Pumping products we love!

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Here are some of the products we love for pumping!

Simple Wishes Signature Handsfree Pumping Bra: So we really recommend this for moms who are returning to work. It can be so hard to pump at work when you have a million things to do. Allowing yourself to set up your pump and be hands-free really helps give you a few minutes to massage your breasts, relax, and even send an email or two. We don't recommend that! But it sometimes is necessary at work.

Milkies No Break, No Leak Storage Bags and Milkies Fairhaven Milkies Freeze: We discovered Milkies company at ABC Expo where we go to discover new companies and products. We completely fell in love with their entire line of products and we can't say enough good things about them. They are two moms who created breastfeeding products after having their children. We loved their milk storage bags because they have on the bags temperature and storage guidelines!!!! OMG! How fabulous is that! SO genius! No more standing at the fridge guessing about temperature!

Medela Quick-Clean Micro-Steam Bags: Lordy, these are our favorite things that we discovered. Simply throw all of your bottles and pump parts in the bag and toss in the microwave to sterilize everything. 

 

Important tips for pumping.

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If you're breastfeeding and are going to be away from your baby for more than two hours, it is important to pump so that your baby can still get breastmilk, but also so you can keep your milk supply up. Pumping allows your body to release the milk, just like a feeding, and signals your body to make more milk. Whatever you take out, your body will make.

Wash your hands. It seems like a no-brainer but so many moms forget to wash their hands before pumping. It's important to keep everything sterile.

Use clean, dry equipment every time you pump. Equipment should be washed with hot, soapy water and air dried after each use. If you are pumping frequently and several times a day, you can put all of your pump parts in a sealed Ziploc bag and put in the refrigerator.

Aim for 10 to 15 minutes of pumping time. You don't want to pump too long because you can damage your milk ducts. When double pumping (pumping both breasts at the same time), pump for 10 to 15 minutes. When pumping one breast at a time, pump for 10 minutes each.

Babies can get more milk than a breast pump. It can be super frustrating to pump for 10 or 15 minutes and only see an ounce in the bottle. The truth is that what you express is not reflective of how much milk you have and is not even close to how much milk your baby is consuming. Babies can always get out more milk than a breast pump. It can be stressful, but you might just need to adjust your suction or try pumping at another time of day.

A stud a dud. Each woman has one breast, a "stud" that expresses more milk than the other one, "dud". Don't worry, your dud is not really a dud, but it can sure feel that way. Just know that when double pumping you will get different amounts and not to stress or to think that something is wrong.

 

Reflecting on your birthing experience.

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Congratulations on your little one! How exciting! Can you believe that you are now a parent? What we find remarkable at The Bundle of Joy community is how unique each and every woman's labor experience is. 

We truly believe that it is helpful, therapeutic, and necessary to reflect on your birth experience. It is important to try and resolve any questions about what and why something things might have happened in the birth and to begin the process of closure, especially while it is fresh in your mind.

We recommend writing out your story in a journal and, if you feel comfortable, sharing with family and friends. Allowing yourself to reflect allows you to express your emotions and work towards closure and focusing on your new baby. Often times, labor goes differently than we imagined or hoped for. Sharing your birthing story allows you to see it in a new way.

Grab a journal or just write yourself an email. While it can be relaxing to hand-write it out, sometimes it is easier to type as your thoughts flow quickly.