The Willow is advertised as a cordless and hands-free pump that is revolutionary for moms. While I agree that being hands-free and cordless is fantastic, it falls quite short on being gentle on your nipples. The Willow has a constant suction pattern that continuously holds on to your nipples. Most moms who have on flange sizes that are too large describe the appearance of their nipples like tater tots. Often leaving their nipples discolored, white, purple, flaming red, and sore for hours after use. What the Willow does is put so much suction on your nipples and areola, in all the wrong areas; leaving excessive swelling. Often resulting in Vasospasms.
Continual use of improper size flanges could eventually cause:
•Micro cuts or fissures to your nipples allowing candida to grow. This can result in infections such as thrush, staph, and MRSA.
• Friction blisters, milk blebs
• Excessive swelling of the nipples for hours
• Pain and pinching
•Taking longer to empty your breasts
• Discoloration of your nipples; and
Help improve the effects of the Willow suction by first getting sized. Did you know that sizing for the Willow pump is different than any other pump on the market? Save The Milk sizing for Willow is also quite different than what the company advertises. The Willow provides sizes 27mm, 24mm, 21mm, and they have generalized their sizing guide to fit those three sizes.
If you are familiar with my work you will know that every nipple is unique and those three sizes do not fit all. Moms nipples are to be treated with care. Precise measurements and ongoing daily support are what I offer to moms in order to help them overcome swelling, pain, low output, and discoloration from the Willow. You have spent a lot of money on a pump and I want to make sure that it does not hinder your lactating journey as the Willow has for many.
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