We’ve all used a breast pump at some point, right? But did you know you can hand express your breast milk too? Hand expression is quick, easy and can be more effective than a breast pump, especially for removing colostrum.
The baby stage is short, so gear that can be used in more than one way gives you the most bang for your buck and the kindestCup is up for all the jobs its advertised to do! Read on to learn about all the ways you can use your kindestCup to help with nursing your baby!
If you've ever tried it, you know hand expressing your breast milk can be messy and it's hard to catch all the sprays of milk flowing in different directions!
The way the cup is designed makes it easy to hold close to your breast while hand-expressing and it catches every spray of milk, in every direction, so you don't lose a precious drop. I did find that I still had some milk dribbling down my breast while I expressed, so it wasn't completely mess-free. While I don't think those dribbles are possible to fully avoid, you can wedge a burp cloth or piece of paper towel in your bra while expressing, to sop them up.
Catching Milk Drips
Many women let down from one breast while nursing on the other. If milk just seems to be pouring out, it can make a mess and feel like a waste of liquid gold! There are a few other products on the market designed to catch these drips, but nothing is quite like the kindestCup.
The Haakaa is a silicone hand-pump that suctions onto your breast and can either passively collect milk drips or be pumped to draw milk out. It's shape makes it good for using as a pump (the kindestCup cannot be used this way) but because it's longer and larger, it's more like to get in the way and get knocked off. Full disclosure: I've never personally tried one, because I just don't see it working well with my body shape.
The Milkies Milk Saver is another similar product, but it only works for collecting drips while nursing on the other side. It provides no suction to help draw out milk and it cannot be used effectively for hand expression. I tried one of these when my first was a baby and it didn't work for me personally. You have to put it in your bra to keep it in place, but I wasn't wearing a bra at home in the early postpartum days when it would have been most helpful.
The kindestCup is made from soft, food-grade silicone that suctions on easily. The suction keeps it in place, so you can be bra-free and hands-free, and helps draw the milk out from one breast when you're nursing or pumping on the other side. Nothing hangs lower than your breast, nor does it extend out very far, so it's not in your way and your little one is less likely to kick it off by accident.
If you'd rather avoid artificial nipples (ie bottles and sippy cups) for whatever reason, the kindestCup is ergonomically designed to use to cup-feed even young babies.
Whether you're collecting milk to feed your baby while you're at work, supplementing for your baby with trouble latching or expressing a few ounces so you can go out alone for a few hours, the kindestCup has got your back!
*I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*