Last week I received the following email. After reading it, I realized it was written by a customer who had recently purchased a PumpEase from our website and who had also just received our November newsletter that touched on Prematurity Awareness Month. I also realized it was from a fellow Canadian (yay) and that she was a little bit famous (yippee). As always, I felt extremely honoured that one of our products helped a mom reach her personal breastfeeding goals (jumping up and down with glee).
"I don't think I already wrote to you guys, but I just wanted to say a big thank you, in light of Prematurity Awareness Month.
My son was born 10 weeks early when he arrived on April 26th of this year. I was hurled into a scary and foreign experience, which included pumping 10 times a day while he spent some time in hospital growing and getting stronger.
I was so clueless about it all, having not had time to properly research and read about breastfeeding - let alone birth - and so everything was a big hurdle.
Pumping was hard and discouraging at the start, but I was determined, knowing that it was the only thing in my power that I could do to help my son. So with cracked and throbbing nipples, I soldiered on.
One day, one of the other NICU moms was sitting in our pump room at the hospital casually reading a magazine and checking her email while she pumped. She was using a PumpEase - the one with the badass cherries on it. It was like a shaft of light shone down on her from the fluorescent bulbs above.
"What is THAT?!" I demanded, "and where can I get one?!"
I soon ordered my own online and I love it. It didn't change my life but it really made what was a very difficult time just a little bit easier, as in the 3+ hours I was spending pumping every day, I could keep in touch with my family, letting them know about my son's progress, I could read, have a glass of water... and I am so grateful. It was also nice to hear that it was made in Canada. Hooray!
I love functional, yet beautiful design. I really think you should let all the lactation consultants in Canadian hospitals know about them, PumpEase is awesome and certainly makes something difficult and trying a lot less frustrating.
Cool huh? Ya, I thought so too. And yes Whitney, we WILL be sure to let all Canadian LC's know about PumpEase - working on that right now in fact. :-)
Please be sure and follow the link to Whitney's website to take in a few sultry notes of her eclectic voice. OBVIOUSLY this email made my day. What made YOUR day today? Tell me about it down there ↓.
This is the fourth 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.
My goal was to pump for one year and I’m proud to say that I’ve exceeded that! I’d sneak away two to three times during my shift, in between shows for about 15-20 minutes a session. It can be a bit tedious carrying all that gear and washing all the parts after each use, but it’s worth it! I’ve spoken with other moms who’ve mentioned that they tried doing the deed for a number of months, but later gave up, so I would like to share some tips with those of you planning on nursing and pumping at work, that have helped me tremendously!
As I mentioned in Part 1, there isn’t always time to pump at work. When there’s active weather, my job takes precedence. Thankfully that’s not always the case. I have a pretty understanding employer who allows me a place to express milk each day. Some may feel they don’t have the opportunity to pump at work, but I firmly believe that you can do it. It’s just a matter of planning and asking your employer for assistance.
When I made the announcement that my hubby and I were expecting, I immediately told the HR representative that I planned on breastfeeding and began making arrangements as I drew closer to my due date. I had heard stories about moms pumping in the bathroom and decided early on that that wasn’t going to be me. I wanted a nice clean and comfy environment to pump in.
I can’t say it was a spa-like setting, but it was sufficient. It was neatly tucked away from everyone, and the office came complete with a microwave and refrigerator. I’ve been able to pump during my lunch hour and store away my milk for the remainder of my shift. Talk about convenience!! I also had a key, which was icing on the cake.
Here are my top five tips:
1. Don’t be afraid to plan early! Once you announce your pregnancy to your boss, ask about a pumping room. I know there may be some exceptions, but most businesses will provide a pumping room (that is not the bathroom).
2. Research different pumps. I’ve heard that hospital pumps are the best, but I feel that my Medela is right up there! It’s pretty expensive, so be sure to add it to your registry. If no one buys it for you, you are eligible for a percentage off after your new arrival! My little one also enjoys drinking from the Medela bottles.
3. Get some storage bags and containers. I tried a few, but I like Lansinoh bags because they store and pour easily and they're affordable.
4. If you do decide to pump at work, don’t forget to pump and/or nurse at home. Your boobies and baby will thank you later for keeping that supply going! I’ll talk more about how I was able to rebuild my milk supply in Part 5.
5. If you’re not comfortable with your pumping conditions at work, then speak up! You want your pumping experience to be as comfortable as possible.
I hope you find these tips helpful. For more info on pumping and breastfeeding laws, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Did you pump breastmilk for your baby after you returned to work? What is the best tip that you can share with us from your experience? We'd love to hear from you!
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.
Hi, my name is Denise Armbruster and I am responsible for the quality control and packaging here at Snugabell. I have been on the Snugabell team by far the longest. In fact, Wendy has been bossing me around since 1970!! Truth be told, I am her younger sister so it kind of goes with the territory (or so she tells me). :-)
Before having children I worked as a bookkeeper. After over 10 years of that, I decided I needed a change and chose to pursue a career in the food industry. I have always loved baking and did it every chance I could growing up. I think I baked my first chocolate cake all by myself at age 7 and it turned out awesome. Instead of doing the “usual” teenager type stuff on weekends, I would tackle big projects like puff pastry, donuts or endless amount of sugar cookies intricately decorated for upcoming holidays. In the early 90’s I enrolled in both the Culinary and Pastry & Desserts Program at Dubrulle French Culinary School here in Vancouver. I loved it and excelled in both programs. Upon graduation, I was hand-picked by the school for a three-month apprenticeship at a chateau in Normandy, France. I have to admit, those three months are a definite highlight in my life. Have you ever eaten unpasteurized French cheese? OMG so good!!! We totally kill cheese here in North America, sorry! I still do custom cakes for friends and acquaintances out of my own kitchen. I love doing wedding cakes!
I met my husband Mike shortly after I returned from France. I had my first baby, Olivia, in 2003, and had absolutely no intentions of not being her mom on a full time basis, so I quit my job to stay at home. Sure money has been tight - I have to go without some things - but it is worth it. By the time Dixie arrived in 2008, Wendy had already invented the PumpEase. By that time I was also providing full-time daycare for Wendy's two girls, therefore I was concerned about how I was going to fit it all in! So I promptly went out and bought a breast pump. I was also diagnosed with a low milk supply, something that wasn't an issue with Olivia, and was prescribed Domperidone. Dixie has always been an “easy” baby. She has slept through the night since she was one month old. (Yes I’m bragging!!!) I attribute my success to my PumpEase and breast pump. I would pump once a day around 11pm and then would use that milk to “top her up with a bottle” after nursing her before bed every night. Worked like a charm for me anyways.
I have been doing the quality control and packaging for Wendy since the birth of Snugabell almost four years ago. It is really great because I can do it in my spare time. I am pretty sure I have the most flexible job on the planet! Dixie even likes to “help” me sometimes by passing me the boxes one at a time as I fill them up. She also enjoys modeling the PumpEase pretending they are Brownie sashes! Check her out rockin' the Verry Cherry!
"Medical induction of childbirth is on the rise with more than 45% of Ontarian womenʼs labours beginning with induction by cervidil or oxytocin. While there are some circumstances where a medical induction may be necessary or even beneﬁcial to the birthing mother and her baby, it is estimated that 90.8% of women will not need a medical induction for labour to begin. As such, many inductions are avoidable and are thought to be an elective option rather than a necessary procedure based on a medical indication." ~ Amanda Spakowski, Birth Doula and Prenatal Educator
I met Amanda Spakowski in my first year of business and she has been an avid supporter of PumpEase ever since. In 2009 she relocated to Toronto and launched a new business by the name of The Nesting Place. I have watched it blossom into a wonderful community-based venture offering birth and postpartum doula services, prenatal classes, Birthing from Within® classes, infant massage and much more in both Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario.
Recently Amanda introduced me to a wonderful paper that she wrote about Induction and the top 10 ways to avoid it. I highly recommend you read it, share it and bookmark it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, whether you're currently pregnant with your first child or are finished having your family and have thoughts in hindsight. Please leave your comments below.
You can download '10 Easy (But Often Overlooked) Ways to Avoid Induction' here.
Would you like a chance at winning a $100 VISA Gift Card?
I thought that might grab your attention...
This is pretty simple - we feel it is high time to give back to YOU - our terrific customers - for spreading the PumpEase love! We have been seriously feeling your warm and fuzzies lately on Facebook, Twitter, our blog, via Lactation Consultants, you name it, we're feelin' it! And we're pretty stoked about it! THANK YOU.
I don't know about you, but when I am considering making a consumer purchase and want to know "what the best ________ is", I ask my friends, whether IRL or on social media, and I take what they have to say pretty seriously. I'm also an avid reader of testimonials and product reviews when I shop online (and as a busy mom of two and an owner of two businesses, I do that a lot). As a result, I have been saved from more than one substandard product by listening to those that were kind enough to leave a review for the next shopper.
That's one of the reasons I cherish the pot of gold that is the testimonials page of our website - 169 stories (and counting) about how PumpEase has enhanced the nursing relationships you all have had with your babies. I feel very honoured to be a part of that.
In fact, when I'm having a less than stellar day, I sometimes go read all your wonderful stories about your experiences with PumpEase and with us as a company. It literally makes my heart sing and quite honestly, often chokes me up (depends on the time of the month!) to realize that we have in some cases, made the difference between you persevering with breastfeeding and giving up on it.
So how do you enter for a chance to win the $100 VISA Gift Card? I thought you'd never ask!
Please visit PumpEase on Amazon.com and leave a review of our product*. For clarity, we're asking for a few minutes of your time and that you share your personal experience with our product openly. We are by no means asking for a 5-star rating; we're asking for the goods - straight up.
By the way, you needn't have bought your PumpEase on Amazon - you are reviewing the product, not the portal from which you purchased. In fact, you needn't have even purchased a PumpEase - if you received one as a gift or even as a hand-me-down, please tell us about it!
So here it is step-by-step:
1. Follow the link to PumpEase on Amazon.
2. Click on the customer reviews link under the listing title.
3. Write an HONEST review of PumpEase - we can't make PumpEase better if you don't give us real feedback.
4. Fill out your particulars on this form. We will draw a winner on December 1st at 9 pm Pacific via random.org. The winner will be contacted via email and will also be posted in the comments of this post. If we don't hear from you within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
Thank you and good luck!
* You are required to have an Amazon account with (at least one) past transaction to leave a review.
UPDATE: due to lack of response, we have opted to cancel this program. Crazy, I know! I can't even give MONEY away!