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.

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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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Why More Moms Should Want to Breastfeed

IMG_2871I was fortunate to have breastfed Princess for two years. That was one of my main goals as a mom. I wanted to make sure that my baby received the best start. I’ve had conversations with other moms in the past about nursing, and quickly realized that it’s a hot button issue.

I would never want to come of like a preacher. Whatever a mom chooses is her business. Some tell me that they didn’t produce enough milk. Some have even told me that nursing made them feel uncomfortable. I remember one mom telling me that she doesn’t want her child sucking on her boob.

I have my own personal views on nursing. For me, it’s a must. Breastfeeding has allowed me to develop a strong bond with my child and it saved me a ton of money. I didn’t have to buy any formula.

Now that baby number two is on the way, I plan on doing the same. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, I can also take advantage of getting a free breast pump. You can find more information in my recent post, I got my breast pump covered by insurance and you can too  at www.whattoexpect.com.

After reading, maybe more moms will consider nursing as an option.

 Would getting a free breast pump encourage you to nurse?
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Cold Turkey

If my boobies could talk, they’d probably scream “enough already!”  They’ve been working overtime these past couple years and it’s time for them to retire.  That’s right!  They’re finally cutting off their milk supply completely.

The original plan  was to breastfeed for a year.  I wasn’t quite sure if I’d make it that far, but surprising I did.  I’ve managed to overcome many obstacles including, the pain and dip in supply.  I didn’t know who enjoyed it most- me or my daughter.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve struggled to find balance between career and motherhood.  In addition to providing the best nutrients ever, nursing seemed to make up for lost times when I was away.  It was great to have been able to bond with Princess.  Up until her second birthday, she looked forward to “boobies.”  She’d walk me into her TV/play room and tell me to sit down and go at it.  For a while there I thought I’d be breastfeeding until whenever, but I’ve realized that my boobies have served its purpose.  It’s time for my little girl to move on.  The decision to go cold turkey wasn’t easy because when my baby girl wants something, she’s relentless.

I’ve known moms who’ve nursed until preschool age because they had trouble weaning.  I decided that wasn’t the route I wanted to go. Believe me, if it were up to Princess she’d probably nurse until college.  The sight of that alone freaks me out.

Anyway, I’m proud that we’ve made it two years.  She’s cried when I told her “no” these past few days.  Offering her something else she loves has seemed to curb those cravings.  In the meantime, I’ll have fun bonding with her in many other ways.  I’m gonna miss nursing my baby girl.  Who knows, maybe my boobs will do a Jordan and come out of retirement.  Baby number two may be just around the corner.  We’ll see.

Please sure to check out my Nursing Diaries.

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Stop The Presses Beyonce Breastfeeds!

Beyonce with hBlue Ivy. Carter Family/Ed Burke for Beyonce.com/AP Photo

Beyonce sparks public breastfeeding debate.  Whoop-ti-do!!  Apparently, the star was seen nursing Blue Ivy at a public restaurant.  I’m baffled that this is making national news.  Some people frown upon mothers choosing to nurse out in the open, and I don’t get it.  I’ve been nursing for 18 months strong and make no excuses for breastfeeding Princess in public.

I’ve nursed just about every where.  Don’t get me wrong, I never completely exposed my boobies.  But if I happened to be eating at a restaurant,  I’ve whipped it out right there.  Why should I have leave the table and go to the bathroom?  That’s just gross.  There’s no reason why Princess can’t eat with us at the table.  I know a lot of folks may disagree.  So what!  At the end of the day, I’m happy and my baby’s happy.  I’m careful and discrete enough to not let patrons get an eye full.  If they do, oh well.

I remember nursing in the middle of a shopping mall.  I really didn’t care who saw.  My baby girl was starving and cranky, so I did what I had to do at the time.  An employee saw me and kindly informed me of a comfy lounge for nursing moms, which I thought was very nice.  But let’s face it, if there are tons of people around and your child is screaming for food then a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.

That’s exactly what Beyonce did.  I just don’t understand why it’s such a big deal.  Nursing moms do it all the time.  However when you factor in the statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, I can sort of understand why some may feel that it’s a huge deal.  A reported 54 % of black (non-Hispanic) moms breastfeed, in comparison to 74% white, and 80% Hispanic.  One blogger feels that stars like Beyonce will encourage more black women to nurse

While I would love to see the stats for nursing black moms rise, the reality is that it may not be right for everyone.  It doesn’t make them bad moms.  It’s just a personal choice.  Kudos to Beyonce for breastfeeding beautiful Blue Ivy!  But, I don’t feel that we should appoint her as a breastfeeding trailblazer for us.  I just think all women should educate themselves about the benefits of nursing.  Then make a conscious decision as to whether or not it’s right for them.  You shouldn’t do it because a celebrity makes it “cool.”

As for me, I’ll continue to wear my breastfeeding badge with pride.

Would you consider nursing because a celebrity does it?

Weather Anchor Mama

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Nursing Diaries (Part Seven)

“Change of Heart”

I used to be one of those people who would get grossed out at the site of mother nursing her toddler.  Now that I’m a mom, I take it back.  Princess is 18 months and I can’t believe we’ve made it this far!  She still loves the boob and has no desire to give it up any time soon.  She’s so hooked, I think I may have to send her to booby rehab.

The original plan was to breastfeed for a year.  Even though nursing was a bit challenging in the beginning, I was able to keep up.  Nursing and pumping came easy after a while.  I never had to substitute with formula.  I felt like I conquered the world!  Princess dined solely on my milk for the first 6 months.  At that point I began adding solids to her diet.  By 9 months she was pretty much eating 3 meals a day.  I thought she’d eventually wean herself because she loved food so much!  Boy was I wrong!
When she turned 12 months, Princess was still attached to the boob.  In fact, she still wakes up for her nightly fix.  There’s no set schedule for our sessions.  But, she randomly undresses me and reaches in for the kill.  So here’s the kicker…the other day she asked, “booby?”  I used to feel that if a kid can ask for breast milk, then it’s time to call it quits. However, now I have a completely different take on the whole thing.

I won’t lie and say breastfeeding is easy breezy.  There have been times when I’ve had to calm her cries by whipping out a boob in a random public place.  It’s been 18 months and we’re still nursing strong, and through it all I’ve learned so much.  The most valuable lesson here is to never say never.  So the next time you see a mom nursing a toddler, don’t react the way I did before.

Oh, as for boob rehab…not a chance!  I’ll be nursing until whenever.

Weather Anchor Mama

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