This post is sponsored by Motif Medical. All opinions are my own.
As a working, breastfeeding mama bear, I’ve had my fair share of pumping adventures. Let’s just say I’ve been there, done that, and could probably tell some pretty hilarious tales. (Like hand pumping in a bathroom at a holiday work party, pumping in the car in traffic, spilling milk all over my desk at work, forgetting to attach my bottles to the pump, overflowing bottles, pumping and realizing after the fact that my parts had molded overnight!) When you make the decision to breastfeed, and especially if you work or need to pump exclusively, pumping becomes just another part of your day and you’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. And well, you kind of have to. It can feel all-consuming at times, at least in my experience it felt that way. Your entire day revolves around your pumping schedule, and making sure you and your pump are a match made in Heaven is crucial if you’re going to make that relationship work. Pumping is a two way street, yes? If only one of you is feelin’ it, it’s going to be an uphill battle!
With our first child, Miss A, I went with what I knew my friends and family had used. The Medela Pump in Style Advanced double breast pump just seemed like a natural fit, and I honestly didn’t even consider anything else. I think I’d heard of a few other brands, like Spectra maybe, but I was so new to the pumping game (heck, baby #1 is a whole new world!) that I didn’t really feel comfortable doing any research to find anything else. I knew Medela was a great brand, and my insurance covered it, so I went with it. And it was great! It certainly got the job done, but I always wished I could find something a little smaller, lighter, and more portable, especially once I started working remotely and tended to be a bit more on-the-go. Working remotely usually affords you the opportunity to not be so tethered to your desk, but if you’re pumping, it also means you need to be able to pump easily in a variety of places!
Enter: the Motif Duo Double Electric Breast Pump. I was recently sent this to share my honest opinion, and I’m so excited to tell you guys all about it. This is a pump that is definitely new-to-me and is fairly new to the market – so don’t feel like you’re too behind, mamas! The Motif Duo is the cutest little thing. And when I say little, I mean little. The thing literally fits n the palm of your hand, and is so lightweight it doesn’t even feel like a breast pump. It’s also dare I say, discreet? You know the sound that most traditional breast pumps make? “Eerrr-er-eerrr-er-eerr-er” come on, you know what I’m talking about. The sound that you hope and pray someone can’t hear over the line during a conference call, or through the wall you share with your boss? The Motif Duo, while small and mighty, is actually pretty quiet! It kind of makes a low humming noise, nothing compared to the typical motor noise of most larger breast pumps.
So from a portability standpoint, The Motif Duo gets 5 stars from me. It’s so incredibly easy to throw it in your purse, gym bag, keep it in your car, take it with you when you travel, keep it in your diaper bag – it’s so easy to take with you anywhere, and that in and of itself takes a huge weight off your shoulders when it comes to pumping. Since it can function off its main battery, and doesn’t have to be plugged in, you have so much more freedom! Its’ rechargeable battery lasts up to 2.5 hours, which means you’re not tied to having to find an outlet anytime you need to pump. Uh-mazing. I LOVE that it can run off its battery alone because you could literally whip it out anywhere, pump real quick, then toss it back in your bad and you’re off. Imagine if you’re a runner like me and you arrive the morning of a race but need to pump before heading to the starting line – you could pump super easily in your car without having to worry about an adapter, using a hand pump, etc. Or if you have a meeting out somewhere, and need to pump real quick before heading home or to another meeting – such great flexibility, really.
Functionality wise, I mentioned it was small but mighty, and that could not be anymore true. The Motif Duo has several settings so you can customize your pumping experience. It has your basic + and – feature for adjusting the power of the suction, and you can also change between an “expression” mode and a “massage” mode. I personally, don’t use the massage mode, so I stick to the expression mode. I know every mom has a different preference though, and get this – it also has a memory feature. So when you turn it on, you can just push the memory button and it will automatically remember your settings. I will say though, that I think this pump takes a little bit more practice to figure out, but once you’ve figured it out it’s very simple and user friendly. It also comes with 3 different size breast shields, so you can be sure to really get the right fit, along with your customized output settings.
My biggest complaint with the pump was honestly the assembly of it. I actually had to google a youtube video of how to put it all together. There are quite a few more parts than I’m used to, so that was a little confusing at first. Of course, it only takes putting it together one time to figure it out, but from the get go, I wasn’t a huge fan of how many pieces there were. (This could actually be a good thing though, because some of the extra pieces are part of a backflow system to help prevent contamination in the tubing. But either way, it’s still a lot of pieces.)
My only other complaint, or negative, I see about this pump is that it doesn’t come with a cooler bag and ice pack. It does however, come with a nice carrying tote bag, which is great. But, from past experiences I know how important it is to be able to store your milk in a cooler if you won’t have access to a refrigerator for several hours. Room temperature, or freshly pumped milk can sit out for 3-5 hours without going bad, so if you’re just out running errands, it shouldn’t be an issue. But if you’re traveling, or will be gone for most of the day, I would be stressed about trying to find a way to chill my milk.
Overall, this is a really nice pump, and if you’re needing something that’s small, lightweight, and portable – this checks all the boxes. If I could have a re-do, I think I would go this route to begin with, simply because of how small it is. It retails for roughly $200, but if you go through your insurance and use a company like Aeroflow to get your breast pump, you should be able to get it much cheaper, if not free, thanks to the Affordable Care Act! You can use their Insurance form to find out what exactly you qualify for!
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Have you heard of the Motif Duo? Would you be interested in using a smaller, more lightweight and portable pump? Is pumping on the go important to you?