I noticed something interesting right away- on their website it looks like the tubes go down along your belly. Well, the tubes actually come out of the top of the cups. Trying to run them down is possible but they will kind of stick up right above your boob which is kind of awkward.
This is how the valve and tubing are positioned when in use- tubing up, valve pointed down.
I *really* wanted to love the Freemie cups. I do think that they work OK as far as suction, but the sizes are different than Medela sizing, so guessing your size is just that, a guess. I think I did ok, but time will tell.
They felt comfortable but I think I got lucky in guessing my size right.
The suction seemed the same as using my typical Medela parts. I did let down quickly and pump more than I normally do this time of day.
These *are* less noticeable than the Medela parts, but see cons for an expansion on this statement.
Because they don't hang down in the slightest, let alone to nearly your hips as the Medela bottles do when sitting, you can hold your baby, get closer to your table/desk/laptop, or drive easier. I drive while pumping a LOT so this is a big deal.
The frosted plastic means you can't see if you are spraying milk or how much milk is in there. There is no way to measure how much milk you've pumped. You really can't even see your nipple to see if it's positioned correctly.
They are NOT unobtrusive. Maybe under looser clothes they would be. I'm thinking a giant sweatshirt? Lol. You will show less skin than even a hands free bra because you can have your shirt completely over your boobs. Again this means you can't see what is going on.
The tubes don't really attach to any parts and it seems like the Medela connector part would get lost easily.
I'm worried that I wouldn't get the cups completely snapped together and leak/spill milk if they are cracked open or even pop apart.
Since the milk is collected in the cup I wonder what happens when you completely cover the valve? The nipple opening? etc. (with milk, that is).
UPDATED AFTER 2ND USE:
I've had some questions and some more picture requests that I'll update on here-
1) The Medela connectors plug directly into your tubes. I guess technically the tubes from my Symphony plug into the connectors, not the other way around. I did not notice any suction issues at this part. When I noticed less suction in my left boob it was fixed by pushing the tube that comes out of the cup in deeper.
3) Please understand this is a cell phone pic but this should give you a rough idea of how well (or not well...) that you can see inside the cups as you pump. I can see my nipple expanding so I know it's in the right space. I can't see the milk expressing. I can kind of see the line of the milk gathering in the cup.
You can see the milk much better when you take the cup all the way off. Again, no measurements. For the record this was about 3 oz.
4) Pouring can be tricky. The cup itself lays flat on it's "front" and the "top (this is the part against your boobs) snaps off. I used the little notch for the tube as kind of a spout to pour into the bottle.
6) This is a terrible picture. I will try to have a family member take better ones later. This is me holding my baby in a cradle position with the pumps on and working. Normally the Medela bottles dangle right where his body would go, so this was MUCH better! Holding him upright against my shoulder was fine for me but I worry that it was uncomfortable for him so I kind of had him to the side.
7) The cups themselves feel very secure, but if my bra was stretched out I'm not sure I'd feel the same. I was able to stand up and pick up my baby from the cradle but I squatted down rather than bending over to do so. I also lay down on the couch on my side, torso leaning over the arm of the couch, legs bent on the couch...this is an awful description, isn't it? I'll get some pics. I didn't have a problem with leaking. I do worry that the back and front of the cup will randomly unsnap. They snap together like tupperware.
8) As to car pumping, I realized that with the Medela bottles at least I can just take them off and slap a cap on them. These would have to be poured into a bottle, so you're bringing these AND bottles and figure out how to pour while parked in your car. I guess you could wear them inside wherever you are going and find a table or counter to unload onto but that would depend on how comfortable you are walking in with these on your chest.
Will update more as I continue to use these.