I’ve talk to you guys a lot about pumping both on my blog and on my social media. It’s something I’m very open about because it’s a huge part of my life that has had high highs and some low lows. Breastfeeding is a challenge plain and simple. I’ve never met a mother who said breastfeeding was a breeze. Whether you have low supply issues, pain while breastfeeding, a baby won’t latch or 1 million other things that could happen – it’s just not easy. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time. So much time. And part of all the time will be devoted to pumping.
In my opinion, one of the most important things a mother needs to be able to successfully give their baby breastmilk over a long period of time, is a great breast pump. Recently when I talked about pumping on my blog, I was super sad to find that there are so many women out there that simply can’t afford a good pump. It broke my heart! I read hundreds of comments from all of you saying how badly you wanted a good pump and couldn’t afford it. So I started researching what I could do to help. Plus baby’s are expensive so any help we can get it a huge win right? Use that extra cash you saved to buy some Holiday gifts for your loved ones. Or some super cute outfits to put your sweet babe in! Nothing makes my heart happier than seeing a little baby dressed up like a snowman or Santa! Riley Santa pics coming soon btw 😉
So while I was reaching different ways to get a quality breast pump, as if some sort of divine intervention, Aeroflow reached out to me about their website. Have you guys ever heard of it? It’s a kick butt website that sells a number of breast pumps and other breast-feeding products that anyone can buy, but more specifically it helps you figure out if you’re able to get the pump for FREE through your insurance. I had heard before that you could get a breast pump through insurance but I always thought it would be super complicated. So I honestly didn’t even look into it. But once Aeroflow reached out to me, I knew I needed to look into it for you guys to see if it was legit. Sure enough, I just entered my insurance information and was quickly contacted via phone and email by a breast-pump specialist who handled everything for me from contacting my doctor to verifying my benefits with my insurance provider. I could not believe how easy it was! Here I was thinking I was gonna call my insurance and wait on hold for who knows how long and then I figured I’d get some runaround answer about some paperwork I need to fill out and mail in. But none of that happened! It was honestly the easiest thing ever! I barely did a thing.
And many people qualify for a free pump through their insurance and don’t realize it. Crazy right? And the thing that’s even better about Aeroflow, if you fill out the qualifying form and still aren’t covered by your insurance, you’ll be able to purchase the pump on the website with a discount they give you! I think that’s pretty awesome! Talk about a company going above and beyond.
The most fun part about all of this was finding out I was going to going to be able to get a pump for FREE. But the second most fun part was picking out what pump I wanted! I went with the Lansinoh Smartpump. This thing is pretty freaking awesome! You connect to an app on your phone and it tracks and monitors your pumping schedule and sessions so you can save it to send to your doctor or lactation consultant and even print it out! During your sessions it tells you EXACTLY how much breastmilk you are pumping so you can track over time so see how your supply changes. It also has three different pumping styles so you can find one that’s comfortable for you and 8 (YES EIGHT!) levels of suction. I also love that it tracks your baby’s growth and you’re even able to log their diaper changes so you could have all the information you need when visiting the pediatrician should they have any concerns about your little one. I remember going to the doctor once when Molly was little and the doctor asking me how many poopy diapers she had in the last few days. I had no idea! So it’s super important to log those things.
As a bonus there are only a few parts that you have to clean after each pumping session. And for someone like me, who pumps at least 5 if not 6 times a day (I exclusively pump and bottle feed except for the first feed of the day and at night), the fewer pieces I have to wash the better!
And I was also sold because by getting the pump, I got $10 off this super cute jujube breast pump bag (But you can get $10 off a variety of pump bags on their website so check them all out for sure!) It’s super important to have a good breast pump bag when you’re a working mom. Because you’re always going to have your breast pump with you when on the go. I’ll bring mine to work at Home & Family every single time I’m on set.
I want to end this by saying that I know breastfeeding isn’t for everyone. There are so many reasons why a mother either can’t breastfeed or chooses not to. But I also know that there are so many mothers out there that wish that they could breastfeed their baby longer and just don’t have the resources to do so. I hope with all my heart that this blog post gives some mamas out there the information they need to get a good quality pump for themselves and their baby for FREE! Sending so much love to all my fellow mamas out there!