How to Choose a Breast Pump That’s Right for You

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Nursing and pumping has become a huge part of my daily routine. That said, choosing the right breast pump is extremely important.

I’m breastfeeding for a second time, and recently received pump number three. So, I consider myself somewhat of a breastfeeding and pumping connoisseur. I’ve shared tips and tricks to maintaining milk supply, and how to choose a breast pump that’s right for you.

I know that nursing and pumping isn’t for everyone. But, I took the liberty of reviewing a few breast pumps that you may find helpful.

Please don’t forget to give my video a thumbs up and subscribe. Also, you can enter to win a Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump, bottle, and pumping, by clicking here!

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Pumping Made Easy With Lansinoh **Giveaway**

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Breastfeeding the second time around is definitely harder than the first time. When I gave birth to my daughter over three years ago, I was fully prepared for the whole nursing experience. I thoroughly did my research. There were a few hiccups along the way, but the experience was an overall success. After giving birth to my son last July, I was met with a few more challenges. But, being able to pump has been a key factor in making nursing possible both times.

When you’re a first time mom of one, all of your attention is given to one child. However dividing time between a preschooler and an infant is a whole other ball game. My life is a constant juggling act, and nursing is no different.

I dealt with cracked and sore nipples – not to mention many sleepless nights with Princess. Round the clock nursing sessions became a normal routine, and it’s been the same with Baby O.

Chafed nipples are no longer an issue, but I’m still nursing 24/7 it seems. I’m usually breastfeeding during the night, when my son wakes up in the morning, before I drop him off at day care, and when I get home from work. Despite my busy schedule, I’ve found ways to make sure my baby gets the nutrition he needs. If for some reason I’m unable to nurse Baby O, I pump and store milk in the refrigerator. I even have a stash in freezer just in case my supply runs low.

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Other moms have asked me how I do it all. Sometimes I wonder that myself. But in all honesty, finding a routine and sticking to it has helped me tremendously.

Pumping has become an integral part of my breastfeeding experience. Since returning back to work from maternity leave, Baby O has been going to daycare. I normally pump about four times a day. The breast pump that I’ve had for the past three and a half years has held up pretty well. However, it almost went dead not too long ago. It seemed like the motor was about to give out, which made me realize the importance of having multiple pumps. Through the Affordable Care Act, I was able to get a free electric pump, which I’ve been using as a back up.

I recently received a third one, the Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump, and it has quickly become one of my favorites.

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With a hectic schedule, the timer displayed on the LCD screen helps me to stay on track. The adjustable modes make pumping comfortable. I also noticed I’m able to express more milk than the other pumps I’ve used. Even though it doesn’t come with a cooler, it does include a tote bag. I love that it’s light-weight and easy to carry around. I also have the option of being able to pump one breast at a time – talk about convenience!

When I’m pressed for time and need to pump, the Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra comes in handy, and offers a comfy fit. I’m able to multi-task easily. Most days I’m applying makeup while pumping.

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I’m able to pump directly into the Lansinoh bottles, attach the collar and sealing disk, and store in the fridge for later. Sometimes I’ll attach the NaturalWave Nipple for Baby O to drink from when I’m at work.

It took a while for him to get accustomed to it though. Switching to the fast flow nipple has alleviated the problem. The Natural Wave nipple allows for the same sucking actions a baby learns while breastfeeding, which lessens the chances of nipple confusion and gas.

Despite a crazy schedule, my second nursing experience has turned out pretty ok so far. I can’t believe Baby O is already seven-months-old! Hopefully, we’ll make it two years again.

In the spirit of nursing and pumping, Lansinoh will be giving away a Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump (~$149), Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra (~$35), and a Lansinoh bottle with NaturalWave Nipple (~$17) to one of my readers. Be sure to follow the instructions below to enter, and stay tuned to more Lansinoh product reviews. In the meantime, check out this Lansinoh video for more pumping info.

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A special thanks to Lansinoh for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Flowers From Fatima (Giveaway)

Now that spring is here, it’s time to brighten things up a bit. Thanks to Mother Nature, we finally have relief from the cold temperatures. One of the things I love about this season is, of course, the milder weather. But, I also love spring fashion. I also enjoy dressing Princess up in cute little outfits, and accessorizing. She started out with no hair, and never left the house without a hat during the cold months and a headband or bow, once the warm temps rolled around. So, accessorizing has always been an important part of her wardrobe.

This spring I’ve been seeing some cute flower hair clips. Flowers From Fatima has a nice range to choose from, and it’s not limited to just kids. In fact, they have some pretty cool items for weddings.

When I dressed Princess earlier this week, I wanted to add some spice to this plain outfit. This yellow sunflower brought the va-va-voom to this ensemble.

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It can be worn alone, or in this case, we paired it with a simple satin headband we already had. Adding the flower clip spruced it up!

In honor of spring, Flowers From Fatima will be giving away a hair accessory worth 15 bucks. You can enter via the rafflecopter below. Plus, customers always receive a free gift with 35 dollar purchases So, everyone wins!

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Think Smart DDSmart! (Virtual Card Giveaway!)

I remember driving into Manhattan at 2AM every weekday morning for my traffic gig.  I would stop by the Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner from the station to get some coffee.  At the time, there wasn’t any nutritional information included on the menu.  So, I really didn’t know how many calories was in my cup-a-joe.  To be honest, I really didn’t care.  All I wanted was to have enough energy to make it through the newscasts.

But since becoming a mom, I’ve been struggling to lose the last five to ten pounds of baby weight.  So, it helps to know what I’m buying.  I recently learned about the DDSmart menu at Dunkin’ Donuts.  It makes eating smart on the go so much easier.  After looking over the menu, I realized that the medium cup of coffee with skim milk and splenda that I’d buy was only 30 calories!  But truth be told, I haven’t always made healthy choices when eating out.  It’s good to know that restaurants like this are now helping customers make healthier choices.  

Many items on the DDSmart menu are under 300 calories.  There’s also freshly-brewed unsweetened teas with zero calories and other healthy selections.

In honor of DDSmart, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering fans a chance to receive a $10 mGift.  You can enter once a day for a shot to be one of three daily winners through October 21st.  You can head over to the Dunkin’ Donuts Facebook Fan Page to learn more, and sign up.

I’ll also be giving away two $50 mgifts.  These virtual gift cards will allow you to make purchases in a snap.  All you’d have to do is download the Dunkin’ Donuts app to your smartphone.  Upon purchasing, the sales clerk will  scan your smartphone, and deduct the cost from your virtual card.  Pretty cool, huh?!  I’ve enjoyed using my mGift.  They also make pretty great gifts too!  All the details on how to enter can be found below.  Good luck!



The mGift is accepted at participating restaurants throughout the U.S.  Dunkin’ Donuts is the first national coffee retailer to enable people to send virtual gift cards three ways – text, email, and Facebook Connect.  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

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Carol’s Daughter Review & Giveaway

Finding the right products for my newly natural mane hasn’t been easy.  I was recently introduced to Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk line.  Check out my review!  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  All the info can be found below!

More info on the products featured in this review:
$54 For the set
Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner, 8.5 fl oz
Hair Milk Lite Leave-In Moisturizer, 8.0 fl oz
Hair Milk Pudding Style. Define. Hold., 6.0 oz

Cleanse and detangle with the Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner.
Moisturize to tame frizz, soften curls and add shine with Hair Milk Lite Leave-In Moisturizer.
Style without a crunch or residue, but still have definition and frizz control that lasts with the Hair Milk Pudding Style. Define. Hold.

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OlloClip 3-In-One Photo Lens iPhone Giveaway

I’m obsessed with taking pics of Princess.  If there was contest for the most baby pics, she’d have a good chance of winning!  Since getting my DSLR, I’ve been getting familiar with taking some pretty cool candids.

But there are times when all I have is my smart phone to capture special moments.  If you follow Princess’s blog, you probably notice photos along with captions.  Most days I’ll snap a pic and upload to instagram, describing the meaning behind each snap shot (in her words).  Photos offer priceless memories we’ll have forever.  I love figuring out ways to enhance pictures too.  Whether it’s adding more light or changing the color, it’s so much fun experimenting.

I was recently introduced to the olloclip, a three in one lens for your iPhone 4S/4 that fits in your pocket.  It also works with all your favorite apps.  You can find video and picture galleries of the accessory here.

It retails for 70 bucks.  But, I’ll be giving one away for free!  Let me know if you want in.  All the details can be found below.   You gotta be in it to win it!

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