Willow pump

Have you tried it? Thoughts?

  • Sarah
    Nov 05

    This pump is great in theory but the co has a long ways to go. The pumps are great for travel but aren’t silent and you have to buy proprietary bags that you then need to cut open to put in a bottle. Creates a lot of waste and may even reduce your supply as it doesn’t get everything out and often the bags fill with air instead of your milk.

  • Melissa
    Nov 05

    I have the Willow pump. At first I was disappointed; I was never able to fill a bag due to air, the bags are expensive, the app didn’t always work. Nevertheless the more I used it and made it work for me the more I grew to like it. Now I cannot imagine life having any other pump. This pump changed my life. I have the freedom to pump whenever and wherever I want without worrying about needing an outlet or if my baby needs something and I need to get up from pumping. I feel like I can go out and not have to plan to find a pumping station, I just run to the bathroom, put my pump on and go back out and enjoy life until 25 minutes have passed then I run back in the bathroom, remove pump, clean up, store bags and I’m on my way. I definitely feel I have more freedom with this pump compared to others.

  • MC
    Nov 05

    Agree with Sarah. Was really excited at first and it worked okay a couple of times, but now I actually can’t stand it and wish I hadn’t spent the $500. They tell you to be patient, but after several tries of getting no milk with it (and getting 4+ oz with my traditional and hand pumps) PLUS a bout of mastitis that I think was related (it hurt a lot to use it) I sent the company a pretty frustrated email. Too many cons to make it worth it in my opinion. Hopefully they’ll improve the product over time, but I would stick with something else for now. My Medela does the trick!

  • Julie
    Nov 05

    I heard so many good things about it but I think it was all hype. Turned out everyone I talked to who was getting excited never used it they were just excited. Lol. I exclusively pumped for a whole year and got through it with my Medela symphony which I rented from my hospital. Best investment I ever made. I had a spectra through my insurance but I hated it. Random fun fact: on my phone Medela autocorrects to meerkat. Lolol.

  • Karla
    Nov 05

    The proprietary bags make sense because it’s a pretty specific format, but I would guess that they should price the machine much under the market to make sense. The idea of being fully mobile while pumping is the key selling point for me. Thank you for your tips! It was very helpful

  • Sara
    Nov 05

    I bought it and literally 5 months into pumping have been too overwhelmed to set it up. I'm just using my trusty Medela that I'm comfortable with. It was pretty complex to figure out how to use the Willow and I haven't found the time yet to learn! So that's my biggest warning. If you have someone to set it all up for you and walk you through it then go for it, but otherwise it may cause you more stress than it's worth.

  • Vicki
    Nov 05

    The next best thing are the Freemie cups. They have their own branded pump but they also have converter kits for Medela, ameda and others.

  • Shruti
    Nov 05

    I have been exclusively pumping for 6 months (not by preference..our bf journey never really took off). I love my Spectra 9 plus. Rechargable and portable. No change in pumping output when compared to the hospital grade pump. I have a 4 year old and 6 month old. I strap on my pumping bra with my Spectra bottles, tuck the pump into my PJ pocket/waistband, throw on a coverup and go about doing chores...make breakfast, laundry etc. could not live without it! I'm yet to try the freemie cups but I assume it would be a great add on to this pump.

  • Natalie
    Nov 06

    I shelled out the $$ and bought a Willow when I returned to work from maternity leave. It is pretty great. Not dealing with the wires/tubes is a huge plus. You feel like a truly untethered person. It took me a few minutes longer to get all the milk out vs. the standard pumps (I used Medela and Ameda at home), but since you are not "wired" it doesn't make much of a difference. At times, I would be on my computer and even forget it was working. I feel the purchase was totally worth it. The downsides are that (1) the milk bags are 50 cents a piece and there are no generic/aftermarket ones that you can be instead. (2) There is a bit of a learning curve for figuring out how to use them. And (3) you have to remember to charge them - you cannot use them "plugged in." None of these should deter you from buying it though. It is a great product and surpasses existing pumps if you want to feel untethered.

  • Natalie
    Nov 06

    P.S. I also have the freemie flanges - personally, I'm not a fan. I could never get a lot of milk out with it and it is still wired, which is not a huge improvement from standard pumps.