Monday, November 29, 2010
Go hands free!
One of my biggest advice to you, once you graduate into pumping your milk and feeding your baby bottles, is to go hands free! Oh but first, I would strongly suggest you don't give your baby a pacifier or bottle until she/he is at least one month old. See my post "Help, my baby won't take the bottle!" I waited until she was a month and a half old, and she does very well with all three. I haven't had any problems with feeding her at all. She goes back and forth from breast to bottle like nothing, and she's not attached to her binky at all. I feel like she thinks, "I don't care how you feed me, just FEED ME!" Ha ha!
Anyway, I highly recommend you invest in a pumping bra. Best purchase ever! I got the Easy Expressions Bustier, which has recently been acquired by Medela. Medela is THE breastfeeding system. I use all their products and it's great because they all work together—pump, bottles, nipples, freezer bags, and now, breastfeeding bra! I purchased mine at A Pea In the Pod for about $30. It sure makes those 20 minutes go by faster, because I can be on my laptop blogging as I am now while I pump! Hurray! It helps if you have a busy schedule because you can use those 20 minutes to, let's seeee, catch up on emails, put on your make-up, write, blog, Facebook, Twitter, read a book, eat, catch up on texts...it's awesome. I don't use the phone though while I'm pumping because the pump is a bit loud, but I'm sure some moms out there do. So that's your assignment for today, go buy yourself (or make) a pumping bra. Must. Have. Period. Happy pumping!