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Breast Pumps

Birth News: Insurance Companies and Breast Pumps


 
All insurance companies were mandated to provide nursing mothers with breastfeeding equipment and counseling as per theAffordable Care Act.  

HEREis another look at the services provided to pregnant and lactating women from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In an effort to meet the demand, breastfeeding equipment companies have ramped up production.  It has come to our attention that there may be a quality control issue with some of these pumps.  Our friends at Modern Mommy report seeing at least one insurance pump a week since the beginning of the year, mostly the Ameda branded product, for troubleshooting.

Thoughtful Thursday: Top 5 Breastfeeding Products


I decided to have a little fun with the next couple of Thoughtful Thursdays.  Talisha, the owner of the store where we teach, is a wealth of information about all the products she carries. 

She will be doing the thinking (and talking) the next couple of weeks as we round out Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  For today's video, I asked her to highlight her Top 5 picks for breastfeeding, and we ended up with a bonus in there.  It's a quick video (under 5 minutes)...also did a little picture gallery.

Insurance May Cover Lactation Consults

I am happy to share information about lactation care as it relates to the Affordable Care Act with you today.  Desiree, a friend of mine from Phoenix, has been kind enough to share her vast knowledge on the topic.  She has spent countless hours on the phone with the insurance companies learning how to best use the law in favor of nursing mothers.  This is the first in a three-part series on how you, as a lactating mama, can use the Affordable Care Act to your advantage.

What a relief, to know that you might be able to use insurance to cover Lactation Consults in the early days after you deliver your baby.

Humans Feeding Humans

World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Welcome to the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival cohosted byNursingFreedom.organdThe San Diego Breastfeeding Center!

This post was written for inclusion in the WBW 2013 Blog Carnival. Our participants will be writing and sharing their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding all week long. Find more participating sites in the list at the bottom of this post or at themain carnival page.

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Celebrating Each Mother's Journey: Not every breastfeeding relationship looks the same.

Tidbits from Peas & Pods

We had the great pleasure of hosting some of our alumni mamas and their babies at our home for a "Peas & Pods" playdate today.  Although we have invited current students to join us since we started these gatherings last spring, we had our first student mama come to our group today.
 
She asked a great question and I wanted to share the answer with you.  It piggybacks on a recent post aboutThe Baby Stuff, and I was quite surprised by the answer the mamas gave her since I had not really thought about it before.

Breastfeeding and The Law

A look at breastfeeding laws in public and in the workplaceI got an alarming text from a student last week.  I won’t share the details since I haven’t asked permission.  What I can tell you is that it reminded me how little the general public and employers know about our breastfeeding and pumping “rights” as outlined in state and federal law. 
 
Since my passion for breastfeeding is second only to my passion for natural birth, I forget that I live in a vacuum of other BF fanatics.  Just because we know and discuss the laws amongst ourselves does not mean that we are doing a good job at educating the public.

In Their Own Words: Daniella

This post was written as part of Sweet Pea Birth’s "In Their Own Words" series. For more info on the ITOW or if you want to participate, contact Krystyna Bowman: krystyna{at} sweetpeabirths {dot} com. Today's post is about persevering through breastfeeding challenges.  The breastfeeding ITOW series runs through the month of August. 
 
Daniella is the mother of a six-month old boy, Samuel. Aside from spending time with her two main men (her husband and baby), she likes to collect nail polish, watch cop dramas, and pin lots of things on Pinterest.

Nursing Under Special Circumstances

"This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe's Blog Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Timbra Wiist landslidephotography {at} hotmail {dot} com. Today's post is about nursing in special circumstances. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed in the comments section at www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com The Carnival runs July 16th through the 31st!

Letter from your Breastmilk Bottle-Fed Baby

The Bradley Method® classes taught in Arizona: Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, ScottsdaleToday’s post is short and to the point.  This letter was inspired byfour strong mamasthat have come through our classes recently.  They are having the type of breastfeeding complications that can very understandably make people give up on breastfeeding…for their specific stories check back on Friday. 

They have persevered through some incredibly tough breastfeeding situations and they have raised my level of amazement in human nature.  It’s easy to make the commitment to breastfeed when it works – it is another thing entirely to feed your baby breastmilk via pumps and bottles, and keep it up for weeks and weeks, not knowing if this is going to be your “new normal”.

Breast Care 101

We have lots of new mommies in the queue, so I thought I would share some of the great products available for milkin' mammas.  I picked four categories, and with the help of Talisha Heiden, I have product descriptions and some informational videos for you.

Galactagogues
As I mentioned in mynewbie's post, it is important that mom's get help within the first three weeks of their current breastfeeding relationship if they have any doubts or are concerned about their milk supply.
In this video, Talisha shares her knowledge of the products she carries to help new mother's increase their milk supply.
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