Any mother who's used a breast pump can tell you how uncomfortable they make life. Aside from squeezing and tugging on your already sensitive boobies, these pint-sized torture chambers often require Mom to remain stationary, as you need an outlet to juice 'em up. And that of course doesn't include the brave ladies who use manual pumps and possess hand strength that makes Schwarzenegger look puny. Pumping can be hard, which is why we're so happy to see this first-ever smart wearable breast pump that's super quiet and will make Mom's life super easy.
Ladies (and gents reading), say hello to Willow, a wearable breast pump that's hands-free (it works on batteries that can last a couple days before needing a charge) and makes pumping breast milk less of a one-woman circus act. This all-in-one design will likely be a game-changer for moms, as it's quiet and gives the discretion we've desperately wanted for so long.
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Nursing moms can wear these pumps that fit inside a bra and go about their business without dealing with pesky cords and tubes. Each pump contains a changeable breast milk bag that can hold up to four ounces of milk -- without your having to juggle the demands of everyday life and work while trying to hold up those forsaken breast milk bottles. Once the bags are full, the pump will stop -- just like that.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty ImagesAside from the awesomeness of having a breast pump you can wear inside your bra, the Willow adjusts to a mom's milk flow -- and can even sense let-down -- which makes it all the more efficient. Willow also has an app that can log Mom's breast-pumping activity (how much breast milk was pumped, how long it took). It also has the capability to set reminders and alerts, which is awesome considering how real mom brain is.
John Chang, the founder of Willow and a husband and father of three, debuted this beauty at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show and says this dishwasher-safe badass of a contraption will be available for purchase (it retails for $430 -- not cheap, we know) in the spring. The team at Willow has tested their breast pump on mothers who wore them during conference calls and commutes without hassle.
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I wish something like this was around when I was breastfeeding my two boys. As thankful as I was for my breast pump, having the flexibility to go wherever I want, whenever I want, sounds like a dream.
It can be hard to keep up with nursing and pumping schedules as is. That's why I'm so grateful there are products coming along that recognize common setbacks and try to offer a solution. Plus, a wearable breast pump would make returning to work a hell of a lot easier for working moms -- who wouldn't have to spend countless time trying to find a private place to pump (without being noticed), or who give up breastfeeding entirely because they don't think they can juggle the extra steps.
Cheers to the times changing and Pinocchio not being the only one who doesn't have strings (breast pump cords) on him.