Archive | July, 2013

Free breast pump!? Uh, Yes please!!

25 Jul

Free breast pump? No it’s not a scam :-p
2 years ago, after having some nursing issues, I found myself searching for a decent breast pump. I settled on a Medela Pump in style which is a single pump. Fast forward to last weekend….I’m now on my second son & due to nursing issues (yet again, sigh)I am exclusively pumping & this pump is rapidly declining!

I begin the dreaded search for another pump when I come across a review. The lady in the review is talking about how her insurance covered 90% of the pump! With some of these pumps costing up to $300+ it was COMPLETELY worth looking into.

Sure enough, I call my insurance & they say they will cover a breast pump 100%!!!!!!!!

The thing is though, that you MUST order it through one of their medical companies that they work with. After the operator provided a list of companies I looked on their website to see which pumps they provided & researched them.

They are not cheap-no name brands either but well-known & quality pumps.

I found a pump that I LOVE (You can see the review here ) & it is DEFINITELY worth a call to your insurance company, no matter what type it is.

Prayers, Shares, Cash & Cloth

18 Jul

I recently read about this company that is doing a great ministry to help our orphans. Jake’s Diapers.
I beg anyone who sees this to please check out their site, as well as The Little Bee Co. to see the beautiful blessings they are doing.

Prayers, Shares, Cash & Cloth.

Please share & post their site, it really is a beautiful, loving ministry that could literally make a world of difference.

Splash Cafe

3 Jul

Pros:
-High chairs
– loud enough that your baby fussing isn’t so obvious

Cons:
– No boosters, baby slings (car seat carrier)
– No diaper changing table
– No Nursing area
– Tight squeeze

Personal Experience

I’ve been twice; once when my son was an infant then again when he was a toddler. I can’t say one age was really easier than another. Even during the weekdays it’s pretty busy & with the seating so close to each other it’s another job to keep a nosy toddler focused on their own meal & not staring or trying to grab other people’s : p
All in all, I would say it’s not very kid & ESPECIALLY nursing friendly.

Feel free to share your experiences & tips for how you handle the crowds.

Milkies-Milk Saver

2 Jul

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Best kept secret?
I can easily say that the milk saver is One of the BEST breastfeeding products that you may not know about!
I nursed my first son for a little over a year & Never heard about this.
What is it?
It’s a container you comfortably place on your breast while nursing or pumping the other breast. As you may already know, when milk is coming out from one side, it comes out of the other too. So this product is able to passively collect that milk without having to do ANY work! I love it!!

Every time I collect an ounce, shoot, HALF an ounce I always proclaim the milkie to be worth it’s weight in gold! Haha!
In the description of the product it says you can wear it while out & about, uh, not really Billie! In the picture below you can see how large it is.
BUT you could wear it in the car on your way home if you wanted.
As with most items there are some flaws. For the Milkie I would say the only 2 problems I have come across is if more than 2 oz leaks out, that it overflows & begins to leak out.
In general it’s not generally more than 1.5 oz that leaks from your breast anyway but if you’re particularly full after missing a few feelings than you might run into this more.
The second problem is the lack of a lid or cover.
Believe it or not, I would forget I had the milk saver on & after nursing would go lay my baby down. Well leaning over while wearing this is an obvious no-no, because it will cause all the milk you’ve just collected to spill out.
The only thing I can think to combat that is possibly a lid?
In any case the Milk Saver still does an excellent job & is one of the best gifts you can give a nursing mom.

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To see a small video about the Milkie, visit my Facebook page
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