Plenty of women have recommended I get some sort of hands-free pumping bra since I started pumping breastmilk for my triplets 18 weeks (!) ago while they were in the NICU.

I poo-pooed the advice at first, though, because I didn’t have much to do while I was pumping. Pumping was quiet time I savored – time to focus on my babies (either by staring into their isolettes or simply imagining them while I sat at home), time to pray, time to just be quiet and feel like I was doing something to help them, like I was being their mother.

Then they came home.

That time became quiet time to relax – the only time to myself – and sit with Netflix while I cruised through seasons of TV shows.

And then they reached their due date. Just as my triplet-mommy friend Pam said, all hell broke loose. Suddenly, pumping became a race. I need to pump, but they need me. The people we have here to help need me. Time has shrunk, and I find myself racing to pump, racing to eat, racing to pee – all within the span of about 60-90 minutes, sometimes less. I’ve had to choose between pumping and eating. And peeing? Forget about it. Let’s just say I’m lucky to have had my bladder of steel returned to its pre-pregnancy condition.

Then one day, Wendy Armbruster Bell sent me a message on Twitter, offering to send me a hands-free bra to try in exchange for an honest review. I checked out the PumpEase site and some other reviews before agreeing, but the bra seemed to make everyone happy. Convinced it wouldn’t waste my time or hers, I agreed.

Lord have mercy, I think it’s the smartest blog decision I’ve ever made.

I normally don’t have much trouble finding time to pump. Our families are around enough that I can step aside for 30 minutes to take care of that business. It’s finding time to do everything else that’s the problem. Like eating. Like I said, I’ve had days during which I chose eating over pumping. To produce milk like a cow, one must eat like a cow.

No more choosing, ladies and gents. I take a few minutes to prep whatever snack or meal I’m having and carry that into the room with my pump, strap on my PumpEase bra, get the pump parts in place, start Netflix and sit back, eat and watch TV (currently season 5 of 24). Or blog. Or answer e-mails. I could probably read a book, but I’m not sure if my attention span has returned to a normal state.

I use a hospital-grade pump, so I’m always plugged in and thus not able to move far, but I have unhooked the pump hoses and wandered into the nursery to soothe babies with the flanges and bottles still in place. No big deal. I’m sure it’d be easy to move about the house if my pump used batteries. I can only imagine the possibilities of being hands free AND wireless. Freedom!

Hands free AND appropriate for all ages. WIN.

The material for the regular PumpEase bra reminds me of a nice bathing suit. It’s smooth and stretchy, and it maintains its tightness. It’s stupid comfortable, and I’ve never felt my bottles of precious milk were at risk of falling away.

I do produce a lot of milk, though – I use 8 oz. bottles and need to switch from full to empty bottles during a pumping session at least once a day. Those bottles get HEAVY. For my safety (gravity does enough without letting heavy bottles pull anything else down) and for my milk’s safety, I remain seated with the bottles resting on my legs once I reach the 4 oz. mark in one bottle.

Not a problem in my eyes, though. It allows me guilt-free resting time.

Good news, dear readers. I have a PumpEase bra to give away to one lucky duck. All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what you’d do with your hands-free time while pumping. Eat? Crochet? Play poker? Work on a baby book? Or, if you’re like me yesterday – NAP!

The winner will be chosen at random, and you have until 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 5 to enter.

Disclaimer: While PumpEase sponsored this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.

 

128 Responses to My hands! They’re free!

  1. LAH says:

    Oh man that looks awesome. With a toddler under foot and pumping is surely not going to be as easy this time around. I would love to free the use my hands!

  2. Anna says:

    Catch up on celebrity gossip on the interwebz 😉

  3. Erin says:

    That looks like an awesome hands-free bra! Too bad I’m in the middle of giving up pumping.

    I had a couple of hands free bras, but I never used them. I always pumped hands-free by balancing the bottles on my legs. Maybe not so good for my back, but it worked for me.

  4. Jenifer says:

    Love all the fun colors! This would be great with baby #2 as I will not have nearly as much down time with a 2 year old running around. So eating/paying bills extra would be great to do while pumping.

  5. I’d update my neglected blog :-)

  6. Harmskills says:

    I would play on my iPhone or deal w my toddler

  7. YAY for you time! I would probably spend it catching up on the internet.

  8. Cassie Lopez says:

    Cute and functional! Win Win! I’m not pumping yet, but I will be in 7 months approximately so I’d say knowing my OCD, I’d probably end up cleaning!

  9. Therese says:

    I will try to entertain an almost 2 year old & a newborn – while hopefully, eating a snack! :) When I go back to work, I will read and/or catch up on emails!

  10. Lizzy B. says:

    I’d work. Exciting, eh?

  11. Ashley W. says:

    Right now I’m not pumping but we plan to TTC sometime within the year and i would love to have something like this. i ep’ed for almost a year with ds but if i was to have to do that again i dont think i could do it with a toddler and having to position the flanges in place without a fancy contraption.

  12. Meegs says:

    Oh, nice! I pump at work (have for 10 months so far!) and I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve just never invested in a hands-free bra. I use the rubber band method, but sometimes I still have to hold them in place… which makes typing work emails a little difficult!!

    And if I win, I’ll totally pass this onto my coworker when I’m done with it… she’s planning to TTC in just a month or so.

  13. Megan says:

    I go back to work next week and so I really need one of these! Yesterday I drove my baby the seven hour drive to the beach. I pumped while driving. I really could have used it then!!!

  14. Laura U. says:

    I used to have a snack while pumping and balancing/holding the bottles with one arm. A hands free bra sure would help!

  15. Brittany says:

    I would attempt to blog more, and probably eat a Pop Tart, because Pop Tarts are awesome.

  16. Jessica says:

    Probably read trashy magazines. With teen celebrities on the cover who make more in a day than I will IN A LIFETIME. So yeah, that’s probably what I would do.

    (Not jealous. Not at allllllllllllllllllll Justin Beiber).

  17. Michelle K says:

    I would do school work! FUN!! lol

  18. Susan Fox says:

    I’d play Pokemon like the adult that I am. Gotta catch them all! The time I have to catch them all anymore is little to none.

  19. Kaitlin says:

    I would definately bust out the laptop and browse away without fear of spilling milk all over the keys!!

  20. Courtney says:

    If I’m not catching some shut eye, I’m reading mags or browsing my facebook :)
    Polkadots are a good look on you!

  21. Stefanie says:

    Hey Jenny,

    I’m not sure what I’d do. I’m going to be a first time mom in June so I have no real knowledge of what would need to get done during that time. But I plan to breastfeed / pump as long as possible. I do have a blog that I update regularly, I read alot of books and I just bought my baby book so I could fill that out. I have a feeling that at first I could take a little cat nap during that time if I were hands free! :)

  22. Jessica says:

    I would definitely use it while at the computer to catch up on emails and blogs!

  23. Alexandra says:

    I am due here in a few months and have been researching breast pumps and WOW this one definitely takes the cake! I would definitely be knitting!

  24. Jacki says:

    I would get some reading done for sure!
    Right now, I just kind of balance mine on my legs and it is a pretty risky operation. This would be so very helpful 😉

  25. Christina says:

    This looks fantastic! I will be returning to work after I have my baby and will be pumping from the privacy of my office. I am just very happy to hear that this product exists so that I can continue to work while pumping.

  26. Jen H says:

    Wow, so many things I could do…hold the baby, eat, read a book, have hands free to play with my other kids, and lots more!

  27. Angelique says:

    This is amazing, I will be returning to work after my baby is born and will need to pump on breaks and lunches. It would be nice to be able to pump while i am eating lunch and taking care of emails and other things i won’t usually have time for.

  28. Elizabeth Miracle says:

    I could seriously use this to attempt to keep my 2 year old entertained! Pumping up until now has been so unsuccessful because while I’m pumping for the 7 month old, my 2 year old is…climbing on counters, attempting to escape the house or just about anything else that puts him in harms way! If my hands were free, at least I could brings some books in or enjoy a snack with him or works some puzzles. ANYTHING would be better than now! So glad it’s worked for you and you’re able to get some rest. My hat is off to you for continuing!

  29. Katy D says:

    I would do anything!! Having my hands contained to the bottles while pumping makes me feel so worthless! I can barely even change the channel on the tv let alone reach over and put a binky in my daughters mouth.

  30. Laura says:

    I am expecting another little wonderful munchkin soon. My biggest fear is how I am going to manage all the feeding and pumping time while having an active 2 year old. So what I would do with my hands free….is entertain Munchkin 1 – read books, play with playdoh, color, do puzzles, build towers (or help him do it).

  31. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! I just checked out this website. What a fantastic bra! When I pumped for my daughter three years ago, it would have been nice to be able to work if I had this. This time around, I would most definitely be trying to maintain some kind of control over my toddler while trying to keep a newborn happy.

    What a fantastic concept!

  32. Leah says:

    I think that I would actually pump more if I had that bra. It is so annoying to pump but not be able to do anything else. This giveaway excites me more than any on the internet as a new mom! I hope I win!!!

    Leah

  33. Andrea1124 says:

    I would totally use my hands to make a tasty sammich and stalk my favorite blogs.

  34. Vivian says:

    OMG, I am super impressed with your production! It’s amazing how our bodies keep up with the needs of our babies – even more amazing that you can do it for 3. You are my hero!!

    I would use my free hands to send or reply to emails or answer the phone as I mostly only pump at work.

  35. Katy P says:

    I’m pregnant with my second and my son will be 23 months when the new baby is born. I am CERTAIN that I will have no shortage of things to do 24/7/360. Like, you know, change my OTHER child’s diaper, fix his lunch, give him a bath, etc, etc, etc the list goes on and on. SOOOOO hope I win!

  36. Erica says:

    I am actually entering for a good friend of mine. She is currently pregnant with her second baby and is a determined breastfeeding momma. She breast fed her first for over a year and I know that winning this bra will help her achieve the same since she will be busily running around with a three year old while her awesome husband fights for our country as a sergeant in the Army. They are in the process of moving to Alaska, away from all their friends and family so receiving the Pump ease bra will be even more beneficial. Also, the giveaway ends the day before her birthday! As far as being hands free? She could play with her soon to be three year old, cook dinner, clean, do laundry, read your blog, and the list just keeps going and going. In short? She needs to win.

  37. RIta says:

    I also struggle to find time to eat, so I would LOVE to be able to eat a nice bowl of cheerios while pumping :)

  38. Adrienne says:

    WOW – love that bra.
    I would spend my time either folding laundry or taking a nap. The important things you know :)

  39. Hollie says:

    Aww the polka-dots are cute! I’ve seen hands-free bras before, but they’re solid white and so institutional looking… and I seriously fear the tormenting teasing I’d get if my husband ever caught me in it. Those, however, I LOVE.

    Perhaps I’d take that time to actually email my family some of the pictures that are overflowing on my camera. I have time to snap pictures, just can’t ever find time to DO anything with them LOL.

  40. Bensbabe says:

    Well, when I pumped 2-3 years ago for DS, I was catching myself falling asleep while pumping, LOL! I was so exhausted!! I only got a few weeks off work before going back to working nights & I worked every other night for a long time–just so I could keep DS out of daycare. It was struggle & it became harder after he became more mobile.

    With this one due in the summer, and being able to take more time off work, I hope to be able to spend the “pumping time” more with DS. I’ve been envious of those w/the portable electric pumps lately b/c I would like to still be able to have special times w/DS while doing this other productive pump work. Since I don’t need another pump, that bra looks like an awesome investment!

  41. Josefine says:

    I would work. I’m going to need one of these when I go back to work in May.

  42. Julie says:

    With a 20 month old and a new baby coming in October, let’s just say I could use my hands free to do just about anything. I am scared! :)

  43. Kel says:

    Wow what would i do with this hands free bra…. well as being an army wife as well as going to be a mom of 2 children soon i can be super mom! I can do just about anything i can still be the loving mom to a 3 year old as well as to a new born and on top of all that i could still be a loving wife to my amazing husband who fights for this country. I believe this bra would also help me help my husband interact more with his new baby by feeding the baby with a bottle and i could not have to neglect my 3 year old as she is attached to my hip since shes been born since when she was born my husband has been deployed to Iraq twice in her lifetime. So ya i could definatly use this hands free bra lol :)

  44. Karen says:

    Hopefully a nap! That would be great :-)

  45. Michelle says:

    What a great giveaway! I’m glad you are having some free/relaxing time. :)
    Once I DO get pregnant and have a baby – I would use it so I can blog or read. :))

    Oh. And totally started Clomid this week. Ugh. Hate the hot flashes….

  46. Mary Casey Duffy says:

    Usually on the computer or playing with my older kids. I love the Medella Freestyle, it is so much more freeing!

  47. Jessi says:

    I have major back problems. This would help me manage to move and preposition easier to stay comfortable.

  48. The Single Mama says:

    i’m getting ready to have #2 with a 1 year old! I’ll definitely need to do ANYTHING with my hands other than pump :)

  49. Katie says:

    Wow! I could actually have time to organize photos on the computer, catch up on email or peruse real estate websites for our next house!

  50. Katrina says:

    Wait, napping is a possibility? I was going to say something else, but yeah, I think I’ll go with “nap!”

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