Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier
- 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
- 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.
Adaptive Stretch Technology
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.