Breastfeeding Series: Pumping Tips

The first time I opened up my breast pump, I couldn't figure out where all the hoses went and how it was supposed to turn on and what in the world were those horn-looking things for? I was terrified of it. But with incredibly short maternity leaves, I needed to establish a hardy supply. By the time I finally retired my breast pump, I had figured out how to pump everywhere from my car while driving to the bathroom floor at a Detroit Lions football game. I had mastered it and now I'm going to share the wealth. Here are my pumping tips....more

Top 10 Products Every Pumpin’ Mama Should Buy

There is a lot of stuff out there on the market for pumping mamas.  Here is a list of the top 10 must buy items compiled by  the Pumpin’ Mamas from The Pumpin’ Mama’s Blueprint and me.1. Extra Set of Pumping Parts2. Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra(enter “Milkmom” to get $10 and free shipping)...more

A Working Mom's Guide to Pumping: Talking with Jessica Shortall of 'Work, Pump, Repeat'

On September 1, my son will turn one year old. On that day, I’ll celebrate him, and all the joy he’s brought into my life, and I’ll celebrate my and my husband’s parenting—we kept him alive for a whole year!—and I’ll also celebrate meeting a milestone that seemed like a total pipe dream when he was born: I will have made it through a year of breastfeeding and pumping milk—endless ounces of milk—to help him grow. ...more
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Exclusive Pumping

For the sake of this article, I will be using the terms breastfeeding and nursing.Aren’t they the same thing? Well, technically, yes, but I like to think about it this way:...more

Top 10 Products Every Pumpin’ Mama Should Buy

There is a lot of stuff out there on the market for pumping mamas.  Here is a list of the top 10 must buy items compiled by  the Pumpin’ Mamas from The Pumpin’ Mama’s Blueprint and me.1. Extra Set of Pumping Parts2. Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra(enter “Milkmom” to get $10 and free shipping)...more

Know Your Rights at Work

You have pumping rights when you return to work!Your employer is required to provide you with “reasonable break time” to express your milk for the first year of your baby’s life.  Your employer must also provide you with a place to pump that is free from intrusion and shielded from view. And, no, this place cannot be the bathroom. (I don’t prepare my lunch in the bathroom, do you?)Below are the requirements that employers must observe for a nursing mother for the first year after her child’s birth....more

Are You a Milk Hoarder?

One day, I am going to host a show on TLC called “Milk Hoarders.” In this show, I will surprise a breastfeeding mom by knocking on her door asking to see her freezer stash of milk. ...more

Balanced Breastfeeding HACKS!

Hack:  to cut throw with heavy blows (for our purposes, taking a deliberate and forceful shortcut)Hack: to break into and steal someone else’s day (for our purpose, stealing other people’s shortcuts)This week I am going to introduce you to a term we are now and forever more going to use at Balanced Breastfeeding:  HACK. We will call these Breastfeeding Hacks, Pumping Hacks, Baby Hacks, and Life Hacks. ...more

The Breastfed Baby that Won't Take a Bottle

Every now and then I get an email or a phone call from a mom whose breastfed baby won’t take a bottle. Perhaps she is going back to work in a few short days or perhaps she just wants a few hours to herself to go somewhere or do anything that doesn’t involve having her baby, whom she loves dearly, hanging off her boob. A baby who won’t take a bottle is a scary thing. Suddenly you are looking down the barrel of months of feeling “trapped.” You are plagued with the question:What if my baby never takes a bottle?...more

It Doesn't Have to Be All or Nothing

By Shannon Gentry...more
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