Tag: pumping

Comfortable Pumping and Nursing Bra, BeliBea Review

Comfortable Pumping and Nursing Bra, BeliBea Review

I received the full product in exchange for my honest review. My Experience: The BeliBea is the most comfortable bra I own! Part way through my pregnancy, every band of any bra I owned started getting uncomfortable. For some reason, even some sports bras felt like they were cutting into my skin (and at least left the skin red and sore). I tried out various sports bra type maternity and nursing bras, but after a full day’s wear I was uncomfortable in all of them. Then I got to try the BeliBea. It is so soft and hugs my skin rather […]

Posted November 8, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, Working Mom, , / 0 Comments
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Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

I recently had to fly back to California to help with a funeral for my Grandmother, and I chose to go alone, leaving Baby H with Hubby at home. This was my first time being away from the baby, so I had to pump and freeze the 3 days I was gone. I wanted to share some quick tips based on what I learned during that experience. Pumping and Freezing Breast Milk I brought my pump as a carry-on (kind of a guard it with your life and don’t trust the luggage people situation) even though I didn’t actually pump on […]

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Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials #WBW2015

Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials #WBW2015

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week topic is Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work.  I thought I would share some thoughts as a breastfeeding working mom. Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials Before returning to work Know your rights. Your workplace is required to provide a private space for mothers to pump as well as the break time to do so. Check out this tear sheet with details from the Fair Labor Standard Act. Visit your workplace prior to the end of your maternity leave and scope out the available space for expressing breast milk. Find out if your office has lactation […]

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How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned. I […]

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Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share. 1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours. 2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and […]

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Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

I was already struggling with supply before I went back to work, so when I had to switch from regular nursing to occasional pumping, my supply took a hit. I’ve been trying different methods to help boost my supply (taking Fenugreek supplements, taking Mother Love More Milk Plus supplements, eating oatmeal, drinking Gatorade, drinking Milkmaid tea, applying heat) but I either wasn’t eating/drinking enough of that to count, or it simply want working. I decided to give lactation cookies a try so hubby helped me make a batch after I procured all the magical ingredients (brewers yeast and milled flax […]

Posted February 23, 2015 by Julie in Food, Working Mom, , / 13 Comments
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Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Before returning to work I put a lot of thought into what I needed to continue on this breastfeeding journey. Pumping isn’t as pleasant as nursing, obviously, since you’re hooked up to what I like to call a Medieval torture device rather than your baby. But, it is a necessary activity to maintain supply (and avoid painful engorgement). Breast Milk Pumping Bag Essentials when Returning to Work   Breast pump and accessories. My workplace provides a hospital-grade pump, the Medela Symphony, so all I need are the attachments, breast shield flanges, and bottles. If this was not the case, I would […]

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Milk Boost Lactation Cookies Review

Milk Boost Lactation Cookies Review

The lovely ladies behind BoostOrganicFoods tweeted some support to me in response to my breastfeeding journey post. They are kicking off their lactation cookie company and are sending out some samples. I jumped at the opportunity to try the cookies out since I’ve been thinking of ways to increase my supply (or at least keep it from decreasing since I’ve returned to work now). I received a sample of Boost Organic cookies in the mail this past weekend. I went back to work last week and immediately got sick, so my supply just tanked. After a couple of days of eating the cookies […]

Posted February 6, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, Working Mom, , / 3 Comments
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Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

I’ve been working directly out of my client’s office for about 3 years now. Being a contractor, most of the special benefits are reserved for employees – for example if an employee is sick, he/she can go down to the nurse’s office and get treatment, while a contractor can’t do that. Thankfully, the lactation rooms are available to both contractors and employees. I don’t even know what the set-up would be at my actual firm (we moved into a new office about a year ago and adopted a new “open concept” floor plan, where everyone is seated at desks, not […]

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