Well folks, I return to work in less than 2 weeks. I can hardly believe my baby girl is creeping up on 3 months old, and my maternity leave is coming to a close. And you know what that means: it’s time to break out the breast pump. Am I happy about it? Honestly, no. But I am happy to introduce you to a new friend and the sponsor of this exciting (and pretty intense!) “tandem nursing work-away-from-home mom” leg of my breastfeeding journey: Hygeia!
We all know that breastfeeding is eco-friendly, right? It’s 100% natural, and requires no manufacturing, packaging or transport. But for many of us, breastfeeding requires the use of a breast pump, and that’s where we’re faced with another opportunity to make an eco-friendly choice. After some research, that choice brought me to my new pump, the EnJoy™ LBI Breast Pump with Deluxe Tote Set.
First, a little about the pump itself. It’s a lot different than the Medela I used for my first year of pumping at work. The most obvious difference being that the pump is not attached to the tote bag that comes with it. Right off the bat, I liked this set up better because I found it a little less intimidating. No big hard-to-clean contraption, just a cute bag…
and a streamlined, compact pump that’s easy to lift out and use on its own. I guess it’s close to the same size as my other pump when it’s in the bag, but somehow it just doesn’t feel as bulky and it has a lot more room for storage. I’ll admit that I don’t like products that require a hefty manual to figure them out, so I was a bit relieved when I looked at my new Hygeia pump for the first time. The controls on the front are totally self-explanatory and I was using it in minutes. See, just a few clearly labeled buttons:
One set, the Speed and Strength buttons, allow you to mimic your baby’s natural suckling patterns by customizing the speed and strength of the suction. I find that I get the most effective letdown when I crank it up a little, but even on the strongest setting this pump is way more gentle than any I’ve used before, while still achieving great results (read: lots of ounces!) A welcome change, naturally, considering the delicate nature of the body parts in question
Notice the other set of buttons? “Play” and “Record”? Those are for recording your baby’s cry or cooing (whichever works for you) to help you achieve a good letdown and pump more efficiently. I know, brilliant, right? Some moms have trouble pumping without their babies around, and this brings the sounds of your baby to you, wherever you are. That can make all the difference to a mom who’s trying to pump on a limited time schedule at work. When I first saw this feature, I immediately felt like Hygeia actually cared about ME, the mom, and my success. More than a mass of cords and parts, this pump has a feature that’s thoughtful. How’s that for warm and fuzzy?
Now that I’ve told you a little bit about the pump, let me explain why I mentioned above that Hygeia is an eco-friendly choice. Millions of pumps are sold every year in the US, and nearly all of them are sold as single-user pumps. You’re not supposed to sell or give them to another mother for safety reasons, making them essentially disposable. Sadly, most of those pumps end up in landfills.
Hygeia pumps are different because they are specifically designed to NOT end up in a landfill. The include a 3-year warranty, which is much longer than the industry’s 1-year standard, and they are completely recyclable. All you have to do is visit their website, fill out the recycle form, and you’ll receive info on how to send your pump back to the company. Hygeia will either refurbish your pump for a mom in need or disassemble it so the parts can be recycled.
Since Hygeia pumps are designed for long-term, frequent use, it’s likely yours might outlast your need to pump. How great is it that you can safely sell or give your multi-user breast pump to a friend, and all she has to do is purchase a new personal accessory kit and start pumping away?! Hygeia pumps feature barrier filter protection to keep mold or viruses from entering the pump and to prevent cross-contamination (this is known as a closed system), so you can rest assured that the next mom in line will have safe milk for her baby, too. For me, knowing that my pump can be used by another mom, especially one in need who cannot afford one, is huge. I would buy a pump based based on that alone, even without all the other things that make Hygeia pumps what I would call the best on the market.
Oh, and sidenote: Hygeia is the only pump company to be endorsed by La Leche League International and all pumps come with a free annual Supporting Membership to LLLI.
For more info about Hygeia breast pumps, visit their website and keep an eye out for more posts here. I’ll be sharing more about what sets Hygeia breast pumps apart from others, my own personal experience with the EnJoye system, and why I believe they are the best investment a pumping mom can make. For so many reasons, it’s just smart to buy Hygeia.
This is the first in a series of posts about I’ll be writing about Hygeia. If you have any questions about my pump, please feel free to ask here. I’m happy to help you in any way that I can, and who knows…your question may turn into my next post!
*Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest based on my personal experience with the product being reviewed. You experience may differ. As always, I will only bring you products that I personally recommend and use with my own family.