Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I’ve been breastfeeding, for what seems like, the last four years. I breastfed Scarlett for 14 months, I considered tandem nursing at the time when June was born, but we didn’t have to. She was only night nursing at the time and weaned those few nights I was in the hospital having June. June nursed a little longer, she weaned around 22 months. And now, we are going on 4 months now with Lennon. I have always had a breast pump even though I stay at home with them. I think that, no matter where you are in your stages of nursing babies, you always need a pump, even if you don’t plan to be separated from them at anytime.
Here are a few reasons why every nursing mother needs a breast pump.
1. So dad can help feed baby – The first few weeks after bringing your newborn home, you will be exhausted. Having a breast pump lets dad help feed baby while you nap and still maintain your supply.
2. Baby does not latch properly – Some babies have a problem latching on. I remember the first few weeks of nursing Lennon I felt so much pain. This surprised me because it never happened with my first two. Luckily after a week or two my nipple tenderness went away and Lennon was able to figure it out. 🙂 Having a pump helps you maintain your supply during this adjustment period.
3. Having a pump lets you be away from baby while still maintaining your supply. This can be for working moms or any situation that you can’t be with your hungry baby.
4. Engorgement – The first few weeks your body is making milk and trying to adjust to the right amount of milk to supply. Eventually, everything will be in sync, but the first few weeks you might experience engorgement of one or both breasts due to oversupply of milk. Having a pump will help express any oversupply.
Your pump should be comfortable to use. You never want pumping to be painful. We’ve been using Avent Comfort Double Electric Pump.
The pump has a unique design that allows moms to sit upright and express milk more comfortably; it eliminates the need to lean forward which results in discomfort.
“When you are comfortable and relaxed, your milk flows more easily. That is why we created our most comfortable breast pump yet: Sit comfortably with no need to lean forward and let our soft massage cushion gently stimulate your milk flow.”
The massaging petals in the soft breast cushion mimic the baby’s natural sucking to help stimulate letdown and milk flow.
“Our massage cushion has a soft velvety texture that gives a warm feel to the skin for comfortable, gentle stimulation of your milk flow. The soft massage cushion is designed to comfortably fit the majority of moms. Should you need it, a smaller size cushion is available separately.”
As a breastfeeding mom who stays at home with her littles, I didn’t think I would be using my pump as much as I do. It’s important to do your research on the type of pump you need. For me, comfort and ease was a big thing for me. Having the option to pump from both breasts at the same time was HUGE. I have two other little ones, so I need to get it done quickly.
Giveaway: Philips Avent Double Breast Pump