It’s like a Tinder date. You were interested.   Now it’s here and you’re sizing it up.  Will it live up to the hype?  Not unlike that online romance, you will have to take your top off to find out. Men don’t come with manuals, but breast pumps do.  Before you try to use your pump, read the manual.  They are all different and there is no greater encumbrance to the let-down reflex than frustration. Once you have done your homework, wash up.  Make sure that you have washed and sterilized the breast pump and that your hands are clean. Next, assemble the breast pump according to directions.  If the parts don’t

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It’s like a Tinder date. You were interested.   Now it’s here and you’re sizing it up.  Will it live up to the hype?  Not unlike that online romance, you will have to take your top off to find out. Men don’t come with manuals, but breast pumps do.  Before you try to use your pump, read the manual.  They are all different and there is no greater encumbrance to the let-down reflex than frustration. Once you have done your homework, wash up.  Make sure that you have washed and sterilized the breast pump and that your hands are clean. Next, assemble the breast pump according to directions.  If the parts don’t

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If you are struggling with your comfort level with breastfeeding in public, you aren’t alone.  Many of us have been there and have been the target of the “shame game” from both camps. Strangers may get all up in your business! I was nursing my firstborn at a the food court of a shopping mall, clinging to this hideous floral cover thing that my aunt bought me.  In one single nursing session, I was approached by one woman who quite literally pulled my flowery nipple-hider off of me saying that I have nothing to be ashamed of and several passersby who made scoffing noises and shot me looks of disgust.  I was

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If you are struggling with your comfort level with breastfeeding in public, you aren’t alone.  Many of us have been there and have been the target of the “shame game” from both camps. Strangers may get all up in your business! I was nursing my firstborn at a the food court of a shopping mall, clinging to this hideous floral cover thing that my aunt bought me.  In one single nursing session, I was approached by one woman who quite literally pulled my flowery nipple-hider off of me saying that I have nothing to be ashamed of and several passersby who made scoffing noises and shot me looks of disgust.  I was

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How can I increase my milk supply?  This has to be the most asked question among breastfeeding moms. (Well, maybe second to “How can I ever again look at my boobs the same way after seeing them sucked through the “cones of shame” when I pump?”) You are probably producing enough breast milk. The best way to tell if you are producing enough breast milk is if your baby is thriving.  This is really hard to believe when you bust out the electric breastfeeding pump and see that the bottle is not very full.  One of the many beautiful aspects of breastfeeding, though, is that your body is completely in tune with

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How can I increase my milk supply?  This has to be the most asked question among breastfeeding moms. (Well, maybe second to “How can I ever again look at my boobs the same way after seeing them sucked through the “cones of shame” when I pump?”) You are probably producing enough breast milk. The best way to tell if you are producing enough breast milk is if your baby is thriving.  This is really hard to believe when you bust out the electric breastfeeding pump and see that the bottle is not very full.  One of the many beautiful aspects of breastfeeding, though, is that your body is completely in tune with

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Your insurance company must provide you support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding.  This applies to marketplace plans as well as all other health insurance plans.  The only exception is if you have a “grandfathered plan”.  (Click here for information on grandfathered plans) Coverage for Nursing Pumps  Your health insurance may have restrictions on whether you buy or rent, what type of breast pump they cover, and when you will get it (before or after the baby is born),but one thing does not differ: they are required to provide you with breastfeeding equipment.  Ultimately, you and your doctor are in control of what is best for you in your

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Your insurance company must provide you support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding.  This applies to marketplace plans as well as all other health insurance plans.  The only exception is if you have a “grandfathered plan”.  (Click here for information on grandfathered plans) Coverage for Nursing Pumps  Your health insurance may have restrictions on whether you buy or rent, what type of breast pump they cover, and when you will get it (before or after the baby is born),but one thing does not differ: they are required to provide you with breastfeeding equipment.  Ultimately, you and your doctor are in control of what is best for you in your

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