Successful Breastfeeding Blog
Evidence based advice, support, and education for modern families.
Exhausted?! Us too! Parenting can be exhausting, especially when you're waking up with your baby at night more time than you'd like to count.
In our Successful Breastfeeding community, we hear about sleep exhaustion ALL. THE. TIME. When I shared that I was going to tackle the topic of how to get a baby to sleep through the night, our group jumped on board and immediately asked questions. Did you miss it? No worries, you can join us on Facebook today!
When I stumbled across Elizabeth Bine Sleep Consultant, I KNEW I had to record a podcast with her and sneak away with a load of her golden nuggets of wisdom. I have to say, I'm super thrilled with all the nuggets I found and get to share with you!
I HATE pumping. Hate it. I don't think I have ever met a soul who loves it. (If you're out there.... raise your hand!)
At 4 weeks postpartum, I started pumping once a day using my Advance Double Electric from Medela for “practice bottle” milk, bath/skincare milk, and I’d freeze anything I didn’t end up using. I only pump for 10 minutes (because I hate pumping) and always during my son’s morning nap, which was 1-2 hours after he nursed last.
When I heard about the new PersonalFit Flex Breast Shields by Medela I had to try them. According to their marketing campaigns these new shields to increase comfort and get more milk faster. (Sounds great Medeala! I would love to pump less often and more comfortably.) Their claim is you'll pump 11.8% more milk and have a faster milk ejection than the traditional shields that come with the pumps. The shields are also made to be compatible with any Medela breast pump.
But does it really work?? I am always skeptical when it comes to anything marketed to breastfeeding moms. So I got a set, and decided to try! In this post I go over differences I noticed between both models, things I liked and didn’t like, and how much milk I got using each.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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