Mostly because I honestly never thought I’d get this chance again. My last pregnancy was eight years ago, and it took me quite a few years to get warmed up to the idea of starting all over again. So many experiences were behind us – like cribs and bassinets, diapers and diaper pails, swaddles and late night feeding – and now we’ll experience them all over again. I’m honestly going into this with eyes wide open. I’ve had a long time to appreciate having older, more independent kids, but I can’t believe I’ll get to meet a newborn all over again. It’s almost too much to wrap my head around. I can’t believe I’ll feed, hold, and dress a baby all over again.
Tips For Successful Breastfeeding with Medela:
Now I exclusively breastfed both babies. When my daughter was born, it seemed like the only choice. I’m not going to say it came easily for me because it was hard. She didn’t seem interested in nursing for the first two days in the hospital. At home, we fell into a rhythm, and that was her source of food until six months of age, but it remained her only primary food source until she was at least one. With my second, my son, he seemed interested in food right from the get-go. And he wanted to eat hourly, whereas my daughter had eaten every three hours like clockwork. It was an adjustment, but I was more experienced, so my body was already adjusted.
Before I even thought about having this third baby, my sisters were just having their babies when mine were in preschool and elementary school. They kept telling me about how cool things are now – and how different. Truly, I was amazed when shopping off of their registries. I felt a bit like a dinosaur. And when I went to my first midwife appointment, completely nervous and excited, one of our first discussions was about breast pumps. “You would not believe how different they are these days!” She said. And I have been learning that through having this new product, and from what I learned at BlogHer Parenting in late April. I am SO excited to use this product. This brand helped me incredibly with my first two babies. We love Medela very much!
Why I need a breast pump:
There are many ways the right breast pump can help. It provides a way for my husband and parents, and even the baby’s older siblings, to help feed the baby with pumped milk. It helps me build a supply to keep in the fridge/freezer. My husband can take some nighttime feedings, and when we want to go for date nights, the grandparents can feed the baby pumped milk. With my son, I made the mistake of being more glued to him because he had had a traumatic birth experience – or rather, it was traumatic for me. So I’m looking to find the same assistance I had with my daughter as a baby. Help with feedings, other family members bonding with the baby, and the ability to go to work or travel and know that the baby is being fed, and that I can pump and keep up my milk supply too. This is incredibly important to me for this pregnancy.
Medela’s Freestyle Flex:
The Freestyle Flex is the newest breast pump from Medela, and it has a light, compact and portable design for mobility – you can put it in your purse! It’s perfect for the active mama like me, because I plan to pump several times a day. More on this below, but I participated in BlogHer Parenting in late April and I found out so much about the Freestyle Flex there, and since having seen it, I can confirm:
- It weighs less than a pound and can fit into your purse, diaper bag, or even pocket – for easy access! It can also fit in the palm of your hand and you can wear it around your neck!
The Freestyle Flex is a closed system designed with Overflow Protection at the kit, and that prevents breast milk from entering tubing.
It’s equipped with PersonalFit Flex breast shields that offer four-way fit, and adapt to my natural shape. This removes on average 11% more milk per minute than traditional breast shields.
Freestyle Flex has a USB rechargeable battery, with up to a 2-hour battery life that allows me to pump whenever and wherever I like.
The tech is awesome! It has a touchscreen display with easy-to-use controls and timer, and the pump connects easily via Bluetooth to the MyMedela app to track my pump sessions.
You can get this pump at major retailers including Amazon, Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Walmart.
The Moms’ Room:
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BlogHer Parenting Digital 2020:
Boy, what a year, right? I was so happy that I could still attend BlogHer Parenting on my computer. I had it on all day, watching the panels, listening to the experts give advice and support, and I learned about my Medela pump with Corky Harvey. She showed the Freestyle Flex pump and told the story of how when she was pregnant with her third baby, the pump she had used with her first two was obsolete. This is just like me – pregnant with my third and finding entire new technology with EVERYTHING, including pumps. The other three panelists discussed the work/parenting balance. And it’s more like “bye-bye balance” since every day these days is bring your kids to work day. A weird new normal.
That said, they also discussed how there is no one way to parent. We all do what works well for us. In the beginning, the psychological process can be difficult as we have postpartum body issues and hormones as well. We downplay postpartum depression too much and can do better with resources. I was struck by the advice that it can take 8 months to a year to get some sort of normalcy. I really felt this with my firstborn. We have to allow ourselves that time to heal emotionally and physically. And the last piece of advice was not to try to be perfect.
Tips for Successful Breastfeeding:
1 – Ask for help in the beginning. The nurses and hospital lactation consultants are an important resource. The Moms’ Room is also a great place to get answers from the experts and others moms going through the same thing.
2 – Get comfy! Support yourself with breastfeeding pillows when needed. Support your baby’s head and your breasts.
3 – Let your baby set the pace, and watch for signs of hunger that come before crying – like sucking motions and restlessness.
4 – Wait a bit (3-4 weeks after birth) to introduce pacifiers since you don’t want it to interfere with feeding.
5 – Take care of your nipples and take care of yourself!
Where to connect:
- MyMedela page