World Milksharing Week runs from September 24 - 31, 2014. Snugabell is committed to spreading awareness about the importance of milksharing when a mother's own milk is not available. We've asked a few bloggers to tell their story of how giving or receiving breastmilk affected their breastfeeding journeys.
Have you donated or received donor breastmilk? What is your experience with milksharing?
Snugabell is celebrating World Milksharing Week by offering 15% off PumpEase hands-free pumping bras using code GIVEMILK on snugabell.com, amazon.com, and amazon.ca. We're also giving away a few goodies so make sure to enter below:
We are proud to announce the launch of a project that has been in our hearts and minds for quite some time. Join us as we "Pump Across America" and celebrate the beauty of breastfeeding with Pumpin' Mamas coast-to-coast!
UPDATE: WE'RE MAKING IT EVEN EASIER! (Updated February 9, 2014)
If you're more comfortable with a simple selfie than a shot of pumping in action... that works, too! All we need is a shot of you by yourself, with your babe, showing off your pumping setup, or anything else that makes you feel like a powerful pumping mama. Our goal is simply to create a video montage of 50 moms (one from each state in the USA) celebrating pumping with a candid photo. Text on screen will indicate your name, state, and how many months you pumped or if you're still pumping, how many months you've pumped "so far".
Be sure to check out Facebook for updated maps* to see if we're still hunting for a mom from YOUR state. We hope we'll hear from you soon! *Pink-filled states indicate we've already found a mama for that area.
Guess what, Pumpin’ Mamas? Snugabell needs your help!
A little while ago, we set out to create a video that would help tell the story of PumpEase -- our hands-free pumping bra that for years has helped countless moms take back their pumping time by letting us spend less time holding flanges and more time doing, well... whatever! From holding babies to checking email to catching up on reading, moms from all over have told us about how PumpEase has freed them up to do all kinds of things while they pump.
Well it occurred to us at Snugabell that the best way to tell our story was actually to tell your story. That’s why we’re creating Pump Across America. We want to collect pictures of pumping moms from coast-to-coast, showing real PumpEase customers pumping in style and doing their thing (with both hands off the flanges!). We want to represent pumpers from every state, showing their pumping pride and sending a message to moms everywhere that shows how empowering, practical, and even fun pumping can be.
So we’re asking that you send us your pumping selfies -- candid shots of you doing your thing with the help of your PumpEase. You can be playing with your little one or playing with your computer. You can be reading a book or knitting a sweater. You can be smiling with pumpin’ confidence, or just giving the camera that “Oh yes I can!” look that shows just how powerful a pumping mom can be.
(Heather gets the idea.)
Your photos don’t have to be super-high resolution (a decent camera phone will do the trick). If we were looking for polished and shiny, we’d use models and a photographer. But we’d rather have REAL moms give us a glimpse into their REAL lives. Then we want to share it with the world.
So what do you say, ladies? Will you help us tell the story of Pumpin’ Mamas across the country? All you have to do is snap a photo and drop it on our Facebook wall or send it to us via email -- we’ll take it from there. When we compile the photo montage for our video, we’ll share only your first name and home state or province. That’s all there is to it!
This is the fifth of six posts in the "Pumping with Weather Anchor Mama" series by Stacy-Ann Gooden.
Stacy-Ann currently delivers the weather week nights in New York City, however considers her most important role being a wife and mom. She writes about balancing career and motherhood in her blog Weather Anchor Mama.
One of my biggest concerns as a nursing mom has been keeping my milk supply going strong. I’ve spoken with so many moms who say they were unsuccessful at breastfeeding because they ran out of milk. I didn’t want that to happen to me, so I consulted my doctor for advice. Basically, I researched my butt off.
Here’s what I’ve been doing to keep my supply going:
1) When I told my daughter’s pediatrician that I was going to breastfeed, he told me to drink waterbefore, during, and after each nursing session. As soon as we returned home from the hospital, I sent my hubby out to buy several gallons of bottled water. I kept it close by throughout my maternity leave. The doc also mentioned that I shouldn’t give my baby water for the first 6 months. So, taking in water myself meant my baby and I both stayed hydrated.
2) I’ve maintained a healthy diet by taking in about 500 extra calories a day. The added bonus is that breastfeeding helps me burn a lot of calories. (Every now and again I hit the gym, so eating more is sometimes necessary).
3) I nurse a lot (the more I nurse, the more milk I produce).
5) There are plenty of lactation cookie recipes that include the ingredient brewer’s yeast that’s believed to increase milk supply. Other mamas swear by Fenugreek or other galactagogues. I haven’t got around to trying any cookies, and I didn’t notice much of a difference when I took Fenugreek. However by maintaining a healthy diet and nursing and pumping as much as I can, I have kept my supply solid. It’s all about dedication baby!
Following these simple tips has helped me through my breastfeeding experience. It’s been over a year and I’m still going strong!
Did you ever feel that you didn't have enough milk? Was it real or perceived? If the former, were you successful at increasing your supply? Tell us how you did it below...
The content of this post is based on the personal experiences of Stacy-Ann Gooden and may not reflect evidence-based information. Your experiences may differ. Please consult your health care provider and/or a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for advice.
Like Jen mentions in her post, it is hard to believe we started this video series almost a year ago with her Black Friday video. I'll admit that before meeting Jen, I didn't really consider that someone could use PumpEase in public. I can't tell you HOW MANY times I've wished I could go back to that moment on the Dragons' Den set and tell Jim Treliving, "YES, she could pump while driving/riding her bike/mowing the lawn...." I admire Jen for being creative, open-minded and tenacious. A life approach that will surely present her with many amazing opportunities. And now I can't wait to see where "we" go pumping next!
How long did you pump for before you hung up the horns? Did you have a pumping goal? If so, did you meet or exceed it? Drop a note with your pumping "bio" below.
Aside from working full-time, attending night school and being a wife and mom 24/7, Jen blogs over at Life With Levi. You can also catch-up with her on Twitter and Facebook. Be nice now and go say "Hi!".