Tag: Breastfeeding

Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

For a breastfeeding mama a good thing to invest in is a decent pump. Last pregnancy a friend gave me one of her old breast pumps. I was super grateful but it was so loud and didn’t work quite as well as I would like. This time around I knew I wanted a new pump but with so many out there I wasn’t sure which to choose. One of my Insta mama friends recommended The Milk Genie by Pumpables. Not only is it affordable it’s also really quiet meaning it doesn’t wake the baby or disturb my Netflix and pump sessions.

Here are some features I LOVE:

3 Breast shield sizes are in the box – meaning you’ll be able to ensure you get the right fit

Easy to assemble and clean

Rechargeable battery – Never run out of power!

SO quiet – Like seriously, super quiet!

Delivery is free and takes 1-4 business days so there’s not much time to wait between ordering and pumping!

2 year warranty – So good!

It has a Pump2Bag system so you can pump directly into breast milk storage bags.

I’ve had great results using the Milk Genie and I’m so happy with how its working for my little family and I. I definitely believe that this has been made with mums in mind as it really is so convenient. Another thing that I think they are doing right is there fabulous customer service which is so important for any company you’re purchasing from.

So if you or a friend are expecting and looking at buying a pump be sure to check out their range of products on their website using the following link: https://pumpables.co?raf=ref1013281

Happy Pumping

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Support throughout your Breastfeeding Journey with Medela

When i found out i was pregnant with Rosie i knew that i wanted to Breastfeed. I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding so i signed myself up to my hospital breastfeeding class to gain more of an understanding and to try to prepare as much as possible for our breastfeeding journey ahead.

Fast forward to the day she was born and I remember that first latch she took so well. She knew exactly what she was looking for and latched on with minimal issues. Throughout our hospital stay we had our wonderful midwives taking the time to check the correct latch and guiding us through it but what about when you go home? Who guides you then i remember thinking.

Throughout our breastfeeding journey i used Medela products. Medela provide breastfeeding mums, families and communities with leading breastfeeding products, expert insights, and ongoing research and education to support the breastfeeding journey.

I felt well-informed, guided and supported through using their products and with the information they had available to us mums.  Our journey wasn’t always easy but by being supported really helped me overcome any issues we experienced,

Medela showcased a series of artwork produced for Medela by Australian Students depicting what ‘Mother’s Milk Means’ to them. I wanted to share with you my favourite piece from the series.

To me this image represents the unconditional love between mother and child. It shows the close and loving bond between you and your baby and that breastfeeding can be a deeply satisfying experience for both mother and child.

Learn more about how Medela support mums here:

 http://medelabreastfeedingblog.com.au/take-5-medela/

Happy Feeding

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

A few things no one told me about breastfeeding…

A few things no one told me about breastfeeding…

Yes yes, I went to all the classes. Which were great and everything but when it came to the negatives I kind of felt like they just glided over the top of them. As soon as I fell pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed but I had no real idea what I was letting myself in for. I had heard how amazing it was for baby and for mum too. I had heard the bond you get with your little one is a feeling of pure joy. And that was true but what I hadn’t heard was that…….

 You must wear a bra CONSTANTLY. Like seriously, never take it off.

You will leak into every top you own and suddenly those wet patches become the norm.

 If the latch isn’t correct your nipples can BLEED and BLISTER.

 You literally STINK. It’s this sticky mixture of boob sweat and milk. I like to call it Parfum de mum.

 You forget the bra pads that soak up your leaking milk are there and then you go to feed your hungry baby whilst enjoying lunch out and BAM milk soaked pad on your plate in public. Ok Maybeeee…just me? 

And if you don’t have a breast pad in – well yeah good luck with that.

 You can get breast and nipple thrush. THRUSH!?! Seriously…. I had no idea this could happen.

 You are hungry most of the time. Actually ALL the time.

 You come out of the shower and it’s a massive race against time to get your bra back on without leaking milk on every. surface. possible.

 Those things called Breast pumps make you feel like an actual cow. Can they make a silent one already? I swear that noise will haunt me forever.

 You can never be too far away from baby or your boobs will physically ache as if they are about to explode. Then when it comes to feeding your baby you will spray their teeeeeny tiny face with your bursting boobs. Poor babies don’t know what hit them!

 Your baby may not agree with certain things you eat. Like dairy, chocolate, coffee which means cutting them out…. All the good stuff basically.

That thing called sex also requires a bra at all times, Yep no nipple play here. Unless your partner wants a side of milkshake.

After you have stopped breastfeeding your once super pert breasts/bossoms/boobs (Whatever your preference in name) will no longer sit where they used to. Think south. Veryyy south.

 They don’t tell you that it’s ok if you don’t enjoy it, many mums don’t and it certainly doesn’t make you any less of a mother.

 I breastfed for 4 months. I loved and hated it all at the same time. It was a battle of recurring thrush, Sore nipples and constant cluster feeding. It got to the point where I was really dreading feeding time. I set 6 months as a goal and I did not want to let myself down by not reaching that point. I put a lot of pressure on myself and It was making me an unhappy mum. I knew something needed to change. I gave Rosie her first formula bottle and felt like a weight had been lifted. Truth is, i wasn’t letting anyone down.

Giving her a bottle did not make me miss the connection. I loved the connection breastfeeding gave me but bottle feeding also gave me that. It was beautiful to see her daddy feeding her too which took some pressure off me.

 Breastfeeding is wonderful but it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. So mama’s don’t judge other mums that feed in a different way to you. You have no idea what they have been through.

 Motherhood is a journey that we are all trying to navigate as best we can so let’s support each other and know we are raising happy tiny humans. After all, a happy mum means a happy bub.

 Danielle Lauren

 xoxo

Yummy Mummies and those Breastfeeding comments…

Yummy Mummies and those Breastfeeding comments…

Ok so….We all love a bit of controversy! And generally reality TV is the platform for it.

Like many other Australian mums I was shocked at the adverts for the new show “Yummy Mummies” on Channel 7. But I do love a bit reality TV and I thought to myself….I’ll give it a go!

So…this show follows Rachel, Lorinska and Jane – The Melbourne Yum Mums.

I actually find myself warming to these ladies. They seem a fun bunch and are total babes. (Ladies – you are all total babes too whether you are glam 24/7 or the PJ alllll day type, like me tehehe)

Then the show brings in another Mum – Maria from Adelaide. She lives a designer lifestyle and has Versace galore. Like WOW. So. Much. Versace. Each to their own I say!

Anywhooo…. It’s episode 3 that aired last night that really caught my attention.

Maria and her super outgoing mum Margherita stop for a spot of lunch after a day of shopping. There is another mum who arrives and sits beside them on another table. She begins breastfeeding her 4 and a half month old baby.

A few of the comments Maria and Margherita make are as follows:

For me, Breastfeeding in public should be made Illegal”

She is making me so uncomfortable”

i HATE that, It’s disgusting”

There’s men in here!”

It’s just not classy”

The boobs are supposed to be a sexual thing”

Shes not embarrassed at all”

Now – What I will say is that everyone is entitled to their opinion. However as a new mum these comments affected me. Whether they are purely done for Channel 7 entertainment purposes or to cause controversy and get ratings or not. They affected me.

So I wanted to address each of the above for any new mums or mums to be.

For me, Breastfeeding in public should be made Illegal” – Breastfeeding is your choice and if you choose to breastfeed you do it wherever and whenever your baby is hungry. Full stop.

She is making me so uncomfortable” – WHO CARES. If people are uncomfortable that is THEIR problem. Not yours.

i HATE that, It’s disgusting” If feeding your baby is classed as disgusting then I must be a terrible parent.

There’s men in here!” Erm…. AND??

It’s just not classy” – WHAT? Feeding your baby whenever needed….not classy? Oh i’m sorry let me get my Versace boob out!

The boobs are supposed to be a sexual thing” – OH MY GAHHH I CANNOT!

She’s not embarrassed at all” – She has has no NEED to be embarrased, That’s why!

As a new mum you want to do what is best for you and for your baby. Some choose to breastfeed and some choose to bottled feed. Whichever you choose does not matter. As long as your baby is fed and is happy. That is truly what matters.

Comments like the above are just so ignorant. How can someone pass judgement on the way another baby is fed? Like seriously.

What is wrong with breastfeeding your baby in public? NOTHING.

As a new mum you do not want to be chained to the house all day. It’s nice to go for coffee or for a brunch or a nice walk with your new bundle. It is good for both of you.

What you do NOT need as a mum is to be judged HOW you are feeding your baby and WHERE you are feeding your baby. It is the last thing we as mums should worry about.

Now I love Channel 7 (Don’t know what i’d do without Sam and Koche every morning seriously!) However Channel 7 you NEED to think about the message this show is portraying. Is it just a phase or will you lose viewers? I wonder!

To all you wonderful Mums and Mums to be – Whatever your choice of feeding is – OWN IT.

Just like that awesome mum in the background of yummy mummies did. With confidence and dignity.

YOU ALL ROCK.

Happy Feeding

Danielle Lauren xoxo