As a mom of 4, I know how busy mom life can be. With the need to be constantly multi-tasking (and with multi-tasking not being my strong point) I am all for finding products and tools that help ease my life in any way possible. When I heard about the Elvie breast pump, I knew I needed to try it out! Learn more about this hands-free, wireless breastpump in my Elvie pump review below.
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Elvie Pump Review
When I had my first 3 children, there was no such thing as a wireless hands-free breastpump. With my 4th baby being 7 years after my 3rd baby I was so excited that I would get to experience all these awesome new baby products out there. Even better, I could review them for you.
I purchased the Elvie pump on my own and was not sent this product for review. My Elvie pump review is also based on factoring in the amount I paid for it too!
With a new baby on the way the list of must-haves is endless, isn’t it? The comfiest carrier, the best bottles, the safest wipes, to Snoo or not to Snoo – it’s so exciting, but the avalanche of information (and opinions) can get overwhelming very fast. In all that flurry of activity and preparation for the baby’s arrival, most new moms tend to overlook or rush through their own needs. Stop for a second, Mama, and think about what you really need to get you through this busy time of your life. No, it’s not two Advils and a strong cup of coffee. It’s a reliable, convenient, effective breast pump. Babies feed constantly! Pumping, stashing, and pulling out a bottle of breastmilk when your baby’s hungry can help squeeze out a precious few minutes to pause, take a breath, maybe even pop in for a quick shower, without a tiny human latched on to you. Now your husband, mom or anyone else can hae a turn feeding the baby while you get a few moments to yourself too.
After finally recovering from hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy, once I felt better I did not want to be stuck to a couch or bed any longer. I’m a busy body and therefore love the ability to walk around while pumping.
Surprisingly, my favorite place to pump is in my car while I’m driving. Got a 20-minute school pick-up run? Put on your favorite audiobook then pump and drive, it doesn’t get easier than that.
Please note that I am not a solely pumping mama. I pump to supplement our breastfeeding journey. I am giving you my thoughts based on that. I, however, have a friend who is solely pumping through her little one’s breastmilk journey and she says the Elvie pump is a godsend!
The Elvie breast pump is wireless, which means you’re free to move around while you pump. As a mom of 4, really, when do I have time to just sit down for 20 minutes? That would mean I’d never pump ever! I generally have the most milk in the morning so that’s my favorite time to pump. I grab a cup of coffee/tea after putting on my pump and I’m free to move around the house or enjoy that cup of coffee.
Simply charge the Elvie and you’re good to go. In my experience, a single charge should last for about two 20-minute pumping sessions. The pump also pairs with the exclusive Elvie app available on both Android and iOS. Sync your Elvie to your smartphone and, voila, you can track the length of each pumping session, how much milk you’ve pumped, and even adjust the settings to the perfect level of suction.
Another element of the Elvie I love has to be how discreet and silent it is. I can have my son plopped on the couch right next to me and still be pumping without embarrassing the living daylights out of him. If I had to do that with a normal pump he’d be distracted watching TV with the constant annoying noise of a normal breast pump and I’d have to have a feeding cover or blanket over me. When I pump with Elvie, he is none of the wiser!
What the Elvie pump comes with:
The double Elvie pump comes with:
- 2 Hubs
- 4 5 oz bottles.
- Breast shields (2 x 24mm and 2 x 28mm shields.)
- 4 Valves
- 4 spouts
- 4 seals
- 4 storage lids
- 4 bra adjusters
- 2 USB charging cables
- 2 carry bags
The Elvie pump comes with a 2-year warranty on the hub and a 90-day warranty on the washable components.
I also purchased a pack of 21mm breast shields since this fits me better.
Where do you buy the Elvie Pump?
Can the Elvie breast pump be the only pump you use?
If there are any cons to Elvie – and, honestly, I don’t count this as a con, but more of a side note – if you plan to pump often and store as much milk as possible, the Elvie might not be the right fit as a primary pump. When you are establishing your supply, I would suggest you use a Medela or Spectra. Those pumps will likely drain your breast better than the Elvie would. When establishing your milk supply you want to pump until your breast is empty. This signals to your body that your baby needs more milk and it allows you to establish a bigger milk supply. The Elvie does not always drain me and by replacing a feeding with the Elvie, if it doesn’t drain you too then you are signaling to your body that your baby did not need as much milk as was in your breast.
But if you’re looking for comfort, convenience, and a quick pump, even while you’re feeding your little one from the other breast, the Elvie breast pump is a fantastic pump that I’d 100% recommend. I suggest you add the Elvie pump as an addition to your Spectra or Medela pump.
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When I opt to use my Elvie:
- When I need to be hands-free.
- When I’m driving I love to use the Elvie. I just place the Elvie in my shirt and by the time I get to my location (or back home) I have a full bottle of milk ready to put into the fridge.
- When I don’t want to be stuck on the couch and I need to vacuum, do dishes or even yes, having guests over. I can put a shawl or scarf over my Elvie and nobody is the wiser!
- I also like to pump one side while I feed on the other side. This helps me get more milk. My daughter rarely ever feeds on both sides, by doing this it keeps my supply up too!
- When I want to make a breastmilk popsicle.
- Now that my breastmilk supply has regulated I always opt to use the Elvie over any other pump.
- When I travel, the Elvie pump comes with me!
- While I breastfeed on one side, I can pump the other side without worrying my little one is going to kick the pump off the other side.
Elvie breast pump pros:
- You can walk around, do your normal daily things like do the dishes, do office work, prepare lunches, drive a car, etc.
- It’s rechargeable.
- Fit’s into your bra.
- CONVENIENCE – this is a huge pro.
- Personalized – you can change the settings to what is most comfortable for you.
- It has insights – Although it isn’t always accurate, I love having the insights to know when I pumped and how much I pumped.
- Some people complain that the bottles and pieces warp when sterilizing. This means that most people wash it instead of washing and sterilizing.
- If you lean forward while you are pumping with the Elvie the pump will leak. You need to stay upright.
- It doesn’t drain you as well as a larger pump like the Medela or rel=”nofollow noopener”Spectra ones. (This was my experience.)
- The flange size that I needed wasn’t included within the original box so I had to purchase it afterwards to get the correct size for me.
- Sometimes the bluetooth fails to connect to my phone.
- The app doesn’t always indicate the correct amount of milk that I have pumped.
A common question I get asked is whether you should get a double Elvie Pump or a single Elvie Pump. This honestly depends on your needs and budget. If you are exclusively pumping then I’d get the double. If you just want the Elvie to supplement your normal pump then get the single. I purchased the double pump.
Is it worth the price?
With a hefty price tag of around $499 before tax for a double pump, this was definitely a breast pump splurge. In America, you generally get 1 breast pump for free with each pregnancy through insurance. However, that doesn’t often qualify you for a free Elvie pump. Sometimes you can pay the difference between what your insurance covers you with and add in the extra to get you to the Elvie pump. I know this company does allow you to pay the difference to upgrade the insurance-provided pump.
Here’s how to get the best deal on the Elvie Pump (from what I’ve seen):
Sign up for the Target Baby Registry. After you reach your due date Target tends to send out a 20% off breast pump coupon to your Target app. Use that along with your Target registry completion discount (normally 15%). You normally get a 15% off Target registry completion coupon on one online order and one in-store order. Add that to your 20% Target breast pump discount and you get the pump for a great price!
Where to buy the Elvie breast pump?
You can find it below at the following retailers
I hope my Elvie pump review was helpful for you! Which pump are you using? Do you have an Elvie pump too?