Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumping Supplies and GEAR!

Pumping bra! Hands free pumping for the busy mom.  I would use the pumping time to browse facebook on my phone or stuff the pocket cloth diapers.

Pumping BAG!

I was lugging tons of stuff that's pump related to go to the office along with my laptop and work supplies.  Finally one of the moms on social media suggested a pumping bag. Here is one from amazon.  Click on each bag picture for more information.

I really like the color of this one, just very rich..

This is a more toned down color but both bags function the same way, just differenet colors.

provides pump and other essential good storage and easy access to pump.

Lanolin/mother's love/coconut oil are great to keep your nipples supple and some moms say this helps increase milk production.

also what is really helpful are these Lansinoh breast therapy pads (click on picture for more details). My mom would try to run hot water on wash rags, but the wash cloths got cold fast.  These gel packs work much better and feel good against the boob.

Milking for Success!

When I first started the breastfeeding odyssey, I really had no idea all the obstacles that lay ahead.

Types of Pumps:
I own a Medela Pump in Style Advanced (aka PISA).  I also recently acquired a Medela Harmony.  And I use a Medela Symphony at work.

I was secretly a cocky mom. I thought that breastfeeding would come very naturally to me.  This is what nature intended right?  I was so wrong

My son was born with a tongue tie which wasn't resolved until maybe a few days after his birth.  This "genetic defect" made the critical days that is supposed to help my supply, become days of nightmare.  He had a terrible latch and would "fall asleep" on the boob.

Those were the dark days.  I cried.  I doubted myself.  I had meltdowns.  In the end, my supply came back up, we supplemented, Logan got his tongue tie clipped, we got his latch fixed.

Important learnings for new moms:
Keep baby close to you, in fact forget making meals and cleaning, keep baby in bed with you, ask your friends and families, spouse for help making meals, just stay in bed with baby and feed on demand.  Keep lots of water and liquids by your bedside and nurse on demand.  I can't stress that enough.  REJECT ALL VISITORS!!!!! They have no business until after your milk supply is established.

I didn't pump very much or enough when my supply was low. I was exhausted and tired.  If you do decide to be one of those moms that pump every 2 hours to help your supply because you had none.... for whatever reason... make sure to drink lots of water and eat whole foods.  And also rent the hospital grade pump.  

Finally... keep track of baby's feeding using an app or journal.  I started with the pen and paper method.  I was tired, my penmenship was horrible, I started losing track of time, days.... it's just easier to use the app.  It'll even remind you when to feed the baby again.  Yes go download the app right now. It's called FEED BABY

First Post

I am a first time mom blogging about my new adventure with my son Logan.

Together we will explore our journey to continue breastfeeding while mommy is back at work.  We will try to keep cloth diapering and see how far we go after baby starts eating solids.

We love babywearing and eating organic foods.