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    Default Hands free kit?

    Hello I see that many pak and also read about a hands free pumping kit,can someone tell me what it is and how I can get one?

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    Default Re: Hands free kit?

    I use a Simple Wishes hands free bra. Medela makes a similar product.

    Target may have the SW, and BRU may have the Medela one.

    In a pinch, some moms use hair ties. I have also used a sports bra with holes cut in it. Those work, but if you are pumping a lot, I think the bras hold the bottles better and don't tug on your breasts as much.
    Last edited by @llli*aprilsmagic; June 14th, 2011 at 08:54 AM. Reason: typo
    Susan
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    Default Re: Hands free kit?

    I read this
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/par...east_pump.html
    and tried the tip on tucking the horns into a bra--it worked. It was easy to do at work in the pumping room and while putting on makeup in the morning. I just made ebm for about 20h of crèche per week for 9mos+ of age, so I didn't need to pump a 'serious' amount.

    But Susan makes a good point that a specially made setup would probably be more comfortable and involve less (of the dreaded) tugging. I dunno, I never tried the harness-type contraption that came with my Freestyle. Susan, did you try it with yours?
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    Default Re: Hands free kit?

    I don't usually have to do much more while pumping than type or talk on the phone so I use this http://www.pumpinpal.com/html/hands-...ping_strap.htm It is cheap, quick to put on, and barely takes up any space in my pumping bag. If you are trying to do housework, take care of older kids, etc... then a hands free bra like Aprilsmagic suggested may be the way to go.

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    No, I never used the Freestyle setup, but the feedback I read was that it seems flimsy. I've been happy with the SW bras, enough that I have two. I got one immediately PP, and I got a smaller size a few weeks later, but it is so adjustable that both fit the same way. I need two because I need one to use while the other is washed.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    I used La Leche League hands-free pumping bras a lot! I had two so that I could always have one when the other needed washing.

    http://www.llliclothes.com/Nursing-B...-Pump-Bra.html

    They seem to have another style now, perhaps more friendly to larger cups, I'm not sure.

    I tried the pumpin' pal strap when I started having to pump for my second, but it didn't work for me because I have to compress while pumping, and I kept detaching the flanges. I do use their flanges, though.

    I own the Medela freestyle but found their kit to be unnecessarily complicated when there were simple alternatives. I needed to keep my life simple while pumping. Maybe when you get the hang of it, it's not hard, but I had already bought pumping bras before I bought the Freestyle, so I gave the kit away.

    For me, hands free was really helpful. If you're going to pump a lot, I think the money for a special bra or bustier is worth it.
    I breast milk fed my Blossom for fifteen months (after exclusively pumping for thirteen). My Bud (nineteen months) is still nursing directly (after a rough start that included a few months of pumping and supplementing with mommy's milk).

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    Default Re: Hands free kit?

    I have an old Medela hands free kit (the one with rubber bands that hooks into the Medela bra). I use the spikey thing that goes on the horns, and the upper hook that hooks onto my bra (Fancee Free), and then just pull the bra cup up on the bottom half. The spikes on the horn attachment keeps the bra from slipping down and holds the horns nice and snug (not too snug) to my breasts. I can compress while pumping pretty easily with this setup.

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    Default Re: Hands free kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    I use a Simple Wishes hands free bra.
    I love my Simple Wishes bra! It's the only one I have tried, but it's the best invention ever!

    http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Wishes-...8250510&sr=8-2
    ~ Megan

    Mommy to Alex (born 2/27/11) and Katie (born 3/31/14)

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mek View Post
    I love my Simple Wishes bra! It's the only one I have tried, but it's the best invention ever!

    http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Wishes-...8250510&sr=8-2
    Me too... In love mine. I also got it from amazon... It's the only one i tried. The reviews are also good. Price is very reasonable.

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