There are a few minimal bodily controls on the Willow itself: an influence button, a mode button, and a plus and minus button to vary the suction degree. You at all times flip the pump on manually to begin a session, however you will want the Willow Go app useful to see see what mode or degree you are utilizing (you’ll be able to sense a distinction in these, and the Willow at all times begins on the bottom degree) and the way lengthy you have been pumping.
The Willow Go has two pumping modes: a stimulation mode and an expression mode. Each have a number of ranges of suction and rhythm to select from within the app. The Willow Go will begin out in stimulation mode for 2 minutes earlier than switching to expression, to attempt to replicate how a child begins feeding and activate let down. You’ll be able to manually swap modes on the highest of the Willow and throughout the app, and alter across the depth, too, to search out the best setting. All sides is managed individually, and also you’ll see a timer within the app to point out your general pumping time for every pump (however not how lengthy you spent in every mode). It guarantees hospital-grade suction just like the traditional Medela Pump in Model Superior, and I pumped the identical variety of ounces that I’d with my Spectra S1.
I attempted the Willow Go along with each a sports activities nursing bra and one in every of Willow’s personal pumping bras. Each have full protection and a hook to permit the bra to return all the best way down after which safe round each the pump and breast, which is what you must search for in any bra you utilize with a wearable pump. It match nicely in each bras and was comfy sufficient to put on, however it actually wasn’t discreet.
All sides of the Willow Go has six components: a container bowl, a duckbill valve, a diaphragm, a flange, a container again, and the pump itself that sits in the midst of all these components. Whole with two pumps, that’s 12 items for the pump. The Willow additionally comes with two USB-An influence cords to cost every pump, however no energy adapter.
All these components, plus stuffing it into your bra, make it onerous to get a visible of how a lot you’re pumping. When you’re making an attempt to test your progress or work out whether or not you’ve wrung each ounce of liquid out of your physique, you must do some head angling to see if something continues to be popping out of the duckbill valve. It’s advisable to pump for round quarter-hour, however you must be capable of work out after a number of makes use of how lengthy a pump session your physique wants.
Whilst you don’t wash the middle pump, you do wash the opposite 10 components. That’s no small quantity, however the Spectra S1 has the same variety of washable components. However I choose washing the Willow Go’s items. They’re bigger, making them simpler to deal with and simpler to air or hand dry versus a number of the smaller breast pump components that I’m always afraid I’ll drop down the sink drain. I particularly love that the container bowl pops all the best way off for me to scrub, relatively than scrubbing one more child bottle. These components are all dishwasher protected, too.