I am just hearing about this awesome product! I hope to TCC at the end of this year and this is definitely on our wish list since I work full time as well. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  37. As a first time mom this would be amazing for me!

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  38. I would actually attempt pumping in the car with the freemie!

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  39. I nursed my first two chilren for 2 years each. so this past Sept when my son arrived i had been expecting to nurse him. my plans were derailed though when he was diagnosed with a complete unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. This caused me to join the ranks of Exclusive Pumping. I am nearly 6 months in and still going strong. This pump would be a godsend for pumping while out and about.

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  40. My lo has been ebf for the past seven months. I would love to start pumping so others can feed him too but my current pump doesn't work half the time so I've never been able to pump much and end up nursing him anyway.

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  41. I learned that the Freemie is totally hands free and quiet so you don't have to feel awkward with your loud machine. It seems really nice.

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  42. I love Pumping and getting to play with my daughter. Before freemies i would never have been able to pick her up let alone play with her on the floor.

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  43. I think I would use this in the car!

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  44. I'm no longer nursing but my sister is due in 12 weeks and I would give this to her. I hated having to use 3 pillows to prop myself up to pump. Maybe if this had been around 7 years ago with my first I would have been able to nurse him for longer.

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  45. I always dread having to pump. Even a "hands free" pump isn't hands free enough for me. This would be so liberating! I think I wouldn't give up on pumping if I had this.

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