No idea which breast pump to pick? Here’s a Hygeia Pro breast pump review – how it works, the pros and cons, and how to get it using your health insurance.
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What is the Hygeia Pro?
The Hygeia Pro is a traditional breast pump that can be used for pumping breast milk at work or exclusively pumping.
It’s a small pump with a rechargeable battery that makes it easy to move around while pumping. You can see more of me using this pump in the below stories.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Hygeia Pro
Every breast pump has pros and cons to weigh – here’s what to consider with the Hygeia Pro.
Hygeia Pro Pros
The advantages of this pump include:
- It has a rechargeable battery, so you’re not tied to an outlet every time you pump. It’s much easier to move around and get things done or pump on the go.
- This pump is small and lightweight enough to fit in a pocket and easy to carry around.
- The pump is simple to use – it’s intuitive, and there aren’t a ton of confusing settings.
- Expression mode has 12 different settings, making it easier for you to find the best one for you.
- It has a timer, making it easier to keep track of your sessions.
- It’s charged with a USB-C power cord, so it’s easy to find a replacement in an emergency (like in the airport after you realize you forgot your charger).
- You can set it up to single pump (pump one side only) or double pump (both sides), whichever works best for you in the moment.
- The Hygeia Pro is often fully covered by insurance.
- It has 13 different flange sizes ranging between 10mm and 32mm.
- The pump connects to an app that allows you to track pumping sessions.
Hygeia Pro Cons
There are also a few disadvantages:
- Hygeia pump parts can be difficult to find in a brick and mortar store if you need immediate replacements (like if your duckbill gets lost down the garbage disposal). It may be a good idea to stock up on a few extra sets just in case.
- The bottles are on the smaller side, only holding 4 oz on each side. Some women who have a larger milk supply may need to use bigger bottles depending on their output.
- Some pumps have a cycle speed setting that users are able to adjust, but this pump does not. (Personally, I think this setting can be more confusing than helpful, but some people like it.)
How to adjust the settings
As noted above, the settings on this breast pump are pretty simple.
The orange button on top turns the pump on and off.
The ‘M’ button switches the mode between letdown mode and expression mode. Letdown mode is used at the beginning of a pumps session to get the milk flowing, while expression mode is used after your milk has let down.
Finally, the + and – buttons are used to adjust the suction up and downn.
Hygeia Pro breast pump parts
This breast pump has five pump parts to put together – the connector, duckbill, breast shield, bottle, and backflow protector.
To put the pump parts together, attack the duckbill to the connector, and then the breast shield. Screw on the bottle, and then fit the stem of the backflow protector into the connector.
How to set the pump up to double or single pump
Tubing should be connected to the pump at the tubing port on the right side of the pump.
If you’re planning on double pumping, you would attach the two pieces of tubing to these ports.
If you need to single pump, just attach one set of tubing and cover the other tubing port with the port cover.
Who is this breast pump for?
The Hygeia Pro is a great fit for pumping at work or for exclusive pumpers.
Botton line: Hygeia breast pump review
This is a good option for anyone who needs a breast pump. As a bonus, it’s often fully covered by insurance.
Hopefully this Hygeia Pro breast pump review is helpful! If you’ve used this pump, let us know what you think in the comments.