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I never thought I’d Need…

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: Breastfeeding, Stuff You Need | 7 Comments »

Because I went back to work 12 weeks after both deliveries, pumping has always been part of my nursing routine, I am pumping within 24 hours of delivery.  For me, breastfeeding doesn’t have a lot of products but pumping certainly does.

When I was pregnant with the boys I was a member of an Expecting Club on iVillage and spent hours and hours discussing things like strollers and carseats and bottles and breastfeeding vs. formula feeding and epidurals and C-Sections and sleeping through the night and circumcision and making my own baby food and on and on and on…

No one told me I needed a hands free pumping bustier.

The boys were born on November 12th.  I started pumping on November 13th.  The first mention of this magical product on my blog was a shout out on December 19th to my friend Carrie who is the Awesome who gifted it to me.

I pumped every day.  Six to eight times a day while nursing and supplementing two babies around the clock without this product.  For 37 days. 

For me that was 37 days I got to listen to at least one baby cry while the pump whirred away.
37 days of not being able to do anything but sit with my hands to my chest for 120-160 minutes a day.
No eating a snack.  No reading a book.  No bouncing a crying baby on my knee…

It was a VERY long 37 days.

The hands free pumping bustier I got was a basic white model that was nothing short of magic.  Now I want one of these beauties.

Other products I stand by:

Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump– I LOVE this pump
Medela Quick Steam Micro-Clean Bags– for all those pesky parts
Johnson’s Breastpads– I tried them and liked them so I stayed with them
NUK Breastmilk Storage Bags– these are usually the cheapest
Boppy– I’ve always liked mine, get extra covers!
Nursing Covers- I have a cheap one and an expensive one, guess which one Judah likes best.
Gilligan & O’Malley Nursing Tank– I LOVE my GOM tanks
Fenugreek– one of the only things that worked for increasing my supply
Smart Phone– I am of the Blackberry persuasion
Twitter– because you need something to keep you awake at 3am!

So, if you want to be the hero to that pumping mom- give her a pumping bustier at her shower.  She will think you are crazy at the time, but she will love you for it!  If you happen to be TWB (Tweeting While Breastfeeding) be sure to follow the #BFBlogHop hashtag!

If you are visiting from the Breastfeeding Blog Hop- please jump on over and enter my Giveaway for Baby Bliss Nipple Cream for Mommies– it fits in perfectly with this weeks topic.  Even if you don’t need it yourself it makes a great add-on to a breastfeeding themed shower gift!  Darcy over at Tales from the Nursery is giving extra entries to any of her giveaways in March to anyone who enters my little giveaway.  What can I say- it’s my first giveaway…it’s awesome to get a boost!

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7 Comments on “I never thought I’d Need…”

  1. 1 Stephanie said at 11:15 pm on March 8th, 2011:

    HELLO?!?! Why didn't anyone tell me about those when I was pumping for Claire?! She had a problem with her tongue and couldn't latch at all…so I pumped and bottle fed. Lemme tell ya…that was no fun with a newborn, a 21 month old and a just-turned-3. YIKES! I may have to invest in one of those this time around. What a great idea!!

  2. 2 Darcy @ TFTN said at 11:20 pm on March 9th, 2011:

    I don't pump often, but man it's a pain to hold everything in place, plus occupy Rissa, plus push buttons and turn knobs (on the pump :P)…. but my LC said she wouldn't recommend hands free pump for large busts =/

    And of course I figured no point in trying it then.

  3. 3 mryjhnsn said at 11:37 am on March 10th, 2011:

    Nursing pads! I forgot them on my post and they are sooo necessary! I use to have to double up on the Johnson ones so I "upgraded" to another brand I can't spell lol

  4. 4 Darcy @ TFTN said at 11:32 pm on March 10th, 2011:

    I don't pump often, but man it's a pain to hold everything in place, plus occupy Rissa, plus push buttons and turn knobs (on the pump :P)…. but my LC said she wouldn't recommend hands free pump for large busts =/

    ….what the heck. I wrote this comment Wed nite. I forgot to submit I guess /facepalm

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    I love that you included Twitter on your must-have list. Awesome!!

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