Don’t know where to start with pumping?

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WHICH PUMP IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Portable, hands-free, hospital-grade, manual, single or double motor… There are so many things to consider when it comes to choosing a pump! 

Your lifestyle plays a major role in what type of pump you should use. Watch our video on the differences in various pump types and if you still have questions, contact us for a one-on-one pump consult!

WHAT SIZE FLANGES DO I NEED?

Flanges are the plastic funnel-shaped pieces that fit over your breast and nipple. Your pump will come with “standard” sized flanges, but they are not one size fits all! It’s estimated that 70% of people need a different size. In fact, one of our lactation consultants estimates that over 90% of her clients were using the wrong size! 

Improper flange fit can lead to pain, clogged ducts, and inadequate pumping output. Watch our video to see how to measure to find your perfect fit.

WHEN AND HOW TO USE A SILICONE PUMP

Many parents use this popular item incorrectly! A silicone pump (Haakaa or similar) is a broad spectrum pump that has multiple uses, and can be a very convenient tool to have in your supplies. However, using it incorrectly it can lead to concerning situations like your baby not getting enough during a nursing session or possibly triggering an oversupply of milk.

To ensure that you are using the silicone pump the right way, watch our 2 minute tip! If you still have questions or need help, do not hesitate to reach out.

HOW DO I BOTTLE FEED MY BREASTFED BABY? 

Watch Becca demonstrate how to pace your baby’s bottles to slow down their feeding and allow them to maintain control. Babies are naturally good at pacing themselves and knowing when they’ve had enough! With paced feeding, your baby will control the flow and work for their bottle like they do at the breast. This helps prevent bottle preference, overeating, and upset tummies.

Are you struggling with bottles or unsure when to introduce the bottle? Book a consult today! We will assess how your baby feeds and make a plan tailored to your needs. Most insurance accepted!

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HOW DO I KEEP MY SUPPLY WHEN I GO BACK TO WORK?

Returning to work after having a baby is stressful, and maintaining breast milk production can be overwhelming!

The good news is that with a little planning and preparation, you can continue to provide your baby with your breast milk- even while you are apart. Meeting with a lactation consultant (IBCLC) to formulate an individualized plan for making a smooth transition will help you maintain your desired breastfeeding relationship. 

Looking for more general information? Take our Returning To Work class! Covered by most insurance, you will learn from feeding options, pumping, milk storage, bottles and more. To learn more and register for this class, click here

5 Basics Of Effective Breast Milk Removal

HOW CAN I MAXIMIZE MY PUMPING EFFORTS?

Using your breast pump efficiently will help maximize your milk production? Are you using the right size flanges? Fact: many mothers have the wrong sized flanges, and pump on a setting that’s too high or too low. This can lead to pain, nipple damage, and reduced supply. Consider a pump consult with one of our experienced lactation consultants. In your 30 minute consult, she will give you an overview of your pump, discuss its functions and settings, and measure you for the correct flange fit.

To discuss milk supply issues or other breastfeeding concerns, please book a full consultation with one of our IBCLCs.

Everything You Need To Know About Pumping

TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE MILK REMOVAL

“I love pumping!” said no one ever. We all want to get the most out of our pumping efforts. This can be tricky, especially when you can’t be with your baby to allow for the natural process of responding to their needs directly and on demand.

Whether you’re going back to work, traveling, trying to increase your supply, or just needing to store some extra milk for a rainy day, check out our article- 5 Basic Tips For Effective Milk Removal. These tips will help you maximize your output and feel positively about the task of pumping!

How To Properly Store and Handle Breast Milk

PROPER BREAST MILK STORAGE & HANDLING

Breast milk is a living substance containing millions of live cells, including white blood cells (for immunity) and stem cells (for organ development and healing). It also contains over 1000 proteins, amino acids, prebiotics, enzymes, growth factors, hormones, antibodies, long-chain fatty acids, microRNAs…the list goes on, and scientists are discovering more every day!

Properly storing and handling breast milk is important for your baby’s health and nutrition, starting with the conditions under which it is pumped, the type of storage container, when and how it is stored, and when and how it is thawed/warmed. To learn all about storing pumped breast milk and safe defrosting techniques, click below to read our full article!

BREAST PUMP RENTALS

Looking to rent a hospital-grade breast pump? We’ve got you covered. At our Austin and Plano clinics, we offer Medela Symphony breast pump rentals (no need to be a client!) 

Please note that our rentals are not covered by insurance. However, you may be able to receive reimbursement directly through your insurance provider. We are more than happy to provide you with a superbill to submit.

Your Rental Includes:

  • Medela Symphony Hard Case with Adjustable Shoulder Strap
  • Bottle holder

Accessories are sold separately! Personal accessory kits are available for purchase through us directly, at some retail stores, or online. The Medela Symphony Double Breast Pump Kit’s components are single-user items, and include tubing, bottles, membranes, breast shields (flanges) and valves. You may already have the needed items if you were given a Symphony pump to use in the hospital after delivery and brought these pieces home.

Medela Symphony’s Features & Benefits:

  • 2-Phase Expression® technology: Designed to mimic a baby’s natural nursing rhythm.
  • Convenient: Single or double pumping.
  • Two separate, independent membrane units: Allows switching between single and double pumping by simply applying or removing the second collection kit to the breast
  • Let-down button: Moms can easily return to stimulation by pressing the let-down button
  • Initiate and maintain milk supply: If direct breastfeeding is not possible, as well as collect breastmilk at work or during other absences from the baby.
  • Hospital grade: The pump’s kit is separate from the pumping mechanism and protected from overflow by a specially designed membrane.
  • Whisper quiet operation.
  • Easy to clean.
Requesting a pump is simple! Just give us a call to see our availability or join our waitlist.