“Pumping is my favorite” said no Mom ever. In the beginning I find pumping to be the biggest challenge. I REFUSE to pump in the middle of the night – any time I’m not breastfeeding or changing diapers my eyes are closed. During the day, I’m feeding every 2 hours or working or playing with two other kids, so it’s hard to find the time. Pumping is a necessary evil. An archaic and ridiculous ritual. Pumping can make you feel more bovine than human, Amirite? And how about the noise? And the wires? And the maintenance? But I know I have to eventually pump because I want to build a supply for 3 main reasons –
1) I don’t want to feel like I am the only person in the world that can feed our baby. I think it’s good for all involved to eventually get someone else comfortable doing it. So I could pump while Hubby or the kids feed the baby to get him used to it. That way if I’m away from home and pumping, I’m confident he will take a bottle without me.
2.) I want to be able to get away for a bit. It never seemed healthy to me to use breastfeeding as an excuse to never get a break from your baby. It’s good for everyone to have a break from time to time.
3.) Mama would like to get her drink on.
Using the right pump is so important. You want one that’s efficient and easy. For my last two babies I used the Medela Pump N Style and although it worked like a champ, it made a scary noise (read more about that in TALES FROM THE PUMP), and was a pain to cart around and clean. This time, I got smart. Enter The Lansinoh Double Electric SmartPump.
This puppy uses three customizable pumping styles to mimic baby’s natural feeding pattern to maximize milk production and comfort. Comfort in a pump? Yes! 8 levels of comfort to choose from actually. One of my biggest pet peeves with Medela was the clogged tubes. The Lansinoh closed system design guarantees no milk backup in tubing or motor for easier cleaning. And get this – it uses Bluetooth® technology to connect seamlessly to their own Lansinoh Baby App to track pumping sessions to simplifying your pumping routine. Where was this in 2011 and 2013?? New Moms – it even tracks growth development milestones! (2 things this 3rd child probably won’t ever see.) For those of you
crazy brave enough to pump at night, it comes with a lighted LCD and timer. My favorite part? You can pump right into the milk storage bags! (Check out the demo in that link.)
So that means no transfer issues…
…and no clean-up! This pump is a no-bovine-feeling-no-brainer. It even looks sleek. Thanks for making me feel less like a cow, Lansinoh. Here are some pumping tips I found useful to get you started:
- To pump, center the nipple in the flange (the cone-like parts that go on the breast). Your breast needs to completely fill the flange to form a vacuum. Tilt the tunnel slightly downward so the milk flows naturally into the bottle. If you cannot achieve or maintain a vacuum, you may need a different size flange.
- Plan on a 20-minute pumping session, but know that this will vary – some moms take more or less time. Don’t get discouraged if your output initially seems low. By pumping, you’re telling your body to keep producing milk and over time, you’ll begin to see increased output .
- To build up your freezer supply, try pumping after nursing and add in extra sessions when baby is sleeping.
- Psst: Did you know your breast pump may be covered by insurance? Check out this link to check!
Do you need a pump or know someone that does? Lansinoh is giving away 1 free SmartPump complete with pumping bags to one lucky MIM reader. Head on over to this Facebook post and comment below. Make sure to follow Lansinoh to find out if you won!
Happy Pumping (For Realz)
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For More on Pumping, Read: Tales From The Pump
This post was written in partnership with Lansinoh. The opinions are the authors own.