I’ve been doing a series about the things that I have learned breastfeeding twins. Please check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 where I share the things that I have learned to help me on this breastfeeding journey.
In the beginning of breastfeeding, I was very frustrated and I internalized it as a reflection of me as a woman. One of the things that I realized during that time was that I needed to set myself up for success. My plan is to breastfeed my twins for 12 months, and I’m halfway there, however just like in business and career I had to have the right tools. This meant ensuring that I had the right items to increase the likelihood of success.
This post is designed to let you know the 5 critical things that you need to make breastfeeding and pumping easier. Once I had these items I found that I could enjoy life a lot more, feeding my twins felt like way less of a chore, and I was able to see how I could make it to 12 months – which also allows me to save a ton of money!
- Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra. This item is so critical. When I first started pumping, I sat in a room with my hands holding the pump. I had no freedom, and I couldn’t multi-task. It was so isolating and boring. I was super excited once I found the hands-free bra, because I was able to multi-task. Additionally, it was discrete so I was able to pump without leaving the room. If close friends and family were around I didn’t even bother to use a breastfeeding cover, because of the full coverage of the pumping bra. If I was wearing BLANQI leggings, then I was totally covered. It made pumping way more comfortable and it allowed me to be social and also get work done.
- Medela Breast Pump Car Charger. This thing changed the game for me. I pump every 2-3 hours, so before I had to make sure that if I had to run errands that I never stayed out longer than 2-3 hours. It was hard for me to attend all day meetings as well. However, once I had the car charger pump (and the pumping bra), I wasn’t confined to my house. I could just pump while I drove. This allowed me to use the car time effectively and when I got home I had bottles ready for the twins and then I didn’t have to sit and pump once I got home. It gave me so much more freedom.
- Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump. As I was researching how I could increase my milk supply, one of the recommendations that I saw was to invest in a good pump. The moms all recommended the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Pump. One of the key factors is that the pump needs to have good suction to remove as much milk as possible and as efficiently as possible so your body can increase or maintain it’s milk supply. I also love it because it’s durable. I’ve dropped it a few times and it still works! I would recommend getting this item through your insurance as your health insurance is required to provide breast pumps for free.
- Medela Breastmilk Cooler Set. If you are going to be a pumping mom, then you need somewhere to store the bottles while you are out. I have been very happy with my Medela Coolers. Again, get these through your insurance company when you get your breast pump. Your insurance company will provide your pump and accessories for free. Depending on your coverage you can even get these coolers for free. If they aren’t free then they will be discounted.
- Patience. The last thing that you will need is patience. Pumping is not easy; at least it isn’t for me or for my friends. It takes a lot of work and a lot more planning. If you have supply issues, just work through it as best you can and remind yourself that you are doing the best that you can for your child. If it isn’t easy, then be patient as you work to find a routine that works for you. Shower yourself with loving messages and remind yourself that everything will be ok and that you are doing the best that you can.
Hopefully, these tips will help make breastfeeding and pumping easier and more convenient. I also hope that this will save you some money as well on the equipment and avoiding the added cost of formula.
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Aisha Taylor is a single mom of twins, personal financial coach, work from home entrepreneur, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle.” Aisha has been featured in ESSENCE, Jet Magazine, and Black Enterprise. She is also the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal), a movement designed to help single moms transform their finances, enjoy life, and stop living from paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s time for you to be Financially Phenomenal!