Pumping

  1. Returning to Work

    Returning to Work

    With no consistent – or guaranteed – maternity leave in the United States, moms who return to their jobs outside the home will need to bring pumping into their routine to continue breastfeeding. Regardless of when you have to go back, it is best to be prepared as early as possible. The best advice for breastfeeding success is to make...

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  2. 7 Things You Need To Know About Pumping Now

    7 Things You Need To Know About Pumping Now

    So you want to get a breast pump (or perhaps you’re already the proud owner of one). Congrats! Here are a few things to know before you flip the switch.   1. Check your insurance coverage It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company before baby arrives to understand your benefits and get your pump before you need...

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  3. Pumping profiles: the double electric breast pump

    Pumping profiles: the double electric breast pump Our friend Louise from Mama Bean Parenting shares her insights! The double electric breast pump is something of a staple in the world of breastfeeding and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies will cover the entire cost of a pump.   One of the reasons that I’m writing this is to spread the message that pumps are... Read more...
  4. Pumping profiles: the mighty hand pump

    Pumping profiles: the mighty hand pump Our friend Louise from Mama Bean Parenting shares her insights!   If we are lucky, we are told during pregnancy to prepare for feeding our babies.  We are given information leaflets with pictures and paragraphs detailing the perfect latch and like an exam to study for, we are lured into believing that with the correct information booklet to hand, we will sail... Read more...
  5. Pumping profiles: the Smartpump

    Pumping profiles: the Smartpump Our friend Louise from Mama Bean Parenting shares her insights! To complete our Pumping Profiles series, this week we're meeting Emily, who uses an all-singing-all-dancing Smartpump. I am so thrilled to share Emily's story, as she reminds each and every one of us to remember why we are making the choices that we make.  This working mama's message is one of encouragement... Read more...
  6. Flanges: how to get the right fit

    Flanges: how to get the right fit First off, what is a flange? Well, it's the piece of the pump that goes around your breast. Here's what you need to know about fit.   Properly fitted flanges: Allow your nipple to move in and out freely without touching or rubbing along the sides Draw in only your nipple and a small portion of your areola   Improperly... Read more...
  7. Smoothie recipes for milk supply

    Smoothie recipes for milk supply Worried about your milk supply? Try these smoothies! All of the below smoothies were submitted by mamas and may help increase your supply because they contain oatmeal. Why oatmeal? Well, it's rich in iron and low levels of iron may decrease your supply. Mackenzie from Los Angeles, CA My go to when I was breastfeeding my son! Now I can't... Read more...
  8. Pumping playlist

    Pumping playlist When when you need tunes to get your pump on. We've got you covered Mama! Read more...
  9. Q&A: Getting a pump through insurance

    Q&A: Getting a pump through insurance How to get started and what you need to know about getting a free breast pump through your insurance. Our resident Molly Petersen, Certified Lactation Counselor, chats with Pregnancy Magazine UP NEXT: Check out our insurance locator Read more...
  10. Breastmilk popsicles

    Breastmilk popsicles Have you heard about breastmilk popsicles aka momsicles?! For a refreshing treat in the summer and when baby is teething, try making a breastmilk popsicle! They are easy to make...it's just a popsicle made out of breastmilk - nothing else! Some helpful tips: Give to babies over 6 months Use a mini popsicle mold like this one - do not... Read more...
  11. Feeding Expressed Breastmilk to Breastfed Babies

    Feeding Expressed Breastmilk to Breastfed Babies Introducing bottles to breastfed babies can be a stressful and emotional time for parents and baby. Read more...
  12. How to get a breast pump through insurance

    How to get a breast pump through insurance Tips from our resident expert and certified lactation counselor Molly Petersen. Coverage varies depending on your insurance, but most moms can get a double electric breast pump like the our Smartpump or SignaturePro for free! "Often, your insurance company will use a durable medical equipment provider (DME) to fulfill your breast pump benefit," she says. "You can contact your insurance provider... Read more...

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