Elvie have created a pump that fits in your bra with no tubes or wires and is available in single or double options, leaving both your hands free.
The most impressive feature by far is that its silent, which if you’ve used other breast pumps before, you’ll know is a godsend. And if you’re into your apps and want to track things like milk volume, pump history and to control the pump remotely, then you can do so with the Elvie Pump, too.
Read on below to see how I and Mother&Baby Awards testers got on with the Elvie Pump...
How did this product make your life easier?
M&B Editor Maria: My first experience of using a pump was in 2019 when my first child was born. I started my pumping journey by using a Medela Symphony (hospital-grade breast pump). This was in the first week of giving birth and it did a fine job for the short time we spent together. For the next year, I used a Medela Swing Electric breast pump – it came with tubes and wires tangling aplenty and was a loud pumping machine, so pumping at night was jarring. The Medela came in two parts, with a pump bottle and electric pump. Each part came with more parts. While this isn’t a Medela bashing session, as we know they’re a reputable brand and have helped women all over the world, I can now say that having used the Elvie, I have quickly discovered the torture I went through while using the Medela. The late-night feeds with the ‘err-err’ pump noise still haunts me today.
The Elvie was (is) a revelation. Recommended by a friend who said, ‘it’s f****** silent and will change your life’ was only the half of it. The Elvie is a hands-free pump that is worn under your bra and can be fitted more securely, if you wish, with bra adjusters (provided when you purchase the pump). I popped mine under the bra and it sat so snug, that I never used the bra adjusters. The bottle and hub click together, with the breast shield fitting into the hub situated at the back. It may leave your chest looking slightly more inflated than usual, but it’s a small price to pay for such a genius device.
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?
M&B Editor Maria: The front of the hub houses the power button, the toggle to tell the pump when you’re on the left or right breast and 7 suction settings to switch between. After sterilising the 150ml capacity bottles and breast shield, I’d pop the Elvie Pump on at 1pm or 1am and would happily pump. Happily – a word I'd never associate with expressing breastmilk, ever. I stuck to a daytime pump, because you can’t lay down and pump at the same time. Although the pump is silent so the early morning pumps were a dream – I could sit silently feeding on one breast and pump with the other. Or just pump without waking anyone up from a loud pump sound.
Other than the silent pump, you really can go stealth mode, especially if you download the app. The Elvie Pump app lets you adjust the suction sections from your smartphone, which is very helpful and saves you jumping down your bra to adjust settings from the hub. This means you can feel that little bit more confident, say when family and friends are around. You can also use the app to track how many times you’ve pumped previously and to monitor milk volume. This can really help you to also figure out the best times to pump for yourself. I loved how lightweight the entire mechanism is, I would genuinely forget it was there after a while.
I store my breastmilk in the freezer using milk pouches and the Elvie bottle accommodates for this perfectly – the moment you remove the bottle from the pump (which you can do so safely without worry of spilling any milk!) you can pour it straight into a bottle or milk pouch with the silicone spouts already inserted. These spouts help to connect the bottle to hub, but are handy for pouring. If you fancied it, you could also pump and seal the bottles provided and store them immediately in the fridge or freezer.
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 above all others on the market?
M&B Editor Maria: Yes! Other features I’d recommend this pump for is down to the smart features; the Elvie Pump not only switches from stimulation to expression mode when it detects let-down, but it will stop pumping once the bottle is full. A feature I loved! I didn’t have to keep checking the bottle to see how much milk was in there and worry about whether the bottle was going to overflow because I didn’t catch it in time and waste milk. A sore subject and one you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever spilt breastmilk.
I could pop the pump on and have complete trust that it’s doing its thing – once there was no more milk being expressed or the bottle was full, I would know because the Elvie would simply stop pumping. This breastpump gave me full confidence and having that kind of trust is so crucial in this early stage of motherhood/newborn life. It has definitely changed my life and gave me time and mental headspace back to do other things – as opposed to being tied to a plug socket and constantly worrying whether the bottle was filling/was full.
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?
M&B Editor Maria: Not many and honestly the only reason it’s getting 4 stars is because I think Elvie could crack a few more options and make this the best breast pump there ever was. When you turn on the pump, the hub starts expressing at full suction mode 7, which shocks your nipple! So, I would like the suction settings to be on 1 to start with and give me the option to lead up to higher settings. One thing that wasn’t ideal was that you can’t charge the hub and pump at the same time! This caused slight frustration when I needed to pump but the Elvie wasn’t charged. Although I didn’t have to wait long, maybe 10 minutes to get a bit of charge to sort out that engorged breast. However even 10 mins more with an engorged breast is painful enough. And lastly, for such a silent pump, it would be perfect if you could lay down and pump – to be honest, I’m sure this is a lot to ask for but as a mum we cherish any moments of sleep we can get, so to be able to pump and sleep would be heaven. Too much to ask for? You be the judge.
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.
2 automatic modes: stimulation and expression
7 suction settings
3 breast shield sizes available (2 included)
Rechargeable using USB
Elvie app available for your smartphone
150ml reusable bottles
Fridge and freezer safe