My baby’s first birthday is rapidly approaching and I can’t help but reflect upon what these past 11 months have meant to me. Eleven months of feeling a warm little body in my arms. Many of hours spent nursing him, nourishing his body and my soul. I love the special quiet moments we have nursing at bedtime, especially now that he is on the move during the day. As the days pass by faster each day, I am trying to hold on to each waking moment of his babyhood.
Enjoying my breastfeeding journey
I don’t have any set goal or plan in terms of weaning him. We are eleven months into our nursing relationship. Out of all of my babies, it has been the easiest yet. Right after he was born he was placed on my chest and latched without difficulties. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. After we were discharged from the hospital, he continued to nurse well and gain weight appropriately.
Four days after his birth my milk came in full force! The morning my milk came in I woke up extremely engorged and in a lot of pain. That engorgement was the worst pain I have felt while breastfeeding because it lasted almost three days. Sure I suffered from a few occurrences of plugged ducts, mastitis, and a biter, but this was much more intense. Thankfully with some home remedy’s and pumping, I was able to relieve the pressure, so he could successfully latch and withdraw milk.
Once we made it through the initial engorgement, our nursing relationship was effortless and exhausting.
Back To Work
The biggest challenge for working moms breastfeeding journey is the transition back to work. I am a work at home mom now, but I remember how I struggled with feelings of sadness and frustration when my maternity leave ended. Sad to leave my brand new baby all day long. Frustrated about pumping three to four times a day while at work. Worried about my milk supply each and every time I sat down to pump. Stressed when my boss gave me grief about taking time to pump because I had to keep a full caseload. No matter how difficult it was to squeeze in time to pump or how exhausted I felt, I just kept hooking myself up to my pump and made no excuses. My child is important and I was committed to pumping for at least the first year of life.
There were many, many times I thought to myself, “If only I could pump during a work meeting, I could be much more productive.”. Yet, I know this would have made my colleagues feel uncomfortable. Instead, I was forced to push out my scheduled pump time after meetings and hope I didn’t get a plugged duct as a result.
A while back I came across a breast pump system that made this wish into a reality, the Freemie.
Included in the box is the following:
- The pump unit
- One power cord
- Two funnels
- Two collection cups
- The connection kit with all the tubing and valves you need
The Freemie breast pump is hands-free, incredibly quiet, and a low profile double electric pump. Gone are the annoying flanges and bottles that hang uncomfortably off your body, making you feel like a milk factory. Instead, the flanges and collection cups are one unit that you put inside your bra.
After you assemble the parts and connect the tubing, you insert the collection cups into your bra. I find this easiest if I’m wearing a looser fitting or lower cut shirt. You have the option of putting the tubing down into your shirt, to completely conceal the fact that you are pumping. The connection tubing is not very long so I find it to be more comfortable to hang the tubing out of the top of my shirt.
Once the collection cups are in place, connect the tubing to the pump, turn it on and adjust the suction strength. Now your hands are free to work, read, eat or even take a selfie.
Once your done pumping, simply remove the tubing and then the collection cups. I was most concerned that I would spill my milk when pouring it into a bottle. The key to a mess-free transfer is to leave the collection cup lid on. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t had any leaks or spills using the Freemie collection cups.
It’s been a month since I started using the Freemie breast pump and my milk supply has remained constant. Overall I have been very happy with the ease of use, suction strength, and convenience of the pump. Here is my overall summary of the pump that I have fallen in love with and want to share with every pumping mom I know.
If you aren’t in the market for a new breast pump you can still use the Freemie Collection System, since it’s compatible with most breast pumps!
Tell me in the comment section below what you think of the Freemie!