Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Formula

Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Formula

   Deciding how to feed your baby is a personal decision, and there are many reasons parents choose what they do. Some breastfeed, some use formula, and some do a combination of both. I fall into that final category – moms who have done both. I’ve talked about my breastfeeding journey with Ella before, and for the most part, it has been a great experience. When she was born and latched on right away, I knew we were on the right track. After we got over the initial humps of establishing a good supply and the pain of early nursing, things…

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Knowing When To Stop Pumping

Knowing When To Stop Pumping

Without a doubt, the hardest part of both my breastfeeding journeys has not been what you might expect. It has not been those initial weeks where you and baby are still figuring each other out. It has not been managing the hunger that comes with nursing. It has not been cracked nipples, mastitis, or engorgement. It wasn’t even going back to work. It’s knowing when to stop pumping. It’s knowing the moment that it isn’t worth it anymore, and grappling with the crushing disappointment of not hitting your goal. It’s struggling to explain the despair you feel knowing you can’t…

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The Easy Way to Bring Breast Milk on a Plane

The Easy Way to Bring Breast Milk on a Plane

When I went to BlogHer a few weeks ago, I was as prepared as possible for pumping while I was gone. I had my trusty Sarah Wells Abby bag filled with everything I needed – my pump, my flanges and additional parts, my freemies, storage bottles, and more. I had extra supplies loaded into my checked baggage – my tea, Oat Mama bars, dish soap, a bottle brush, and even a roll of paper towels to air dry all my parts on. I was incredibly prepared for everything.

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The Best Way to Ship Your Breast Milk Home

The Best Way to Ship Your Breast Milk Home

Two weeks ago, I went on my first trip away since Ella was born – to Orlando for BlogHer and to spend a few days with my Moms Without Answers girls. I was excited for the trip and time get some time away, and Chris was 100% behind me and ready for him to go. I got everything packed and ready, but as a nursing and pumping mom, I had to figure out an extra piece of the puzzle – how was I going to get my milk home?

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Fed is Best: Support for Feeding Choices

Fed is Best: Support for Feeding Choices

You know what guys? Sometimes, feeding babies is hard, and sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s somewhere in between. I’ve talked about it before, but my breastfeeding journey this time around has been infinitely easier than it was with Abbie. I’m sure a lot of the difference is that I’m much more experienced this time around, but I also know it’s because Ella is an easier baby. With Abbie, I had all sorts of struggles with breastfeeding – getting her to latch, keeping her awake for feedings, getting her to eat enough, low supply, not responding to the pump… almost every…

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What’s in My Pump Bag: A List For Working Moms

What’s in My Pump Bag: A List For Working Moms

One of the things I was nervous about when I went back to work a few months ago didn’t have anything to do with daycare, or with work itself.

It was packing my pump bag. I wanted to make sure I was prepared for every situation and had everything I needed to make pumping at work as easy as I could. I’m pretty happy with the supplies I have stashed in my bag, so I wanted to share in case you’re trying to pack your pump bag too!

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How to Multitask While Pumping

How to Multitask While Pumping

This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. As a mom, and especially as a working mom, I am constantly multitasking. In fact, I rarely just do one thing at a time – I’m almost always doing at least two things at once (or thinking about something else). I think it’s just in our lives as moms that we will always be multitasking, and it’s definitely been true for me. Since I’m breastfeeding, one place I’ve struggled with being able to do more than one thing…

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Finding the Right Bottle

Finding the Right Bottle

This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.  Being a working mom has its own unique set of challenges, especially when you’re also a nursing mom. One of the things I really wanted to ensure in my return to work was that we were able to keep nursing. From the start, breastfeeding Ella has been a much better experience than breastfeeding Abbie, and I wanted to do everything I could to preserve that upon my return to work last month. That meant finding bottles that would…

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Breastfeeding, Round Two

Breastfeeding, Round Two

When I found out we were expecting Ella, a lot of things went through my head – from how we would manage two, to what our financial situation would look like and how Abbie would handle things. Becoming a mom for the second time was easier in so many ways, but most of all in one crucial area – breastfeeding my second baby. I breastfed Abbie for as long as I could and as long as it made sense for our family. Our first night in the hospital, Abbie had to go to the nursery due to some health issues…

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