Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier
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We like
  • Mom’s hands are free to cook, clean, work, or play
  • The adaptive stretch technology grows and shrinks with mom’s changing chest size during the breastfeeding process
  • The bustier comes in three colors: white, beige, and black
  • The bustier is machine washable and can be put in the dryer or dried on a line
  • A few different brands of pumps and bottles are compatible with the bustier
  • It can be worn by itself or over a nursing bra or other articles of clothing
We don’t like
  • The sizing is off by a bit so the bustier may not fit your body well
  • The bustier is prone to staining from leaking or dripping breast milk
How it works

Not every baby takes to breastfeeding. Many moms find it difficult to get their child to latch on to their breast when it comes time to breastfeed. As a result, many moms choose to pump their breast milk and bottle feed their children so their children can still get the nutrients from breast milk. Other moms need to go back to work and, therefore, cannot be home around the clock to breastfeed. In this situation, these moms pump milk so their child can be fed during the day while they are at work by another caregiver. The downside to pumping breast milk is that it is difficult to do and very cumbersome to have to hold the pump and the cups to your breasts while you pump. The makers at Medela have created a bustier for your breast milk pumping needs that holds your chest, the breast pump, the cups, and the bottles in place while you pump so that you can pump hands free and continue with your daily routine while you express breast milk. The bustier can be placed over other maternity or breastfeeding clothes and it is machine washable and easy to take care of during the breastfeeding process.

 

Design

Design

The Medela Easy Expression Bustier is made of a stretchable fabric that fits over your chest and over your bra. The bustier is made of a nylon/spandex fabric that stretches to meet the needs of your ever-changing chest during your breastfeeding months. The bustier wraps around your body and clips together at the top. Underneath that clip is a zipper. Put the zipper together and zip up the bustier to fit nicely over your chest. In the nipple area of the bustier, there are two openings for your to expose your nipples and attach the breast pump and bottles. The cups and pump fit seamlessly in the openings and while attached to your chest, the bustier keeps the pump in place so that you don’t have to hold the cups, the bottles, or the pump to your chest. Instead, your hands are free to answer emails, talk on the phone, cook a meal, clean, or do work on your computer or laptop. Many moms have praised the bustier for this function because at times it takes up to twenty minutes to pump, and with the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier, those twenty minute are now a productive time that does not slow mom down.
Adaptive Stretch Technology

Adaptive Stretch Technology

The Medela Easy Expression Bustier is designed with adaptive stretch technology. The purpose of this kind of fashion technology is to keep mom comfortable in her breastfeeding journey, but also in her journey of healing after giving birth. Mom’s body is going to go through a variety of changes after she gives birth, and for the mom who breastfeeds, the biggest change is going to be in her chest. A lot of moms have found that once they started breastfeeding, their chest grew in size from when they were pregnant. As the body produces more and more breast milk to feed the child, mom’s breasts grew exponentially.

With the Adaptive Stretch Technology, the bustier can stretch and recede with the changes happening in your body. As your chest grows bigger during your breastfeeding months, the bustier can stretch to accommodate your growing size. As you begin to breastfeed less and less as your baby gets older, the bustier will recede in size as your chest begins to get smaller. All of this comfort with your growing chest can all be found in just one bustier, but it serves you to know exactly what your size is before purchasing.
Sizing

Sizing

Many moms found that it is more comfortable to go up one size with the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier. Women who have a chest on the larger size found that the XL size fits well enough but still left some room for breathability. Many moms have found that whatever size shirt you wear should be the same size that you choose for the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier.

Going up one size when you purchase the bustier works best because the bustier also fits over other maternity clothes. For women who choose to wear a breastfeeding bra that has detachable cups, the bustier can fit over your nursing bra and you can still open the cups and expose your chest for pumping through the openings.

For moms that wear other types of undergarments or maternity clothes, the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier will be able to fit over those articles of clothing as well giving you the same comfort and the same opportunity to breastfeed.
Cleaning the Bustier

Cleaning the Bustier

Cleaning the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is super easy as it can be treated just like your other clothing. The bustier is machine washable and can be put in the washing machine with your other clothes. Because of the stretch fabric, some moms prefer to line dry the bustier to prevent any shrinkage or any damage to the material. It should be noted that the bustier can be put in the dryer, and the optimal setting for drying the bustier is to tumble dry low. It may help to place your dryer on a setting for delicate clothes. The same goes for your washing machine. You may want to set your machine to delicate or hand wash when you wash the bustier.

For cleaning away that quick leak or spill, you can take a wet paper towel or sponge and quickly wipe away any spills that may occur.
Color Options

Color Options

The Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier comes in white, beige, or black. For cleaning and visual purposes, many moms have found that while pumping there can be some leaking and there can be some spilling as you take the bottles on and off the pump, and by nature mom’s breasts may continue leak after the pumping has completed. With that said, moms who have purchased the black bustier, have found that the excess breast milk gets on the black and leaves behind a slight stain. Because breast milk is close to white, it contrasts greatly with the black and it can be easily seen. Granted, mom will not be out in public with her bustier, but for the sake of being sanitary, the black just may not be the best choice for moms who have found that they leak or spill easily.

The beige is a great color to wear if you have a lighter skin tone and you chose to wear the bustier out of the house. Although you will not be attaching the pumps to you while you are in the grocery store or sitting in the park, the bustier can also be worn by itself for comfort and support. Depending on your skin tone, the beige will blend into your skin or blend better into whatever color your outfit is. The beige, however, does not do a better job of hiding any stains from leaking or spilling so you will have to keep an eye out for anything that may get on the bustier so you can clean it immediately.

The final color that the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier comes in is white. Although breast milk is not the same color white as the bustier, the white bustier does seem to cover up stains better until you can wipe off the bustier or put it in the washing machine. The white also gives a more sanitary feel, however, other stains that are not breast milk may show up on the fabric so it’s not foolproof, but it is the better alternative of all of the colors as far as breast milk stains are concerned.
Hands Free

Hands Free

The hands-free part of the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is what makes this product such a great seller. Moms who wear this product have the freedom to move around and do work either at their desk or at their laptop with their hands-free. One of the biggest advantages of having free hands while wearing this product is that moms are able to still care for their child while they are pumping. Without a bustier, moms have to hold the pump to their breast while they are pumping. As a result, pumping would have to be done while baby was sleeping so that mom could have the time to sit and pump. Now, with the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier, mom can pump whenever it’s convenient for her even when baby is awake. Mom can still hold and pick baby up, play with baby, feed baby a bottle or if baby is transitioning to baby food be with baby while he or she is eating, or mom can have the free hands to cook a meal or start to prep a meal for herself or the rest of the family.

Some moms have chosen to pump one breast while breastfeeding on the other breast. Because there is no hindrance coming from the pump, mom is free to do what she wants to do when she needs to do it at a moment’s notice.
Price

Price

The Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is priced inexpensive for the amount of perks you can get from this product. There are other clothes, toys, and baby products on the market that are far more expensive, and this product allows you to keep going even while you are pumping. The bustier is compatible with a long line of pumps and bottles and these various brands can be swapped in and out at your convenience. It should be noted that the bustier does work well with certain brands more than others, so if you are using a brand that is not the best fit for the bustier you may find that your results are not up to expectation. It is always wise to research what products work best with the bustier. For the low price, the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is a great buy and should be considered for the mom who is busy and always on the move.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is a purchase that should be considered by moms who breastfeed or choose to pump breast milk because the bustier allows for mom to constantly have her hands free to continue with her day. Mom never has to stop to hold a breast pump for up to twenty minutes anymore. Now, mom can simply attach the breast pumps to her bustier and she can continue to work from home or at her desk with ease. Mom can also prepare a meal, straighten up the house, or even chat on the phone with the freedom of not having to always have one hand on a breast pump. Mom can even feed on one breast while she is pumping on the other. The advanced technology of the fabric offers Mom support at the same time and the bustier can be worn by itself or over clothing even if mom is not pumping at all.

With so many advantages to having this bustier including the fact that it is compatible with various brands of pumps and bottles, the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier is the smart choice for the mom who pumps even when her busy life keeps her on the go.
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