If you’re following me on Instragram you might know that I recently gave birth to my second baby. I have since been using the Elvie breast pump every day and whenever I posted about it in my stories I got lots of questions about the pump so I thought I’d pull together a review for you.
If you haven’t heard of the Elvie pump yet, it’s marketed as a wearable (no wires as it’s battery powered) and silent breast pump that you just pop into your bra which means you can pump hands free and don’t have to stay seated when pumping. Sounds great, right? But does it actually hold it’s promise?
What’s in the box?
You can choose between a single (RRP £249) or a double pump (RRP £449) . I’ve got the single pump and when the box arrived I was already impressed with the beautiful packaging. Inside the box there is the pump itself, two 5oz/150ml bottles with lids, two different sized breast shields, two seals, two spouts, two valves, a charging cable, two bra adjuster straps and a little storage bag.
How does the Elvie Breast Pump work?
Before using the pump you need to make sure you sterilise the bottles, breast shield, seals, spouts and valves and that you charge the pump.
You can also download the free Elvie app and connect it to your pump which allows you to remotely control tit, monitor milk volume in real-time, set a timer and track your pumping history.
Before you start pumping you need to figure out which size breast shield fits you best. The pump comes with two different sizes (24mm and 28mm) but if these are too big you can purchase a size 21mmm separately on their website. I found it pretty straight forward to figure out which size to use but if you’re unsure about what size you need there is a guide on the Q&A section on the Elvie website that explains how to measure your nipple width and figure out which size breast shield you need.
To pump you just put the pump in place and secure it with your nursing bra. You just press the on-button either on the pump or your app and select the intensity. The pump then automatically switches from a faster stimulation mode to a slower expression mode when it detects let-down and will pause when the bottle is full. Compared to a traditional the pumping feels less intense but equally efficient.
The Elvie pump is certainly beautifully designed and very easy to use. I found it quite self-explanatory but it also comes with very clear instructions and videos of demonstrations on the app or YouTube and due to its’s compact size and few parts it is very easy to transport.
It is not completely silent but as close to silent as it can get and as soon as there is a bit of background noise where you are, others will definitely not be able to hear the pump. The only thing I would say about the Elvie is that you need to be careful not to bend over too much when the pump is getting fuller as this can lead to light leaking and I also found that if I moved around a lot I need to reposition the pump occasionally.
Cleaning the pump is very easy too as there are only five parts that need to be sterilised but due to the unique shape of the bottles these take a bit of time to dry.
The only thing I would say about the Elvie is that you need to be careful not to bend over too much when the pump is getting fuller as this can lead to light leaking.
When wearing lose fitting clothes others won’t be able to tell that you are pumping but in more fitted clothes it will look slightly odd as you’ll look like you have one bigger boob.
So would I recommend the Elvie breast pump?
I would say it depends on how often you are planning to pump and where. I am conscious that the pump isn’t the cheapest on the market, so if you are planning to only pump occasionally then it’s probably not worth spending this much money. If you are planning to pump regularly however or if you’re planning to pump at work, I would highly recommend it!
For me the Elvie pump was a game changer and has turned something that I used to dread when I used a traditional pump to something that I can just quickly do whilst getting on with my housework or looking after my toddler and baby. I hated having to sit down, holding the pump in place not being able to do something else at the same time…and let’s not even talk about the weird pumping noise.
I was gifted the Elvie breast pump in return for a review on Instagram, but was not asked to write a blog post.
If you’re expecting or are a new parent you might also be interested in my post “Baby products I will and won’t be using this time”.