Following a difficult start to breastfeeding my first born which resulted in bottle feeding and expressing every 2 hours for the first few weeks, I was expecting the worst with baby number 2. I used the Madela Swing pump first time around which worked fine with only one baby to manage but I wasn’t sure how I would cope trying to hold onto a breast pump while looking after a newborn and toddler. While the Madela Swing can work without being plugged into the wall, it doesn’t work as well and being tied to one place while I expressed was also going to be challenging.
The Elvie pump was around when I had my first baby but with an RRP of £249 for the single pump I just couldn’t justify it. At the time I also had a Huawei Phone which the Elvie App is not compatible with.
I lost count of how many reviews I had watched for the Elvie on YouTube but as they had all been gifted the product I was never sure how reliable they were. I’m sure you won’t be as critical of something you got for free compared to if you spent £249 of your hard earned cash on it!
When I saw the Elvie pump on offer in John Lewis for £179.95 last November I decided to take the plunge. I’ve never seen the Elvie at this price new and I think it was an error as the sale only lasted for 1 day!
When I opened the box I was impressed at how neat the pump was. The hub takes 2 hours to fully charge and all the parts must be cleaned and sterilised before use.
In the box:
- 1 Hub
- 2 Bottles (5oz/150ml, BPA free)
- 1 Breast Shield (24mm)
- 1 Breast Shield (28mm)
- 2 Valves
- 2 Spouts
- 2 Seals
- 2 Storage Lids
- 2 Bra Adjusters
- 1 USB Charging Cable
- 1 Carry Bag
- Instructions for Use
The set up was straightforward and if you download the app there is a step by step guide to follow which includes cleaning instructions. I found the unit fit well inside my bra and haven’t needed to use the bra extender clips but I’m only a 34C so if you are bigger it may be more of a squeeze.
I was worried that the Elvie wouldn’t be as efficient and powerful as my Madela Swing, especially in the first few days when my supply was still being established. I had a much easier time of it with baby number 2 so didn’t need to express straight away but when I did try the pump a week or so in I was pleased with the results. There are 7 intensity settings and the pump automatically switches from stimulation to expression mode.
This pump seemed to work quicker than my Madela but this could be because I was able to get on with other things. One draw back is the size of the reusable bottles which hold up to 150ml of milk. I didn’t find these big enough so have to remove the device and decant milk into another container part way through. This means I couldn’t go out for a walk while expressing as some reviews have suggested.
The Elvie app can be used to control the pump but I find this a bit of a gimmick. The app isn’t that reliable and the start/stop button is easily accessible even when the pump is in your bra. It is handy to see how full the container is getting but the pump will shut off automatically anyway to prevent spills.
Is it Silent?
No. Although it is pretty quiet and much better than the Madela, which made me feel like a cow and drove us crazy when we were trying to relax in front of the TV. Part of my reason for purchasing the Elvie was to pump at desk when I return to work but I would feel too self-conscious of the noise unfortunately. I also think it’s worth noting that it is pretty obvious when you have it on, especially if you only have one. It sticks out quite a lot so even with a jumper on you look pretty lob sided.
Overall I would recommend the Elvie breast pump, especially if it is important to you not to be stuck in one place and you express regularly. Personally, I probably didn’t need it this time around and have actually used my £4.99 Haakaa knock off from Aldi a lot more often!