Breast Pumping

7 tips for making breast pumping easier

Breast pumps have been around for more than a century, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely intuitive. Like any technology, you’ve got to figure out how your new pump works, and you’ll also want to customize your breast pump to suit your unique needs. Try these seven tips to simplify the transition to pumping.

Start pumping before its necessary.

If you’re planning to breastfeed, lactation experts recommend that you wait four to six months to allow time for breastfeeding to be initiated and established. Mothers who plan to nurse exclusively may start pumping as soon as their milk comes in. If you have plans to work or travel outside of the home, you’ll want to begin pumping at least three weeks in advance. This gives you time to build up a stockpile of milk and get the hang of pumping in different circumstances.

Give yourself grace when you’re getting started (and the rest of the time).

If you’re new to pumping, give yourself time to get comfortable with the process. It may take some experimenting to find your maximum comfort vacuum, and it’ll take practice to get familiar with pump settings and maintenance. If you’re also recovering from delivery, you’re likely to feel tired and maybe even a little foggy-headed. Try incorporating some low pressure meditation into your pumping routine to associate the time you spend pumping with relaxation rather than stress.

Wear your breast pump for more freedom.

Sleek new wearable breast pumps like the Elvie Stride offer modern moms freedom that previous generations couldn’t begin to imagine. You can slip the Stride cup into your nursing bra and pump anywhere. It’s quiet, discreet, and completely hands free. Plus, you can connect it to the Elvie app to track your pumping sessions and breastmilk production.

Take advantage of breast pumping technology.

Not every breast pump integrates with an app; however, there are lots of free and premium breastfeeding and pumping apps available to moms. In addition to allowing you to track breastfeeding, many apps offer complementary data tracking for feeding, sleeping, crying, weight, height, and head circumference, pumping times, and self-defined events. Apps like the Android Breastfeeding Tracker also allow you to sync with your partner, nanny, or grandparents to share vital information.

Establish a routine.

A breastfeeding or pumping app can also help you establish a routine, and by the time pumping becomes routine, most of the stress will be gone. To get to that place, it helps to have processes in place for washing bottles and components, storing breast milk, and even settling into a pumping session. Pair processes with a well-stocked pumping station and you’ll be able to pump on auto-pilot.

Invest in extras for easy living.

The CDC recommends cleaning breast pump components as soon as possible after pumping sessions. Stocking up on extra sets of pump parts gives you a little extra time if you haven’t gotten around to washing components or if components are not completely dry when it’s time to pump. Extra parts also ensure you can continue pumping if a piece goes missing or gets worn out over time.

Share the labor.

If you’re making the meal, let someone else do the dishes. Sometimes moms feel as if they’re responsible for all things breastmilk-related because they’re making the breastmilk. However, everyone in the family is benefiting from your efforts. You’re providing your newest member with the healthiest food at the lowest possible cost. Let other family members pitch in by washing the pump components and bottles.

Ready to start pumping?

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we have more than two decades of experience in the medical device supply industry, with specialization in breast pumps, pumping essentials, and breast pumping accessories that anchor us as a leading breastfeeding shop based in the United States. Our company’s history is rooted in activism on behalf of nursing moms, including lobbying for insurance to cover breastfeeding equipment before the ACA required it. Our women-lead team continues to advocate for mamas and babies every day, one mother at a time. Get in touch today to see how we can help you ease into pumping.

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What breast pumps does Tricare cover?

Mil-moms and -spouses covered by Tricare are eligible for a free breast pump.

Wherever you’re stationed, from Pennsylvania to the Philippines, Tricare offers 100% coverage for double electric breast pumps from in-network, contracted providers like Milk N Mamas Baby. However, your Tricare health plan only covers one breast pump per birth event, and it doesn’t cover every breast pump completely.

Which breast pumps does Tricare cover 100%?

Tricare covers hospital grade Spectra S1, S2, and Spectra 9 breast pumps completely.

With a suction capacity of 270 mmHg (260 mmHg for the S9), the award-winning Spectra breast pump line is popular among mothers who require hospital grade strength paired with gentle comfort. Moms who are concerned about increasing milk supply swear by the Spectra pumps, and the S1 and Spectra 9 are portable for on-the-go moms.

Read more about the Spectra S2 or the Spectra 9.

Tricare provides complete coverage of the hands-free BabyBuddha breast pump.

The popular BabyBuddha breast pump offers active moms a hands-free experience with a palm-sized pump controller that hangs around your neck on a lanyard. The pump’s extra-soft cushion prevents nipple soreness while multiple stimulate and suction modes allow you to customize your settings. Best of all, the BabyBuddha is completely covered by Tricare and Tricare Overseas.

Tricare offers 100% coverage of the wearable Elvie Stride.

If you’re looking for a pump that gives you maximum freedom, look no further than the popular Elvie Stride breast pump. While its big sister the Elvie Pump was very pricey and not covered by most insurance plans, the Stride is fully covered by most plans, including Tricare and Tricare Overseas. The Stride’s innovative design allows you to slide slim milk bottles directly into your nursing bra so that you can pump anywhere without drawing attention to yourself.

Tricare provides complete coverage of all Motif pumps.

The Motif Luna double electric breast pump comes in a rechargeable battery-powered version as well for more freedom. The Motif Duo is the brand’s wearable breast pump. All of the Motif pumps as well as many Motif Medical accessories like compression socks and postpartum recovery support garments are fully covered by Tricare insurance.

Read more about the Motif Luna Double Electric Breast Pump or the Motif Duo.

Tricare covers the Medela Pump in Style with Max Flow and its cute carry tote 100%.

Another popular hospital grade breast pump, the Medela Pump in Style with Max Flow is a 2-phase expression pump with an intuitive four button controller and premium parts that are easy to clean and assemble. The pump comes complete with a convenient carry tote and separate cooler bag for safe storage, and it’s all 100% covered by Tricare.

Medela Pump in Style with Max Flow

Tricare offers full coverage of the hospital-strength Ameda Mya Joy portable breast pump.

The Tricare-covered Ameda Mya Joy breast pump offers hospital strength performance with two modes of pumping. It is battery-operated, lightweight, and portable – clip it right onto your purse pocket or waist band to pump on the run. Ameda’s HigieniKit offers extra protection from potential contaminants getting mixed into breast milk.

Order your Tricare-covered breast pump today!

If you’re a military mom or spouse covered by Tricare or Tricare Overseas, we can help you get your free breast pump, and our no-hassle three-step process makes it easy, even if you don’t have a prescription yet. Our friendly customer support staff can contact your physician, nurse practitioner, or midwife and make a prescription request on your behalf. Once you’ve placed your order, we’ll get your new pump to you quickly and with absolutely no cost to you. Even our shipping is free, and we service Tricare moms anywhere in the world.

What are the best breast pumps to take on family vacations?

Breast pump innovators are making it easier for moms who pump to pump on the go.

If there’s anybody who deserves a vacation, it’s moms. However, moms often find it impossible to really get away from it all, especially if they’re on a pumping schedule. A lot of traditional breast pump models have a lot of parts and pieces that are likely to go missing during a family vacation, and many are bulky and not very convenient if you’re trying to enjoy a little R&R by the pool. A couple of modern breast pump brands have made it their mission to make traveling and relaxing easier for moms who pump. We’re going to take a peek at what those innovators are doing to make it easier for moms to pump and go.

Elvie Double Electric Breast Pump

Elvie founder and CEO Tania Boler, an internationally recognized women’s health expert, is passionate about improving women’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Her mission to create world-class tech for women led to the silent, discreet Elvie Pump, which slips right into a nursing bra – pump, bottle, and all. The pump’s sleek design makes it practically invisible, making it perfect for poolside pumping. Totally hands free, the Elvie Pump comes with a free app to personalize and control settings from your phone. The app also gathers pumping data and provides custom pumping insights.

Advantages

  • No cords or tubes
  • Hands free design
  • In-bra milk collection
  • Ultra-silent motor
  • 2 modes and 14 intensity settings for customizable intensity
  • Free app for controlling and monitoring pumping
  • Rechargeable via micro-USB
  • Comfortable breast shields in two sizes provided
  • Safe, hygienic, and easy to clean

Disadvantages

  • The Elvie is a premium pump that is not 100% covered by all insurance providers.

Elvie Stride Double Electric Breast Pump

The Elvie Stride provides many of the same benefits as the Pump, but at a much lower price point. In fact, most insurance providers, including Tricare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna, cover the Stride 100%. Use that extra cash to dine out at your favorite beachside restaurant while you’re on vacation. Like the Pump, the Stride collects breastmilk in-bra and can be connected to the free Elvie app for easy control and monitoring. The Stride is a little slimmer in design than the Pump as the motor is housed in a palm-sized pump remote, and it has two modes and 20 intensity settings for even more refined customization.

Advantages

  • All benefits of Stride, plus 100% coverage by most insurance providers
  • 2 modes and 20 intensity settings for customizable intensity

Disadvantages

  • While the Stride does offer a tidy silhouette and in-bra pumping, its repositioned pump requires a tube to connect the in-bra bottles and palm-sized motor.

BabyBuddha

The BabyBuddha is our most popular portable, battery-powered pump. The pump’s motor hangs around your neck by a lanyard, freeing up your hands for a good book in bed or family game night. Like the Elvie models, the BabyBuddha motor is impressively quiet, allowing more discreet pumping, and an easy-to-use trackball to navigate through intensity modes for hassle-free operation. The pump’s extra-soft cushion prevents soreness, and its closed system and 100% BPA-free construction keep milk fresh and free of toxins and contaminants.

Advantages

  • 100% coverage by most insurance providers
  • 14 different suction modes
  • Stimulation mode to stimulate breast milk production
  • Hands free design
  • Ultra-silent motor
  • Trackball to easily navigate suction modes
  • Rechargeable via USB cable
  • Comfortable breast shields in two sizes provided
  • Safe, hygienic, and easy to clean

Disadvantages

  • Tube to connect the bottles and palm-sized motor
  • Bottles are not in-bra, so are not as discreet

Get pumped for vacation season.

Modern, portable breast pump models make me excited about vacation season because I know more moms are going to be able to enjoy the freedom and relaxation you’ve definitely earned. You don’t have to be hooked up to a pump that’s hooked up to the wall socket; you are free to roam while still sticking to your pumping schedule. Get in touch today to order your portable breast pump.

Which breast pump helps busy moms pump faster from anywhere?

We asked one of the busiest moms we know which breast pump she preferred.

Rosina Sigloch is a work-at-home mom with six kids ranging in age from three-months old up. With four girls and two boys, Rosina has seen it all when it comes to raising kids. She’s also had years of pumping experience, though she had been relying on manual pumps with her earlier children as breast pumps, at the time, were not covered by most insurance providers.

“I hadn’t used a breast pump in forever before my daughter. In the past, I always just had the hand pumps. When I found out I was pregnant this time, my sister-in-law told me that insurance companies cover pumps now. I have so much extra milk, I decided to go for it,” Rosina said in a recent interview.

Rosina’s mom Donna is a lead IBCLC/Nurse Practitioner who also has extensive knowledge of breast pumps. She sent Rosina all the pumps her insurance would cover.

“I’d seen an ad for the Willow,” Rosina said. “I thought, ‘That looks so cool! I can wear it without having the bottle!’ But it was really expensive, and I didn’t want to spend too much.”

When Rosina found the Elvie Stride, she was thrilled she could have the same benefits as the Willow but in a breast pump covered by her insurance.  “I love the fact that you can just put it on and go,” she said. “You don’t have to sit and wait to finish. I can just stick the cups in my nursing bra and go about my business!”

The Elvie Stride is a wearable bra covered by many insurance plans.

The Elvie Stride is 100% covered by Tricare for active duty military moms and mil-spouses and for civilian moms by many other insurance companies. In other words, you can apply your insurance breast pump benefit to the Stride and enjoy the benefits of a premium wearable pump without the premium price tag. However, this pump is only sold through select durable medical equipment (DME) companies, like Milk N Mamas Baby.

How does the Stride stack up in terms of other breast pump benefits, according to Rosina and other moms who have used it?

The Stride has great suction, and it pumps quickly.

“I wondered at first if this pump could actually have enough suction to work the right way,” Rosina mentioned. “It definitely did, even more so! I could have six ounces of breastmilk in less than ten minute. That’s super-efficient. The suction was really good and so quick!”

The Stride is easy to use and clean.

In addition to being easy to use, The Stride cleans up easily. It’s even dishwasher safe. Rosina noted, “I can just pop the cups off, and they’re so easy to clean!”

This super modern breast pump is also ultra-quiet, smart, and customizable.

Elvie designed the Stride with noise reduction technology so that doesn’t draw attention when you’re out and about. The hands-free pump connects with the free “Pump with Elvie” app, which allows you to control your pump remotely while tracking your milk production. You can choose from ten intensity settings in both Stimulation and Expression modes for optimal comfort and efficiency.

“I’m really happy with my purchase and working with Krisi at Milk N Mamas Baby was great!” Rosina said.

It’s great to work with busy moms like Rosina, too!

Milk N Mamas Baby is owned and operated by women who have experienced the challenges and joys of balancing breastfeeding with work and family. We were lobbying for insurance to cover breastfeeding equipment before the ACA required it, and our women-lead team continues to advocate for mamas like Rosina and their babies every day, one mother at a time. We’re here for you, too! Get in touch today for help picking out the right breast pump for you.

Give an Elvie Stride or other lightweight, wearable breast pump a try for times when you’re on vacation or headed to the office.

Should I reuse my old breast pump for my second baby?

Most breast pumps can be used for multiple pregnancies.

It can take some time to get used to a breast pump, and it’s not uncommon for moms to get attached to the one they’ve already got. Fortunately, most modern breast pumps are built to be durable, and they’re usually tough enough to be used for multiple pregnancies if you’re cleaning, maintaining, and storing them properly. The same goes for hard plastic pump accessories like bottles and breast shields that are still in good working order. However, you should replace all silicone and soft plastic parts as they’re more difficult to clean and sanitize.

Open system breast pumps are not suitable for long-term use.

Closed system pumps are designed to prevent breastmilk from seeping into the pump motor. In open system breast pump, there’s no barrier, which means moisture, condensation, and breast milk can get into the interior of the pump. Because these interior components can’t be easily accessed and sanitized, they have the potential to breed mold and bacteria. As such, it’s best not to reuse open system breast pumps.

Most insurance providers do cover a new breast pump for each new child.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans are required to cover the cost of one new double electric breast pump for every pregnancy. However, policies may vary. Some provide new breast pumps each year or every other year. We can verify your insurance company’s breast pump policy easily if you’re not sure. Regardless, if you’ve paid for the insurance, you should definitely collect on the breast pump benefits. Even if you’re completely in love with your old reliable pump, there are good reasons to purchase a new one with your insurance credit.

Have a backup breast pump in case the old one quits performing.

Like all electronics, even the best breast pumps will deteriorate over time. That’s why most breast pump warranties only cover specific problems with the pump or the motor and only for one to two years after your purchase. If you love your pump, get a backup model for the day your old one begins to show signs of wear and tear.

Have a stay-at-home breast pump and a wearable breast pump for traveling.

You could also use your breast pump benefit to mix it up a little. Is your favorite pump the Medela Pump In Style that you use in the comfort of your own home? Give an Elvie Stride or other lightweight, wearable breast pump a try for times when you’re on vacation or headed to the office.

Order your new breast pump today!

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we have more than two decades of experience in the medical device supply industry, with specialization in breast pumps, pumping essentials, and breast pumping accessories. Our company’s history is rooted in activism on behalf of nursing moms, including lobbying for insurance to cover breastfeeding equipment before the ACA required it. We’re here to help you whether this is your first or your fifth baby. Give us a call for guidance on breast pump insurance coverage.

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How to get a breast pump reimbursement from your insurance company

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance providers must cover breast pumps. While this is certainly a better deal than moms once had, it’s still not always ideal. Not all policies provide the same coverage, and different policies may have different guidelines on the types of breast pump covered. In some cases, the insurance company pays outright, whereas in other cases, they reimburse you after you make the purchase. With so many factors in play, figuring out your provider’s specific benefits and processes can be confusing and frustrating.

What does the Affordable Care Act entitle mothers to in terms of breastfeeding?

Moms are eligible to receive breastfeeding equipment, supplies, and even lactation support under the ACA. Exactly what breastfeeding equipment is covered depends on your doctor’s recommendation, but in general, it includes a double-electric breast pump per birth experience, pump parts, and breast milk storage supplies, like bottles and bags.

Here’s where breast pump coverage gets confusing.

While ACA guidelines are pretty clear, there’s some room for interpretation, and many insurance companies take advantage of this. They might require a prescription from your doctor before the purchase or require you to submit a receipt afterwards for reimbursement. They may require you to purchase your breast pump from an in-network durable medical equipment (DME) supplier or only purchase a particular brand or model. In some cases, they may make you wait until after delivery to purchase your pump, and some providers don’t have to cover your pump at all if the plans were written before the law was passed.

What’s a mom to do if her breast pump coverage is confusing her?

Unfortunately, if you’re not sure about your plan’s requirements, guidelines, and coverages, you’ll have to call to confirm. Unless you’re purchasing through Milk N Mamas Baby. Not only are we a DME supplier, we’re in-network partners with a variety of other insurance companies, including Tricare, BlueCross BlueShield, UPMC Health Plan, and Health Partners Plans, to name a few. We’re also happy to advocate for you. We can call your insurance provider to confirm your coverage, so you have one less thing to do.

What if the pump you want isn’t covered by your plan?

While standard double-electric pumps like the Spectra S2 are commonly covered, so-called premium pumps, like the Elvie Pump, may not be fully covered. However, your insurance provider may reimburse you up to the amount your plan does cover. If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), a health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement account (HRA), you may be able to use that to cover a premium pump.

Submitting your claim for breast pump coverage and reimbursement

Once you’ve gotten your prescription and decided on your pump, it’s a matter of filing your claim promptly and submitting your receipt. Once again, Milk N Mamas Baby customers can leave this step to us. We’ll submit your prescription, claim, and necessary receipts to your insurance company, so you don’t have to.

If you’re an expectant mom with enough on your plate already, leave the insurance part of your breast pump buying experience to us. We’ll confirm your coverage, get your prescription, and even file your insurance claim to save you valuable time.

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What’s the difference between open and closed system breast pumps?

The first breast pumps were pretty simple devices to help mothers who were having trouble nursing for one reason or another. These early pumps looked radically different from our high-tech versions, but there’s one thing that most pumps have in common. Whether you’re looking at a 19th century manual pump or a 21st century double electric pump, you’ll find tubes on most models.

What does pump tubing have to do with open and closed systems?

At first glance, you might assume that milk travels through these tubes. However, tubing actually connects the breast pump motor with the pump’s connector and breast shield, and it plays a critical role in producing suction. If there’s a puncture or tear in the pump, it can affect suction. If moisture infiltrates tubing, it can quickly become moldy. That mold can potentially create a health hazard for your newborn if it comes in contact with breast milk.

Open system pumps create opportunity for overflow and contamination.

You may have seen the terms “open system” and “closed system” breast pumps in your search for the perfect pump. An open system breast pump doesn’t provide a barrier, or media separation, between the breast pump and your milk. There is a small chance of overflow in an open system pump and an even smaller chance that the milk can become contaminated as a result.

Closed system pumps reduce the risk of contaminated tubing.

A closed system pump provides media separation that prevents milk from overflowing into the pump mechanism. By ensuring your milk travels through the pump by the most hygienic passage, a closed system pump reduces the risk of contamination.

How do I know if my tubing needs to be cleaned?

Even closed system pumps must allow some air passage in order for the suction to work, so a completely closed system pump doesn’t exist. While milk is less likely to pass into the tubing, natural condensation can still cause moisture buildup. That means you’ve got to check the tubing of a closed system pump just like you would an open system pump. If you see water droplets building up in the tubing, you can disconnect the tubing from the pump kit and run the pump for a few minutes to encourage the tubing to dry.

Do I ever need to replace the tubing of a closed system breast pump?

Yes. If your tubing has mold or milk in it, the CDC says throw it away immediately and replace it with new tubing. Often, this may also indicate that the valves or membranes need to be replaced, too. It may also mean that the tubing has become compromised, creating an opportunity for milk infiltration. You may also need to replace tubing if you notice suction has become impaired. A loose or frayed tube takes a toll on breast pump performance.

Open or closed system is only one feature to consider when purchasing a breast pump.

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we’ve got breast pumps with dozens of features and benefits that make breast milk expression easier. We’ve got hands-free pumps for moms who want to pump discreetly at work, and we’ve got pumps without any tubing at all. If you need help choosing the best pump for you, give us a call or email us. We’re happy to provide guidance and support as you make your decision.

Elvie Stride Double Electric Breast Pump

How breast pumps revolutionized breastfeeding

When was the first breast pump patented?

For most of human history, breastfeeding was the only way to nourish a new baby. Even breast pumps are older than you might think. The first pump was patented in 1854, and it was generally used as an aid for mothers with inverted nipples or for infants who were too frail for breastfeeding. It wasn’t comfortable, but it was a lifesaver for families who needed it.

Do all moms pump?

According to the 2005–2007 Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS II), nearly 9 in 10 breastfeeding mothers had successfully expressed milk at some point during the baby’s first year. Many of those moms used a breast pump regularly. In some cases, they fed their infants exclusively pumped milk.

How are today’s breast pumps different?

Breast pumps have improved steadily over the years, becoming more comfortable as they became more commonplace. Today, pumps come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and suctions. While hospital strength double electric breast pumps are still better used at home, many new pumps are silent, discreet, and portable. Women can even pump in their nursing bras without cords or bags to draw attention.

What are the benefits of breast pumps?

Breast pumps aren’t always necessary, but they offer a lot of benefits. If you’re a military mom or a mom who has to return to work early, a breast pump makes sure your baby doesn’t miss out on all of the nutrients only found in breast milk. If you experience frequent engorgement, pumping offers relief. On the flip side, regular pumping can help to keep your milk supply up if you’re worried about your production. It’s also great to have on hand if you have to give up breastfeeding suddenly and need to slowly back down your supply.

Are there other revolutions in the history of pumping?

Definitely. Our company’s history is rooted in revolutionary ideas where pumping is concerned. Our founder Krisi LaMont lobbied on behalf of nursing moms for insurance to cover breastfeeding equipment before the ACA required it. Our women-lead team continues to advocate for mamas and babies every day, one mother at a time.

What are the most revolutionary breast pumps?

In terms of space age technology, the Elvie Stride probably wins out. You can pump directly into your bra using an app on your phone. However, pumps like the Spectra S1 are truly revolutionary in their ability to help mothers who may require hospital strength suction. The most revolutionary pump for any mom, though, is the one she feels comfortable with. Need help finding your breast pump? We’re here for you. Give us a call or email today.

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Should I upgrade to a premium breast pump like Elvie or Spectra S1?

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all new moms are entitled to a breast pump. According to Healthcare.Gov:

Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth… Your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump.

However, which breast pumps your plan will cover may vary, as noted below from the same site:

It may be either a rental unit or a new one you’ll keep. Your plan may have guidelines on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, the length of the rental, and when you’ll receive it (before or after birth).

Most plans will cover the cost of a double-electric breast pump, and many breast pump manufacturers offer qualifying pumps, including Medela, Ameda, and Spectra. On the other hand, many premium pumps are not covered fully by healthcare, though you can purchase them at a fraction of the cost using your healthcare credit.

What are the benefits of premium pumps?

For many moms, a standard double-electric pump will do the job. They may not be as convenient for moms who are on the go, however. Premium pumps often offer features that make pumping easier and more comfortable, for example, wearable hubs, wireless motors, and even smart technology. Take a look at some of these premium pumps to get a better understanding of what your upgrade means in terms of added benefits.

Elvie Double Electric Breast Pump

Dubbed “the world’s first silent wearable breast pump,” the Elvie Pump eliminates cleaning tubes and charging wires. The hubs fit in your bra and are controllable by a remote, giving you complete freedom to pump and go.

Note: While the Elvie Pump is considered a premium pump, the Elvie Stride offers many of the same perks while also being covered by most health plans.

Spectra S1 Double Electric Hospital Strength Breast Pump

The silent, portable Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump offers 300mmHg suction, double pumping, and a massage mode to encourage speedy letdown. You can adjust both suction strength and cycle speed, and the pump even comes with a night light and timer.

BabyBuddha® Complete Kit

Another ground-breaking pump, the BabyBuddha maximizes freedom while minimizing hassle. You simply hang the compact pump around your neck using the lanyard for a totally hands-free pumping experience. It’s quiet, discreet, and comes with extra-soft cushions to prevent nipple soreness.

Your breast pump options are as unique as you.

Choosing the best breast pump for your situation ensures more successful pumping sessions. You’ll be more comfortable and more equipped to handle all of your other responsibilities if you have a pump suited to your lifestyle. In some cases, a standard double-electric pump will do. In others, investing in an upgrade can save time, money, and frustration down the line.

If you’re not sure which breast pump is right for you, get in touch with your friends at Milk N Mamas Baby for expert and compassionate guidance.

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Must-have accessories for breastfeeding moms

We’re hoping you’re spoiling the new mom in your life with dinners that she doesn’t have to cook and cozy pajamas that she’ll have plenty of time to sleep in. While you’re spoiling her, make sure her necessities are stocked up. If she’s planning to breastfeed, we recommend these must-have accessories to make her life easier and more comfortable.

Nursing Bras and Pumping Bustiers

A comfortable nursing bra is a must for nursing mothers. They provide support for tender breasts as well as easy, discreet access for breastfeeding babies. They also offer coverage and prevent leakage when nipples leak. If you’re pumping, you should also invest in a hands-free pumping bra like the Medela Easy Expression Bustier or the Simple Wishes Pumping Bra.

Tip: Wait until later in your third trimester to purchase a nursing bra or bustier. Your breast size will peak at around eight months and remain at that cup size for several months postpartum.

Nursing Pads

Nursing pads absorb leaks between feedings, keeping your bra and your nipples drier. This prevents irritation and promotes air flow to tender skin. Pads also provide a soft barrier to prevent your bra from rubbing sore, bruised nipples.

Tip: Medela Washable Nursing Pads can be tossed in with the laundry, saving on the cost of constantly replacing pads.

Nipple Cream

During the first few weeks of breastfeeding, it’s common for nipples to become more sensitive. Nursing can cause the tender skin to dry out, to become cracked and itchy, and sometimes to bleed. Over time, your body gets used to the new conditions, and your nipples will heal. During those first few weeks, though, a good nipple cream can ease your pain and speed up recovery.

Tip: You can get a 12 oz. tube of Medela Tender Care Lanolin for Tender Breasts PLUS disposable nursing bra pads, breastmilk bags, and more in the Medela Accessory Starter Set.

Totes

In some cultures, mothers stay in bed with their newborn for the first month or more to give both time to get to know one another and adjust to their new life together. That’s not the way here, though. Moms are up and at ‘em earlier than ever, and if that’s your plan, plan to be carrying a tote or two along with your new bundle of joy.

Tip: You can pick up stylish cooler bags, breast pump bags, and even bundles of bags in a variety of colors and patterns from Milk N Mamas Baby when you purchase your breast pump.

Portable Pump

If you’re going to be an on-the-go kind of mom, a portable pump is a must-have accessory. We love the hands-free Elvie Stride if you’re planning to pump while traveling, but it’s also great for pumping around the house, at work, or running errands. We’ve even seen women wearing the Stride on ski slopes!

Tip: If you’ve got an FSA/HSA card, you can use your funds to purchase a portable pump like the Stride or the lightweight BabyBuddha®  to compliment your normal use pump.

Pick up everything a breastfeeding mom needs at Milk N Mamas Baby

From pumps to accessories, at Milk N Mamas Baby, we’ve got everything you need for a comfortable breastfeeding and pumping experience. Give us a call to get started.