HAPPY AMAZON PRIME DEAL DAYS! June 15th and 16th Amazon is running so awesome deals on all things from electronics,home, fashion, health and beauty, and everything in between. Since there is SO many great deals I have gone through and laid out some of my favorite picks. I focused mainly on items for baby, because this is a great time to stick up on basics, especially if you are preparing for a new baby! I have categorized items into toys, diapering, clothes, feeding and food. The prices are listed under the picture. If you just click on the picture it should take you to the link on Amazon if you want to purchase any items. I hope you find this list helpful as you embark on your Amazon Deal Days journey!
I recently attended an event put on by the Raleigh Moms Blog, called Bloom. The event is geared towards new and expectant mothers. This is the fourth year in a row that the Bloom event has been held in Raleigh. Wake Med was a partner for the event, so naturally it was held at Wake Med North. The event was amazing and super informative. There were several local vendors in attendance from swim lessons, counseling services, child care, photographers and many more! It was the perfect one stop for any mom looking for local support services. I highly recommend Bloom to any mom who feels overwhelmed, and does not know where to start when preparing for baby.
The event had two main sessions, one of which was a lactation panel. Being a breastfeeding mother, I felt it was appropriate that I sat in and learned more from a local lactation consultant. Sandy Arnold, Certified Lactation Consultant and Dr. Alisha Davis lead the session, as new and expectant moms asked a series of questions regarding breastfeeding. I decided to share these questions with you all, in hopes that any mommas considering breastfeeding ,or who are breastfeeding ,may gain a little insight!
“Ask the Experts Session: Lactation Care & First Year Needs for Baby and Mom”
What kind of lactation problems can you experience?
Low milk supply
Side preference- which can result in decreased milk supply and sore nipples
Is it common to have issues with the rooting reflex?
If there is any misalignment in the cervical vertebrae a baby can struggle to turn their head properly and there maybe issues with the rooting reflex.
Breastfeeding pillow, helpful?
Yes! My Brest-friend is the most helpful because it gets closer and snugger to the body! Often times little babies can get lost in the Boppy pillow. The Boppy is great for when the baby gets older and bigger.
Is there a difference when you introduce solids and a latch?
Oh yea, sometimes babies will hold their tongue back when eating from a spoon. So they will do the same while breast feeding. Therefore struggling to latch properly. Just continue to breast feed and this problem should work itself out.
Is there anything you can do during pregnancy to help milk supply?
Not during pregnancy, no.
Foods to produce milk flow?
You don’t have to change your diet. You want to make sure you are eating and drinking. Oatmeal, granola bars, Kind bars, the “Pink Drink” at Starbucks. Drink half of your body weight in any liquid, water, juice, tea.
After birth suggestions.
At the hospital get all the lactation help you can get. Make sure the latch is right and the baby is gaining weight. Get your rest. STAY OFF GOOGLE (that is my personal advice)
Should you pump at the hospital?
If there are serious issues, yes. But what is more helpful is hand expression. The lactation consultant at the hospital can help teach you how. Most times they will encourage you to continue trying to nurse while at the hospital. Only add pumping if the baby is not nursing well.
Madela Pump In Style (this is the pump that I use)
Spectra S1 and S2, these pumps are hospital grade, and they have a ton of positive reviews from mommas.
First year needs for baby and mom?
Make sure that mom is taking care of herself. A lot of moms forget to take care of herself because she is so focused on baby. Make sure that she is eating and staying hydrated, this is so important to maintain milk supply.
Make sure baby is hitting all of the proper milestones. Don’t sit in the house every day, get out. Postpartum anxiety can become worsened if you isolate yourself from others. Make new friends, find a mom tribe. Fit4Mom is a great way to get out of the house, and connect with other moms.
I know that there are a ton more questions that you may have, so feel free to let me know in the comment section, and I will try my best get you an answer!
Make sure to check out Raleigh Moms Blog website, and give them a follow on Instagram and Facebook
So you are going to travel with or without baby, but you are still pumping. If you are traveling without your baby, first, let me say WAY TO GO! As a new mom, who recently traveled by myself without baby, I know how tough it can be! You have to deal with the unnecessary guilt of leaving your baby, whether it is with your oh so loving husband, or a wonderful friend or family member. If you are traveling WITH your baby, YOU CAN DO IT! It can be tough and sometimes you may miss out on some things, but it is worth it! I have traveled several times with my daughter since she was born, so I would not say I am an expert but I have some great tips for you!
It is important to know that there is a slight difference when traveling in a car and on a plane. It is a little easier to travel in a car while pumping, if you are a passenger. If you are driving alone it can be a little more difficult. I haven’t traveled on a train but if you have let me know if there is anything moms should know!
Traveling by car while pumping
When you are traveling by car while pumping there are somethings that you will need:
a reliable breast pump, I currently use the Medela Pump in Style.
milk storage, I use bags and bottles
a car adapter plug for your pump
pumping or nursing bra
cooler and ice packs
nursing cover, this is optional I do not use one but others may want to use one
It is very important that you stick to the same feeding schedule your baby is on when you travel. This will help maintain you supply, my baby feeds every four hours during the day, so I pumped every four hours. If you are driving alone, it may be a good idea to map out places to stop before hitting the road. Unfortunately, there is a strong chance that you will have to pump sitting in your car, in a parking lot. Unless you are comfortable pumping in a public restroom. When I traveled with my family, we would stop at a rest stop and I would feed the baby, and then I would pump while my husband was driving. Then I stored the milk in the cooler until we got to our destination.
There is no law that states that hotels HAVE to provide breastfeeding mothers with a refrigerator or a freezer. However, most hotels are super accommodating and if there is not a fridge in the room, they will offer one with no extra cost. It is important to ask before making reservations.
Traveling by plane while pumping
When you travel by plane while pumping, you pretty much need the same things you need while driving.
A reliable breast pump
Travel breast pump bag, I got the cutest one from Amazon (I’ll link it below and write a post about it!)
Pumping or nursing bra
When I recently flew down to Orlando, I made sure that I researched the rules and regulations of traveling with a pump and breast milk. What I discovered is that every airline allows breastfeeding mothers to bring their pump on as a carry on. However, it’s not an addition to the carry on you’re allowed, it is your personal or carry on item. Your pump bag will have to go through security, and if you have milk, they have the right to test it. Moms are allowed to have as much milk in their bag, it does not have to follow the 3 oz rule. Just let the TSA worker know you have a pump and milk.
Once you make it to the gate, depending on your pumping schedule, it is possible you may have to pump. There are a number of airports that have mother pods, they look like pop up nursing rooms. Those rooms are awesome and allow mothers to get comfortable and relax while feeding or pumping. However, some don’t and you will have to either pump at the gate, or in the bathroom. At the RDU airport, I had to stand in the bathroom and pump at the sink. Which didn’t bother me to much, but it was not relaxing to have to listen to other people use the bathroom for fifteen minutes.
Depending on the airline and flight you are on, there may be a plug by your seat. So if you have a long flight, you might have to pump while in the air. You can usually just pump in your seat, but again just let your flight attendant know and they can help you. The pumping bag I bought on Amazon (linked below) has a cooler on the bottom, so it was easy to store the milk until I got to where I was going.
Recap and additional tips:
When driving map out your route and plan stops to pump
Ask the hotel or place you are staying to provide you with a refrigerator for milk storage
When flying, be prepared for TSA to text your milk
Bring a couple bottle, and a lot of bags. Pump into a bottle and then transfer for a bag for easier storage
STAY HYDRATED! Drink lots of water, especially if you are traveling somewhere warmer than you’re used too
EAT! It is important that you remember to eat, I took protein bars with me to eat after I pumped
HAPPY TRAVELING MOMMA! I hope you find these tips helpful for your next trip! I would love to hear where you guys are going. If you have any other tips for traveling moms, let us know in the comments!