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1- Compression and massage while pumping increases output and helps treat plugged ducts.
2- Buy a hands free bra. If you are going to be spending a lot of time pumping, buying a hands free bra will free you up to do other tasks or allow you to relax while pumping.
3- Love really gets the milk flowing. Remember why you are pumping and be sure to think about that special little one while pumping to help with let down.
4- Stay hydrated to keep up your supply. Hydration is really important for nursing mothers as it aids in milk production.
5- Use an all natural nipple balm before pumping to ease with the rubbing action and after pumping to to hep with any pain or soreness.
6- Invest in a good pump. A cheap pump can cause damage, low supply and mastitis for lack of emptying.
7- Relax. Stress can hinder your body's natural ability to release milk.
8- Stronger suction does not always mean more milk. Be sure to start at a lower suction and work your way up as necessary.
9- Stick to a routine. Not necessarily the same time, but the same habits: the place, the chair, the beverage, etc. This will help condition your milk to flow. (this is slightly different than nursing on demand)
10- Don't shake the breast milk, swirl the breast milk. While there is a bit of controversy surrounding this subject, you can find the articles we consulted here, here and here. When you shake the breastmilk, you denature the molecules and break up the protein into parts. When the proteins remain intact, they help protect the lining of the babies gut and eliminate bubbles that may produce gas. So while we don't have a definitive answer, we are going to swirl our breastmilk.
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One of the most inconvenient things about transitioning a breastfed baby to a bottle, whether it be to pumped milk or formula, is getting the milk to the correct temperature. What if I told you there was a solution that would make your life easier both at home or out and about.
The best pump is a baby. But many factors can make it impossible to always have the baby nurse, so the next best pump is the one that allows a mother to remove milk effectively, efficiently, and comfortably. Hospital Grade Breast Pumps are the most efficient, effective, and comfortable pumps available.
Limerick PJ's Comfort Breast Pump is the only 1-1/2 pound research proven hospital-grade breast pump that goes from hospital - to home - to work. It is effective enough that it can be used by mothers needing to establish or increase a milk supply, economical enough to be used by working moms.
The Limerick PJ's Comfort Pump is unique from any other breast pump out there. Instead of tugging your nipples down a tube, it squeezes the areola to express milk with smooth silicone in a sort of massage. It actually has a compression aspect to it, as well as suction, which is designed to mimic how your baby would nurse. Because it uses compression, it helps you express milk more efficiently and more effectively. In addition, the breast cups are not the hard plastic that you find on most pumps. Instead, it is soft silicone that actually molds to each mother's breast, making it unnecessary to fit the proper size like most pumps. Hence why it is called a the COMFORT!
The controls allow you to control with one knob the suction speed, and with another, the strength. It also has a timer that allows you to keep track of how long you have been pumping. It also has a one-micron filter between the kit and pump prevents bacteria, viruses and milk from entering the pump, thus preventing cross contamination.
Why haven't you heard of it before? The PJ's Comfort Pump has been, until recently, exclusively used in their Workplace Lactation Programs exclusively. We are excited that it is now moving into hospitals and the retail market.
Why we love it?
It's hard to choose just one, so how about our top three?
Pumping and more specifically exclusively pumping is hard work. Pumping, washing, transferring milk, freezing, thawing, and rotating your stash takes a lot of time and effort. Enter the Kiinde Twist.
The Kiinde Twist™ feeding system allows you to directly pump from ANY pump into breastmilk storage pouches with leak-proof, twist-locking caps. You can then label, organize, store, warm, and feed from that same pouch - without ever having to transfer precious breast milk from bottles to bags.
You can feed directly from Kiinde Twist Pouches™ using the Kiinde Squeeze™ natural feeding bottle, eliminating the need to transfer milk from bottles to bags and back again! Just snap the pouch directly into the Squeeze natural feeding bottle, squeeze the air out of the pouch, and pop the Active-Latch™ nipple on top!
Our Favorite Thing About the Kiinde Twist?
Kiinde products are recyclable and are free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. It is safer and more sanitary than regular breast pumping and storage systems. And the best part of all?
You won't waste a drop of precious breast milk!
Transitioning a breastfed baby to a bottle can be difficult. Every baby is different and what works for some may not work for others. While researching the best transition bottle for breastfeeding, we came upon Mimijumi. The nipple mimics a woman’s breast in shape, colour and texture and the manufacturers have designed it this way to replicate the look and feel of a mother’s breast. The mimijumi bottle tries to recreate the natural way a baby feeds by requiring the infant to actually latch before milk is released. The bottle is also free of BPA and phthalates and it is easy to clean!
Our Favorite Thing About the Mimijumi?
Aside from the fact that it is one of the only bottles that attempts to mimic a women's breast, one of the best features for pumping mamas is that the opening is large so there is no missing a small opening and crying over spilled breastmilk!
While we can't speak for every mama or every baby, if you are desperately seeking a transition bottle and have had no luck, you should give Mimijumi a try!
Whether you pump occasionally or are an exclusive pumper, we think what you are doing is amazing!
Pumping is hard work. Pumping takes dedication.
To celebrate all the pumping mamas out there, we are launching Pump It Up. For the next two weeks we will be posting pumping tips, sharing our favorite pumping products, and offering encouragement, support and a little humor to all the pumping mamas out there! And of course, what's a celebration without a HUGE Giveaway?!
-A BREAK. For a nap, or to read a book, or just to crush some candy in peace. For at least an hour. Without anyone pecking at me. -Someone to do my DISHES, or LAUNDRY, whichever is pilling up faster. Or get crazy and do both!
-A CLEAN CAR. Nothing fancy, just the crumbs, and sippy cups and granola bar wrappers cleaned out. A vacuum and wipe and a spray of Febreeze.
-MOM BOOK art. I have a book and every holiday I ask my kids to write/color/scribble something to add to my collection.
Extras! (If the budget allows)
-I've had my eye on these TIEKS- Super cute & comfy shoes.
-This candle. I love it. Blue Volcano Candle from Anthro.