Like most working moms, I am really excited to get back to work but I was also anxious about making sure that I had sufficient bottles for my baby when I am not with her. For me, I had a tough time with my milk production, but thanks to these products, I have established a nursing and pumping style that has eased my mind about pumping and my supply. Here are some of my everyday pumping and nursing staples that are making it easier for me to get back-to-work.
Breast Pump: The number one resource to increase my milk supply was getting a breast pump. When I first tried at around three weeks I had basically no milk to pump. After speaking to a lactation consultant, I learned to nurse and then pump right afterwards to help increase my supply. This included a pumping schedule of about three-to-four pumps per day using the Medela's Freestyle Breastpump. Featuring a double electric breast pump, the Freestyle pump includes 2-Phase Expression® technology that is designed to help product more milk in less time. Over the course of about four-to-seven days, I noticed more milk coming in as I pumped for around five to seven minutes per session. This started with a stimulation phase for two minutes (the process where a baby goes to suck and stimulate the milk) and then expression phase (the process that is slower and brings the milk out faster). This innovative technology allows for a pump that creates a suction just as babies do as well. Other features that I love is that the pump comes with a rechargeable battery for mobile pumping; a sleek black bag for on-the-go pumping and the ability to use cool accessories like the Easy Expression Bustier for the ultimate in hands-free pumping. I also really love their Calma bottle, an innovative bottle that is designed flow if your baby works and creates vacuum to remove the milk. After finally trying and establishing a milk flow, this has been our go-to bottle that she has easily adapted to.
Additionally, new moms will love the Medela website that is packed with resources such as a quiz for what type of pump you need, a section to find out whether your insurance can cover your pump, and a guide with Medela's LC where you can address any issues or concerns that you may have.
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To track your breast milk freshness: After the pumping I generally store the milk in the freezer or fridge. However, I can often forgot how old the pumped milk in the fridge is. Enter my new favorite gadget with Eepples MilkCharm. As the first-ever reusable, day and time breast milk freshness tracker, the milk charm dial works to label, track, and organize your breast milk supply. The cool thing about these charms is that they work with ANY bottle so that parents and caregivers will know exactly when the milk was placed in the fridge - offering the most reliable solution to ensuring that your milk is fresh. We also love the unique and bright design of the charms that are also BPA and phthalate free. Dedicated to innovation, they take pride in developing products responsibly and sustainably with a focus on domestic manufacturing, all in pursuit of happy parenting. The 3-charms pack are priced at $14.99 and is available at Eepples.com and select retailers.
To help increase your milk supply: While I was told to pump when I was worried about my milk supply, I was also told to add in Fenugreek to my diet. This herb is designed to increase milk flow and is commonly found in tea or pills for new moms. A new way to get a dose of Fenugreek is also in an incredible new drink called milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistlew from UpSpring. A berry drink mix, this formula can be added to 6-8oz. of water as it works to stimulate milk production. Meeting the various needs of breastfeeding mothers, milkflow is all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan as it works to naturally increase your supply.
Comfortable Nursing Bras: I have been living in my Bravado Designs Nursing Bras. Not only do they offer easy access for nursing and pumping, they are so comfortable! I also love their gorgeous cuts and stylish prints that is a major upgrade from so many of the boring and plain nursing bras out there. My personal favorite is the Confetti Nursing Bra that offers the ultimate in style and comfort and the new Elegant Embrace Nursing Bra that is perfect for special occasions as it offers a soft cup and a beautiful print.
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