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This post was sponsored by The Breastfeeding Shop. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My breastfeeding journey actually started with a breast pump. My first baby had lost more than 10% of her body weight because my milk took so long to come in. It was a scary time because I thought that my dreams of breastfeeding were slowly fading away. That was until I asked the hospital to get me a breast pump. I sat in my hospital bed still sore and groggy after my c-section pumping as much as I could. After about 30 minutes I managed to get 2 ounces of milk! The heavens opened and my hopes were renewed that I would be able to breastfeed my newborn.
This time around I had to pump because my newborn was not getting enough milk when she latched. She was very fussy after I would try to feed her and I discovered that her tummy was not getting full. I say all of that to say this; I’ve learned a thing or two in my breast pumping journey and I would like to share with you everything you need to be a success at breast pumping.
Breast Pumping Success: Everything You Need
Get A Breast Pump
When I ordered my breast pump through The Breastfeeding Shop, during my last trimester of pregnancy it was a very simple process. Choosing a breast pump was very easy as well. The Breast Feeding Shop has a nifty chart comparison of all of the breast pumps they carry. Once I made my decision I asked my doctor to write me a prescription for my breast pump. I filled out the order form through The Breast Feeding Shops site and uploaded my prescription and that was it! I received my breast pump a few weeks later! I not only got a breast pump but all of the accessories.
I cannot say enough good things about The Breastfeeding Shop. The customer service was great! And the process of ordering was so easy. The best part is that The Breastfeeding Shop is preferred by Tricare! Yay!
Tip 1: Check with your insurance company to see if they will cover your breast pump (most insurance companies should).
Here is how it easy it was to order:
- Go to www.thebreastfeedingshop.com
- Select Order forms
3. Put in your information
4. Upload A Picture of Your Prescription…and you are done! That easy.
Breast Pumping Essentials
Keep Your Supply Up
One key element to being successful at breast pumping is keeping your supply up. There are different ways to do that:
- Drink enough water
- Drink lactation smoothies
- Drink lactation tea
- Eat Lactation Bars
- Make sure you are eating a nutrient dense and well-balanced diet
- Continue to Take Your Prenatal Vitamins
If you want more information on breastfeeding goes to the Breastfeeding category to the left side of my blog on the front page.
Having the right frame of mind contributes to being successful at breast pumping. When you are discouraged with breast pumping to surround yourself with people who can offer advice and emotional support. It is best to keep in contact with a lactation consultant, as well as using breastfeeding websites for informational resources.
Tip 2: Also, if you are working mother make sure that you are aware of the laws regarding pumping. This will ensure that your employer supports you as well when pumping, and decreases the chances of discrimination.
I hope that you find the guide helpful and don’t forget to follow The Breastfeeding Shop on social media:
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