When my second child was born, I was determined to breastfeed. I ended up purchasing a Lansinoh Affinity double electric breast pump to be able to pump occasionally so she could have a bottle if I wasn't going to be around. Once she was born, I struggled with finding time to pump because I was feeding her all the time. When I did pump and try to have my husband feed her in the evenings, she refused the bottle. I gave up pumping and just breastfed her. It was a wonderful experience, but it made going to appointments for myself difficult during her first year. With my next two children, I didn't even try to pump. That backfired when my … [Read more...]
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So far, I have breastfed three children over five years. In my experience, finding the best bottle for a breastfed baby has been a process! My first two breastfed babies did not take a bottle at all! There are so many bottles on the market, and you can really spend a lot of money trying to choose the right bottles. I do have a few tips to help you find the best bottle for a breastfed baby. I'll also tell you my absolute favorite bottle for my breastfed baby! How to Find the Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby Start with only one or two choices. I suggest you only buy one or two types of bottles to begin with. As I mentioned, my first … [Read more...]
DIY Nursing Tank Tutorial With a breastfeeding lifestyle comes the need for a slightly different wardrobe than a woman who isn't breastfeeding. I didn't really realize this before I had my first baby, but now I understand it all too well! My clothing choices are based on what items are easy to nurse in. Just pulling any ordinary top up and out of the way works, but I quickly realized that I didn't like having my stomach exposed, especially when nursing in public. A nursing tank is the solution to that problem! However, buying ready-made nursing tanks can get expensive, especially since I need a fresh one every day--and sometimes more than … [Read more...]
It can take some extra effort to look for eco-friendly breastfeeding accessories, but the good news is that there are plenty options. Surprisingly, there are even biodegradable disposable breast milk storage bags. 10 Eco-Friendly Breastfeeding Accessories Disposable Breast Milk Storage Bags 1. Honeysuckle Bags - Honeysuckle disposable breast milk storage bags are the only biodegradable bag on the market. I first heard about these bags from the Mothers Milk Cooperative, which is the first milk bank that pays mothers for their breast milk. 2. Lansinoh Bags - Lansinoh's disposable breast milk storage bags are not biodegradable, but … [Read more...]
Welcome to the Medela Freecycle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project. Recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins on the streets now! But what about the bigger items that we no longer need? Take for instance, breastpumps. What do we do with breastpumps once we are done with our breastfeeding experience? Introducing Medela Recycles Medela has heard the voices of moms and taken the initiative to create Medela Recycles. Medela Recycles is a program which takes our old breastpumps and uses each one to support the … [Read more...]
When it comes to breastfeeding products, there's a ton of different types and brands out there to choose from. Whether you're looking for the perfect pair of nursing pads or the prettiest nursing cover around, chances are you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices you have. The same is SO true for breast pumps: a device that is perhaps the most coveted product among breastfeeding mamas. There are numerous brands and types of pumps available for mamas to utilize and try and there are likely a ton of reviews out there (that's a great thing!). Today we are going to take a look at the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Pump with … [Read more...]
If you're new to the world of making breast milk, it can be pretty overwhelming! Some say it's completely natural, but a walk down this aisle at the baby store can certainly say otherwise. So which breastfeeding products do you really need? Well, I'm gonna say none. I know, I know. But breastfeeding really is natural and usually doesn't require anything other than breasts and a baby (or babies - I nursed triplets!). But sometimes it's fun and even helpful to have some of these items on hand. Other times it does become a necessity to have some of these (or similar products). And you know what? That's ok! You may be a breastfeeding … [Read more...]
If you are in the market for a breast pump, you may be overwhelmed with all of the types, prices, and styles on the market. Today I am going to do a review of the Medela Pump in Style. I hope you find it informative! Breastfeeding Pump Reviews - Medela's Pump in Style When I first purchased a breast pump, I purchased a hand pump, mostly because of the cost. It was well under $100.00, and I was hoping that it would do the trick. I am kind of old-school. For example, I like to write on a large calendar, rather than create one online, read my news from a newspaper rather than an app, and I thought a manual breast pump would be for … [Read more...]
Fairhaven Health is a company devoted to supporting families from the very beginning. From fertility information to pregnancy supplements to breastfeeding products, Fairhaven has this baby-making thing figured out! And they've graciously sponsored a giveaway for our loyal readers! One winner will receive one each of the following: Milkies Milk-Saver: This thing is a lifesaver for many new moms. You simply slip it under your shirt over the breast you're not feeding your baby with and with little effort you're stockpiling that freezer like nobody's business! You can read my review of the Milk-Saver here on my blog. Milkies Milk … [Read more...]
Deciding on the right time to introduce a bottle to your breastfed baby is not only a tricky situation, but also sometimes a scary situation. Will my baby prefer the bottle over me? Will my baby never latch on to me again? Will my baby like this particular bottle? What if my baby never takes a bottle? These are just a few of the questions that will come up when you decide it's time to attempt to give baby a bottle of expressed breast milk. Choosing bottles for a breastfed baby is actually a tad bit harder than it sounds, so today we'll go over some basic bottle tips. You Don't Need A Lot of Bottles At First While registering for … [Read more...]