This review was written and performed by Kristen, DDL Contributor.
I was given the opportunity to review the Hygeia EnJoye personal breast pump. I had never heard of the brand before, and had previously used Medela products or manual pumps. I was excited to try it and was certainly not disappointed.
Anyone who breastfeeds or pumps knows that looking at, listening or thinking of your baby helps with let down. Hygeia took this knowledge and applied it to their breast pumps by creating a CARE (Custom Audio Record Button) button, allowing you to record your baby crying an play it back, which among other neat features, is pretty brilliant in my opinion.
I was pretty intrigued with the opportunity to review this breast pump for many reasons. One big reason is that this company designed their breast pumps to be “green”. All parts that come in contact with breastmilk are BPA and DEHP-free and are one of the few pumps that are FDA approved to be safe for multi-users. This means that you can re-sell or recycle the pump (send it back to Hygeia…address located on back of pump). Many people do buy used pumps and I was one of those people…and I even used the pumps, until I learned that they aren’t really meant to be multi-user pumps. So the Hygeia already was on my good side, because if you aren’t supposed to re-sell or re-use other pumps, where do they go?? Landfills?? That’s a lot of wasted pumps, so the idea that you can share this pump hygienically is pretty awesome (as long as you have your own Personal Accessory Set).
Why Hygeia Breast Pumps? It’s Simple…
- Risk – Free, 21 day return/exchange policy – Our Total compatibility Guarantee
- Clearance as Multi-user breast pump. Safe to share using a new Personal Accessory Kit
- Green Company, with recyclable breastpumps to protect the environment
- 3 year limited warranty, the best in the industry
- Unique C.A.R.E. button lets mom record/play baby’s cry or other sound, proven to help with letdown
- BPA/DEHP Free – all pump/kit parts that come in contact with breastmilk are safe for baby
- WHO Code Compliant supporting mothers and babies throughout the world.
So…all that wonderful stuff aside, how did the pump perform? Well, I was able to try out the Hygeia EnJoye Dual Electric Professional Grade Breast Pump. It was very small and came with a discreet drawstring bag to keep the pump and all supplies in. It’s pretty simple and modern looking and was very easy to use. There are two knobs, one to adjust the speed and another to adjust the strength of pumping. This allows you to be able to mimic the different sucking patterns of your baby, which allows for optimum milk collection. There is also the record and play buttons, where you can record your baby crying in order to help stimulate let down. They do have a pre-programmed baby crying in there, which my 1.5 year old discovered by pressing the button and it scared the crap out of her! Haha. She was okay with it though once I recorded her sister crying instead.
When I was using the pump, I was pretty pleased with the overall feel of the pump. I was able to easily adjust the speed and strength, and even at the highest settings, didn’t feel like my nipples were about to be ripped off, which has happened with previous pumps I have used. The pump itself with really quiet and had a pretty consistent sound to it, which helped to make it more discreet. One of the best features for moms who pump at work is that this pump has an internal battery. This pump would have been my savior when I had my first daughter because I had nowhere to pump at work that was near an outlet. If I had this pump then, I would have been able to pump in a bathroom stall (not ideal but hey, it would have been private and would have yielded the end result of pumped milk for my baby). This is also great if you want or need to pump in your car (maybe even while driving if you are using a hands free pumping bra??), or if you go camping or even if your electricity goes out and for some reason you need to pump. There are probably a million situations that I could think of where an internal battery would come in handy.
So anyway, with the aid of my recorded crying baby and the easily adjustable settings, I was able to get a lot of milk, and fast. I have mentioned in other pump reviews that I have been able to use many different pumps and I can easily say that this pump is the best electric pump I have ever used. I honestly don’t even know if I can think of any suggestions to make the pump better. I guess maybe the bag it comes in could be cuter? But seriously, I would recommend this pump to anyone who plans to pump, whether it be sporadically or regularly, over any other brand of pump out there. Overall, I can’t think of any better pump to use, both because of it’s “green” rating and also because it just works so darn well.
Kristen was sent a Hygeia Pump to review, free of charge. All opinions expressed are the writer’s and were not influenced by the company.