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New Breast Pumps You Should Know About

4 breast pumps that might revolutionize your milking sessions.

New Breast Pumps You Should Know About

A breast pump isn't just any old piece of personal appliance. It's an investment. Having a good, efficient one can make your life a whole lot easier. And when you're a mom, you should take all the help you can get. Thankfully, technological innovations have been reviving the breast-pump market and offering moms fresh options with ingenious, easy-to-use specs. So get ready for more effective, convenient pumping. From a wearable pump to one that comes with an app that helps you stay on top of your breast milk feeding goals, here are 4 innovative breast pumps that you should keep in mind if you are expecting baby in 2017. 1. The Sonata from Medela Medela has introduced the Sonata breast pump that they tout as their highest-performing personal-use breast pump. The Sonata is also their quietest breast pump yet, which is pretty great because you'll get to pump while on conference calls or avoid waking your partner during late-night pumping sessions. But one of the coolest features is Sonata’s Smart Solution™, which connects seamlessly to their MyMedela™ app to help moms track the details of their pumping sessions. One less thing for a busy mom to have to keep track of. Now, that's a smart pump! $399.99, buy here. 2. The Willow Wearable Breast Pump Willow recently introduced a new hand-free wearable breast pump that is FDA-cleared. Unlike other wearable pumps, there are no tubes or cords connected to a bulky motor. The willow pump fits inside your bra and collects the milk in an internal bag. The pump senses your let-down and automatically transitions to the expression phase. $429, get more information here. 3. Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo has redesigned their pump and outfitted it with what moms really need: options. The pump comes with three different flange sizes for maximum comfort and an angled flange design for slouch-free pumping (your back will thank you!). Plus speed and suction are controlled independently so each mom can find her personal perfect combination for expression. And each pump comes with a good looking tote bag and insulated cooler. $88, buy here. 4. Ameda Purely Yours If you are a mom on the go, then Ameda has the pump for you. The Ameda Purely Yours motor weighs just 1lb. and comes with an AC adapter, car adapter and battery pack. The pump also has independent dials for suction and speed which allows mom to maximize her milk supply and mimic her baby’s sucking pattern. $179.99, buy here. Written by Amanda Cole, founder and president of Yummy Mummy, a breastfeeding specialty store and support center in NYC. Amanda opened Yummy Mummy in 2009 after shopping for breastfeeding products for her daughter and thinking “there must be a better way.” She envisioned and then opened a one-stop-shop for all things breastfeeding that offers daily classes and support groups for expectant and new moms. Shop the post:

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

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My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

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When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

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May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

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