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Willow Go Pump Review

I jumped on the Willow Go bandwagon! I answered a lot of your questions in our fb group so I'll keep this pretty short. I also want to remind you that Willow keeps selling out of this pump. If you're considering the Willow Go keep in mind that it might be on backorder. Patience will be key here. Ok -- now let's dive in!


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What Our Mamas Think About the Willow Go

Overall Group Rating: ★★★★★

PROS
  • Can get 5oz or 7oz containers
  • Shape of the cups
  • Easy installation
  • Portable
  • Reputable company
  • Settings can be customized per pump

CONS
  • Heavy
  • Not leak-proof
  • Auto shut-off at 25 mins
  • Doesn't hold great charge
  • App is limited, buttons to adjust suction levels are on the pumps
The Willow Go "Learning Curve"

The pump suction is similar to more traditional pumps and it releases the nipple and has a nice gentle vibration. The pump has a long flange with a silicone barrier on the tip that creates the suction. Unlike the Willow 3.0, the Willow Go draws the milk down the flange, and into the reusable cup. One of the reasons I found the Willow 3.0 a little complicated is that the pump has to "slurp" the milk up and through the Flextube, and into the container or bag. Milk sit in the flange until it gets sucked up, then you have to flip-to-finish to catch any extra milk in the flange. It can take some practice to master that flip-to-finish. I like the convenience of the milk going straight into the container. Sizing is also important and make sure you have a good supportive bra.

If you need help finding a bra for your wearable pump, here's an article by Genuine Lactation on how to find a good bra for your wearable pump(s).

How to Assemble your Willow Go Pump

Things to Consider about the Willow GoIt's not leak-proof! The pump has a hole right on top. You can buy larger containers to try and avoid some leaking, but always be aware of overfilling. Squat don't bend!
The app is limited in what you can do, there are buttons on each pump to control the levels.
No bags! Unlike the Willow 3.0, you don't have a bag option with this pump.
The Willow Go is a little bigger and heavier than the Willow 3.0, but not as thick so it looks more discreet, quieter, and doesn't feel heavier in your bra.
Sizing and Insert Recommendations

Sizing is always important, but especially with wearable pumps and remember, the best size flange is one that's comfortable while pumping and empties you well. If you need help sizing for your Willow Go flanges, book here.

Willow Go flange sizing: 0-2mm bigger than pre-pump nipple size

I tested out my Willow Go with Maymom inserts, Lacteck Flanges, and BeauGen* cushions and all three worked. You can also try out other insert styles like Pumping Pretty inserts.

*BeauGen cushions are only compatible with 21mm-28mm size flanges, and will only size flanges down to 19mm-26mm.
Do I recommend the Willow Go?

ABSOLUTELY! Willow truly delivered a fantastic pump! The price point + no tubes make this pump very attractive option. If you don't need the leak-proof option of the Willow 3.0 or the discreetness of the Elvie pump, this is your pump!
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