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9 Baby Products You Need For A Newborn Baby.

What do you need for a baby?

Congratulations Mama! You are going to have a baby! It’s a wonderful, joyous time for you! As exciting as this time is, it’s also time to be thinking about what you need for a baby. If this is your first baby, it can seem overwhelming. We are here to help and support you in this journey. Here is a list of some things that you will need for a baby.

 

Crib or Pack n Play

Some parents like to have both or at least just one in the beginning for the baby to sleep. Some parents like the pack n play because it can be smaller and more portable. If you plan to have the baby in the room for the first few months, this would be a great option. Make sure to grab sheets that fit snuggly against the mattress.

 

Clothes

When it comes to clothes, you can never go wrong with onesies and sleepers for the first few weeks. For size, have a couple newborn on hand, and get more 3 months, as babies tend to grow out of them quickly. Sleepers, onesies, pants, and socks are ideal for newborns. For onesies, its good to have short sleeve and long sleeve.

 

Car seat

A Car seat is very important. Before you leave the hospital, your car seat has to be inspected by a healthcare professional to make sure it fits right and that it is installed correctly. Most parents like to get an infant car seat with a handle, as it does help protect the baby and is helpful when carrying a newborn.

 

Swaddles/Sleep sacks

When putting your baby to sleep, they will most likely want to be swaddled. You can buy swaddles with Velcro that are adjustable. They provide added comfort and making swaddling easy. Some babies do not like to be swaddled and might like a sleep sack better. Sleep sacks help keep your baby ventilated and warm, without the worry of a loose blanket.

 

Pacifiers (If you plan to use them)

Some parents like to hold off on giving a pacifier as it can be confusing for babies to decide if they are hungry or not, especially when you are breastfeeding. Whether you plan to use them or not, it’s good to have just in case.

 

Changing station – Diapers, wipes, changing pad, diaper cream

A changing station sure makes for an easy clean up!  Most pack ‘n’ plays come with a little changing table adapter to add on to it. If not, grabbing a comfy changing pad to have in the area where you will be changing the baby is perfect. Diapers and wipes are definitely a need, along with some diaper cream. It’s always good to have some diaper cream in case a rash flare up. A diaper pale, the final resting place for your endless dirty diapers is a must have.

 

Blankets

While babies cannot sleep with lose blankets, it’s good to have a few baby blankets on hand for either a car ride, to lay on the floor for tummy time, or for just cuddling with your sweet little baby.

 

Bottles/nipples

Whether you plan on breastfeeding, formula feeding or doing a combination of both, it’s always good to have bottles and nipples on hand. Nipples come in different shapes, sizes, and flow rates. Familiarize yourself with the options that are available to you when shopping for your bottles and nipples.  Some nipples are created for breastfed babies, others for premature babies or babies with feeding challenges.  What works for one infant may not be ideal for another.  Starting out with a slow flow rate nipple is ideal for most babies.

 

Breast pump & accessories

If you’re a Mama that plans on nursing, it is always a good idea to have a breast pump. Breast pumps help you better establish your milk supply.  You can pump while leaving your baby with your partner or caregiver. When you are planning to go back to work, it’s a good idea to start pumping and storing your supply prior to your return to work.  Most breast pumps, come with different flange sizes, make sure to ask your healthcare provider to assist you with flange sizing. Be sure to replace your tubing, backflow protectors, valves, and membranes regularly for optimal breast pump performance.  If you are in the market for a 100% insurance covered breast pump, we are here to help. Simply fill out our insurance sign up form. We’ll get to work on delivering your insurance covered breast pump.

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Elvie 101: how to use your new breast pump

The Elvie wearable breast pump is a slim, easy to use innovation in breastfeeding for nursing mothers.What makes the Elvie breast pump different from other pumps?

If you’ve been hooked up to a hospital-grade breast pump, the first thing you’d notice about the Elvie is its compact size. Next, you’d notice the wire-free, tube-free design. The Elvie is so discreet and lightweight, in fact, it fits inside the cup of a standard nursing bra.

In addition to being small enough to wear, the Elvie breast pump is also silent. How silent? It’s about as quiet as a house when a newborn has finally fallen asleep. You know how quiet that is, right? Not even a whisper. In fact, one reviewer said that she wore hers to work, and her male colleagues never noticed.

What are the pros and cons according to breastfeeding moms?

Pros

  • Hands-free: Moms like that they can tuck the Elvie into their nursing bra and operate the device with the press of a free smartphone app button.
  • Attachment-free: Moms already have kids hanging all over them. Do we really want wire and tubes, too? The streamlined design of the Evie – and the freedom it offers – gets a big thumbs up from moms.
  • Noise-free: Again, silence is just one of those things that a new mother learns to appreciate, and the Elvie breast pump delivers.
  • Data-rich: The Elvie Pump app monitors milk volume in real time. It also tracks your pump history, which gives you a clear picture of your nursing routine. Even better, Elvie uses this data to make your routine smarter and easier. When it detects let-down, the pump automatically switches from Stimulation to Expression. When the bottle is full, it pauses.

Cons

  • Not entirely hassle-free: Some moms said that the smaller parts of the Elvie were difficult to clean. They also worried these smaller parts could potentially get lost.
  • Not entirely covered by insurance: Unlike many other pumps, the Elvie is not covered by all insurance providers. Moms may have to pay some or all costs out-of-pocket.
  • Aside from that, most reviews were very positive.

Who would benefit from an Elvie pump?

Active moms and working moms, in particular, would benefit from the Elvie pump’s discreet, streamlined design and silent pumping action. Any moms who are on the go a lot, including those who need (or want) to travel, would likewise benefit form the pump’s lightweight, wearable comfort. With Elvie, moms can pump anywhere at any time.

Sounds great! How do I use the Elvie?

The Elvie is incredibly easy to use.

  1. Charge the pump.
  2. Download the app.
  3. Connect the two.
  4. Insert the pump into your nursing bra.
  5. Use the app to start and stop the pump, control intensity, and monitor milk flow.

Is the Elvie insured by Tricare, UPMC, and other insurance companies?

The Elvie Pump is considered an upgrade item by most insurance plans,. Therefore, moms must apply their insurance benefit to the cost and pay out-of-pocket to upgrade to it. If you’re covered by Tricare, UPMC, or any other health plan, get in touch with the customer care reps at Milk N Mamas Baby. We can help you decide if the Elvie is right for you and how much your benefit will cover.

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Milk n Mamas Baby Pump and Breastfeed Schedule

Pump and Breastfeed Schedule – An Average Day

There is so much to learn when you become a new parent, and at times it can seem overwhelming. That’s because as it is with your newborn, everything – and we mean literally everything – is new. That’s not to make it sound as though it’s too much, as it’s anything but, yet there is a learning curve involved with certain things. 

One of those is feeding, which along with sleep is about the most important aspect of a newborn’s life. There are a lot of new Moms out there trying to put together a breastfeed schedule and work in some pumping at the same time. Like most other things with a baby, routine is key, so Milk n Mamas Baby is going to lay out what could be a typical day for you. Just keep in mind that if you need to do things differently, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Every baby is different as are his or her needs and norms.

Breastfeeding Comes First

The first idea you should keep in mind if a breastfeed schedule is something you desire is that direct feeding should take priority over pumping. We’re going to start the day at midnight, since every new parent knows that the difference between day and night doesn’t really exist with a newborn. When they’re up, they’re up, and when they’re hungry, it’s time to eat! Therefore, you should plan on breastfeeding your newborn every 2-3 hours throughout the day including at least once at night. For sake of this breakdown, let’s say that you feed your newborn at 3 a.m. 

Give Yourself Time to Pump

If it typically takes you about 30 minutes to breastfeed your child and then to complete the burping routine, you probably could use a break. Following the set example, let’s assume that you need to breastfeed your baby again at 6 a.m. If you’re finished at 6:30, then your first pump of the day should come at around 7 a.m. That 30 minutes between the completion of the previous feed and the pumping is an important aspect of the breastfeed schedule, as your body will need time to regenerate milk.

Remaining Pumps For the Day

Assuming your breastfeed schedule continues in form, you’ll be feeding your child every three hours throughout the day. Therefore, if you feed your child at 9 a.m. and again at noon, you should pump after the noon feeding. That would mean you’d pump at around 1 p.m. The rest of the day should follow the same pattern, with your final pump coming after your 9 p.m. feed. Overall, pumping three times in a day is about the maximum that most Moms can handle.

Overall Considerations

A breastfeed schedule is going to make life easier, but when to pump when breastfeeding a newborn is going to depend somewhat on your personal circumstances. Trust your instincts, but remember that breastfeeding always takes precedent, and if your baby gets hungry during “off” times he or she should be fed. 
That said, like everything else these days, you will most likely work towards and achieve a successful breastfeed schedule, and we look forward to working with you on providing all the feeding supplies you need.

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Which Spectra breast pump is right for me?

Here’s what you need to know about the Spectra S1, S2, and S9 breast pumps:

Choosing a breast pump can be overwhelming. We get it. There are so many options! Which is great, but you’ve got a million other life decisions to make right now, and while your best friend, sister, and co-worker all have a breast pump recommendation, that doesn’t make it any easier to choose. Not to mention, all three recommendations are different

Our team at Milk N Mamas understands this. We spend much of our day helping moms-to-be select the best breast pump for their lifestyle. The Spectra brand is one of our favorites because it matches high quality with high function. So let’s break down the ins and outs of the Spectra line.

Spectra S1 Double Electric Hospital Strength Breast Pump

The Spectra S1 is a powerful hospital grade pump that meets most every mom’s breast feeding needs. If you’re looking for mobility, this pump has it. If you’re feeding multiple babies, this pump has the technology to handle it. If you’re looking for a pump with multiple adjustable functions to suit your personal preferences, this pump has you covered. 

This breast pump is great for moms with preemies, multiple babies, low milk supply, difficulties with latching, a hospitalized infant, and for working moms. 

We love the Spectra S1 for its many capabilities:

  • A 270 mmHg suction capacity
  • Massage mode to encourage milk letdown
  • Double pumping option
  • Adjustable suction strength
  • Adjustable cycle speed
  • Night light
  • Timer
  • Hygienic double collection, closed system
  • Zero mold risk
  • BPA free
  • Quiet
  • Portable and lightweight at just 3 lbs
  • Stylish
  • AC adapter
  • Rechargeable battery with 3 hours runtime

Spectra S2 Double Electric Hospital Strength Breast Pump

The Spectra S2 is a hospital grade pump that rivals the breast pumping capabilities of its big sister, the S1. This lightweight pump is ideal for moms with little need for mobility but want all the high quality features of the S1. The S2 is loved by lactation consultants for its utility and economy.

We love the Spectra S2 for its great features.

  • A 270 mmHg suction capacity
  • Massage mode to encourage milk letdown
  • Double pumping option
  • Adjustable suction strength
  • Adjustable cycle speed
  • Night light
  • Timer
  • Hygienic double collection, closed system
  • Zero mold risk
  • BPA free
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Stylish
  • AC adapter
  • Lightweight at just 2.5lbs

Spectra 9 Plus Advanced Personal Breast Pump

The Spectra 9 is designed and built for breastfeeding moms who double as business owners, executives, board leaders, and on-the-go lifestyles. It offers the ultimate in mobility and convenience. The Spectra 9 Advanced Personal breast pump is the ideal investment for your breast pumping needs. Sleek, small, discreet. 

We love the Spectra 9 for its exceptional features:

  • Extremely lightweight at just .5 lbs
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Single or double pump capability
  • 260 mmHg suction strength
  • Adjustable cycle speed
  • One-touch adjustable suction 
  • Bright LCD display
  • Timer
  • Adjustable massage and expression settings
  • Hygienic double collection, closed system
  • Zero mold risk
  • BPA free
  • Quiet

Each of these three pumps come with all the necessary parts, including bottles, tubing, breast shields and more. We also carry a variety of breast pump bundles that include bags and coolers, as well as other accessories. 

Hopefully this blog post helps you to home in on the best breast pump for you, but we’re here for you if you have more questions, and to file the claim with your insurance company on your behalf. We work with all major insurance carriers, including TRICARE.

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The Best Breast Pump Brands of 2021

Breastfeeding is a natural part of raising babies. While some mothers decide to exclusively breastfeed, others may breastfeed only occasionally or not at all, in which case they’ll need to rely on pumping to build up stores of breast milk for each feeding. That’s better than relying on formula to feed your child the nutrients they need, and a breast pump allows you to meet the needs of your growing child.

If you’re a mother that doesn’t have the time during the day to breastfeed your child, especially if they spend the day with a caretaker, a breast pump makes feeding easy because anyone can step in while you take care of whatever else you’ve got going on. A breast pump can also give you flexibility during nighttime feedings or in the afternoon if you’re unavailable for a feeding, and they can also relieve engorgement when you’re out and about.

Best Breast Pump Brands – Types

While just about any breast pump can relieve pressure and help you build up your child’s personal store of mother’s milk, pumping in 2020 has come a long way from the contraptions that have been used in years past. In general, the best breast pump brand will have many options and models for you to choose from. After all, not all breast pumping needs are singular, and sometimes one breast pump works best in a certain scenario that would be wholly inappropriate for another.

Types of breast pumps include double-electric breast pumps, single-electric breast pumps, battery-operated breast pumps and manual breast pumps, though the one that’s best for you depends on your precise need. The best double breast pump allows you to pump both breasts at the same time, allowing you to get more milk out of your pumping sessions, while the best electric breast pump may be a bad call if you’re commuting or you don’t have access to an electrical outlet. Even a manual pump may be the best option for you if price and weight is an important consideration.

Best Breast Pump Brands – Closed or Open?

After choosing a type, the next consideration is whether you want a closed-system pump or an open-system pump. Closed-system pumps separate the milk from the machine via a barrier, while open-system pumps lack this barrier, sending milk throughout the system and into the bottle. Closed systems tend to be more hygienic and easier to clean and sterilize, though they also tend to be more expensive.

Best Breast Pump Brands – What To Look For

While 2020 certainly has no shortage of breast pump options, the best breast pump brand for you depends on your specific needs. Weight, noise, access to an outlet, hands-free operation and cost are all important considerations, and just one is enough to make what looked like a good option a no-go if one of your important criteria aren’t met.

The good news is that breast pumps are often covered by insurance, so cost is manageable to a certain extent. That said, you may need an extra pump at the office or in the car, so if you’re buying your second or third pump, cost may be an important consideration.

The Best Breast Pumps

Forget about specific brands, here are the best breast pumps for various uses:

The best breast pump for working moms is the Spectra S2 Breast Pump.

The best portable or battery-powered pump is the BabyBuddha Complete Kit.
For more breast pump suggestions, please visit our breast pump page.

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Does Insurance Cover Breast Pumps? An Overview

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Breastfeeding is a wonderful, healthy, and bonding way to nourish your newborn, and some mothers will extend the period of breastfeeding well into infanthood. That’s mostly because of the enormous health benefits that breastfeeding provides that simply cannot be replicated with any formula, but in many cases, it’s also a wise economical decision given that synthetic formula can be quite expensive, especially over time. However, that doesn’t mean that breastfeeding is free, as there are costs involved relating to equipment.

The central component of breastfeeding, at least as your child gets a bit older and you want to get ahead of things a bit, is the breast pump. Breast pumps can carry a bit of a cost, but a lot of new mothers out there are likely asking themselves, “Does insurance cover breast pumps?” There are several possible answers to this question, but Milk n Mamas Baby will work through this situation below by way of some recommendations of how you should proceed to find your answer.

 

Work Ahead

If you’re expecting and you plan on breastfeeding, it’s best to check with your insurance company before the child arrives to find out what you need to know about your coverage. Yes, this only adds to an already-long list of things to do, but the last thing you want to deal with when caring for an infant is haggling and working through red tape. Instead, contact your insurance company to find out:

 

  1. What types of breast pumps are covered, if any;
  2. How long breast pumps are covered;
  3. How the ordering and claim process works; and
  4. When you should make that order.

Unfortunately, dealing directly with your insurance company may not lead to the result you desire quickly, so you may need to keep digging and working

 

Work With a Renowned Equipment Provider

If you’d like to avoid all of this red tape as you look for your answer to the question of whether or not insurance covers breast pumps, you can work directly with a nursing equipment provider who deals with this sort of thing every day. One such provider is, of course, Milk n Mamas Baby. We provide only the best breast pumps that the market has to offer, and we work not only with insurance companies, but also with expecting and new Moms to make sure that they get the breast pumps and other equipment they need to provide their little ones with their much needed and vital nutrition.

The answer to the question, “Does insurance cover breast pumps?” is actually a simple yes in most situations, but getting to that yes can take some work. If you have it in you to deal with insurance bureaucracy and achieve the desired result on your own, take the step recommended above. If you don’t, then all you need to do is contact Milk n Mamas Baby and we’ll take care of this process for you so you don’t have to worry. Go ahead and take a look at our product offerings, but if you have any questions about our breast pumps, how to have them covered or any of our other products or services, feel free to contact us at any time.

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3 Essential Oils for Breastfeeding Mothers

What are essential oils?

Plants produce essential oils that protect them and lure pollinators to ensure their reproduction. These essential oils are composed of aromatic compounds that give flowers, leaves, and bark their fragrance. These aromatic chemicals can be captured for our use through distillation. 

How do they work?

Fragrant essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy. They may be inhaled or massaged into the skin to stimulate the limbic system, which plays a role in regulating emotions, memories, behaviors and even stimulates some unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing and heart rate. 

Three essential oils recommended for breastfeeding women:

1) Frankincense

Produced by the Indian Boswellia Serrata tree, Frankincense has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-depressive effects, making it ideal for women with tender breasts and tender hearts. 

2) Lavender

Lavender essential oil offers antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits, and the relaxing aroma helps to reduce anxiety while improving sleep. All of these benefits make it a go-to essential oil for weary and worn nursing moms.

3) Cypress

Derived from the medicinal Cupressus sempervirens tree, cypress essential oil can help fight infections and relieve cramps and muscle pains. Like lavender and frankincense, cypress also relieves anxiety.

Are essential oils safe for breastfeeding women?

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy cautions against using particular essential oils while pregnant. However, a high-quality essential oil such as DoTERRA used according to instructions should have no ill effect on breastfed babies and may offer mothers a natural way to soothe sore muscles and stress. Because babies are more sensitive to essential oil, it’s best if you use them in a warm bath or aromatherapy inhaler to restrict the effects to yourself and prevent direct skin-to-skin contact with your little one. Also, some women may have allergic reactions to essential oils, so consult your doctor before using.

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Caring for Baby around the Holidays

Don’t you just love the holidays? This time of years gives us a chance to reunite with friends and family and remember all the good times we had together. Unfortunately for new moms, the holiday season may not be quite as enjoyable. The holidays can be quite a busy time, and as the mother of a newborn, your stress level is probably already through the roof. Here are a few tips from Milk N Mamas Baby to help you get through this holiday season without spreading yourself too thin or sacrificing the crucial care and attention your new baby needs.

Let Someone Else Host

If you’re accustomed to hosting friends and family during the holidays, it can be hard to let go. Of course, your brand new baby needs attention more than your circle, and nobody will think any less of you if you abdicate your hosting duties during baby’s first year. When the party’s at someone else’s house, you retain the option of ducking out early if things get too hectic for you and the baby, plus you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after everyone else leaves!

Breastfeeding during the Holidays

Your baby needs to eat on a regular schedule and missing feedings can be bad for your health, potentially leading to blocked milk ducts or even mastitis, a painful infection of the breast tissue. But what’s a new mom to do when baby’s usual feeding time falls during the family meal or some other inconvenient time? The short answer is simple: feeding your baby should be your priority, no matter what time of year it is. It’s important to stick to a schedule, even if it means leaving the room for a bit while your family does other things. Most likely, they will understand and encourage you to do whatever you must to take good care of their newest family member.

Set Boundaries and Stick to Them

Before you set out on any holiday adventures, you and your partner need to get on the same page about boundaries related to how much contact family members should have with your new baby. Your family will no doubt be excited to meet your new addition, but if baby starts to get fussy, it might be a good time to reinforce those boundaries. If the little one is getting overstimulated, it’s probably best that you politely let your family know it’s time to give mom and baby some space.

The holidays can be a lot of fun but they can also be tremendously stressful, even without a new baby in tow. We hope that these tips will help you manage that stress so that you and your baby can have a joyous holiday season. Of course, accessories like nursing bras and automatic breast pumps can go a long way towards reducing your holiday stress. Before you close your browser, don’t forget to take a look at the range of products we sell here on our site at Milk N Mamas Baby. We’ve got lots of convenient products that can make your holiday season easier to manage, and you may be able to get some items for free through your health insurance. From all of us at Milk N Mamas, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

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Top Reasons to Breastfeed

When you’ve got a baby on the way, you probably have a million questions. It’s only natural to jump on the internet and do a little (or a lot of) research. When it comes to breastfeeding, you can find plenty of different information out there, so who should you trust? Here at Milk N Mamas Baby, we think it’s important for moms to get good information about breastfeeding; that’s why today, we’d like to share some facts straight from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the top reasons why breastfeeding is good for babies.

  • Babies who are breastfed for at least 6 months are less likely to be overweight and have a reduced risk for childhood obesity.
  • A 40% reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus has been reported in those who were breastfed as babies.
  • Breastfeeding imparts a long-term positive effect on weight control and feeding self-regulation which is carried into adulthood.

In addition, The University of South Carolina reports the following benefits to breastfeeding:

  • Breast milk is more easily digestible for babies than formula.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding helps develop and strengthen a baby’s immune system and can reduce a baby’s risk of developing allergies later in life.
  • Mother and baby are able to bond more effectively during breastfeeding, and it improves the mother’s self-confidence.
  • Nursing helps mom lose weight after pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding costs less than buying formula.
  • Drinking breast milk can help a baby sleep better (which means more sleep for mom as well).
  • Breastfeeding aids in proper development of a baby’s gastrointestinal tract and may make them less likely to develop intestinal disorders like Ulcerative Colitis.

Of course, these are just a few of the many benefits of breastfeeding, so if you’d like to know more, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether or not breastfeeding is right for you and your baby. And if you’re in need of breastfeeding supplies like a hands free breast pump, take a look at the tabs on our page which contain information about our stock of baby breast pumps, respiratory devices, and more. You can even order a breast pump online and in most cases, totally free of charge, through your health insurance.

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we carry all the latest breast pumps, including the Medela and Spectra lines of breast pumps. These pumps are engineered with lots of mom-friendly features that will make your breastfeeding journey easier and more comfortable for you. They’re also portable, light weight, and can be powered with adaptive batteries, internal batteries, AC adapter, or even the optional car adapter, which is perfect for busy moms on the go. If you’d like to be hands free when pumping we have plenty of options for you! Why wait, head over to our convenient insurance signup form and begin your order process today. We are here to streamline the entire order process for you! We confirm your insurance coverage, assist you in obtaining a prescription from your healthcare provider and make sure you get your insurance covered breast pump prior to the arrival of your new baby.