When it comes to wearable, hands-free, and wire/cord-free portable breast pumps, there are only a few options and Elvie is one of them.
The Elvie is available as a single or double pump option and comes standard with a 24 mm and 28 mm flange with the option of purchasing a 21 mm flange directly from Elvie. Each flange has a size guide on the bottom to help you align your nipples properly but if you already know you need a smaller size, you end up having to find some inserts that will work within the larger flanges.
Because of the way the suction mechanisms work with the Elvie pump, the insert you choose must fit just right or be trimmed down to avoid blocking the holes on the Elvie flange which allow for suction.
This is where some hacks come in!
Enter Legendairy Milk silicone breast shields/flanges (that come with our collection cups or separately) to save the day!
The 24 mm Legendairy Milk silicone flange can fit into the 28 mm Elvie flange without blocking the flange’s air holes. You can then add your inserts to the 24 mm flange to get the diameter you need and provide the length that may be needed for longer or excessively elastic nipples.
The fit is a bit tight, so it does require some wiggling and pressure to get the Legendairy 24 mm silicone flange into the Elvie 28 mm hard flange, but once that is securely in, you can add your inserts into the Legendairy flange. You may need to do a U fold or “tulip” fold (anyone familiar with reusable menstrual cups? That’s the same fold you would use) and then flatten out the folds so that you have a smooth tunnel transition.
It’s also important to note that the Legendairy flange will not sit flush with the Elvie flange, but there is enough stability for the pump to comfortably sit against your breast/chest and within your bra to provide you a comfortable, hands-free, pumping session.
The Legendairy Milk 19 mm inserts work well in this setup also! You may find yourself needing to do the U fold or “tulip” fold mentioned above to get the insert in comfortably but once you’ve smoothed everything out, you’re good to go!
Statistically many pumpers need even smaller flange sizes than the 19 mm offered by Legendairy. While we are working on those sizes, we don’t have them yet, so we recommend third-party options like Maymom. These inserts are made to fit into a 24 mm flange and work perfectly in this hack.
If you have any questions or need help troubleshooting, reach out to us via email or on social media.
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