Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.
As a mom who (almost) exclusively breastfeed her babies, having a manual breast pump is must.
This weekend I’m doing something I have never done before. I’m taking a day trip to a conference with my mom, without my 2 month old baby!
The idea seemed impossible when the opportunity came up, since the conference was baby/child free. But after thinking about it and talking it out with Matt we came up with a plan!
At first he suggested we could feed her formula for that day, which would have been fine, but I wanted to try to leave as much breast milk as possible. I had my Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump, so why not put it to the test?
Thankfully, we came up with our plan 2 weeks before the date and I was able to pump once a day to build up a supply for Matt to feed Adeline. And now I’m so excited to let him have a day of feeding her and receiving all her milky baby snuggles.
Tips I have for moms who are planning to pump and be away from your baby:
- Start pumping as far in advance as you can! Your baby has worked hard to set up a certain supply and demand with your body, pumping once a day will not mess up your current milk supply.
- Pump at the same time everyday! If you are pumping once, twice, three or four times a day try your best to pump at the same time everyday. Your body will know what to do when you set up a loose schedule for yourself to pump.
- Use the UGrow App to track your nursing and pumping sessions. It’s also a wonderful resource for milestones and everyday questions you have about your baby.
- Drink water! If you notice your body is not increasing your supplies for pumping drink lots of water and eat supply increasing foods like oatmeal, spinach, almonds, sweet potato, and lots more other foods.
- Don’t be discouraged! Pumping is hard work and know you’re not alone in your frustration.
- Bring your Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump with you the day you’re away! When you don’t have your baby to relieve your milk, you will need a way to drain your milk supply throughout the day. Don’t get me started on clogged milk ducts!
The Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump is the ideal travel breast pump, it is one of the many Philips Avent products that has won the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) seal of approval. This means their products have been rigorously tested and reviewed by real parents.
When I go on trips or overnight stays I bring my breast pump. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and stores neatly into my purse. I love that I don’t need to lean forward or twist myself into an unnatural position – I can sit comfortably and relax.
Plus, anything that is dishwasher friendly is a winner in my eyes!
Have you tried any PTPA seal of approval products?