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Getting Ready for Breastfeeding: Nursing Bras & Nursing Gowns

One of the questions we get most often in the last trimester of pregnancy is what do I need for breastfeeding?  Moms may need a breast pump to return to work, but most often the real question is what clothes do I need.  You don't need to have a full on wardrobe for breastfeeding, but a few essentials will make your life easier, and even help you succeed at breastfeeding.  We see moms get frustrating trying to pull up a non-nursing gown to access the breast or even get plugged milk ducts from pulling a tight sports bra up from the bottom or an under wire bra down from the top.  Even when moms are not on a strict budget, they sometimes don't buy a nursing bra simply because they just don't know what size to get.  Here is some advice to make thing simpler:

1.  Sleep Nursing Bra - These are usually under $20 and are a must-have to keep your nursing pads in place.  During the first 6-8 weeks postpartum moms normally leak breastmilk, especially at night. Bilateral let-down also …

ARDO & Lucina: Finding Breast Pump Parts for ARDO Calypso and Melodi Breast Pumps

In helping moms find breast pump parts for their insurance pumps, we noticed a similarity between the Lucina Melodi and ARDO Calypso breast pump parts.  In investigating further, we contacted Lucina whose chat rep denied such a connection.  You be the judge.  The parts are identical except the color of the cap on the double pump kit that fits on the flange.  While Lucina Melodi Advanced and Melodi Prime have a purple cap, ARDO Calypso and Carum use a green cap. We further noticed that the ARDO Amaryll manual breast pump is the exact same pump as the Lucina Melodi Manual Pump.

Finally, we took a close look at the Lucina Double Pump Kit image on their website and we noticed that you can read part of the ARDO brand name on the side of the flange shaft.  

Our conclusion is that the parts are made by the same company and can be used interchangeably. Good news for the mom who can't find Lucina Melodi breast pump parts!  We would love to get your feedback on using the ARDO parts on your…