1. Lindsey says September 19, 2013

    Great post Megan. Like you, at about 2 months I had to start exclusively pumping – your tips are fabulous and spot on. I also tried pumping without a hands free bra and agree that a good hands free bra is worth its weight in gold! Seriously, it made pumping bearable (and I productive – I think I wrote lots of blog posts while pumping…). Lastly, totally agree with patience. Pumping is not necessarily easy or fun and at times, I felt like my life revolved around pumping even moreso than it did around Eloise. But with the products you mentioned and the result being a happy, healthy, growing baby it is was all very worth it. xoxo

  2. Becky says September 19, 2013

    I also exclusively pumped starting around 2 months, but that was due to under supply. We had to start supplementing around 2 weeks when our son hadn’t gained any weight since he was born. He got used to the faster flow of the bottle, and would only nurse for a minute or two before becoming frustrated and would pull off and cry and cry. It is definitely hard to schedule your life around your pumping schedule, but it’s not like you are going to be pumping for the rest of your life, and I know that by pumping, I was able to provide my son with something so very valuable to him, so it’s worth it.

    Although, I did not sterilize my pump parts in between pumps. I would just put the shields in a ziplock bag and pop them in the fridge when I was done. At the end of the day, I would wash and sterilize the parts, but putting them in the fridge in between pumps during the day really saved me a lot of time.

  3. Krysta says September 19, 2013

    I also want to add that bottles definitely need not be sterilized between every use. Our pediatrician high recommended only sterilizing baby bottles prior to the first use. She added that unless baby was a preemie and/or has a compromised immune system, a little soap and water is more than enough to keep things clean enough. She (and many researchers) believe strongly that the main reason children now have so many allergies is the hygiene theory – we over-sterilize everything and our babies have little exposure to germs.

  4. Vanessa says September 19, 2013

    This post is such a breath of fresh air for me! I have been struggling with breastfeeding because my daughter was in the NICU for 2 months. She got used to bottles and I got used to pumping so she’d get super frustrated while trying to keep a latch and I’d feel like a failure because of it. And to add to the struggle, now I’ve gone back to work! So I find myself pumping while driving to and from work to take full advantage of my 50 minute commute and spend quality time with my baby a soon as I get home (instead of pumping)! I’ve found ways to make it work but it definitely takes dedication and mental toughness, if you will. I really appreciate that there are other moms out there who feel my pain but still pump! Cheers to us!

  5. Alli says June 11, 2015

    Nice Megan! Like you, I opted for the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter and I love it. I got it for free too through my insurance using Aeroflow Breastpumps. There’s so much to figure out when breastpumping..thanks for answering a lot of my questions!


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