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What’s the difference between the Elvie Pump and the Elvie Stride?

The Elvie brand develops smart women’s healthcare products.

Internationally recognized women’s health expert Tania Boler launched the Elvie brand of women’s smart health products to address intimate issues that women face throughout their lives. The most popular of the Elvie brands are two sleek, smart closed-system electric breast pumps: the Pump and the Stride. Both have proven popular among breastfeeding and pumping moms, though there is frequently confusion about which does what and how they’re different. Let’s take a look at what the two pumps have in common first.

What do the Elvie Pump and the Elvie Stride have in common?

You can use both the Pump and the Stride as double or single pumps, and you can connect both with your smartphone via the Elvie app to track and log pumping sessions. Both pumps slip discreetly and comfortably into your bra, so you can pump anywhere, making both ideal for travel and for moms working outside the home. Both were designed with few parts and accessories to keep up with, which means there’s not much clean up either. In addition, both the original Elvie Pump and the Stride come standard with:

  • 2 to 2.5 hours of battery life when fully charged
  • 2-year warranty on pump motor
  • 2-phase pumping (stimulation and expression modes)
  • Two (2) 5 oz collection cups

What are the main differences between the Elvie Pump and the Elvie Stride?

Suction strength

With a suction strength of up to 270 mmHg, the Elvie Stride is a hospital grade pump. The original Elvie suction strength only goes up to 220 mmHg.

Collection cups, motors, and tubing

The two Elvie Stride collection cups share a single motor connected via discreet tubes. The Elvie Pump is completely wireless and tubeless. Each collection cup has its own independent motor.

Customizability

The Elvie Stride has ten intensity levels with both stimulation and expression modes, which gives pumping moms up to twenty options. The Elvie Pump has fourteen combinations.

Insurance coverage

Most insurance companies do not cover the pricey Elvie Pump, or at least not in full, thought you can use money from an FSA or HSA to purchase the Pump. The Elvie Stride is covered by most insurance companies, including Aetna, Geisinger, and Tricare.

The Elvie Stride is a favorite among Milk N Mamas Baby customers.

The arrival of the Elvie Stride thrilled pumping moms who wanted a breast pump as sleek and comfortable as the Elvie Pump but without the steep price tag. You can purchase yours today through Milk N Mamas Baby. If you’re not sure whether your healthcare plan will cover your favorite Elvie pump, don’t worry! As a DME company, we work with a wide range of insurance companies. We can quickly and easily verify you breast pump benefit on your behalf. We can also request a prescription from your doctor on our side once you’re ready to place your order.

Need help? Give us a call at 1-844-Milk-Mom or email us at milknmamasbaby@gmail.com.

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5 tips for losing baby fat in time for summer

Hint: Don’t diet. It won’t help with baby weight.

Let’s start this by saying that you shouldn’t feel compelled to lose one doggone pound if you’re not up for it. You just brought a whole other human being into the world. Don’t feel like you’ve got to impress anybody with a swimmer’s physique this year. However, if your baby weight is making you feel uncomfortable now, the heat of summer definitely won’t make it better. In that case, try these five tips for losing baby weight without losing your mind dieting.

1. Set reasonable expectations and goals for post-partum weight loss.

Start by talking with your doctor about reasonable expectations and goals. Your body is in recovery, so adding the stress of intense dieting and exercise will only slow your recovery. Be compassionate with yourself. Set modest, attainable goals and back it up with a plan that you’re likely to stick to.

2. Breastfeed and/or pump regularly.

If you want to give post-partum weight loss a boost, breastfeed and/or pump. The old saying “I’m eating for two” continues to hold true for as long as you choose to breastfeed your newborn. Your body uses the fat cells stored up during pregnancy as well as caloric intake from your daily meals to produce breastmilk. Studies show that women who breastfeed exclusively for six months lose post-partum weight more quickly. They’re also more likely to attain their original, pre-pregnancy weight than women who don’t breastfeed or who nursed their newborn for fewer than six months.

3. Eat five to six smaller meals with healthy ingredients.

Diets that call for fasting and caloric restrictions often cause your body to convert more energy into fat stores. From your body’s perspective, you must’ve fallen on hard times, so it’s going to try to conserve your energy the best way it knows how. Instead of skipping meals, eat smaller, healthier meals more frequently. This is especially important if you are nursing. The more nutrients and vitamins you consume in your diet, the healthier your newborn will be.

4. Get some light exercise daily.

Spring is in the air, so you’ve got a few good months of perfect walking weather. Put that newborn in a stroller and take them out to see the world. Getting fresh air and light exercise will increase the flow of oxygen through your body and help you digest food more effectively, which helps with weight loss. You’ll also get more of that happy hormone serotonin, which will boost your energy so you can get another walk in later in the day. Little jaunts out into the world are good for you and baby, and a daily walk or two can get you to your weight loss goals one step at a time.

5. Avoid sugars and processed foods.

While skipping meals is a no no for new moms, skipping sugars and processed foods is a big HECK YES. Sugary and processed foods and beverages are full of empty calories, and they wreak havoc on your blood sugar level, which plays a critical role in your body’s fat storage. In addition, the human body is naturally disposed to crave sugars, and sugars trigger hunger, which can create a vicious cycle when you’re trying to lose weight.

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How do I prepare myself for breastfeeding?

The ups and downs of breastfeeding

Breast milk contains all the essential nutrients your baby needs to develop. It’s a natural immune booster for newborns, and it reduces the risk of many lifelong illnesses. It even helps new moms lose some of the weight they put on while pregnant and triggers the happy hormone oxytocin that helps both mom and baby relax.

But it’s not always easy. Some days you’ll be tired and “touched out” from so much contact with baby, as described by Amanda Barnhardt in our interview with the military mom. Some days your little one will be colicky and even the soothing balm of breastmilk won’t ease the crying. On those days, it’s good to be prepared. So how do you prepare for breastfeeding?

Assemble your breastfeeding support team

Feeling supported during your time breastfeeding will increase your chances of success. A knowledgeable team will help you mentally prepare for the experience while also helping you respond appropriately to challenges you may face. While your breastfeeding experience will be entirely unique, it can help to know that you won’t be alone in your experience. Lots of us have been there, and we can help show you the ropes and support you throughout your time nursing.

Who should you include in your team? Recruit your doctor and your baby’s pediatrician as well as a lactation consultant if possible. Enlist friends who have breastfed or make new friends via local breastfeeding or parent groups. You can even give the consultants at Milk N Mamas Baby a call or email if you need a sounding board.

Become a breastfeeding expert in your own right

If you can find a breastfeeding class in your community, sign up. Not only will you get some in-person time with lactation consultants who can offer valuable information on what to expect, you’ll also have an opportunity to meet other breastfeeding moms. However, if there aren’t IRL classes, you can learn plenty online from sources like Medela’s Breastfeeding University or the Learning to Breastfeed Library at the website for the Office of Women’s Health. Books like La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding with Confidence by International Lactation Consultant Association President Sue Cox can also offer insight and encouragement. The more you know about breastfeeding, the more confident you’ll be, and that’s half the battle.

Get the breast pump equipment you need ahead of time

Deciding on the right breast pump for your situation will also take a little time and research. Do you want manual or electric? Is portability important? What sort of suction are you looking for in a pump? How often will you use it? If you’ve got insurance, you’ll need to find out if the pump you prefer is covered. Fortunately, you’ve already got some support in this area. We’re more than happy to talk you through your decision and help you choose a pump that’s just right for your circumstances. Just give us a call at 1-888-606-8425 or email us at milknmamasbaby@gmail.com.

Surprise! These summer veggies boost milk production!

Summer vegetables do more than add color to your plate.

During the early days of summer, you’ll see plenty of articles and blog posts singing the praises of fresh summer veggies. And why not? They’re as healthy as they are delicious and beautiful. June and July seem to infuse those plump tomatoes and strawberries with bold flavor and the bright, glossy shine of the summertime sun.

They’re rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants and prebiotics, making a picnic spread of sweet peppers, sliced cucumbers, and green bean salad a healthy midday meal. However, fresh summer veggies aren’t just good for you. They’re galactagogues, a fancy Latin word that means “milk-booster.”

Which summer foods really benefit breastmilk production?

You can hardly go wrong when you’re selecting fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market or your local grocer’s produce display. But some do stand out as particularly helpful in boosting lactation.

Dark, leafy greens

Spinach, collard greens, and even dandelion greens are chockful of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and phytoestrogens, a.k.a. plant-based estrogen. The estrogen produced by leafy greens can lead to increased production of prolactin, which in turn boosts milk production.

Carrots

Colorful, delicious, and full of nutrients, carrots also product phytoestrogens, so keep a supply of baby carrots on hand for an afternoon snack and add shredded carrots to your favorite salad. Check out this simple summertime recipe from Familystyle Food for inspiration.

Legumes

A string bean teepee can add more than shady charm to your backyard during the summer. Lima beans and green beans are considered milk-boosters. Low in sodium and containing no cholestrol, these beans are high in protein, folate, Vitamins C and A as well as beneficial minerals like calcium and iron. Delicious blanched, sautéed, or even pickled, beans are versatile and healthy.

While we’re on the legume train, don’t forget hummus, especially when it contains garlic, as both chickpeas and the stinking rose are known galactagogues.

A healthy mom is a healthy baby – year-round

While boosting milk production is a concern of many moms, it’s just as important to consider the quality of the breast milk you’re producing. Your milk should be full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and other nutrients important to your baby’s growth. That means you’ve got a built-in excuse to indulge in the season’s abundant supply of fruits and vegetables as well as fish and nuts. Bon appétit!

The most comfortable summer fashion for expectant moms

Pregnancy plus soaring temperatures mean wilting days for expectant moms

We all look forward to summer until summertime hits. Then, suddenly, we remember what it feels like to be scorching hot (and not scorching hot like a sexy supermodel – scorching hot like the surface of Mercury and nearly as round). Summers for expectant mothers can be particularly brutal because pregnancy causes an increase in blood flow, which elevates body temperatures. That’s right, even higher than your usual June or July heatwave.

What does that mean for maternity fashion this summer?

For some moms, that means floating barely clad in a plastic pool in the backyard will be the lewk du jour. But some of you would probably like to do a little better since this summer may be your first chance at a barbecue or a beach outing or just about any social event in over a year. So what does the style savvy mama wear to beat the heat and still feel like the belle of the beach ball?

Natural, breathable fabrics

Skip the polyester and nylon, and give silk a hard pass during the summer months. These fabrics will only increase your body temperature and stick to your skin. Instead, opt for cotton and linen, which allow air to circulate around your skin, cooling you down.

Lighter colors

Dark colors absorb heat, which means you’re better off wearing colors towards the lighter end of the color spectrum. Whites, pastels, even brighter colors will reflect the sun away from you, keeping you cooler.

Flowy and loose

Close-fitting clothes will feel hotter as they stick to your skin, and they’re more likely to show sweat stains. Give your body a little freedom with looser, flowy dresses and skirts instead.

Lightweight layers

Of course, if you’re going to be moving between conditioned and unconditioned spaces, it’s a good idea to wear light layers. These can be added or removed as you change location or as daytime heat drops in the evening.

What are you wearing to beat the heat this summer?

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we enjoy seeing what our favorite mamas – including you, of course – are wearing. Tag us in your maternity fashion posts on Instagram so we can LOVE your looks!

Need to accessorize? Take a look at some of our breast pump bags that are sure to add style and convenience to your summer look.

cute baby in easter bunny outfit

Top 10 cutest spring-inspired baby names

Still haven’t decided on a name for your springtime baby?

We’ve narrowed down the lists for you. These baby names for boys and girls come from a wide variety of cultures, but they all put us in a spring state of mind.

Spring-inspired names for baby girls

  • The Persian name Zaida, or Zada, implies good fortune and abundance, both ideas that we strongly associate with the blooming, full days of spring.
  • If you picture an alpine meadow full of wildflowers when you think of spring, consider a Scandinavian name like Loa, which means “spring bird.” Loa is also a term of endearment associated with the name Elísabet.
  • How do you let your newborn know she’s the light of your life? How about with a name like Aurora, the name of the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn? Aurora is a lovely baby name that lends itself to lots of charming pet names like Rory and Aura.
  • Floral names are always a sweet choice for baby girls born in the spring. Iris captures both the beauty of the delicate purple flower as well as the majesty of the Greek goddess of the rainbow.
  • The name Chloe shares Greek roots with chlorophyll, the green pigment found in growing spring plants. The name itself means “green shoot” and is an epithet of the spring goddess Demeter.

Spring-inspired names for baby boys

  • The French philosopher Blaise Pascal had, perhaps, the most spring-inspired name ever. Blaise calls to mind the fiery blaze of the spring sunshine while Pascal means “one who was born on Easter.” Either would make a delightful name for a boy born in the springtime.
  • The German name Brynner has a fresh look about it, and it means one who dwells by the stream, an idyllic spot to spend spring days.
  • The popular Spanish name Xavier is associated with Saint Francis de Xavier; however, the original etymology stems from the Basque “etxaberri,” meaning “new house” or “bright.”
  • The sweet-sounding Arabic name Rabi mean “springtime,” and it’s associated with gentle breezes and an equally gentle temperament. It’s a perfect name for a mild-mannered springtime babe.
  • Hugo is another German name that seems perfectly suited for springtime. It means “bright in mind and spirit,” and we think it’s an adorable name for a baby boy.

Milk N Mamas baby is here for your baby, whatever name you choose.

From Avas to Zadas, we ensure nursing babies of all names, cultures, and backgrounds get the nourishment they need. Our breast pumps and breastfeeding equipment give expectant and nursing mothers everything they need to make a smooth transition from pregnancy to nursing and everything beyond. Take a look around the site today to see how we make breastfeeding your newborn easier.