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I am a little behind in getting these reviews posted. My little guy, who is a proud 15 days old now, demands his time on his schedule and his two big sisters … well they are big sisters who demand their time too!
So here is my next review and the subject of this review is Medela!
I was introduced to Medela by the lactation consultant who taught the parenting class through my OB/GYN office at the time. She sold Medela products and used them during the breastfeeding section of the class. After the class, I contacted her about ordering a pump. I bought the Medela Pump in Style Advanced (PISA) from her. At the time they had a special offer blue bag style so I spent a little extra to get that bag for no other reason that I liked it. Hey, I was pregnant; it was summer time; I was miserable; my husband ok’ed the upgraded purchase because he figured it would make me happy … it did. He knows me well.
Here is the latest version of the Medela PISA in the Metro Bag:
I broke out my pump when my oldest was 5 days old. She wasn’t latching and was losing too much weight. I knew I had milk so it was just a matter of getting it to her. Little did I know, that was the start to my 10.5 month journey of almost exclusively pumping for her! I always had my pump. If we left the house, it went with us. I got very good at pumping from the passenger seat of the car while we looked for houses and drove on trips. I had a system where I would see how fast I could get my pump set up and get done pumping while at work. I knew that pump and it knew me. I was able to pump enough milk to not only donate through MilkShare but to give my oldest breast milk through her first birthday even though I lost my supply before that due to being pregnant again.
The second time around the breastfeeding block, I had a latcher. I felt like I was cheating on my pump. Nursing was so easy but I was so used to living with my pump. It took a lot of adjustment to get used to this new way of life. I did still pump while at work and when away from my second child. During that time, I realized I didn’t always need my PISA so I bought a Medela Harmony manual pump. It was great to relieve a little pressure or as a quick pump after a half heart nursing session to help with my over supply. I still took my PISA with me to work and realized it was dying on me due to all of the love and attention it had gotten. I finally gave in and upgraded to a Medela Freestyle. I LOVE that pump. I never thought I could love a pump but the Freestyle proved that to be wrong!
Here is my budget saving recommendation … if you need a double electric pump, suck it up and buy a Medela Freestyle. You will thank yourself over and over again for that little upgrade. The hands free option and lack of cords are so nice, even if you are sitting still. You don’t have to worry about finding a plug or cords or any of that. ahhh.
If you don’t need a double electric pump but still need a pump (I personally think every mom needs some kind of pump), get yourself the Medela Harmony. It is much easier to use than it may appear and you can’t beat the price!
My little guy is a latcher so I haven’t broken out my Freestyle yet. I do admit to using my Harmony pump though when my supply came in and I thought I was going to explode. Don’t worry though, my Freestyle will be coming out before too long as we work on bottle introduction before I return to work.
As a last plug for Medela here, I want to mention the Medela Mom Mavens. I was chosen to be a Medela Mom Maven when I was nursing my second kiddo. Medela describes the Medela Mom Mavens as:
Medela has created a group of breastfeeding ambassadors to share knowledge about the many benefits of breastfeeding, as well as breastfeeding advice, with other moms and moms-to-be.
As a part of a community of uniquely qualified women known as “Medela Mom Mavens,” your experience and your support could have a significant impact on women and their babies.
Medela encourages moms to apply to this program through their Prospective Medela Mom Mavens Survey. I also encourage other nursing moms to apply to be part of this effort!
And finally … the giveaway!
Medela has generously offered to giveaway two of their products to one of my blog readers! This Medela gift pack will include:
* Tender Care Lanolin – 2 ounce package and
* Tender Care Hydrogel Pads
This drawing will end Friday, August 21st at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! There are LOTS of extra entries so make sure to use them all! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count. If a winning entry is related to a Medela account, I will confirm eligibility with Medela before announcing the winner.
Now how to enter this great giveaway.
Mandatory Entry: Tell me where you are in your nursing journey (currently nursing moms), what you hope your nursing journey to be (expecting moms), or who you would give this to and if they are currently nursing or expecting (all others).
1) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2) Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:
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7) Apply to the Medela Mom Maven community. Write “Simply Living” in the comments section of the survey so they know I sent you! Leave a comment here to let me know you’ve taken the survey.
8) Enter one of my other giveaways or leave a comment on one of my other posts. Leave a comment here letting me know which one. (Must be a new entry/comment dated after this is posted.)
If you have other nursing related recommendations or any other comments, send me an email at [email protected]! I love to hear from other nursing moms!!
And remember to check back for more reviews and giveaways! I hope to have at least one other nursing related item giveaway coming up!!
* I have not been compensated nor provided with any promotional products in return for this review. The giveaway item will be sent directly from the vendor providing the item.