My breast pumping days are behind me for now but I’m surrounded by all of these first-time-moms who are learning the ropes. Pumping wasn’t as daunting as I had imagined but I did have moments of frustration and so did Baby Bell. There is so much to learn as a new mom and just when you seem to be getting the hang of things, you realize you can’t be constantly attached to your baby 24/7.
Oh, and if you ever get sick, that’s a whole different ingredient to through in mix. If you are a breastfeeding mom, chances are, you will eventually need to pump. It might only be once or it could be everyday like me. Breastfeeding is a learning experience for both you and your child. Pumping and bottle feeding is also a learning experience for you both.
In this week’s podcast, we talk about the challenges we, as a family, faced while I was learning the art of breast-pumping. We will discuss why you would need one; types of pumps; getting a pump through your insurance; going from breast, to pump, to bottle, to baby; pumping at work; and milk storage.
Below are some helpful links to resources we used while pumping and some of our favorite brands.
- How to get your pump through your insurance for a free/reduced price
- The pump used by Momstracted Momma
- The bottles that we used
- Milk storage containers that we used
- Other helpful items
- Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 40 Grams
- Philips Avent Comfort Breast Shell Set, 2 Count
- Bamboobies 2 Pair Pack Overnight Washable Nursing Pads with Milk-proof Backing
- Medela 100% Cotton Washable Bra Pads, 4 Count
- Philips AVENT Washable Nursing Pads, 6-Count
- Philips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads, 2-Pack
- Milk storage Instructions
- Your rights to privately pump at work
- The Get One Give One Blanket that we used for bottle training
Please remember that the information we provide is only a stepping stone in the research process you should be doing. Every momma is different, every baby is different, and we are far from professionals.
You may feel like your mind is in a million places and you don’t know what the answer is but if you just reach out someone will grab a hold and pull you aboard.