Medela Breast Pump was a game changer for me since I had baby #1 in 2012. Bringing home baby was a blurry whirlwind as I was adjusting to life as a new mom. A friend recommended pumping and freezing so that my husband could help feed the baby and then I could get a little rest, while also helping keep a healthy milk flow.
Breastfeeding was a challenge to say the least. Maybe because I had a romanticized vision of what that was supposed to look like, but let me tell you, the first few weeks definitely took a lot of patience, persistence, nipple cream and ice packs. At one point I thought it was a good idea to completely stop feeding out of my left breast because it hurt too much, only to find that the pain intensified because my ducts got clogged. I was uncomfortable, tired, confused and sleep deprived, so again I asked my trusty mama friends what was I doing wrong, to which it was a unanimous, “don’t stop feeding, and if it hurts too much take a break feeding on that breast but pump, pump, pump”.
Weeks went by and I was slowly getting in to the groove of things. Baby was settling in to a consistent daily schedule, and I dared to finally venture out of the house alone. Slowly but surely life was returning back to a new normal and I was able to start working… and working-out again. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy some ‘me time’ if I wasn’t using my Medela Freestyle double electric breast pump. I actually started out with the Swing Single Pump but then thought, I could cut down my pumping time in half if I used the Freestyle Double Pump, and from that moment on I was determined to see how time efficient I could make everything while multitasking, lol.
I was pumping at least six times a day every day, freezing it and was now even able to multitask while pumping. I opted to use a hands-free bandeau, so that I could do emails while pumping… Eventually mastering pumping while doing dishes, preparing food, curling my hair and more. It became a fun game of what can I do now that I’m hands free.
Medela Freestyle has been my go to for all of my babes. Just recently having baby #3 this passed summer was no exception to that. I’ve been able to pump and freeze allowing for my husband to enjoy his bonding time with the babes for the late night dream feed, letting me relax and have date nights while my mom babysits, and getting an early morning sweat-in at the gym. Not to mention if I’m out for a meeting during a scheduled feed time, I can easily pump on the go (yes, you can find me pumping in my car, or even in an empty office) store the milk and freeze it for later. Having a baby is definitely a life changing experience, but Medela has been a part of bringing life back to as normal as possible (as well as frozen bags of milk in the freezer).
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Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.