Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Breastfeeding Mama's Game Changer

About a week ago, a mama in one of my Facebook groups posted about this silicone breast pump (the Haakaa).  It suctions on to one breast while you're nursing on the other (or, at least, that's the popular way to use it but it can also be used like a regular manual breast pump).  The little bit of suction helps draw out the milk that you normally lose during letdown on the other breast.  I was skeptical about this little invention when several of the mamas started posting pictures of how much milk they were getting each session.

Guys...I can't even begin to tell you the sorcery that occurs when I use this thing.  I only leave it on through the initial letdown, so it's only catching milk for about 4 minutes and I get at least an ounce every time.  Now, that may not sound like a lot but I also don't keep it on during a full nursing session...and all of those 1oz sessions certainly add up.  This is a great alternative to pumping with a double electric pump to start building a freezer stash for going back to work.

My only big complaint is that it's difficult to hold in position while nursing on the other side.  Part of this issue is because I have larger breasts and still need to support the nursing side and part of it is because my son is a mover and kicks at it while nursing so I really have to hold it vs just letting the suction do its job.

The other flaw to this little guy is that the measurements are incorrect on the bottle so it may seem like you pumped 2oz but it's really more like a smidgen over 1oz.

This crazy little contraption can be purchased on Amazon for $24.99 or you can get the knockoff version on Amazon for $12.99.  This thing is a total game changer!!

*This post contains affiliate links.  Zerlar Silicone Manual Breast Pump was purchased out of my own curiosity and I love it so much that I thought the world should know :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

21 day fix and breastfeeding

So I've decided to start the 21 day fix again.  Hunter is three weeks old and we have a pretty good nursing routine down.  Tripp will still be in school until the end of the month and it's grilling season so now would be a good time to make this work.  This pregnancy took a toll on my weight. If we're going by my official August - May gain, I'm looking at about 50lbs.  That is crazy and scary!  I have about 20lbs to lose to be at a comfortable spot postpartum and another 15 after that (which I'll wait until we are done nursing to focus on).

Less than 24hrs before Hunter was born at 39 weeks + 5 days.

My goal is 10lbs before September but I'm willing to hit the pause button if my milk supply tanks because feeding my child is much more important to me than losing the weight.

I've done a bit of research on how to maintain supply while working out.  I'm already two brackets higher than the last time I did the fix because of the weight gain but I also added 500 calories to compensate for nursing.  I will report back after the first week :)

Wish me luck!