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Willow Smart Breast Pump: Hands-on

Willow Smart Breast Pump: Hands-on



Willow’s smart breast pumps look less horrifying than others.

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  1. I Liked the Idea untill I seen you have to use there bags which is $11.99 for 24 bags. I think that's expensive because I see the bag is only 4 ounces.

  2. Show how to use will be more interesting😊

  3. The Willow was just SUCH a waste of our money. What they don't tell you is that its overly heavy, and due to the weight, it constantly pulls your breasts down and always has to push them back up, which is very annoying.

    Another flaw is that when you take the bag out of the willow milk usually spills out, it doesn't all get stored the way they say it does. The bags are a ripoff, if you open the device they could have very clearly created a permanent container to store the milk, but instead chose to use non-reusable bags that you will need to purchase from them for $0.50/bag. And each bag only holds 4 ounces, and mothers normally produce 20-30 ounces/day – do the math. So before you go spending $500 (willow) + $2-5/day (bags), think about this – there's no refunds or satisfaction guarantee.

    They tell you there are no refunds because its a medical device and not sterile after being used. Here's the thing, I work around sterilization every day, and I've taken the willow apart, and know for a fact that the device can go through sterilization no problem. They just want people to be stuck with the it, after they buy it and realize it wont perform as advertised. Think about that! At the end of the day we purchased a $30 manual pump from Target that was faster and allowed us to pump 2-3x more. With the willow we averaged 2 ounces per session, and with the manual pump we're averagaing 4-5 ounces per session.

    Don't waste your money, or at the very least try the $30 manual pump first, because I guarantee you'll be disappointed with the Willow.

  4. Como podemos comprar este produto aqui no Brasil

  5. Not a great pump overall. The bags are not reusable, so you have to pay for 2 bags every time you pump. If you pump 7 times a day for a year (recommended) – that's an additional $2,555+ … just to use your own milk! Plus – the charger only pumps one pump at a time … Ends up being more of a hassle (and cost) than a time saver (just this working mom's perspective).

  6. Still hurt like hell??👀👀

  7. I’ve tried the world’s most “advanced” breast pump, the Willow. Here’s my story…

    I bought the willow in hopes of not being stuck to the wall pumping every three hours. I was so excited when it came in the mail, but I waited to use it until I had practiced and gotten it down pat. My husband and I spent about three days practicing and putting in bags, latching etc. when I finally turned it on for the first time it latched properly so I was really happy, but within seconds the pain was so great I had to take it off. I use the Spectra and always start on level one and work my way up to level 12 over a period of about an hour. I pump about 6 oz at a time so when the Willow started on high during stimulation phase it was too much for me. When I took the pumps off of my breasts, my nipples had both turned black! Not blue or purple, but black. I called Willow the next morning and made an appointment with my doctor etc, so come to find out I now have tissue damage and am unable to pump or produce any milk. My poor baby has been drinking formula ever since this happened a few days ago. I’m devastated!! It’s a long story but she aspirated water and had to stay in the NICU for the first week of her life so I wasn’t able to produce as much milk as I should have and she had a hard time latching so I’ve been exclusively pumping ever since. I tried so hard to get my milk supply up, I’ve seen three different lactation consultants, tried every herb and cookie etc and finally started taking Domperidone which helped greatly! Unfortunately as soon as my milk supply was up to par with baby’s needs the Willow damaged my tissue and now I produce nothing but a few drops. It’s been four days now I’ve been supplementing with formula. I hope to God it’s not permanent. I’m livid. I’m sad. I’m completely devastated… be careful if you use the willow, it does not have variable suction levels during stimulation phase, which takes anywhere from 5-15 minutes. It just goes straight from zero to tear off your nipples!

  8. Do NOT sign up for the Willow Beta Program, and I would not recommend buying a Willow ever based on their horrible customer service and better value products being on the market (read the below paragraphs as to why). I ordered a Willow through the Beta program, and was promised that a Willow would arrive in the mail within 5 days. Over two weeks later, and multiple phone calls to Willow customer service (including promises to send my pump via two-day mail, and later to send it via overnight mail), I NEVER received a pump in the mail. Realizing that things seemed off with this company and growing skeptical about a pump actually being mailed to me, I called the company after being promised overnight delivery and asked for the tracking number. The sales rep said that she would call me back in an hour with that information. Several hours later, I received a call from a rep claiming that I cancelled my order, and had said that I no longer wanted a Willow pump. That was a complete lie. When I told the rep that was a lie, she just said that she would review my prior recorded phone call with a manager, and never offered for me to re-purchase a pump. I do not believe that there ever was a Willow pump on hand to mail me. This company is shady, if not crooked. Whether the Beta Program is a fraudulent way for Willow to get interest-free loans to produce pumps slowly for those who think they purchased pre-existing pumps ready for shipment immediately, or whether the company is completely inept and cannot get an expensive pump to the purchaser, or whether the company is a total scam, save your money and buy a pump from a reliable company. Or at least wait to see if the company proves to be legitimate, and DO NOT participate in the Beta Program. (As a side note, after purchasing the Willow, I received a text from Willow saying that there was a glitch and they needed my credit card information again. I looked at my credit card account online and saw that the transaction did in fact go through, so I texted back and informed Willow of the approved transaction instead of giving my credit card information again. Willow never responded to my message and dropped the matter. Be forewarned, this company is SHADY!).

    Based on Willow’s unprofessional interactions with me and poor, dishonest service, I would not recommend buying the Willow. But once you factor in the expense of a Willow (I expect much better customer service from such an expensive product), I definitely would not recommend the Willow over the competition. The cost of $479.99 (already exorbitantly high compared to other pumps on the market) is not the true complete cost. You must use the bags (which only hold up to 4 ounces) every time you pump. The $479.99 starter kit only includes 24 bags (so only 12 pumping sessions if pumping both breasts). Additional bags are 50 cents each! So, every time you pump, it costs you $1 if double pumping! (Bags are not needed for other pumps like Medela as you can pump right into a bottle; but, if you want to pump into bags for storage purposes, bags for most other pumps cost only about $10 for 100 bags). The cost for other accessories is also ridiculous. For example, if you need another size flange (the Willow only comes with size 24 mm flanges), a set of flanges cost $29.99. A set of flanges from Medela cost only about $15. My Willow order, which included the starter set, an extra set of flanges, and just one month of bags came to a total of $622.65! And I would have had to keep purchasing bags so that cost would continue to go up. If you had sticker shock with the $479.99 price, brace yourself for the true amount a person will end up spending to use a Willow Pump.

    I have four children and pumped with all of them (I am still pumping with my fourth). I have used both the Medela Freestyle and the Medela Symphony (I used the Medela Symphony with Freemie Collection Cups). I love the Freestyle. It is a great solution for being able to walk around hands-free since the pump is small and can clip to your pants. I tried the Symphony to see if I could collect more milk since it is a hospital-grade pump. However, I produced about the same amount milk with the Symphony as with the Freestyle, so no difference there for me. A pro to the Symphony – it was super quiet. A con to the Symphony – I could not walk around since I had to stay attached the large pump. As for the Freemie Collection Cups, they are a great solution if you want a wear-in-bra milk collector. And, unlike with Willow, the milk goes right into the cup, and you pour the milk from the cup right into a bottle or storage bag. So no need for 50 cent bags every time you use it like with the Willow!

  9. She said "Inside your underwear" at 11:16 😂😂😂😂😂

  10. Do they come in bigger sizes? I feel like this is for women with small breasts, the shape will give you a double boob. Witch is strange, when you give milk, your breasts get bigger, so will there be anybody who will fit this?

  11. Will it be able to accommodate different nipple sizes? Like how other pumps need various sizes of breast shields. I really want to see these in action- how they are put on, etc. Is it possible to get instructional videos? Thank you for addressing this issue. It's a big deal!

  12. I'm having my first baby in spring. Will insurance cover it by then? I will be working after as well and it's looked down upon in my job to take so many breaks for regular pumping.

  13. Oh science is there nothing you won't try to gadget up lol

  14. i think Medela solution still better than this gimmick ..

  15. 1 day battery life is the most inconvenient addition to anything useful

  16. How do you clean it? I guess you would have to buy a bunch of bags with it as well.

  17. She said "sits inside your underwear" 😂😂

  18. We all want a demo 😄

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