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Pumping on the Go

Portable Breast Pumps

Last month, we wrote about one of the most efficient and overlooked breast pump choices: the hospital grade pump. For all of the positives about this pump, the main negative is portability. These pumps are heavy, upward of 12 pounds. This may not seem like much until you need to leave the house for more than a few hours. If you have packed a baby for a trip to anywhere then you know that the added weight of the pump would not be welcome. As one Cincinnati mom said,

It usually felt as if I were packing the entire house to go out. Car seat/carrier, diaper bag, pacifier, toys, spit towels, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes – because you know they will throw up since you dressed them in their nice clothes. I can’t imagine taking a heavy pump from place to place, too.

This is where the small electric and battery-operated breast pumps can be a lifesaver. Lightweight and small in size, they can be carried in a diaper bag, purse, or briefcase. Most have the option to use batteries or an AC adaptor. Going cordless lightens your load and allows for pumping anywhere. They are inexpensive. Ranging from $35 (single pump) to $120 (double pump), small electric pumps are half the cost of the mid-weight pumps.
Perfect for travel or a few hours away from home. The downside to these pumps is that they are not as fast and efficient as the heavier, more expensive models. They are not ideal for the workplace due to the time it can take to fill a bottle. However, they can be used at home for everyday pumping but may need to be replaced every few months, depending upon usage.

What breast pump worked best for you? Please share your experiences, to help new mother’s figure out which may work best for them.

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Heartbeat Bear

Weeks before you may decide to tell people the good news of your pregnancy and months before your baby bump makes its debut, you have probably heard the sound of your baby’s heartbeat. The anticipation and the joy of hearing the first “swoosh, swoosh” is one of the most memorable moments of pregnancy. As your pregnancy continues, baby’s heartbeat gets stronger and hearing him or her becomes the highlight of routine check-ups.
With this is mind, a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer created My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear . Heartbeat Animals combine an adorable stuffed animal with a recording of your baby’s heartbeat. You choose the animal you love the most and take it with you to your check-up. The animals contain a heart shaped recording device that you can use to record your baby’s heartbeat during your appointment. Used as a memento or a soother for your newborn, Heartbeat Animals are truly a one-of-a-kind keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.
Heartbeat Animals

Create one for yourself or baby, give as the perfect gift to your favorite mom-to-be, make one for Grandma and Grandpa, or send to a loved one who cannot be near. Heartbeat Animals can be ordered on-line or conveniently purchased at the office of Dr. David B. Schwartz. . Dr. Schwartz, and Nikkie Holmes – the practice’s RDMS, understands what a special moment this is in your pregnancy and is happy to help you create a lasting memory. understands what a special moment this is in your pregnancy and is happy to help you create a lasting memory. The office offers traditional animals ($35) and deluxe bears ($45) in costumes such as firefighter and military.

PIFirefighter Heartbeat Bear

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Breast Pump Rentals

A hospital grade breast pump can be a new mother’s best friend. With the ability for double collection and a sucking action that most closely mimics that of a newborn, the hospital grade pump is the most efficient one available. For a newly nursing mother, these pumps are a great way to help your milk come in and establish a supply for feedings and freezing. For a nursing mother of multiples, it is a breast feeding lifesaver. Despite the time savings and efficiency, hospital grade pumps are often not even considered by many pregnant women.

Hospital grade pumps are the powerhouses of breast pumps. Because of their “industrial” nature, they are typically rented from the hospital or a medical supply store. Most hospitals will provide a pump free during your admission and the machine can be rented upon discharge. Averaging $50 per month, the pump is very cost effective for the early stages of nursing and for any woman not planning to breastfeed longer than 6 months.

It is not dirty or unsanitary. Your milk will not be contaminated by using a rented pump. Hospital grade pumps are designed, with FDA approval, to last for years and have multiple users. Each new mother is given (or purchases) their own collection kit (breast shields, tubing, bottles). During use, the milk only comes in contact with the pieces of the collection kit.

The biggest downside to a hospital grade pump is the lack of portability. The machine is heavier and larger than those you may find at a baby store. It does not run on batteries and must be plugged in to use. The inability to easily move around can leave you feeling tethered to one spot for pumping. The size also means that it is impractical for taking to work or for travel.

One Cincinnati mom says; “When my older daughter was born I didn’t know there was such a pump. I didn’t ask and it wasn’t offered. I went through multiple mid-price pumps over the course of six months. When my second daughter was born, the nurses brought me a hospital grade pump. It was as if the breastfeeding heavens opened up. The difference in time and quantity put away was tremendous. Sure, I looked like a cow with both breasts hooked up but when you’re sleep deprived every second gained for rest is important.”

The following are several links to learn more about your hospital’s pumping resources:

Cincinnati Children’s Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

The Christ Hospital Breastfeeding Resources

TriHealth Breastfeeding Resources

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