Breastfeeding may not be for everyone and I understand there are even those who aren’t fortunate enough to be able to do so… however, breastfeeding is definitely something of importance to our lifestyle with raising our kids and I’m so lucky to continue to do so.
Another thing I am so fortunate to experience is being able to feed my babies on-demand, since I’m a stay-at-home mom and am usually with my baby the whole time. But for some working moms who need to be away from their babies – luckily we live in an age where we can express breast milk almost anywhere and have the tools and know-how to do so.
With my first baby I didn’t think it was necessary for me to order a breast pump since I knew I would be able to feed my baby on-demand as a SAHM, however, what I didn’t know was how my body would respond to having a baby and having my milk come in (or in my case, how much milk would come in). A few months before Huntley was born I had already started lactating the oh-so coined term “liquid gold” colostrum without any pain, but just some bothersome leakage which was easily fixed with some breast pads. However a couple days after baby girl was born I became engorged, very engorged with milk – and lots of it! My mother-in-law who had come to visit and care for us after baby was born quickly saw my pain and frustrations and bought me an EvenFlo Single Electric Pump, however it didn’t quite function as smoothly as a single vs. a double pump.
With the aftercare options and resources from our hospital, I was able to see a lactation consultant for several weeks after baby was born and learned that hand expression and single pumping wasn’t going to work for me (even with a very healthy breastfed baby). Luckily with The Affordable Care Act our health plans cover our breast-feeding support and supplies, and I was able to acquire a Medela Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump. It was perfect for expressing when I was engorged! I would get 8-10oz in a single pumping session (sometimes it would get too full and back up into the tubing – I’ve boughten three new sets since…). Unfortunately I wasn’t as informed about proper storing of breast milk, why breast milk consistency/taste changes, and all that other good stuff you can find through the La Leche League International and so my husband and I threw most of it (perfectly good milk) out…
This time around I was ready and knew what my body capabilities are (even though this can obviously change with every pregnancy), mine stayed the same. Colostrum came in early before birth, milk came in at day five, and I was ready for constant pumping to relieve engorgement! Like I said I was ready! I ordered the Ameda after reading reviews about the different setting options. Although with my experiences of the two pumps, I was able to see right away that the breast milk collection from the Ameda was a lot more, a lot quicker – I would say that my Medela is still the more comfortable option for my need to relieve engorgement.
Once I learned the proper ways to store breast milk we also learned about bottle warmers and sterilizers. As a Nuby Parent Blogger with a new bundle of joy arriving, I knew I would have to try out the Nuby One-Touch Electric Warmer & Sterilizer. After having strictly bottle-fed Penelope for two days (while giving my tender nips a break) my husband and I were amazed at what this electric warmer/sterilizer could do in only a few minutes. We heated up bottles quickly with little to no water needed to be poured and boiled which seems foreign to us since we’ve always ran hot water from the sink (wasting lots of water) in the past. The first time we used it was to actually sterilize new pacifiers for Huntley and it’s been on the repeat since the arrival of our baby girl Penelope. Big sister just loves to steal her pacifiers and claim them as her own! What I consider the best thing about this warmer is that fact that you can control the amount of heat with the amount of water you pour in it. You can tweak it for different needs! Also the unit is small enough to be portable when you travel.
*This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions. I have been provided with product to review by Nuby USA as a part of their Nuby Parent Blogger program however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review.