A Guide to Efficiently Utilizing the Willow Breast Pump

Oct 4, 2023 | Breast Pumps, Breastfeeding

Newborn breastfeeding with willow breast pump

The Willow breast pump has revolutionized the world of breastfeeding for modern mothers, providing a discreet and convenient way to express milk. Designed for on-the-go lifestyles, this wearable pump offers a hands-free solution to pumping, allowing mothers to multitask while maintaining their milk supply. In this article, we will explore the key steps to effectively use the Willow breast pump, supported by expert recommendations.

Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Pump

Before using the Willow breast pump, take some time to read the user manual thoroughly. Familiarize yourself with the components, such as the pump unit, collection containers, flanges, and tubing. Understanding how the pump works will help you use it effectively and help create a supply and improve milk removal.

Step 2: Assemble the Pump

Assemble the pump components according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure a proper fit of the flanges to avoid discomfort during pumping. The correct fit also aids in efficient milk extraction. Your nipple should move freely inside the breast flange and not rub or touch either side when the pump is providing suction. If you need help with proper sizing please see an IBCLC for a flange fitting consult.

Step 3: Find a Comfortable Position

Select a comfortable and relaxing spot to initiate pumping. Whether sitting or standing, choose a posture that allows you to be at ease during the process. Discomfort or stress during any pumping or feeding session will have the potential to decrease your milk output. Turn on a show or listen to a podcast that makes you laugh or one you enjoy and your body will appreciate it!

Step 4: Insert the Pump

Insert the flanges into your bra, making sure they are securely positioned over your breasts. Willow’s discreet design ensures minimal visibility, allowing you to pump in public without discomfort.

Step 5: Turn on the Pump

Activate the pump using the control buttons located on the pump unit. Begin with the lowest suction setting and gradually increase the intensity until you find the most comfortable yet efficient level. The Willow breast pump offers various settings to mimic your baby’s natural sucking pattern.

Step 6: Let the Pump Work

Allow the pump to operate for 15-20 minutes per breast, or until milk flow slows down. The Willow pump’s unique technology senses your letdown and adjusts the suction, accordingly, ensuring optimal milk extraction.

Step 7: Empty and Store 

Once the pumping session is complete, carefully remove the pump components. Transfer the collected milk into storage containers, ensuring proper labeling with the date of expression. Always follow recommended guidelines for milk storage and hygiene.

Expert lactation consultants emphasize the importance of maintaining a consistent pumping schedule to support milk production. Consulting with a Lactation Room IBCLC can provide personalized guidance on using the Willow breast pump effectively and addressing any breastfeeding challenges.

The Willow breast pump offers modern mothers a convenient and discreet option for expressing milk and by following these simple steps, you can make the most of this innovative pump, ensuring a smooth and efficient breastfeeding journey. Remember, seeking expert advice can further enhance your experience and success with the Willow breast pump.

Note: This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider or lactation consultant for personalized guidance.

(For specific and up-to-date information, refer to the official Willow website and consult with trusted lactation experts.)

Sarah Early - MSN, APRN-FNP-C, IBCLC

Sarah Early, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, IBCLC, is a clinically trained Integrative and Functional Health Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in women's health and is the owner of Peony Women's Integrative Health and Lactation Room. She graduated with a Master's in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner with high distinction and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Sarah has been a practicing International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2011 and opened Lactation Room in 2014. Lactation Room specializes in supporting parent/baby dyads who are struggling with infant oral dysfunction, feeding difficulties, and tongue-and-lip ties. They earned the prestigious IBCLE Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Lactation Room for excellence in lactation care. She is a member of ILCA, USLCA, MBC, AANP, IATP, and MBC.