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What Moms Can Buy with Your HSA FSA and Flex Spending Account
2015 is drawing to a close. Many of you have benefits left in your insurance accounts, especially FSA, HSA and FLEX spending accounts. If you are breastfeeding,breast pumpsandbreastfeeding supliesqualify as medical expenses. Here are some suggestions to help you use it before you loose it!
If you hate lugging your pump around, having one at home and one at work is such a luxury. Or if you are struggling with a manual pump, a good electric pump is a necessity, especially one like the Hygeia Enjoye LBI that has a rechargeable battery pack for travel.
Most pumps have filters or diaphragms that need to be replaced every few months and valves that need to be replaced every few weeks. Having extra sets of breast flanges or getting additional sizes to see which one helps with optimal milk output is another way to use your allotment.
If you still need help with your baby's latch, this is a great time to use your funds. Make sure the person you are using is a board certified lactation consultant. To find one in your area, see theILCAwebsite.
Many moms are automatically freezing their breast milk each time they pump and retrieving frozen milk from their stockpile to feed the baby. While this is ok for the mom who gives an occasional bottle, working moms should be giving freshly expressed milk whenever possible.
Before we list these factors, let us be clear than breast milk, fresh or frozen is immeasurably better for your infant nutritionally than formula; but to use the best at it's very best, we are explaining the changes that happen to frozen breast milk.
1. Levels of pH are effected by freezing which in turn effects lipase which aids in digestion. Lipase levels vary from woman to woman, so if you notice a soapy smell or metallic taste to your frozen breast milk, it may be especially relevant to you to give freshly expressed breast milk.
2. Bactericidal capacity of stored refrigerated human milk is at it's greatest within the first 48 to 72 hours of refrigeration. (By the way, this is…
I would love to tell you that breastfeeding is always easy, but unfortunately that is not always the case. When you look up the word tenacious (te·na·cious) in the dictionary, I picture the nursing mother who has been tried by the challenges that sometimes come with breastfeeding.
Today, I am addressing a challenge that literally tries a mom by fire, yeast infections. Yeast on nipples often exhibits itself as a burning sensation and sharp shooting pains in the breast even in-between feedings. If you have pain only during the feeding, you need to address the latch. Yeast naturally occurs in our bodies, but the overgrowth of yeast often as a result of oral or IV antibiotics can be a real challenge. The good news is that it is fairly easy to diagnose and curing the overgrowth is manageable, especially if you know how to avoid a recurring incidence.
Lets start with the diagnosis. As I said, the mother with yeast will normally have burning sensation on her nipples and sharp shooting…
The truth is fenugreek is a great tool to boost milk supply in most moms. However, in the two decades that I have been helping nursing moms, I get this comment a lot, "Fenugreek didn't work for me." How can it be that an herb with such great success stories doesn't work for a large number of mothers. In most cases, the answer is in the quality, dosage or delivery method.
Many moms buy Fenugreek at a local health food or grocery store in brands that are not stored or bottled in the best way to keep them at full potency. Also, shelf life factors into this so buying from a store that doesn't cater to the largest market for Fenugreek, nursing mothers, will not have the best turn-around. It is always a good practice to check the expiration date on any herb before using. Fenugreek capsules work best when taken in a quality brand like Nature's Herbs or Nature's Way Fenugreek and in the appropriate dosage or combination. The correct dosage is es…