Investing In a Breast Pump
The Midnight Express – The Avent Double Electric Breast Pump by Philips
Purchasing a breast pump is a serious investment – not just because it’s an expensive item, but because it becomes such a big part of your life in the first few months. Whether you’re pumping manually or you have an electric pump, it’s another time consuming activity among the sterilizing, washing, feeding, burping, cleaning, etc. that become the bane of your existence, so getting the right pump that is easy to use and works well is imperative, not just for convenience and comfort, but for your own sanity. This little pulsating device becomes your bestie during those late night lonely pumps – and yes, in your delirium, you will find yourself having conversations with it.
The first few months of breastfeeding is intense, even for someone like me who didn’t have any serious challenges, you are literally a milk machine that works around the clock – if you’re not feeding, pumping or burping, you’re leaking, being vommed on or getting squirted in the eye with your own supply. It’s not glamorous ladies. Your freezer previously filled with chocolate swirl ice cream (or vodka) will now be a bottomless pit of milk storage sacks. It will become your new normal, so one just has to embrace it and go with the flow, pun intended.
I got to try out the Avent Double Electric Pump by Philips, which comes in a nifty zip up travel bag so you can take it anywhere with you. I really love this pump – it’s super simple to assemble and wash. It’s comfortable with these squishy soft massage cushions that fit snug onto your breast. Having a double electric pump is such a lifesaver – I can literally pump for 10 minutes and jump straight back into bed – saving a huge amount of time and allowing me to get more well deserved sleep in.
I thought it would be easier it I just listed a few of the benefits below and also make mention of a few things you’d need to consider before buying the pump.
- Easy to use and clean
- Compact and lightweight
- Ability to sit in a comfortable position while pumping
- It comes in a really handy zip up bag with travel lids to the parts
- Easy to assemble all the parts
- Comfortable to use with different strength settings
- Very good suction strength – I have only ever had to use the stimulation function
- Pump has to be plugged into a power source (no battery function)
- Moderate noise level
- Hands-free pumping requires a separately sold pumping bustier
- No timer on actual device
- Watch a YouTube video of how to assemble the pump before your due date – you might have to use it while you’re in hospital so it makes it a lot less stressful if you know to operate it
- Try it out, even if it’s on your husband, just to see how each different function works
- Get a pumping bra – whether you purchase one or make one from a sports bra – it’s great to have your hands free
Top Tips for new moms getting the nutrients they need when breastfeeding:
By Fiona Hunter
When your baby relies on you and your precious breast milk to provide the essential nutrients they need to help them grow and give them the best start in life, it is crucial you are eating healthily. Finding the time and the energy to eat properly when you have a new baby to care for can be challenging, so here are a few helpful tips:
- Keep a small plastic container or a resealable bag filled with dried fruit, nuts or a cereal bar in your handbag or glove compartment so you always have a healthy snack on hand; this also means you are less likely to be tempted by unhealthy choices
- Life with a new baby can be extremely busy and leaves you with little time for activities like trips to the supermarket. Before your baby is born, it is advisable to start shopping online. Once you have your shopping list set up, all you need to do each week is call it up and add or delete items from the original list – Nicole shopped at Wellness Warehouse for all her healthy essentails .
- Before you settle down to breastfeed, prepare yourself a snack so you can refuel while your baby is feeding. It is best not to have hot drinks while breastfeeding to avoid accidents, but make sure you have a glass of water, fruit juice or a smoothie within easy reach
- When you are busy it is easy to forget meal times, so set the alarm on your phone to remind yourself that it is time to eat
- Keep a supply of healthy ready-made meals in the freezer, so if you are short on time or lacking the energy to cook, you can re-heat a meal. Most ready-made meals are low on vegetables, so cook some extra vegetables to serve alongside. Some ready-made meals are also high in salt and/or saturated fat, so check the nutrition information on the label before buying these – check out: My Food Fairy
- Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help – if friends or family offer to assist by doing the shopping or cooking from time-to-time, let them