While wasting my life away on Instagram a few month ago, I saw an ad for the Elvie pump! Unlike most of the trashy 'lifestyle' ads you see on there, this one had me mesmerised - WTF was this new-fangled machine that made pumping easier. Isn't that the point of motherhood, that it needs to be excruciatingly hard work all the time? Could there be a better way?
Let's go back a few years.....to when I was breastfeeding. The actual breastfeeding bit went pretty well (apart from all the vomit and crying from an un-diagnosed milk allergy, but that's for another post). The issue came when I wanted to go out. I'd have a real fear about getting enough milk ready for my parents/in-laws if I ever planned to go out for more than a couple of hours. I had a pump, but pumping meant sitting in a single spot with this big sucker attached to my boobs, tied to the wall with wires and tubes. Great if you don't actually have a child to look after, but trying to do that with a family/life/chores I found it impossible. I remember going to a wedding once and having to take a pathetically inefficient hand-pump, trying to deflate myself in the venue toilets hoping nobody questioned the odd squeaky sound it produced.
Hat's off to anybody who managed it, but it was a nightmare for me.
Sorry Rachel McAdams, you may be an inspiration, and are rocking the pumps - but we still think traditional pumps suck (get it!!)
So when I first saw the Elvie Pump I was gobsmacked.....somebody had invented a pump that you could use AND move around in?
I could get breakfast ready, get them dressed, breastfeed at the same time, take it out with me (to a wedding even!) or take it to work to pump at lunchtime? This was way to good to be true.
So I did some digging, and found so many YouTube videos saying what a revolutionary product this was, and knew I had to get it for Little Nutkins.
So who are Elvie?
Elvie approach problems as women and solve them as engineers, scientists and designers, starting with a real need and innovating around it.
They create new products, new solutions and a fair few conversations while they’re at it. They don’t do controversy for controversy’s sake, but they’re committed to talking candidly about women’s bodies in order to give them the products they deserve.
Armed with genuine female insight and world-class design expertise, Elvie are working to transform the way women think and feel about themselves.
What is the Pump?
The Elvie Pump is the world’s first silent wearable breast pump. It fits in your bra, and your life. Pump anytime, anywhere. Wearable. Silent. Hassle-free. Smart.
The pump is lightweight and small, so you just pop it into your nursing bra and off you go. Yes people will probably notice it - as you'll have one giant boob. But put on a big jumper and you'll be fine....and who cares anyway especially if you're at home.
It's easy to assemble and clean, you'll be ready to go again in minutes.
And as an added bonus, you can connect to the free Elvie Pump app to monitor milk volume in real time, track pumping history for each breast and control the pump remotely. But you don't have to - it works by itself too (perfect for when your child has stolen your phone or you've run out of batteries!)
The elephant in the room - the price
Yes, we know it's not cheap. At £249 for the singe and £449 for the double it's a pretty decent investment. But for those committed to breastfeeding this is a worthy investment. It'll make your pumping experiences so much easier and can keep you going longer. Even once you feel they're too big to breastfeed or those nasty toothy nippers get in the way, you can keep feeding them your milk.
If you're happily pumping away already, then it's probably not worth buying another pump. But if you're struggling with a 'normal' pump or want to make your life that little bit easier, then the Elvie pump is for you.
Plus, there's bound to be a resale value in it in when you're done!
We honestly think this is an amazing product (otherwise we wouldn't sell it!)
Spread payments with Klarna
One HUGE benefits of buying the Elvie Pump from Little Nutkins is that you can use Klarna's 'Slice it in 3' options to spread the costs over 3 months. Pay 1/3 upfront, get the Pump within a few days and pay the the rest over the next 2 months. The perfect solution for larger purchases such as this.