Willow 3.0 versus Willow Go: which breast pump is best for me?

Willow offers smart, hands-free breast pumps for busy moms.

Unlike traditional breast pumps, Willow pumps are designed for everyday use by active mothers. Both the Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go are designed without external tubes, cords, wires, or dangling bottles, giving you complete freedom. They both connect to a custom app for easy onboarding, handy session tracking, and pro pumping tips. In this article, we’ll look at how the two pumps differ to help you decide which is better for your circumstances.

Breast pump design: Willow 3.0 offers completely leak-free pumping.

Both the Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go are designed to fit comfortably and discreetly in a nursing bra. Both are tube-free, cord-free, and wire-free breast pumps, and both collect milk in the pump to eliminate those dangling bottles that you see in earlier wearable pump models. This makes both the Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go ideal for moms who need to be able to multi-task and pump on the go. That said, the 3.0 offers a few additional features that you won’t get with the Go. While the Go is designed to reduce leakage, the 3.0 offers patented “360 degree mobility” for “leak-proof pumping in any position” when used with the brand’s self-sealing milk bags. In other words, this pump is yoga-proof. That’s right, you can pump in any pose without worrying.

Breast milk storage capacity: Willow Go offers more milk storage.

Both the Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go offer eco-friendly, reusable milk containers that fit your pump without cords. In both cases, the milk container is designed to make transferring milk as well as clean up after pumping easy. In fact, Willow milk containers are dishwasher-safe. However, the 3.0 comes with 4-ounce milk bags (8 ounces total) while the Go offers 5-ounce (10 ounces total) and 7-ounce milk (14 ounces total) containers.

Milk storage options: Willow 3.0 offers more versatility.

Willow 3.0’s self-sealing milk bags are what give the 3.0 360-degree mobility compared with the Go’s 190-degree mobility. However, the 3.0 can also be used with both milk bags and reusable 4-ounce containers for more milk storage options. Willow’s recyclable milk bags are BPA-free and totally hygienic, and you don’t need to seal or transfer milk before storing it in the fridge or freezer when you use the bags.

Price point: Willow Go is the more affordable wearable breast pump.

While the 3.0 is currently down to $399 from it’s original $499, the Willow Go offers an affordable alternative. The Go is as low as $150 with most insurance plans, including Aetna, Geisinger, and Tricare. Both Willow pumps are HSA/FSA eligible.

Cleaning: Willow 3.0 has fewer parts to clean.

The sleek Willow 3.0 only has three parts to clean: the flange, the flextube, and the reusable milk container. If you’re using the brand’s spill-proof milk bags, that’s two parts. The Willow Go has five washable parts: the container bowl, the container back, and the flange as well as the smaller container duckbill valve and pump diaphragm. Though the Go requires a little more disassembly for cleanup, both can be sanitized in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Suction customization: The 3.0 is smarter, but the Go offers greater variety.

Both the Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go boast hospital-grade suction. The 3.0 offers suction up to -245mmHG while the Go offers suction up to -280mmHG. The 3.0 comes equipped with Smart Suction technology that automatically transitions from Stimulation to Express when it detects letdown, which can boost your milk supply. However, the Go offers 15 levels of adjustable suction compared to the 3.0’s seven levels of adjustable suction. This gives you the ability to fine tune your pump for maximum comfortable suction.

Smart pumping: Willow 3.0 offers more app features for tech savvy moms.

The Willow 3.0 and the Willow Go are both app-connected and easy to pair with your smartphone. While both offer a session timer and step-by-step onboarding, the 3.0 has a few more bells and whistles, including the ability to play or pause pump, to control suction, and to track milk volume. The Willow 3.0 also keeps track of your pumping history and offers personalized tips and design elements.

Willow Breast Pumps are a new favorite among Milk N Mamas Baby customers.

The arrival of the Willow Go thrilled pumping moms who wanted a breast pump as sleek and comfortable as the Willow 3.0 but without the steep price tag. You can purchase yours today through Milk N Mamas Baby. If you’re not sure whether your healthcare plan will cover your favorite Willow pump, don’t worry! As a DME company, we work with a wide range of insurance companies. We can quickly and easily verify you breast pump benefit on your behalf. We can also request a prescription from your doctor on our side once you’re ready to place your order.

Need help? Give us a call at 1-844-Milk-Mom or email us at milknmamasbaby@gmail.com.