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Sunday, April 1st at 2:54 pm we welcomed our 8th addition to our family. A perfect sweet girl named Mia. Although some things happened after birth that I still don’t like talking about – she is here, she is healthy and she is happy!
I haven’t shared much about what all happened until now. Having gestational diabetes sometimes there are big risks and complications. Although Mia was born a healthy and strong 8lbs 4oz and 22.5 inches long her blood sugar was low and her bilirubin number was slightly elevated. This landed her in the NICU for 2 and a half days to stabilize her blood sugar and had us going back and forth to the hospital another 4 days to make sure her bilirubin numbers levelled out. Now she is home, perfect and done all her follow up appts we get to enjoy her sweet little self. It’s been an emotional roller coaster the last week and a half for me especially but we’re settling in just great with our new addition!
Breastfeeding hasn’t always been something I’ve been interested in. In fact, I was very ignorant to it for my first 4 babies and strictly breastfed my last 3 (and now of course Mia!) I didn’t always realize how important it was or good for baby it truly is until I had a gold support system in place and did some research of my own so now it’s something I make sure we succeed at.
With Mia being in the NICU like Hanna, my main worry beyond her health and safety was our breastfeeding relationship. You fear the worst – will she be able to feed? Will she be able to feed enough so my milk comes in? Will they allow her to nurse on demand? Of course being healthy and perfect aside from lower sugar levels I was able to hold her every second of every single day and nurse her whenever wanted and that quickly became every 3 hours!
Luckily for me this was good news for my milk production and it came in on schedule. A little too much, but it came in and I’ve been thankful to have the Avent Double Electric Breast Pump because I’ve had to pump a couple times to help elevate some of the excess milk I’ve had. I’ve always been somewhat of an overproducer but I wasn’t prepared for how much milk I’d be making this time! Usually pumping isn’t recommended for the first 4-6 weeks until a good breastfeeding relationship is established, but sometimes, in the beginning, its very necessary, especially for us overproducers – even to pump a little kink or two out!
Important Pump info
Are you looking for a new pump? Here are some reasons the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump is a great choice!
- More comfortable pumping position due to unique design
- Features a gentle stimulation mode and 3 pumping settings
- Soft massage cushion with warm feel
- Intuitive assembly. Easy visual matching of parts
- Compact lightweight design, includes handy travel bag
- Includes Natural bottle and nipple for natural latch on
- Easy cleaning due to the small number of separate parts
- Easy operation at the touch of a button
I don’t pump often or a lot but it never hurts to have a little milk stash in the freezer because you just never know. Also, sometimes you need a little bit of relief if baby sleeps a little longer than usual – so it’s great to have a no-nonsense breast pump on hand that is easy to assemble, use and gets the job done with no hassle. I’ve tired many breast pumps in my 15 years of on and off nursing and I am a big fan of this Philips.
I keep the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump beside my bed so if baby sleeps longer stretches at night, and I need a little tiny bit of relief – it’s there ready for me. The best part about this pump is that it’s so quiet, I don’t disrupt anyone at night if I need to use it!
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