Pump in Style Advanced Double Electric : Did you know that most insurance companies are required to cover the cost of your pump? Make sure you look into this before you purchase or register for one! I choose the Medela Pump in Style as my insurance covered brand new pump and received it about 60 days before P's arrival. I mainly choose this one because most of my family and friends recommended it but also due to the accessibility of spare parts if/when needed. Unfortunately mine did not come with a purse or backpack option but I didn't pay for it so I wasn't really complaining! Since I exclusively breastfeed at home and on the weekends I leave my pump at the office. The number one thing you want in a pump is good suction and a correct fit. So make sure you have the correct size flanges (they make a lot of different size options) so that you have the most comfortable experience for your body. If you plan on pumping at home I would purchase spare parts for the office (flanges, adapters, bottles) less things for you to carry or forget at home.
Medela Cooler Set: I use this to bring my milk home from work. I also keep these bottles at work so it's one less thing to bring back and forth. When I forget the cooler bag (which dang it is about once a week!) Starbucks cups with ice will do the trick!
Honest Dish Soap: There are a lot of detergents/soaps to choose from when it comes to cleaning your bottles. We use Honest diapers so it was just a natural selection to choose their dish soap as well. Anything free of perfume and dyes will be a good choice for washing your supplies out at work.
Medela Quick Clean Bags: If you are unable to access a clean sink to clean off your supplies these microwave bags are pretty great. All you need is access to 2 oz of water to steam clean. The bags are reusable up to 20 times! I usually steam them after my first pump session and then fully wash them after my 2nd pump session.
Camelbak Eddy: Water, Water, WATER. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated while nursing. You will notice a dip in your supply if you are not drinking enough throughout the day. You can also start your morning with a nursing tea to help increase your supply.
Handsfree Nursing Bra: Having your hands free allows for so much more comfort while you pump. You can purchase one or fashion your own! Take an old sports bra and cut two small holes right where your nipples are. Insert flanges and pump away!
Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags: I like these bags because of the double seal feature. They also lay flat to store which is nice if you need freezer space. Remember to ALWAYS store your milk in the back of the freezer (aka not the door) this is recommended by La Leche League.
Snacks: Alright you have heard the rumors. Nursing mama's are HUNGRY! I like to keep snacks in my purse for pump sessions and these Kind bars are my favorite go to. I like to have a bar of some sort, fruit snacks, yogurt and a string cheese. (Hello am I 5?)
Phone: Lastly my handy iPhone. Whenever I pump at work this is also the time I FaceTime with Presley. (Thank you Steve Jobs) Because I am fortunate enough to have my parents looking after her while I work I can FaceTime with her twice a day. This really makes me happy and helps so much with the sadness of not being with her. If you are unable to FaceTime it's always nice to scroll through photos, get caught up on social media, read a book or watch Netflix!
First I want to start off by saying that breastfeeding in the beginning was EXTREMELY difficult for me. I cried, cried, cried every single time she latched on it was so damn painful. I would have given birth to her ten times over rather than those first two weeks of breastfeeding. Well eventually we both got the hang of it and I am so grateful for the bond it has given me with her.
That being said, there is ZERO judgement here if you cannot or choose not to breastfeed. All that matters is a happy healthy baby! I mean I was the only one breastfed by my mom and my other two sisters were formula fed. My oldest sister double majored at Berkeley and I went to San Diego State and took five years to graduate....think what you will ;)
Alright now for my routine. Treat yourself to something sweet if you made it through all that text! Also please check your local state laws for the treatment you should be receiving in regards to adequate break time and such. California laws on breastfeeding can be found HERE. I am fortunate enough to have a private office with a privacy glass installed to pump in. I also created this sign while I am away from my desk.
THE ROUTINE6am-7am: Presley usually awakes on her own around this time to nurse. Which is good timing since I am starting my day to get ready for work. I nurse her about 10-15 min and put her back down to sleep. She will usually sleep until 9am (which is awesome - but remember this crazy chick still doesn't sleep through the night) which is when my husband, who works from home, will drive her to my parents house to watch her for the day.
11am: First office pump session. Usually I get the most out during this time. I can pump anywhere from 6-10 oz. Lately it's been around 6 oz. total. (Note to self: drink more WATER!) This is also the time P will be getting a bottle at my parents. So I pump in accordance to when she takes her bottles. Currently she takes them four hours apart and then eats food afterwards. What to remember here is when your baby is eating you are pumping. This is how to keep up your supply.
I take the contents from the bottles and pour them directly into my storage bags and label them. Then I put them in the cooler bag and back into the fridge.
Afterwards I usually rinse and then steam my pump parts and then store them in the fridge. I use a cute wet bag with a pattern to store the parts in the fridge discreetly.
3pm: Second and last pump session of the day. These both usually last around 15-20 minutes (washing time included) at this session I normally get out another 5 oz. Once I have pumped again I take the milk and pour it directly into my storage bag. To the fridge it goes and I place it in my cooler bag with the earlier bag of expressed milk.
This time around I wash out my supplies with my own bottle brush and Honest Co. dish soap. and leave it to dry out. I work in a two person office so he is okay with this. If you work in a more trafficked office I would put your freshly cleaned parts back into your wet bag and store in the fridge/your desk/wherever is most convenient.
By the time I commute home and get to my parents house, P is usually ready for her next feeding. From here until my next pump session (with the exception of food) she is nursed exclusively.
It's a lot of work and honestly when my alarm goes off on my phone that it's PUMP TIME! sometimes I am annoyed. Then I remember I want to eat pizza for dinner so let's go burn some calories!
FairHaven Health reached out to me asking if I would like to review one of their products but since I have already established a pretty good routine we thought of something even better. Happily Ever Parker has teamed up with FairHaven Health to give one lucky reader a Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle.
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