First off this is a game changer for me! When I pump during the night I am always sitting up on the end of my bed nodding off and by the time my pumping session is over my back is killing me from not sitting up straight. I love that you can lie down and be comfortable and pump. I used a kleenex box to put my bottles into so that they would not fall over and that worked well for me. One pumping session I put the kleenex box on my bed the other I just left on my nightstand. Both worked well. Breaking suction was easy and it just slurped up all the left over breast milk in the tubing right away into the bottle. After using I just stuck the tubing and the flanges into a plastic freezer bag and put into the fridge to use again when I woke up. It was very easy to put together and it was easy to clean also. I enjoyed being able to test this out and would highly recommend it to others. And thanks again for letting me review it. It allowed me to get more sleep which was awesome!
Andrea, Reedley, CA
I love the idea and convenience they bring. It was a little awkward at first but once I got used to it, it was fine. The suction was stronger. And I felt like I got 1 to 2 ozs more so that was a plus. The babymotion window is working like it should. It made kind of a squeaky noise at first and took some adjusting to quiet. But overall turned out really good. I slept during the session with no problem. I love them and would recommend to others.
Sandra, Blue Springs, MO
I love it! I can finally get an extra 30 minutes of sleep of sleep at night (spectra turns off after 30 minutes) and little one doesn’t wake up for another 4 hours! It’s an amazing idea that I thank you so much for creating this wonderful gadget
Alexis, Russellville, AR
Sooooo the suction is great if not better than being hooked to regular flanges etc. I had like 5 let downs in 25 minutes. Once finished pumping I had milk still in flange and tubing thinking how will I get the excess milk into the bottle. But once you unlatch the milk sucks right into the bottle! AMAZING AMAZING. I would actually use this more than just for sleep bc the suction is amazing.
Shantae, Commerce, GA
Lying down in the middle of the night is a huge plus! I was surprised to find that the suction didn't seem to be lessened with the adapters. I use my spectra at a fairly high suction & none seemed to be lost. I have been putting my bottles in a small box on my bed near my head & my pump is on my nightstand. I have a spectra that turns off after 30 min & am happy to say I am now comfortable enough to fall asleep pumping! I use it every night & it has been life changing!
Stacy, Waterford, WI
I have tried it with my regular plastic Medela flanges a few times, so far so good! NO leakage. The plastic flange does not dig into my breast but I find that I can’t really lay down flat, I have to prop myself up a bit. My output seems to be the same if not just a little bit more like maybe 1/2 oz more.
Michelle, San Antonio, TX
It is working out well and I have been using it for my evening pumping sessions and can now just lie on the couch and watch TV while pumping which is nice! I use the SleepyMommy adapter in the evenings and my evening pump sessions yield around 4-5.5 total oz. per session. It also worked fine with the plastic flanges, no issues at all! It didn't leak or dig in. I use a hands free Medela bra and it is a pretty snug fit and kept the flanges sealed well. I think it is a great product and I would definitely recommend it to other Moms! It is so nice to be able to lay down and relax while pumping. There was a learning curve with it but once you get the hang of it it is simple to use.
Johanna, Olmsted Falls, OH
I've tried the new SleepMommy adapters and love them! Overall, the Medela flanges worked just fine. I found that the seal between the flange and breast would break easier than when I used the Baby Motion flanges. I found the included syringe worked extremely well for cleaning the tubing. I was able to force hot, soapy water through and hang the tubing to dry without any issues.
Karolyn, Tomahawk, WI
Success! When I put it all together I confess I was a little skeptical, but it totally worked! It was very comfortable to lie down on my side like that, I’m a side sleeper anyway. For pumping and napping it’s an instant game changer.
Carrie, San Francisco, CA
HOW TO USE
How does the SleepyMommy Adapter work?
The SleepyMommy Adapters contain one small adapter that attaches to the flange connector and one large adapter that attaches to the flange. There is a thin tubing connecting the small and the large adapters. This setup separates the flange from the flange connector and milk collecting bottles so that the bottles are no longer dangling in front of your body, thus allowing you to pump while laying down.
Which flanges and pumps are the SleepyMommy Adapter compatible with?
The SleepyMommy Adapter is directly compatible with Medela, Lansinoh, Hygeia pumps and their regular two-piece plastic flanges. However, we recommend using LacTeck BabyMotion Flanges for optimal results because soft flanges offer more comfort and better seal, which prevent leaking when you lie down on your side.
How to use the SleepyMommy Adapter with Spectra?
Because Spectra flange is a one-piece design, we need to change it to a two-piece design first so that the flange can be separated from the connector&milk bottle, which is the purpose of the SleepyMommy Adapter. In order to do that, you would need below:
- babymotion flange or any regular plastic flange similar to the Medela flange
- Pumping pal spectra adapter
- SleepyMommy Adapter
It's a lot of new parts to buy in order to hack the Spectra, which is a popular pump, but unfortunately we don't have a better solution for now.
My milk backs up in the flange when I pump laying down, is that normal?
Yes. Due to the angle when you lay down on your side, it is completely normal that your milk backs up until it reaches the opening of the SleepyMommy Adapter and gets sucked inside the bottle. However, please ensure that your pumping bra is tight enough to secure the flange and any milk inside to prevent any spill. When you finish pumping, break the seal of the flanges first with the pump still on so that any milk remaining inside the flanges is sucked into the bottles .
Do the adapters affect suction?
Generally not. The adapters just transfer the vacuum of the pump and does not affect the suction levels of the pump. You may feel a different sensation when the tubing and flange are full of milk but it doesn't affect final output. If you have strong/fast letdown and experience some milk pooling inside the flange, we suggest keeping the pump on while carefully break the seal between your flange and your breast by a little bit so that the excessive milk gets sucked into the bottle. Then reseal the flange on your breast.
How to wash the tubing?
First wash the tubing by filling a baby medicine syringe (not included) with warm soapy water and push into the tubing. Then rinse the tubing by filling the syringe with regular water and push into the tubing. Dry the tubing by holding one end and swirl the tubing to get the remaining water out. Hang on a rack to dry. To sterilize, boil the tubing in water for 2 minutes.
How often should I replace the tubing?
We recommend replacing the tubing once every month. If your tubing begins to slip off the adapters over time due to extended use, you can cut the ends off. Replacement tubings are available on our website. The replacement tubing is longer and we suggest cutting it to the shortest desirable length.
How to avoid falling asleep while laying down and pumping for too long?
We recommend setting an alarm if you plan to fall asleep while pumping because pumping for more than 30 minutes per session could cause damage to your breasts.