Breast Pumping Resources

Fishy Smelling Breastmilk – What It Is and Why

Does your breastmilk taste or smell fishy or soapy? First and foremost, we need to find out the why behind your breastmilk having a funny smell or taste. It can be a storage issue, lipase issue, or even a pump parts/cleaning issue!   Pump Parts/Storage Possibilities: The first thing you should do if your breastmilk [...]

Fishy Smelling Breastmilk – What It Is and Why2024-02-06T22:06:16-08:00

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 Flanges2024-02-06T22:14:28-08:00

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 Expectations2024-02-06T22:16:13-08:00

How to Wean off Pumping

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

How to Wean off Pumping2024-01-03T16:19:57-08:00


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



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 not [...]

WHAT TO DO WITH EXPIRED BREASTMILK?2024-02-06T22:18:55-08:00


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 [...]


Choosing 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 [...]

Choosing a Breast Pump2023-09-22T20:58:55-07:00

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 Duct.2023-09-22T20:37:01-07:00

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 Go2023-08-22T18:38:15-07:00

Tips for Breastfeeding Moms Going Back to the Workplace

For many new mothers, the decision to return to work after maternity leave can be both exciting and challenging, especially for those who are breastfeeding. Balancing work responsibilities while maintaining a breastfeeding routine requires careful planning and preparation. In this article, we'll explore crucial tips to help breastfeeding moms smoothly transition back to the workplace [...]

Tips for Breastfeeding Moms Going Back to the Workplace2023-07-24T19:40:32-07:00

How To Help Fix Low Milk Supply

One of the biggest concerns that parents have when I meet with them whether it is prenatally or postpartum is being able to produce enough milk for their baby. Low milk production often shows up in many social media posts, product advertisements, and from stories from other parents so it is absolutely understandable that parents [...]

How To Help Fix Low Milk Supply2023-05-03T21:36:24-07:00

Increasing Pump Output

If you are anything like me, you will track how much breast milk is pumped at every session. Throughout the day, you will notice that your milk output will fluctuate with the time of day and the overall success of a pumping session. How can you be more successful every pumping session? Well, the [...]

Increasing Pump Output2022-10-30T10:26:56-07:00

Understanding Pumpin’ Pal Sizing

Just when you start to understand sizes in MM, Pumpin’ Pal offers XS, S, M, L, and XL and confuses me all over again: Our flange design is completely revolutionary.  Nothing else on the market takes into account tissue elasticity which is such a big topic these days. The millimeter (mm) sizing that [...]

Understanding Pumpin’ Pal Sizing2022-10-30T11:56:30-07:00


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