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The Emotional Journey of Breastfeeding: Coping with the Highs and Lows

As a second-time mom embarking on my second breastfeeding journey, I've found myself once again immersed in the profound emotional landscape that accompanies this beautiful yet challenging experience. With my first journey lasting an incredible 2 1/2 years, and currently six months into my second with my son, I've come to realize that the highs [...]

The Emotional Journey of Breastfeeding: Coping with the Highs and Lows2024-05-16T17:31:55-07:00

How To Multi-Task & Pump

Pumping is such a great way to feed your baby, but it also can be difficult when you are trying to juggle different tasks and needs. Many parents feel the stress of maintaining supply, doing chores, keeping up with the baby or other kids, and just being! It’s hard work!  How do we make it [...]

How To Multi-Task & Pump2024-05-16T17:26:32-07:00

What To Expect At Hospital If Planning On Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is filled with ups and downs. While there’s no way to prevent all breastfeeding issues, preparation can help you to feel empowered to know what’s normal, what’s not, and how to move forward through your breastfeeding journey.  Knowing what to expect can help you feel more confident and prepared. If you are giving birth [...]

What To Expect At Hospital If Planning On Breastfeeding2024-05-09T21:21:40-07:00

Pumpin’ Pal Flange Sizing Guide

Our flanges don't correspond directly to millimeter sizes.  Regular flange measurements are taken at the sharp and abrupt corner from the flange to the tunnel area, which is the frequent culprit of pumping pain.  Our flanges have a gradual transition from the "funnel" to the "tunnel," so they can't be measured in the same way.  [...]

Pumpin’ Pal Flange Sizing Guide2024-04-16T20:19:39-07:00

Why Buy A Set of 3 Sizes from Pumpin’ Pal?

We know it can seem wasteful to end up with two flange sizes you don't need. Buying a Set isn't required—all of our flanges can be purchased individually here. However, with over 25 years of working with thousands of moms who have a wide range of nipple sizes and shapes, it has taught us that [...]

Why Buy A Set of 3 Sizes from Pumpin’ Pal?2024-04-16T20:08:46-07:00

Hacks 101: How to use Pumpin’ Pal Silicone Flanges with Collar Rings

Pumpin' Pal Flanges and Collar Rings It's no secret Pumpin' Pal flanges are unlike any other flanges because of the angled shape to mimic the natural breast. Our silicone XS & S, and now our newest size option, 2XS (fitting a range of sizes from 10-14mm) are all made with a medical-grade silicone designed to [...]

Hacks 101: How to use Pumpin’ Pal Silicone Flanges with Collar Rings2024-03-23T13:48:57-07:00

Why Does My Newborn Eat So Much?

Why the HECK does my baby eat so much? A NICU RN & Newborn Expert weighs in… Hey there! I’m Ashli, a Registered Nurse, Newborn Expert, and Lactation and Baby Sleep Coach! I’m here to provide you with practical, evidence-informed tools to make feeding your baby easier for your entire household. "Why does my [...]

Why Does My Newborn Eat So Much?2024-03-23T14:13:12-07:00

Fullness Cues: Signs of Satisfaction in Your Breastfeeding Infant

As a lactation consultant, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know my baby is getting enough?” This can be a big concern for new families, as you cannot tangibly see the volume your baby is consuming at the breast. Rest assured, though—there are many ways that baby [...]

Fullness Cues: Signs of Satisfaction in Your Breastfeeding Infant2024-03-06T18:52:03-08:00

Fishy Smelling Breastmilk – What It Is and Why

The question "why does my breast milk smell?" can fill mothers with panic, but never fear! Rachel Baggett, BSN/RN/IBCLC, breaks down causes and solutions here.

Fishy Smelling Breastmilk – What It Is and Why2024-03-25T16:49:19-07:00

How To Care For Pumpin’ Pal Flanges

BEFORE First Use After removing your new Pumpin' Pal flanges and parts from their packaging, give them a thorough washing with the process described below under "How to Clean." HOW OFTEN to Clean As long as your baby isn't premature (born before 37 weeks) and nobody in the home (including your baby) is immune compromised, [...]

How To Care For Pumpin’ Pal Flanges2024-03-13T23:47:48-07:00

Breastfed Baby Feeding Expectations

Are you wondering how often to feed your baby? Or how much they are getting when they feed? This guide will help you understand what to expect and when to seek professional help. Knowing what is normal can ease your anxieties and help you identify when something isn't quite right How Often Does a Baby [...]

Breastfed Baby Feeding Expectations2024-05-13T10:51:38-07:00

How to Wean Off Pumping Effectively

Motherhood is an endless list of decisions to make, only one of which is how to wean off pumping breast milk! While 83.1% of infants are breastfed at some point, and 25.4% are exclusively breastfed through 6 months1, each mother's experience with breastfeeding and pumping is unique. In 2019, a survey by Mamava involving more [...]

How to Wean Off Pumping Effectively2024-06-02T16:36:30-07:00

What is a Bleb? Prevention & Treatment

Years ago, a woman traveled from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo to see me, seeking a second opinion. The woman had been told a lesion she had on her nipple was a bleb and that this condition meant the end of her breastfeeding. She was advised to wean her baby and switch to formula. [...]

What is a Bleb? Prevention & Treatment2024-03-09T00:14:37-08:00

What can you do with expired breastmilk?

The Journey Have you ever wondered what’s actually in breast milk and why so many people call it “liquid gold?” Or why are there so many recipes and suggested uses for expired milk as opposed to just dumping it down the drain? Personally, I do not save my 2% chocolate milk if I do [...]

What can you do with expired breastmilk?2024-06-02T16:39:38-07:00

Navigating Common Breastfeeding/Pumping Complications: A Guide for Parents

As a registered nurse, internationally board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), and mother of 4, I understand the joys and challenges that come with breastfeeding and pumping. It's a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby, but it can also be accompanied by various complications that can leave parents feeling overwhelmed and defeated. In this comprehensive [...]

Navigating Common Breastfeeding/Pumping Complications: A Guide for Parents2024-03-03T22:00:12-08:00

How to Choose a Breast Pump

Choosing a breast pump can seem a little daunting if you don’t know where to start, what to look for and what you'll need. There are so many breast pumps out there and all can be great for certain situations.   Let’s dive into the different types of pumps.    Manual Breast Pumps These are [...]

How to Choose a Breast Pump2024-03-06T20:43:09-08:00

Part I: The Clogged Duct

“Help, I think I have a clogged duct. I have followed my doctor’s advice and everything I can find on Google: heat, massage, pumping, dangle feeding, vibration, nothing seems to work. In fact, it feels worse. What am I doing wrong?”  This is a frequent call or email we receive at the Growing with Baby [...]

Part I: The Clogged Duct2024-03-21T14:14:55-07:00

Making Mom’s Life Easier: Successful Pumping On the Go

Being a mother is a full-time job, and finding the time and space to do so while on the move can be challenging for those who are breastfeeding and pumping. Whether you're a traveling professional or a busy parent running errands, here are some strategies to make pumping on the go more manageable and successful. [...]

Making Mom’s Life Easier: Successful Pumping On the Go2024-03-12T22:58:02-07:00

Tandem Nursing by Accident

“She will wean while you are pregnant.” “Your supply will dry up, don’t worry about it.” “You can’t get pregnant while nursing as often as you do.” Man, how I wish I knew then what I know now.   When our first child, Llama*, turned 9 months old and we decided that we didn’t want [...]

Tandem Nursing by Accident2024-03-13T23:44:08-07:00

Planning Your Return To Work

Dominique Gallo, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), discusses the emotionally difficult question of planning your return to the workplace. Topics include when to shift from breastfeeding to pumping to return to work, how to prepare for daycare, and more.   Returning to work: how to prepare It’s hard to think about being separated from your [...]

Planning Your Return To Work2024-04-03T19:13:57-07:00

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