Mom2Mom Global and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots are pleased to share this Guest Post from our sponsor of the month, Ardo USA. Guest blogger Jennifer Pitkin, IBCLC, is the Director of Customer Service and Social Media at Ardo, and shares some of the improvements Ardo has made to their Calypso breastpumps. To read Robyn’s review of the Ardo Calypso pump from 2016, click here.
What are Ardo breastpumps?
Ardo makes the Tricare-covered Ardo Calypso, an innovative double-electric, closed system, ultra-quiet breastpump.
We know that military moms have lots of choices when it comes to Tricare-covered breastpumps, and the Ardo Calypso is the right choice for many military families. As a nursing/pumping mom, and as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who works for and believes in Ardo, I’d like to share with you some features about the Ardo Calypso which set it apart from the others.
Why haven’t I heard of the Ardo Calypso?
Ardo has been an established pump name in the international market for years, but the Calypso is fairly new in the US market. Now that most U.S. insurance and Tricare are covering the Ardo Calypso, and many WICs and DMEs are starting to carry it, we’re becoming a household name. We’re moving into hospitals this year too. Ardo fulfills its requirements under the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (IC).
What sets the Ardo Calypso apart?
The Ardo Calypso has 64 settings, so mothers can have a personalized experience pumping milk. There’s no pre-set let-down button to “dictate” to mothers how their milk should flow. Instead, mothers using the Ardo Calypso can choose how much to increase or decrease the cycles and vacuum to find settings that work best for them; and these settings may vary day-by-day and pumping session by pumping session. Also, mothers have multiple let-downs during their pumping session, so it’s fitting that mothers can adapt their session to fit their pumping needs.
One of the best features is that Ardo offers SEVEN flange sizes and inserts. Why? Because babies and mothers are certainly not “one-size-fits-all”. We made our flanges and inserts to accommodate a smooth and relaxing pumping session. Our Calypso-to-Go, the Tricare covered breast pump, comes with 3 flange sizes (26mm, 28mm, and 31mm), as well as a 26mm silicone massaging insert called Optiflow to further improve the pumping experience.
Another great feature of Ardo pumps is how quiet they are. An independent lab in Germany compared the Ardo Calypso with other commercially available pumps and found that the Ardo Calypso is the quietest pump on the market, while still powerful and efficient. On YouTube you can hear how the various pumps sound. Our mothers find that they can multi-task since they don’t need to tune out the sound of their pump, whether at work or pumping next to their sleeping baby or partner.
How is the Ardo Calypso great for military moms?
The Ardo Calypso is SUPER portable. It weighs less than a pound, even including 6 AA batteries. No transformer is needed with the overseas adapter, so it is ideal for international travel. And there is even a dedicated UL-approved car adapter available.
It’s a closed-system pump, so for our military moms that may occasionally need to pump in a less clean environment, the Vacuum Seal technology prevents air and milk from entering the tubing or the pump itself. When a pump isn’t a completely closed system, germs, molds, infectious particles, etc. can enter the tubing or pump body. You don’t have to worry about that with an Ardo Calypso pump.
How does Ardo support mothers who choose the Ardo Calypso?
We know that our moms need a reliable and durable pump with a long lifespan, so our Calypso comes with a 1-year warranty. Also, our customer service line is run by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. We ensure that when you have needs, we take the time 7 days/week to answer your questions. We get that your questions don’t come up 9-5 Monday-Friday. Our military mothers need dependability in different conditions, and we’ll be there to meet your lactation needs. Visit our website for more information or to order your Ardo Calypso.
Jennifer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Social Media and Customer Service Director with Ardo USA. She has been active in the breastfeeding community since her first child was born in 2008. She has volunteered with La Leche League since 2011, and previously worked as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Jennifer has three children with her husband, and fellow breastfeeding advocate, Matthew. They live in the Midwest, and love nothing more than playing outside with the kids and their wooly Siberian Husky.