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How To Choose the Best Breast Feeding Pump for Occasional Pumping

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...]

Breastfeeding Pump Reviews – Medela’s Pump In Style

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...]

Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump Review

With my first child, I had a manual breast pump, but 12 months after buying it, the pump broke. We did not have the funds to buy a replacement breast pump with our second child. Thankfully, I was given an Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump as a gift. Top 4 reasons I recommend the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump: It is a closed system. A closed system is designed so that breast milk never touches the pump tubing or motor. In open systems, there is risk of mold contamination, since breast milk can get inside the tubing. Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump has an airlock barrier, using a silicone diaphraghm, which protects breast milk from mold and … [Read more...]

9 Reasons Why a SAHM Should Consider Pumping Breast Milk

It may seem like a silly question. Why should stay-at-home moms consider pumping breast milk? After all, they are home all day to take care of their children. Why would they ever need to pump? In reality, there are plenty of reasons why stay-at-home-moms may consider pumping breast milk. 9 Reasons Why a SAHM Should Consider Pumping Breast Milk 1. Babysitters - Sure your job is to be at home taking care of your children, but you don't want to be locked in your house forever! Sooner or later mama is going to want to have a break, a girls' night, a date night, or a trip to Target all by herself. Can you hear the angels singing? Taking some … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Pumps: Which Ones Suck The Most?

Having trouble deciding which of the breastfeeding pumps are right for you? Let's take a good luck at what is available and see if we can narrow down the options and explain each type in better detail. There are two types of breast pumps: manual and electric. A manual breast pump is one that requires the use of your hands, and good old elbow grease. Although I can say that it does not require large amounts of force and strength in order to use manual breast pumps. Electric breast pumps, however, are operated by utilizing a plug or a battery of sorts. Which one you purchase depends highly on one major factor: why you are needing it in … [Read more...]

Babies, Bottles and Breasts: The Best Breast Pump for Twins

Ideally, all moms of multiples could breastfeed their babes--simultaneously--without a hitch. But, in reality, there are innumerable difficulties which can spring up and make breastfeeding difficult (or even occasionally impossible) for mothers of multiples. Twins are more likely to spend time in the NICU, where they are often tube-fed or intravenously fed, and sometimes complications from surgeries or prematurity continue even after the babies are brought home. Consequently, many mothers of twins end up pumping, either temporarily or permanently, for one or both babies. If you find yourself facing the prospect of spending hours in front … [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing a Breast Pump

Many breastfeeding mothers will find use for a breast pump at some point in their nursing years. Choosing a breast pump can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, though. They all look so similar and use such interestingly descriptive words! Let us help you navigate the breast pump waters. Choosing a Breast Pump Breast pumps, though certainly not necessary, can be great tools for relieving a bit of engorgement, keeping your supply up should you need to go on medication, or having some breast milk stored in the freezer for times you may be away from your baby. There is a huge variety in pumps, though, and it can be overwhelming for a mom to choose … [Read more...]

20 Tips for Pumping Breast Milk

Expressing breast milk can often seem like an impassible mountain. Once you get the hang of it, though, you'll be able to pump in your sleep! Here are some tips for pumping breast milk. Keep in mind you can usually spend less time pumping with a hospital-grade pump but may end up pumping for longer periods of time with a consumer-grade pump. Also, it's highly recommended to use a new consumer-grade pump if you end up going that route (I recommend this one). It's tempting to borrow from a friend, but most consumer-grade pumps have internal parts that cannot be sterilized. This can contaminate your breast milk! Ew! Additionally, most … [Read more...]