Exclusive Pumping Must Have Items

Exclusive Pumping

   I’ve been exclusively pumping for my preemie for over four months now and am still going strong.  This is my ultimate list of must haves to make it as easy and comfortable as possible! Spectra Pump– My Spectra pump has currently logged over 400 hours and has yet to let me down.  It gave me a comparable output to the Medela Symphony. Simple Wishes Hands-Free Bra– This bra has increased not only my output but my productivity.  The tight compression helps me to empty faster and more completely without the need for massaging while also letting me pump hands free.  This…

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10 Reasons Mom Needs Wine Tonight

1. Finding our your baby is an evil genius when he explosively poops the first time his big brother offers to change a diaper, assuring that he’ll never volunteer again. 2. Your seven year old tells you that you are too old to call yourself mommy.  I think he has that backward. 3. Realizing your seven-year-old has a larger vocabulary than  you when he uses the word capabilities correctly in a sentence at 6 am in the morning. Doesn’t he know you haven’t even had your coffee? 4. Finally going to bed and finding a whoopie cushion under your pillow. 5.…

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How To Make Money Using Swagbucks

When I was on bed rest and our income was cut in half I searched high and low on how I could earn some extra money for all of those adorable baby things without ever having to leave my bed.  I stumbled upon Swagbucks and ended up having a lot of luck. I made $150 my first-month spending just and hour or two a day on it. Here are my tips on how you can do the same! 1. Set up an email account.  Before you ever sign up I recommend making up a new email account.  This will prevent…

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Surviving Preemie’s First Cold

I knew it was bound to happen, and I knew I’d be a mess. However I didn’t expect his first cold to come one week after an ENT diagnosed him with and airway defect and informed me a cold could lead to hospitalization. My seven week adjusted, eleven pound babe woke up four days later with a fever of 101 and an awful cough. I panicked and called the on call doctor at 2 am.  He assured me unless the baby was blue we were OK.  I stayed up for the next 6 hours staring at him sleeping trying to…

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Things No One Tells You About Leaving The NICU

If you’ve ever had a baby in the NICU you know it was complete and utter hell.  Regardless of if your baby was a grower/feeder or a micro preemie, the journey was stressful and completely draining. I constantly looked forward to that day that I would bring my baby home and everything would be perfect. We would surely all ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. I knew there would be your typical illnesses and I’d miss some work here and there.  I was fully aware we’d possibly be seeing therapists in the future and there may…

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Pump At Work Like A Boss

Going back to work isn’t easy.  Neither is worrying about how you’re going to continue successfully feeding your baby breast milk while you’re away from him or her for eight hours at a time.  I’ve been back at work for a month now and feel that I’ve gotten all the kinks worked out and would like to share them with you. 1. Before going back I highly recommend letting HR or your boss knows your plans to pump at work. You are legally protected and they must provide you with a designated room with a lock.  This is where I…

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Increasing Milk Supply For Good

At the start of my pumping journey, my milk supply was over the top.  I was ecstatic at how easy it came and how lax I could be on my pumping schedule without losing ounces.  Then life happened.  Emmett came home from the NICU, things got crazy, my milk stopped being hormonal driven and a failed 3-day breastfeeding attempt. One day I woke up to realize I had gone from 30+ ounces per day to barely 13oz!  Obviously, I was upset and started panicking turning to trusty old google.  I found a ton of advice on supplements, cookies, diets, etc.…

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6 Preemie Must Haves For Home Care

My little on arrived ten weeks early.  When we left the NICU 6 weeks later with a tiny little guy I was shell shocked and terrified of taking care of him without the nurses and monitors by my side.  Thankfully we figured it out thanks to the help of some amazing products, and you will too!  Here’s my tried and true must have preemie list.   Kiinde–  This is the only one I found that claimed it safely reheated pumped breast milk (even straight from the freezer) without damaging the good stuff and leaving hotspots. It’s super easy to use,…

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Spectra S2 Review

  Like many of you, my insurance gave me the choice of the Spectra S2 or the Medela PISA.  After a lot of reading, I made the choice to go with the Spectra S2. Both had great reviews but I liked that the Spectra was a closed system and considered hospital grade. I had read about mold in the Medela and losing suction so despite my love affair with the Medela Symphony in the hospital I decided to take a chance and order the Spectra. Please keep in mind the only comparison I have is the Medela Symphony and that…

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Tying My Tubes at Twenty-Six

Tying my tubes at age twenty-six before I was sure I was done having children was a very difficult decision.  I didn’t make it in the typical I’m done having kids sort of way.  To be honest I’m not sure I’m finished having children.  My husband and I always wanted to continue until we had a little girl. It was one of those decisions I left in God’s hands.  If I needed a c-section, my tubes would be tied.  If not I would find a less permanent route that didn’t require unnecessary surgery.  Obviously the decision was made for me…

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