5 Must Haves for the Breastfeeding Mom {Giveaway}

There are so many difficult decisions to make when expecting, everything from picking the right stroller to the colour of your nursery. One decision that shouldn’t be made difficult is how you want to feed your baby. Whether breastfeed, formula fed or a little bit of both at the end of the day the most important thing is whether or not your baby is fed. For myself that decision came rather easy, my plan was to breastfeed both of my babies until they were at least one. I honestly just thought that’s what people did, I didn’t even know at that point that I wasn’t breastfed as a baby. The convenience of always having the good stuff on tap and at a reasonable price, free, made the decision just that much easier. 

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After a fairly relaxed and straight forward delivery with my first, she was instantly placed upon my chest for skin to skin. We snuggled for a bit and then shortly after we attempted to nurse. That first little latch, or chomp as it felt like, was definitely a moment to remember. While she seemed to latch on fairly easy the next 24 hours would prove to be a tiny bit on the stressful side. I remember one of the nurses that night grabbing a hold of my breast and cramming it into her little mouth, trying to perfect our latch. She was only a few hours old at that point and it just didn’t sit well with me. I had to remind the nurse that we were both trying to adjust to this new world and that perhaps it would take us a few days to get into our groove. From that moment on my approach to breast feeding was a very relaxed one. I attribute being relaxed and these 5 must have items as the reason I’ve had such a great run with breastfeeding both of my babies. 

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 Always keep plenty of water and snacks handy. You never known when you are about to become held hostage by a baby and spend the afternoon in a nursing marathon on the couch. I always like to have a water bottle filled with ice cold water at my disposal. Some people leave cups of cold coffee scattered through out the house, I leave water. In addition to water always have snacks ready, preferably ones that are easy to eat one handed. Things like almonds, fresh fruit, hardboiled eggs, homemade granola bars, and even your childrens squish packs are loaded with nutrients and are quick and easy to grab. Remember you are burning more calories while nursing than you did while you were pregnant so it’s very important to stay nourished and keep your energy levels up.

This time around I have found my self grabbing it less and less but a nursing cover is definitely a must to have handy at all times. With my first it would go everywhere I went. I would always have it near the couch when we had company over or easy to grab in the diaper bag when we were out and about. My first public nursing experience was when Hazel was just two days old and we were out shopping (because of course) and I never looked back. From that moment on it was whenever, wherever.

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A week after Hazel was born we went out to purchase one of the big ticket and in my books essential items for new moms, a breast pump. With Hazel I happily used the Medela Swing single pump but with Everett we changed it up and have been using the Medela Freestyle Double Pump. While the initial cost of purchasing a double pump might be overwhelming, its beyond worth it and a purchase I wish I had made to start with. Just as consuming proper nutrients and water are vital in breastfeeding so is a pump. A pump allows you to increase and maintain your supply, allowing for prolonged nursing. And for times when you need a night off, like when we escaped to Whistler, having pumped milk at hand makes these times happen with ease. With key features like being lightweight, portable, 2-phase expression, digital screen with memory function its no wonder the Freestyle Double Pump has won the PTPA award. (Parent Tested, Parent Approved)

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Having a feeding system in place for those times when you get a break. Using the Calma bottle allows you to do just that. Designed to mimic the breast it allows for babies to transition easily between the breast and bottle and back with out fussing. With a one size fits all, it means less items taking up precious kitchen storage and best of all it uses the same bottle you use to attach to your pump, meaning even less items to have!

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Last but not least, having a good tracking system. The MyMedela phone app does just that for you. Easy to use and right at your fingertips you are able to track and store vital information for your growing baby. Everything from weight and height to how many diaper changes, length of sleep and most importantly feeding session. The feeding section is actually derived of three different sections, breastfeeding, bottle, and pumping, making this the perfect app even if you are not breastfeeding. In the breastfeeding section you are able to time how long you nursed and on which side or both. Under the bottle section you can record the date and time of the feed, as well as what type of feed it was, breastmilk or formula, how much was consumed and add any notes about the feed.    

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Now the best part of sharing my 5 Must Haves for the Breastfeeding Mom with you is that Medela Canada is giving away a Medela Freestyle Double Pump! All you have to do is fill out the form below to enter. Be sure to  leave me a comment when you enter, are you pumping right now or do you plan on pumping once your baby is born?

Medela #MedelaCanada Freestyle Double Breast Pump Giveaway

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.}

18 thoughts on “5 Must Haves for the Breastfeeding Mom {Giveaway}

  • November 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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    Thanks for the great tips… hope to start pumping as might make things a little easier when out and about.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    Wow, I had no idea Medela had an app! This is really neat. I wish it was around when my little ones were still breastfeeding!

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  • November 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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    I entered and entered again and entered again. I love the pics of you breastfeeding. I also love how non-judgementally you wrote this!!! PS join my giveaway or else.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    I nursed my first son with a single pump and it was brutal! I borrowed a friend’s double pump and know it is something I can’t live without for baby #2 (due in April). I LOVE that Medela has actual mom’s test out their products 🙂

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  • November 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    I tried hard to nurse my son! I saw three lactation nurses, two public health nurses, a doctor to see if he had a tongue tie and a physiotherapist! I was crying during feeding because it hurt so much for a month and a half. He just had a bad patch and everything I tried wasn’t working. So I decided to exclusively pump, which I did for 5 months. I had only bought a swing and after a couple of months pumping both sides for 15 mins I bought another swing. I wish I had a the double pump but it was pricy. Anyways, it was a tough stressful time but I am proud he got just over 5 months of breastmilk 🙂

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  • November 13, 2016 at 7:07 am
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    Je vais essayer d’allaiter bien sûr

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  • November 13, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    I have to return my rental soon and hope to get a double pump soon! I love the medela app it helps me keep track of my feeding sessions!

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  • November 13, 2016 at 8:31 am
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    Good information. Thank you for the contest ?

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  • November 13, 2016 at 8:31 am
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    I have been blessed with amazing support from my midwives helping me achieve my breastfeeding goal. And I’m not only blessed for my amazing healthy beautiful boy, but also because he is a boob lover since day 1! Latching hurt no matter what, he would unlatch and get angry when I tried to assist him to latch. Then one night as I’m shuffling to get comfortable he latched on his own. He’s one amazing boy! Sadly now we are baddling thrush, treatment some how has made things more painful:(

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  • November 18, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    Going to download the app. ..fantastic info!

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  • November 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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    That looks like a wicked app I’ll have to remember it for my next baby! I have the original pump in style (like 14 years old!) this is the pump I want next time around ☺️

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  • November 19, 2016 at 11:24 am
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    I’m looking into their app right now but am having a few issues with it that I hope I can get straightened out. I love reading real honest reviews from real honest users. It makes me feel confident in my decision to use one also. Thanks so much!

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  • November 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm
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    I am currently pumping using the Medela swing but know I’m wasting so much time with the single pump.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 7:15 am
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    Thanks for the heads up on the Medela App! It has been so useful in these first few days of breastfeeding with my son.

    Love your letter and honesty (as always), gives us new moms some perspective and great points to remember as we enter this journey. You are amazing.

    I am lucky that our insurance (in the States) covered my breast pump, :so have the Pump in Style Advanced. I haven’t used it quite yet, but look forward to testing it out and pumping with ease.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 11:56 am
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    I’m plannning to pump after my little one is born in the new year ❤️

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  • November 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Thank you for this! Love the info about the App, I had no idea this existed! I will definitely be downloading it when I have my next baby!

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