Let it Aeroflow

When I found out I was having twins I wasn’t at all surprised. My doctor had told me I had an 80% change of twins before I was even pregnant. I was shocked; however, to find how difficult it is to get everything needed to care for two babies. What do I need? What do I need two of? What can I skimp on? What should I never skimp on? What might I get at my shower? What should I get now so I can have it ready? The nesting and prep for babies is endless of although much if it is fun, much of it is also tedious. One thing I did NOT like dealing with was securing a BREASTPUMP.

First, I crowdsourced a few times on facebook and noone tells you which one is really best, they just recommend the one they used and for all you know it could be super shitty.

Then, I decided dealing with an insurance company is about as much fun as pluking your eyelashes out with dull tweezers so I tried to sidestep that landmine and just buy one off craigslist. It sucked!

Finally, my mother told me I should qualify for one that I could pick up on Target and this is the route I ultimately went although the experience was not as easy as it sounds. Emails, phone calls, forms, standing in line, rejection, and doctor’s Rx needed. No thank you!

I’m kicking myself for not doing more research and finding Aeroflow! Let it go, let Aeroflow!

The Aeroflow Breastpumps Process:

Aeroflow Breastpump makes the process of getting a breast pump covered through your insurance as easy as possible. Our dedicated and informed Breastpump Specialists are here to help you navigate insurance by taking care of all the paperwork, phone calls and prescription requests so you can take it easy. Our team is available by phone, text, or email to answer any questions you have during this exciting time in your life.

To get started, Aeroflow’s qualify through insurance form asks for a few bits of information such as address, due date and insurance provider. Once you submit the form, a dedicated Breastpump Specialist will process your information and give you a call to discuss your options. Aeroflow offers a huge selection of breast pumps for you to choose from, and our Specialists are trained on each and every pump to help you choose the best option for your lifestyle.

We take care of everything, including:

  • Contacting your physician for a prescription
  • Recommending breast pump options based on your lifestyle and breastfeeding goals
  • Informing you if certain resupply options are available under your insurance plan
  • Billing and processing insurance claims for a breast pump
  • Shipping your breast pump to your door, free of charge!

Once you choose your breast pump, we process your order AND ship it to your door. The entire process is totally free! Some insurance plans require that a mom is at a certain point in her pregnancy before she gets her pump, but your Breastpump Specialist will let you know exactly when you can get order placed and will even remind you about your eligibility and benefits when your due date is near if you end up having to wait a bit before ordering your breast pump.

Currently, the Affordable Care Act requires that insurance providers provide breastfeeding support and supplies for lactating mothers. This includes a breast pump! Aeroflow makes it easy to get your pump covered for free under your specific insurance plan, and we also ensure that you get the most out of your benefits. This often includes extra accessories like milk storage bottles.

Here are just a few of the breast pumps offered by Aeroflow:

  • Spectra S2
  • Lansinoh Smartpump
  • Medela Starter Set (That Girl strongly recomends this!)
  • Evenflo Advanced Double Electric

Good news! Aeroflow is currently the exclusive provider of the Motif Duo — a lightweight, super quiet, double electric breast pump that is now available through insurance and cash-pay!

Breast is best, but having a human or two hanging from your boobs ALL day long just ain’t happenin’! Mama needs a break. Pump it, girl! Reach out to Aeroflow now!

Stay gold, 

That Girl

Mimijumi Bottles: Best Next to Breast

How many of you have heard of “nipple confusion”? It’s one of those phrases that moms use that either crack dads up or confuse the hell out of them, but it’s a real thing. Especially if you talk to a nurse or lactation consultant…or an anxious mother who knows her maternity leave is almost up and her baby still won’t take a bottle. 

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Nipple confusion is when a baby who has been exclusively breast fed has trouble taking a bottle or pacifier because the anatomy is different than mom’s. Let’s be honest, where our babies are concerned, nothing is as good as mom. But, what about when mom is exhausted and someone else needs to feed the baby? What about when it’s time to go back to work? What about getting a babysitter? What do you do when there’s a growth spurt and baby wants to eat round the clock? You get online and you order the Mimijumi!

It’s specially designed to look and feel like the breast. This bottle is THE perfect substitute for when there’s no breast around.

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I have twins and I’ve breastfed both of them since birth. I may have two breasts, but it’s not an easy feat to latch on two 8-10lb babies! When we’re at home I can nurse them both simultaneously with the help of about 400 pillows and my headboard to support my back, but in public? Nah, that’s not something anyone wants to see. It resembles a dairy cow with her calves far too much to be appetizing during a luncheon with friends. So, I pack my “not so hungry” Mimijumi bottles and a few bags of pumped milk. If I’m on my own I’ll feed one before they start crying and am usually done just in time to catch the other as he starts wailing. If I’m with my husband or friends, then I’ll let them give a bottle while I eat or enjoy some hands free time!

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But, my baby gets gas with a bottle? It won’t with the Mimijumi! If they do get gas it may be from using formula, but it wont be from the bottle. The Mimjumi’s design reduces signs of gas and colic. My babies slurp things down like ravenous wolves and never even need to burp!

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My favorite feature of this bottle though is the assembly because there is none. It’s literally just screwing the nipple onto the bottle. It’s SO easy! There’s no washing a million pieces, no assembly a babysitter can’t figure out, no searching for missing parts in the dark of night, and no leaking because it wasn’t put together correctly.

Let’s keep it simple, y’all!

That Girl

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Stopping Nursing…Today is the Day

Today my baby girl is 7 months old. Today is the LAST day she gets my breastmilk. I pumped for 6 long, hard months. I am a mix of emotions, which is why I was prompted to share this with you all.

When Sydney was born, I tried really hard to get her to latch. I dreamed of breastfeeding her for the whole first year. We went to lactation consultants, occupational therapy, we tried all sorts of tricks and it just didn’t come easily. I pumped around the clock and tried to nurse for the first 10 weeks. Then I went to exclusively pumping. You guys exclusively pumping is HARD WORK. You have to find time, ideally when your baby is napping, to hook up to the machine, pump out milk like a cow, and then repeat 8-10 times a day. Oh, and you still need to feed your baby 8-10 times a day too when you aren’t pumping. That was a lot of TIME spent creating milk to nourish my baby. It’s really fascinating what our bodies are capable of, and how we can sustain life with what our bodies produce. It was so rewarding to see her drink something that I had just made, and to be filled up and so happy. It made it all so worthwhile. I was HAPPY to do it, I was THANKFUL I could, and I was GRATEFUL that my baby was healthy and getting MY milk.

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I pumped, and pumped and pumped. I still hear that dang machine going on in my head. I had a huge stock pile growing, with a couple hundred bags. We even had to buy a deep chest freezer to store it all. As 4 months came, I really wanted more time with my baby and to go out more and enjoy not being glued to my pump. We NEEDED to experience life outside the house and be surrounded by other people. So I eventually began to wean myself down to 5 pumps a day, then 4, then 2 and before I knew it I was done pumping. This was about a month ago when I finally finished. I had already started to use my supply when I began weaning, because she needed more milk than I was producing. I truly thought I had enough supply to make it a year. News flash, milk goes very quickly with a growing baby!

Aunt Emily and Sydney

There were a lot of tears. I cried on several occasions, through breast en
gorgement and clogged milk ducts, trying to pump in the middle of the night and nothing would come out. Yet, there were also those happy moments with daddy and other family members that were able to have memorable experiences with feeding Sydney. She is very lucky to have so much family close by and in her life.

For the last month, I started introducing Formula to her with breastmilk for two reasons. 1. To get her used to the flavor, which she really doesn’t have a problem with, she is a tank and will eat anything! 2. To stretch out my supply as long as I could. It was like everyday I counted how many bags I had left, trying to avoid THIS day. I am sad I didn’t reach the year mark, I feel guilty for weaning too early. But then I think about what I did do… I gave her my milk for 7 months, which would be a huge gift for other moms who can’t breastfeed. I gave her more of my time, when I didn’t have to pump so much. I gave her a happier and healthier mommy, not a crazed, frustrated mad women who cried every time I tried to nurse. Which, in the end was a better mommy for her and what she really needed. Well here we are, we made it to the 7 month mark! Today is the day, and I will celebrate it with my baby girl. Happy 7 months Sydney Rae, I love you.

Bennett and Sydney

Guiding You to Successful Breastfeeding

Breast is best, but not always the easiest. In fact, for something that’s so natural, it sure ain’t natural for every mom. Here’s the Whole Heart guide to successful breastfeeding!
A new mother must make so many decisions before the baby even arrives, but one of the most important decisions you will make is whether you will breastfeed or bottle feed.

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I know there are some medical and physical reasons a mother might not be able to, but if you don’t fit into that category, please read and make note…

30 reasons why breast is best:

  • Breastfed babies have a decreased risk of developing childhood cancers
  • Breastfeeding improves vision
  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it over formula
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to have weight problems later in life
  • Breastfeeding protects against allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues
  • Breastfeeding protects against Hodgkin’s and Crohn’s disease
  • Breastfeeding decreases ear infections and sinus infections
  • Breastfed babies have higher immune systems
  • Breastfed babies have better digestion
  • Breastfed babies smell sweeter and have less foul diapers
  • Breastfeeding helps mother’s uterus shrink faster
  • Breastfeed babies have a decreased risk of SIDS
  • Breastfed babies have higher levels of iron, protein, and B12
  • Breastmilk is a natural antibiotic for wounds, eye infections, and UTIs
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop Multiple Sclerosis
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to struggle with infertility later in life
  • Breastmilk tastes better to babies
  • Breastfeeding can be done anywhere, anytime
  • Breastfeeding improves bonding and sleep cycles
  • Breastfeeding increases weight loss
  • Breastfed babies have less eczema and skin irritations
  • Breast milk provides perfect nutrition and adapts to baby’s needs
  • Breast milk is virtually toxin-free
  • Breastfed babies have higher IQs and motor development
  • Breastfed babies develop less cavities and dental needs later
  • Breast milk won’t be recalled, expired, or discontinued
  • Breastfed babies are sick less often
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to die before age 3
  • Breastfeeding enhances effectiveness of vaccines and antibiotics
  • Breastfeeding decreases the chance of endometrial & ovaria cancers in mom
  • Breastfeeding is free!Tips for Breastfeeding Moms:
  • Connect with your baby, lessen distractions & background noise, and find a comfortable spot with good back support
  • Drink LOTS of water! In fact, when you think you’ve had enough, drink some more.
  • Have your placenta encapsulated after the birth to increase milk supply (purchase here if you live in Austin)
  • Some babies prefer to be swaddled, but some babies prefer skin to skin contact. Get to know your baby and recognize their needs.
  • Try the cradle hold, the football hold, sideline, or cross my heart hold (Pinterest and Youtube demonstrate these positions)
  • Bring baby to breast, not breast to baby
  • Latch is CRUCIAL! A lactation consultant can assist you with this and be sure your baby has much of the areola in his/her mouth. If their nose is pressed to breast, it’s okay. They will still find a way to suck, swallow, and breathe instinctively.
  • Avoid creating a schedule for baby right away & just wait for signs they’re ready to eat such as rooting or hands to mouth. It’s better to look for these signals than to wait on tears. A calm, happy baby will feed better.
  • Feed baby as long as they’re eating, no fakers, lol. Switch sides as necessary and use an app on your smart phone, a journal, or mark your bra strap with a clip or ribbon to remember which side you nursed on last.
  • Eat, eat, eat! You may want your pre-baby body back right away, but remember it takes time and breastfeeding burns anywhere from 300-500 extra calories a day. Eat healthy meals often throughout the day loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. Don’t be afraid of spices either as they’re good for a developing palate.
  • Keep a mental note or daily journal of foods you’re eating and try to note if they’re causing gas in your baby. If so, avoid those foods.
  • Check healthychild.org or your local milk bank for instructions on storing & heating breast milk

Resources & Gear for Breastfeeding Moms:

  • Spend quality time with the Lactation Consultant at the hospital or birth center and have questions prepared. Also, if you need to hire your own LC, check for updated credentials (IBLCE) , read their client reviews, and inquire about years of experience first
  • Most consultants recommend the MyBrest Friend nursing pillow, available with organic cover
  • Nursing stool
  • The Kiinde Twist & Store Collection System
  • Mimijumi Bottle is wonderful for switching between breast and bottle
  • Simple Wishes Hands-free pumping bra
  • Nontoxic/Organic Nipple Cream by Earth mama, Angel Baby
  • Swaddle sack such as a Woombie or a swaddle blanket that doubles as a nursing cover on-the-go like the marquisette
  • Milkin’ Cookies or find your own lactation cookie recipe (add whatever yummies you like) Here’s my favorite
  • Take fenugreek, blessed thistle, and fennel to increase supply naturally
  • Milkscreen by UpSpring Baby to test alcohol content in breastmilk
  • Shrinkx Belly Wrap (helps with posture and shrinking body back to pre-baby size naturally)
  • Keep a picture of your baby or a clothing item with baby’s smell handy when you’re pumping
  • Nursing Covers! We love Bebe au Lait!

Tell us about your breastfeeding journey! What was your life saver? What worked? What didn’t?

 

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding…

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I went fast forward into dream mode. I spent countless hours on Pinterest dreaming up the perfect nursery, I downloaded all the baby name apps trying to come up with names that were original (but not too trendy), I’d catch myself shopping in the baby section at stores, even before I knew what I was having.

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I registered, read books, and did all I could to prepare myself for a baby. Once I found out we were having a girl, I dreamt only of holding, rocking and kissing her. I was pretty much living on cloud 9. I mean we knew our life would change and there would be a new normal. I tried to be as realistic and prepared as much as I could be with having a baby, and entering into a new season of our lives. Then she, my little Sydney arrived…2 weeks early.

 

Luckily, we were ready for her when she arrived. The planner in me had installed the carseat the night before and already had a hospital bag packed. What I wasn’t ready for, and what no one thought to share with me was anything about breastfeeding.

I thought it would just magically happen and a baby would just “get” how to do it. You are lucky if this is the case for you! Why didn’t anyone mention anything to me on how to do it, or say “in case you have difficulty try this,” or “it’s okay if you can’t breastfeed, many women don’t and their babies still thrive.”

Latching:

From the beginning, Sydney could not latch on without a nipple shield. She seemed to have a shallow suck, and maybe a bit of a tongue tie. The nurses probably thought we had it figured out, because I only received little instruction on how to use the nipple shield and position the baby. So within 24 hours of delivery, I left the hospital with a newborn in my arms and not a clue on how to really take care of her feeding needs.

Tip #1: Don’t leave the hospital until you are comfortable leaving and talking with their lactation nurses. If you need to use a nipple shield, make sure you know how to and ask for 2 or 3. We left the one they gave us at the hospital the night we went home, and I had to make my husband drive to Target to buy me a new one. Talk about a rough first night at home!

The first week(s) were HELL. I had very bloody and blistery nipples, engorged boobs, and I think I spent every night in the bathroom floor crying as I tried to pump out my milk because Sydney couldn’t get it all out.

Tip #2: Use a nipple cream all the time, especially when showering. Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter is organic, which means you don’t have to wash it off and it’s safe for baby to ingest. Also, coconut oil is a lifesaver, a natural anti-fungal, and soothing to cracked skin.

My body couldn’t seem to adjust to her feeding times, partially because I was lucky to produce a lot of milk, and also because she couldn’t suck very much out due to latching issues and positioning. So we’d try to feed and I’d end up pumping afterwards anyways, which DOES NOT help when trying to establish your baby’s food intake and trying to regulate to that schedule.

Tip #3: Learn to use your pump before baby comes. I recommend getting a hands free pump bra (Simple Wishes Bra), and using a double pump. Pump if you feel engorged to relieve the pressure. I would pump it all out- which would only trick my body into thinking it needed more! If you know your supply is low, then go ahead and pump until nothing comes out.

Like many moms, I dreamt of breastfeeding her, I wanted her to have my milk, after all I was producing so much, why couldn’t she just figure it out? I ended up visiting the lactation specialists at the hospital a couple times for the first month. We eventually went to see an occupational therapist for sucking to try and get Sydney to open her mouth wider to take in more of the nipple. I struggled with depression, anxiety at every feeding, and stress which was not at all what my baby needed from me. With all this effort put forward, we still struggled and never quite got the hang of it. Around 9 weeks I decided to stop breastfeeding and go to exclusively pumping.

Angie with Sydney

(If you opt to pump exclusively, hold baby when pumping to increase milk supply. Baby’s fragrance and pheremones will increase let down)

Tip #4: Get comfortable…on all levels. Don’t be afraid to make multiple visits to a lactation consultant, ask for help. It took several visits and times practicing to get comfortable with nursing. I never really got it down, but it helped give me peace on how to position the baby and help her latch as best she could. Also, I recommend investing in a good rocking chair, and a sturdy breastfeeding pillow. If you are in a place that is comfortable, you can relax and so can baby, which makes for an easier time feeding.

Tip #5: Make sure you have community and supportive people in your life at this time. I had my mom and several other mom friends to confide in, cry to and ask endless questions to when it came to nursing and how to deal with all the emotions I was experiencing. Making sure to get outside with other people too and getting fresh air will do your body and mood good!

Tip #6: Do what works for you and your baby. If it’s seeing specialists to get your baby to latch, no matter how long it takes, then go for it. If it’s to start with formula right off the bat so you are a happy mom and not stressed- then do it! You know your baby best.

Moms to be, it is okay if you don’t want to breastfeed or aren’t able to. What is most important is that your baby is healthy and growing. My anxiety, postpartum depression, and stress all in relation to nursing robbed me of truly experiencing joy in my newborn baby.

Tip #7: It is okay to want to get through the rough part, don’t feel guilty. BUT, in doing so, give yourself GRACE. I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself, that I wouldn’t have put such high expectations on me needing to know everything. Part of the journey is learning. It made it more difficult for me to bond with my baby because I was so stressed. I wish I could have given myself more GRACE, and accepted that it was okay to be learning as I go.
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This mom thing is a beautiful gift, but it can be extremely hard. As the saying goes, the days are long, but the years are short. Breathe, pray, and give yourself grace mama, you will get through it!

Other AMAZING breastfeeding products?

Belly Armor Nursing cover

Note to Nurse Set (newborn)

Lalabu Soothe Shirt/Nursing Cover

The Mommy Brobe (breastfeeding robe)