Thursday, July 27, 2017

World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Biggest Sales of the Year

     If you are a nursing mama, there is no better time to buy your breastfeeding supplies and nursingwear that during World Breastfeeding Week.  Companies that cater to nursing moms tend to offer their deepest discounts during the week of August 1-7 making it the best time to buy breastfeeding products!  Lactation Connection is no exception offering our best prices in celebration of WBW2017!

This year's theme for World Breastfeeding Week is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together".

     Lactation Connection has been helping moms sustain breastfeeding with quality products since 1993 and our World Breastfeeding Week sale is in progress now!  Take advantage of our current sale on nursing bras from $17 in sizes through G cup and Bravado Bras as low as $27 with free shipping!  Made in the USA nursing nightgowns and nursing pajamas from $17-27 are on sale as well as all cotton or bamboo nursing pads by Amamante Nursingwear and Bamboobies for only $8.17!

     Shop now for the best selection on nursingwear and nursing bras!  We are also offering an unprecedented discount on our already low prices on breast pump parts.  Our breast pump parts sale includes brands like Spectra, Hygeia, Ameda, ARDO, Limerick, Bailey, Rumble Tuff, Pumpin' Pal Super Shields and Avent!  August 1-7, 2017 take 17% OFF breast pump parts with coupon code WBW17.  Sale limited to quantities on hand.  Free shipping applies to all Bravado Bras and all orders over $60.

     Don't miss this once-a-year sale!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week,

Monday, July 17, 2017

Working and Breastfeeding: Getting Ready for Day Care

If you are a working nursing mama, the first question we get is "How much breast milk do I need to leave?"  And that is a great question because if you leave too much, the care giver may overfeed and you will find yourself playing catch-up with your milk supply day after day.

The average baby needs 2.5 oz of breast milk per pound of body weight per day.  So if you have a 10 lb baby, you multiply by 2.5 and get 25 oz per day.  Then divide by the number of feedings per day for a baby under six months which is 8 unless the infant is going through a growth spurt.  So 25 lbs divided by 8 feedings is 3.12 oz per bottle which you can round up to the nearest 1/4- 1/2 oz.

The next question from moms is when are growth spurts?  The first one usually comes between 10 days and 3 weeks, then six weeks, then three months and six months.  The are usually indicated by more frequent feeding and lack of satiation, but wet diapers ensure that milk supply is still evident.

 Next moms ask, "How many bottles do I leave?"  During a non-growth time, leave one bottle for every 3 hours with an extra frozen bottle just in case of spillage or the instigation of a growth spurt,

While you want to stock pile your breast milk prior to going back to work, use mostly fresh breast milk as it will have the current antibodies your baby needs to fight of any infections to which you and your baby might have been exposed.  If you need to use up some frozen milk, use it on Monday and then use the milk you pumped Monday on Tuesday, what you pumped on Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.  Then on Friday you can freeze again if you want to or save it for Monday if your stock pile is running low.

Organize and label your breast milk.  Getting your milk ready for your work week helps things run smoothly.  Using bottle bands like the Breast Milk Bandit bottle bands will help you know which milk is fresh to use each day.  They will also help ID your milk for the day care worker.  You can even write your baby's name on them if you want to.

As for pumping at work, ensure that you have a quality double breast pump with a closed system and rinse your breast pump parts and air dry them.  Since most moms don't have time or space to air dry, using a breast pump parts air dry bag for your pump parts is an excellent way to maximize your time and avoid yeast growth on your parts from being in an enclosed warm moist environment.  The Breastmilk Bandit Air Dry Bag also separates parts from other surfaces so dirty counters don't contaminate your parts and moisture from rinsing the parts doesn't get in your tote or on other surfaces.  There is even room for a hands-free pumping bra in the outer pocket.

Here is to success while working and breastfeeding!