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#1 of 5 Old 05-21-2010, 01:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have the Medela PIS that I got with my first son (7 years ago). The hands-free system involves some plastic pieces that slip over the horns and rubber bands that are attached to the bra and then hooked over the plastic. With my first son, I used Medela bras with fabric loops for attaching the rubber bands. I was able to pick up a couple more with my second son, but it looks like they're being discontinued. I'm not crazy about the bras anyway, as they tend to rub my skin after a while. Right now, I tend to wear my regular soft-cups and only use the Medelas when I know I'll be pumping.

I would love to have a new hands-free system, preferably an easy one for when I (hopefully) start back to work this fall. I'm large-chested (42 DD right now, 38/40 D before the pregnancy), so I need some support, which is something that seems to be lacking from the set-ups I've read about online.

Any suggestions out there?
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here is what works for me. My DD will be 6 months next week. I pump daily at work. I'm a 42DDD (42DD prepregnancy). I wear my regular bras (no underwire) and use the two hair tie trick I learned from kellymom. I just loop them around my bra straps and lift up my cups. It has been very easy for me and no nursing bras needed.
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here's the link for the kellymom tip

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/h...e-pumping.html

I just tried it this week at work and it worked great. I'm a 36F and there was enough tension to keep the horns where they needed to be. I used rubber bands from my desk/office supplies. Saved me $30 bucks for a hands free bra or bustier. I am throwing some hair ties in my pump bag now.

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I'm a G/H cup, so I feel your pain. I was never able to find an easy/cheap system to work when I EPd for my twins 8 years ago. So, when I EPd after my surro son was born, I used an Easy Expressions Bustier. It was okay but offered little support.

I've come across a Simple Wishes bra and OMG, I have yet to EP with it, but when I tried it on - BLISS! It supported my breasts, it held the flanges/bottles up properly and it was comfortable. I have two! I can't wait to use it after my next surro babe is born.
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I'm a DD/E currently and use an Easy Expressions hands free bra to pump. I love it!!!

First-time mama due on Dec 3rd 2009!
Update: Baby girl born Nov 19th!
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