One of the hardest parts about pumping for me has been having to hold onto the bottles as the machine pumps. I had known there were solutions available to make it handsfree, though I was only familiar with the bras for this. My Lactation Consultant, Donna, and the manager of Maternal Connections both recommended the Pump Strap instead. According to them while they had had mixed reviews of the bra they sold, everyone loved the Pump Strap. So, I decided to follow their recommendation and only bought the Pump Strap.
Unlike a bra which should be fit to the woman wearing it, the Pump Strap is one size fits all. It is able to be fit over clothes or not, and has lots of velcro so it can be easily fit around the chest of the wearer.
I was given an opportunity to try it on over my shirt. It fit easily. I had hoped to get the strap in black, yet all they had available was the one in nude like the sample.
To make sure it would work for me, I put one of the devices that would fit over my breasts on and sure enough it was held up by the strap without me having to use even a finger to keep it in place.
At home, I was able to fit it almost as easily as I had in the shop with help. I had hit a little snag in that for me it was easier to have the velcro wrap around with the pieces fitting parallel instead of criss cross as the package showed. Still I was able to get a tight wrap and pump more effectively.
In fact by my second pump I pumped my highest amount of milk from one session. The Pump Strap was definitely a key factor in this, as I was able to better relax during the session.
A minor issue is that the velcro is so efficient it can snag a bit on certain types of fabrics. However, as it did not damage these fabrics, it’s not a huge issue for me. It does help to have strong velcro.
Rating – five baby booties out of five