Freemie Liberty (Double Electric) Breast Pump: A Review
(Sold in the USA as the NUK Simply Natural Double Electric Breast Pump, with the only differences being the branding and included bottles and Fitme inserts included with the NUK pump.)
The Most Quiet and Discreet Pump All Around
Disclosure: This pump was received in exchange for my honest opinion. As always, I give my honest opinion and I do not recommend products that I don’t love myself. See the disclosure policy for more details. Or why I disclose here.
*Information has been changed below to reflect the release of the pump for purchase online January 30. In the USA it is being sold as the NUK Simply Natural Double Electric Breast Pump in select stores. The difference between the Liberty and NUK branded pumps is just that the NUK Simply Natural Pump includes the fitme inserts and bottles with the NUK branding.*
I have been itching to tell you about this innovative and amazing pump, and the time is finally here! This one is unlike anything I have seen or heard (or rather, not heard much at all) before! The whole pumping system is contained in the breast shells and tiny motor! Let me tell you, this is one to have if you want to express without any eyes wondering what is going on with that outrageous motor noise, and you can even pump while going about every day things with no pumping bra required! Please note as indicated below, this pump has not yet been released besides in select retailers! The current model being sold is a bit more bulky and I’m not sure how quiet.
If you prefer to watch the Youtube video for the details on this pump and see it in action, click here or scroll to the bottom of this post to watch it!
Where to find the Freemie Breast pump: The Freemie Breast pump is not available on the Australia and New Zealand market until early 2018! It has just been released in the US market as of January 2018! Babies R Us currently has it for sale, and Amazon has it listed (but no stock at the moment).
Where to find it internationally: The Freemie Electric Breast Pump is not available until early 2018! I will update this once it is available internationally.
Cost:Expected cost is under $400NZD or around $299USD (and the Independence, which is a simplified version will be available through select insurance providers in the USA)
ABOUT THE FREEMIE BREAST PUMP:
Open or closed system? Closed.
Single or double? Double. However it can be used as a single pump as well.
Battery operated, plug in, adaptor? Rechargeable battery. Comes with a USB charger, so it can be charged anywhere.
Manual or Electric? Electric.
Varying shield sizes? What are they? It comes in at least two shield sizes, 25mm and 28mm. But, there may be further sizes available to insert into the shields later on. The fitme inserts are available to adjust this shield a bit more comfortably.
Soft or hard? Hard. Though the fitme inserts are soft silicone.
How many phases? 3, in that you can save them to suit your needs. You can set one for pre-letdown and one for when the milk starts flowing, and the other set for single pumping suction.
Does it adjust speed/suction? Yes. It adjusts speed and suction and has three settings which can be saved, as well as a timer which you can set to turn off automatically.
Price? Expected to be Under $400NZD ($299USD)
Where to buy? TBA for Australia and New Zealand (But likely Freemie’s website and select stockists). But, it is available online at Babies R Us in the USA (click here to see it) as of 30 January. In the US it will be sold as the NUK Simply Natural Double Electric Breast Pump with Freemie Collection Cups. The Liberty is also available on Amazon (but not in stock).
Features? Super small motor with belt clip, rechargeable battery, USB charger, 2 phase expression, three save-able settings for your convenience, nearly silent motor, breast shields which contain the whole pumping system, tubing which is adjustable for your needs, easy pouring spout, single or double pump options, and timer for automatic off.
Other products? Freemie breast milk collection cups which are suitable for other pumping systems to pump more discreetly. You will be able to purchase them separately (the current collection cups for sale are the older models, though, I believe.
Compatible bottle system? You need to pour out the milk into your chosen storage or bottles through the pouring spout.
Adaptors for other bottle systems? Freemie will be releasing cups sold separately for compatible pumps sometime after the Liberty is released in 2018.
EASE OF USE
Ease of use? So long as you get the proper breast shield size, the Freemie is fairly straightforward. Adjust the settings to your needs, and hold down the buttons to save your settings for later use (see video for how to). You don’t even need a pumping bra.
Easy to clean? Very simple and easy to clean. Be sure to follow the instructions for cleaning, so you don’t warp or destroy the collection cups!
Easy to store? Yes! As the shields and motor are all you have, it is very easy and portable for storage. Milk, however, cannot be stored in the cups, so I suggest getting breast milk bags or bottles for this.
Easy to put together? All of the parts are easy to figure out how to put together.
Parts come apart? Everything comes apart easily for very simple cleaning.
Quiet? It is the quietest motor I have heard in a breast pump.
Quick? It is quick and efficient, like other double pumps. (18-150 cycles per minute.)
Comfortable? As I got the proper shield size, it was comfortable and fit well.
Suction is sufficient? The suction was great. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to perform as well as other double pumps because the motor was so quiet, BUT IT WAS GREAT. So many positives for this pump. (Up to 280 mm Hg.)
Portability? Extremely portable! You can disassemble the breast shields for better portability, but it is small to take anywhere, and the motor is tiny.
Volume? The volume can be seen both upright and laying flat. 180-235ml volume.
Overall, I am truly impressed and amazed at this pump! There are so many possibilities with this one. It is such an innovation in the pumping world, to have such a silent and strong motor. (Seriously, listen to thisvideo clip to see how quiet it is!) There is also a timer setting available, so you can set it to stop when you want to stop the session without needing to push any buttons. While it isn’t un-noticeable, all of the breast shield can be contained under your clothing, so you can pump while you are out and about without too many sideways glances! If you put on a scarf, no one would suspect a thing! This is an excellent idea for the pumping world, and I look forward to seeing this product available on the Australian market for mums who want to pump on a bus or train ride, or relieve their engorged breasts without sideways glances as the motor “MOO”s loudly.
- The breast shells are not completely un-noticeable, as they do stick out, however it can be all contained underneath your clothing without the need for a pumping bra.
- It does not come with a bottle system, so you will need to store the milk another way.
- The breast shell will not close to contain the milk once you are finished pumping
- If you assemble the pump prior to putting in your bra, the tubing may be more difficult to manage. I suggest fitting the shield, and then adding the tubing after you have sorted that out.