Review: Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump
For the optimal growth,development and health of your child, WHO and HPB has been actively promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. As a first-time mum, I know exactly of the anxieties and uncertainties about breastfeeding that other mums may have during pregnancy and the first few weeks of their little one’s life including questions revolving, “Will my baby know how to latch on for feeding?” or ” Will I have sufficient milk supply for my baby?”.
Although I was apprehensive about the thought of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding can have many benefits tagged to it if done correctly, for both baby and mummy.
Firstly, breastfeeding is best for our baby for the following reasons, (1) the close body contact and interaction creates a special bond between us and our baby, (2) our breast milk contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients for our baby’s complete growth and development, (3) antibodies in our breast milk provide immunity for our baby, reducing their risk of intestinal, ear and respiratory infections and (4) our breast milk is suited for our baby and will make them less likely to develop stomach upsets, constipation and diarrhoea.
Furthermore, breastfeeding does have many benefits for mums like me as well, for example, (1) early suckling have been shown to help our womb contract thus reducing blood loss after child birth, (2) it delays the return of our menstrual period and thus acts as a natural although imperfect contraceptive, (3) we burn calories during breastfeeding and this helps to shed the weight gained during our pregnancy and (4) our risk of developing breast, ovarian and womb cancers are lowered.
With so many benefits tagged to breastfeeding, it seems perfectly logical to breastfeed my baby amidst the apprehension and anxiety I experienced after my caesarean section. In the first 3 days after my c-sect, I encountered problems in latching my baby and I felt depressed when I had to request for her to be supplemented with formula milk in the hospital. It made things worse when I tried the hospital’s breast pump in a bid to feed my baby breastmilk through bottle. After pumping for 10 minutes, there was like 2-3 drops of milk dripping into the bottle, making me fear that the reason my baby can’t latch on is due to my inadequate milk supply. Luckily for me, my husband was very supportive of me breastfeeding and advised me not to be too anxious about it.
On the day I was discharged, I tried latching my baby on but I had difficulty doing the football position as my hand was on drip for many days and was numb to properly latch her on. Therefore, I decided to bring out my Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump that I purchased from Amazon US and tried to pump the breastmilk into the bottle for feeding. This decision was the best I have made in my breastfeeding attempt as it really increased my milk supply within a week of delivery. Medela PISA Breast Pump features the original 2-Phase Expression® technology whereby there are two distinct phases of how babies breastfeed, (1) Stimulation Phase – when babies first go to breast, they suck fast and light to stimulate milk flow and (2)Expression Phase – after milk flow or “let-down” starts, babies breastfeed with a slower, deeper suck, bringing out more milk faster. At every 2-3 hours of pumping and occasional latching of my baby girl, I could pump at least 120ml within the 5th day of delivery and now, on the 13th day of delivery, I could pump an average of 150ml every 2 to 3 hours. That is even without the help of any supplements such as fenugreek and papaya fish soup! An important point that mums should take note (as advised by my confinement lady) is to eat and drink as much as possible because if you eat inadequately, there is no way you can feed your little one adequately too. Do not be afraid to put on weight! You can always exercise to lose weight later.
For mummies who worry about nipple confusion upon bottle feeding, do not fret. You can go for the Medela Calma Breastmilk Feeding Nipple, the only scientific based feeding device that helps to support the similar sucking behaviour of the baby at the breast. Calma requires a similar sucking behaviour to breastfeeding using the tongue to create vacuum making it easier for babies to switch between breast and Calma. Now, I am alternating between latching and feeding using the calma breastmilk feeding nipple and my baby girl has no problem latching on to me even though she drinks more frequently from the bottle and most importantly, when you are tired, the dads can take on the role of feeding as well!
To all first-time mums out there, do not lose heart in breastfeeding! If you need any advice, you can always drop me a message and we can learn together as mums.