Tag: breastfeeding

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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How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast. I’m sure we can all agree that breastfeeding needs to be easier – on all of us. From latching difficulty to maintaining supply, breastfeeding can be quite challenging. But we need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need. Read on to learn how to make this breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits. Welcome, Pinners! […]

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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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My breastfeeding journey so far

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned. My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because […]

Posted December 20, 2014 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 29 Comments
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“50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms” Review

“50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms” Review

Since I’m a mom-to-be and plan to breastfeed,. I jumped on the opportunity to read 50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms for free in exchange for my review. I was provided a PDF of the book. I really enjoyed reading 50 things to know about breastfeeding. Each tip and suggestion contained good reminders and appeared to be well-researched. This book has information on the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as some things to expect based on different ages of the child. My only complaint is the lack of editing. There were too many mistakes and that is […]

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