REVIEW: Motif offers next best thing to hands-free breast pump

 Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Twist breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Twist breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Aeroflow Breastpumps sponsored this post. Opinions are 100 percent my own.

By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms

I’ll be the first to admit the breast pump has always felt more like a foe than a friend. Ignore the painful truth that it is a device that works by applying so much suction to your boobs that milk comes out.

Many of the popular pumps just don’t seem to be products designed with millennial, working class moms in mind. I want to pump in the car on the way to running errands, not glued to an outlet at home.

To get that in-the-car convenience, you either have to buy add-ons or spend a small fortune to get something that looks like it was made this decade. So when I got a chance to review alternatives to the traditionally popular breast pumps, I jumped on it.

In exchange for my honest opinion, Aeroflow shipped me one Motif Duo and one Motif Twist free of charge.

The first thing I noticed was that they aren’t hands-free pumps. I rolled my eyes, but I didn’t hold a grudge.

So I’ll still need an add-on to get me to that pump-in-the-car convenience. Both pumps are less than $200 each, a price-point that’s standard enough for health insurers to cover, and it’s not like any other pump at that price point is offering built-in, hands-free functionality.

So I gave the Duo and Twist a try.

Packaging matters

I immediately noticed how well packaged the Twist was. It came in a shadow box with an outer flap, and I could see each piece of the device in a neat compartment.

I took the pieces out and made it a point to only flip through the instructions.

Blame it on my age (29), but if I have to study the instructions to put a product together, it’s not the product for me.

I was able to figure the Twist out in seconds. The pieces fit together intuitively, and assembling the Duo was similarly intuitive.

 Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Twist breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Twist breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

I looked at one photo from the instruction pamphlet, followed the steps and bam. I was all setup. 

The Duo’s packaging, however, failed to impress. The tubing was twisted in a tie, and I had to smooth out the bends just to get it to work properly. That took a minute to figure out, but once I did, the device's features quickly stole my attention.

Functionality matters more

Only because I know the struggle of being glued to an outlet while using a breast pump, do I know how brilliant it is to have a charging system that uses a USB cord.

Praise God. The Twist does. That means I can charge the device on my laptop or in the car without having to buy a car charger. That’s one less add-on and one step forward for womankind. 

Although the Duo has a more standard charger that I can’t use in the car, I didn’t need that capability because both pumps work without having to be plugged in. I appreciated the comfortable suction, and I was able to pump just as much milk as with my old pump. The Twist even has comfy silicone breast shields. They didn’t disappoint.

Bells and whistles matter slightly

The Duo includes a memory mode that let me program my favorite settings. Though, I can’t see myself using it often. I’m not that fancy.

The Twist is literally shaped like an easy button.

Only instead of a button, the central feature is a large turn dial. Turn left for maximum suction and right for minimum. That’s more my speed.

Both pumps aren’t as loud as my old alternative, and they automatically cut off after 30 minutes.

 Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Duo breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Lauren Floyd gives Aeroflow's Motif Duo breast pump a try at home in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Let’s all just take a minute to appreciate that last feature.

Imagine a world, in which you had to keep track of when you started pumping to ensure you didn’t go over the recommended 20-to-30-minute pump sessions. If you can’t imagine, I’ll spell it out for you: It’s irritating.

As a person who’s easily irritated, I can always appreciate an easy-to-use product. Ultimately, that’s what both the Twist and Duo are. They are easy, affordable and effective breast pumps.

They don't make my heart flutter quite like my hands-free attachments do, but the pumps are steps in the right direction in terms of convenience and portability.

If I could go back in time to my barefoot and pregnant days, I'd be a happy Twist owner from jump.