Find out what our testers thought of the Elvie Breast Pump.
The Elvie Pump at a glance:
Meet the world's first silent wearable breast pump. Small and lightweight, Elvie Pump is worn inside a standard nursing bra, making it truly hands-free. Revolutionary technology eliminates noise so that you can pump in peace - anytime, anywhere. 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.
Elvie, a London based start-up, aims to 'bring women's technology out of the dark ages' because 'Women shouldn’t have to make do with shoddy design or pink spin-offs when there are self-driving cars in the world.'
How did this product make your life easier?
Rachael: This pump is amazing! As a busy mum of two, I rarely had time to sit down and pump before as someone always needed me. However, with the Elvie, I can pump and get on with doing mum things at the same time. The other day I made dinner whilst pumping! Not being restrained by leads and tubing has revolutionised my pumping.
Helen: This is fantastic to use whilst travelling and to pump at work. No wires make such a difference. I have not returned to work yet, but this will make it so much easier for me when I do so and much more discreet. I was able to pump in the car on a long drive to Cornwall which was brilliant. As a mum of three, I no longer feel tied to my pump when the older two need me for something.
Stephanie: The Elvie breast pump makes life easier as a mum because it is portable, light and silent. I can wear it in the middle of the night when the baby doesn't want to wake up and still pump without disturbing anyone else! I love how quick it can make you produce 4oz ready for freezing! It's great that it is handsfree and even more so that it connects to the app so you can check on progress without even taking it off!
Would you recommend this to other mums?
Helen: I loved the design, it looks so modern and sleek. It’s very easy to use and with the help of the app, it’s easy to track my progress. It’s easy to dismantle and clean and keep sterilised. It’s much more discrete than the old breast pumps and I feel I can go out to do the school run, make dinner, really just get on with normal life!
Rebecca: I would definitely recommend this to a fellow mum, especially if you have more than one child and need to pump on the go. It would also be ideal for mums returning to work but still wanting to pump or who are away from their little ones for periods and need to pump. I love the fact that it is keeping up with technology and it controlled via an app. The fact you can turn it on/ off via your phone and see how much your pumping live is great. It also records your pumps too. It was easy to assemble and the instructions were easy to follow.
Katie: If you are serious about pumping, or exclusively pumping, this is such a great investment! It will save you so much time. It was getting impossible to sit and pump enough now that my 3-month-old is awake a lot more (try all day!), it’s so easy to use and put together and you just plug it in to recharge it which is brilliant.
Would you choose this product to win?
Rachael: I definitely think this product should win. I have another breast pump however was really struggling to sit down and find the time to pump whilst also being a mum. With the Elvie, I can pump and do all the normal mum tasks at the same time as there are no wires or tubing to restrict how far you can go.
Stephanie: I would choose this product over other pumps because it's sleek, it doesn't look like a typical breast pump which always reminds me of milking cows which puts me off! I think usability is a great plus point because it's simple to put together, to use and to clean. I think because Elvie is completely portable and not wired up to anything it makes it a cut above all other pumps out there on the market today.
Katie: I would absolutely choose this breast pump over all others! It is expensive but it is worth it if you know you are going to pump a lot. Just being able to pump while on the go, whether it’s playing with your baby, cleaning the house or out and about. It’s so quiet and discreet that I feel like I can pump when we visit family etc which I didn’t feel comfortable with before.
What changes would you make to this product?
Rachael: I think this product is really great and wish I had had one when my firstborn arrived, however, if I had to change one thing it would be that the storage bag was slightly bigger. There isn’t enough room to store all the bits in it which is the only thing that I can find to be negative about it as everything else is great.
Katie: It would be great if this was more accessible price-wise. Breast pumps do run quite expensive and in comparison to others I do think it’s worth it, but at £250 for a single or £450 for the double it is definitely an investment and unfortunately pumping is not always something that is planned in advance! Other than that maybe if it could store a bit more for mamas that pump a lot at a time! I usually have to empty it before switching sides.