Freemie Liberty vs. Independence Pumps

After introducing Freemie Cups to the world, we totally understood the demand for a pump that met the needs of 21st century women. Breast pumps have barely evolved in a hundred years! Being hands-free and concealed to pump was a quantum leap forward to give new moms some freedom from the pumping routine, but being plugged in was the next hurdle. With this in mind, the Liberty and Independence pumps were born.

Introducing Freemie portable pumps!

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The Freemie Liberty and Independence pumps are our new portable battery operated pumps, and are used in combination with our new closed-system cups. Both pumps have virtually the same specifications:

  • Hospital grade suction up to 280mm Hg
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1.5 to 3 hr capacity
  • Revolutionary noise reduction technology
  • Over 100+ suction & speed combination settings
  • 3 programmable suction/speed memory settings
  • Unique Turbo Mode – an extended draw cycle/stimulation mode
  • Belt clip so you can wear it
  • Micro-USB charger and wall charger
  • Closed-System Collection Cups are included

There are two differences between the Liberty and Independence pumps:

  1. The Liberty pump has a LCD display, which shows pump settings/battery percentage on a back-lit screen. The Independence Pump has an LED light display, which shows pump settings through lit indicators.
  2. The Liberty Pump comes with an adjustable auto-shutoff timer that can be set in 5 minute increments up to 40 minutes. The Independence Pump does not have this feature, however, both pumps automatically shut off after 40 minutes.

Where will you pump?



The Freemie Story

History of Pumping

We at Freemie are proud to offer such a wide range of pumps, cups, and accessories to help moms pump more simply and discretely. We truly believe that we’re helping pave the road to a better pumping experience, but the plight of removing breast milk without a baby has been around for hundreds of years. Here’s how pumping looked circa 1830:

Woman Using Breast Fluid Pump; Woodcut

Things did improve over time. In 1917, there was actually a number of portable pumping options, but it looked like this:

Breast Pump 1900


Modern Day Pumping

Fast forward to the 21st century, and we now have electricity on a wide scale. The options have been decent, but being tied into an outlet is not a good option for the modern day woman. In 2013, we released our first products. Here’s our first double pump, the Freemie Freedom:

Freemie Freedom Pump and Cup Set with Parts

Freemie Freedom Double Electric

Even this setup is more advanced than the norm, as it includes our hands free Freemie cups, and does not require a woman to remove any clothing. This was a huge step forward, and it revolutionized the way pumping was viewed, but that wasn’t enough. We received an overwhelming amount of wonderful reviews and heartfelt stories of how our products helped women all over the world, but it was clear that something was missing, portability.

It’s now 2018, and we’ve recently introduced out new battery powered Liberty/Independence Pump models, and our Closed-System Collection Cups, which allows mom to pump in more places than ever before.


These advancements have been nothing short of revolutionary for pumping moms, but what prompted Freemie’s creation?

Freemie Is Born

Having a baby is no easy task. Every mom gets to experience the “ups” and “downs” of raising a child, and every person’s experience is different. Many women work outside of the home, some have twins, sometimes there are health complications with the baby. In 200_, Dr. Stella Dao gave birth to premature twins. Dr. Dao is a partnered physician with Kaiser Healthcare, and to say she was a “busy” person would be a massive understatement. Finding time to pump for two babies while also saving lives is no nominal task, and it sparked an idea that one day would be known as “Freemie”.

Partnered with her husband, CEO and co-founder Dan Garbez, they began making conceptual designs in their garage out of Tupperware and other companies pumping parts. A crude concept came together, which Dr. Dao tested herself, and the results were clear.

A Concept That Works

Nearly 10 years worth of research went into patents, designs, and manufacturing when we launched our first cups in 2013.

Today, we’re happy to say we offer Freemie parts in 20+ countries, and have helped hundreds of thousands of women meet or exceed their pumping goals. We consistently receive messages from customer’s who tell us our cups were the single reason they made it past a few months of pumping.

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Leaking is definitely not normal with the cups. Your warranty covers any manufacturer defects that should arise within 60 days of purchase, but beyond that is likely due to a misuse of the product. This most often occurs when:

  1. The hard cup parts have not been boiled for the recommended 10 minutes
  2. The parts were steamed (microwave bag, dishwasher, bottle sterilizer)
  3. Abrasives were used (bottle brushes) or other damage has occurred
  4. The parts were stored in the fridge


Why boil?

Boiling the parts is important for two reasons:

  1. It sanitizes the cups before first use
  2. It helps mold the parts to each other making them airtight

You are welcome to boil the hard cup parts (cups, funnels, valve bases) as often as you’d like. Do not ever boil soft parts like duckbill valves, barriers, quick connectors, or tubing.

Prep parts Open-System (L), Closed-System (R)

No steam?

Correct, no steaming. Freemie parts are made from a lightweight medical grade polypropylene plastic. This material is strong and durable and can withstand boiling water but is susceptible to damage from very high temperatures. Our cups can handle the temperatures water reaches at a boil, but steam can warp them causing them to leak.

Think of Freemie like your best bra. You wash it by hand. You’d never throw your best bra in with other clothes on hot right? Or, think of how plastic looks after it comes out of the dishwasher — it’s never the same again. The same is true for Freemie. Save yourself the headache and AVOID STEAM.

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Treat me right!


Abrasive much?

Think about it. Freemie is not your average pump solution. You wear it. It can’t leak. It really, really can’t leak. If you scrub the parts with a scratchy sponge or bottle brush with hard bristles, the parts get scratched. If you drop them on cement, they get scratched. If you wash them with other dishes and a fork gouges just one part, you have a scratch. What happens with scratches? They cause leaking. It’s called capillary action. Avoid it.

Cold blows?

Yes, cold blows. Why can’t they go in the fridge? Because it is super important that they don’t leak. Freemie has special benefits, and special care. Don’t treat Freemie like bottles and horns. If you put the cups in the fridge you’re asking for problems like milk backing up, valves failing, or leaking. Don’t cold store.

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Freemie no go fridge momma





Milk in Tubing

When using the open-system cup set (model nos. FG041, FG047, FG031, FG017) milk in the tubing usually means something is not assembled or positioned correctly. In most cases, the silicone duckbill valve is either turned slightly, or not pushed all the way down on the valve base. If the valve is not horizontal and is able to touch the rounded portion of the cup, milk will back into the tubing.

Valve Position

Replace valves every 2-3 months for best performance

The most common circumstance we hear is that the pump was being used normally, and milk “just backed into the tubing randomly.” This is a sign your valves have likely worn out, and need to be replaced. They are available here (open-system).

Be sure your valves are COMPLETELY dry before using them. If parts are wet, they will not hold as well and can slip during pumping. Breast milk has fat in it and if milk residue remains on parts the valves can slide off. We recommend using a soap that removes grease when cleaning your parts (e.g., Dawn).

When assembling your cups, put the tubing in first, not last. Sometimes you can push the valve assembly off of the funnels (if inserted too forcefully). Take your time with assembly every time, and keep an eye on your lines.

Less common reasons for milk in tubing include:

  • Reclining
  • Bending over at hip
  • Excessively jostling the cups
  • Nipple bent in funnel
  • Overfilling
  • Not having the cup tubing at 12 o’clock

Please check all of these things.

The Freedom Pump set includes a Single Pumping Kit that can be used for double pumping. This is your back up tubing. Remove the Pressure Reducer part to double pump. If not, tubing is available on our website.

Clogged filters can also cause this issue. Replace these parts every 2-3 months for best performance.


Closed-System Cups and Milk in Tubing

The closed-system cups have a barrier inside to prevent milk from going in the tubing. You can put the silicone duckbill valves on in any direction. Be sure to not lie down supine because this can allow milk to come out of the pour spout.

Closed Cup Positioning