Our sponsor for the month is Earth Mama®…
It’s a fact that most women in the U.S. want to breastfeed their babies, but it’s also a fact that most women in the U.S. have to go back to work before their babies are weaned. So, many women make the choice to pump their breast milk to continue their breastfeeding journey. Going back to work can be difficult and very emotional; it’s tough to tell who’s crying more! But you can prepare yourself for successful pumping with tips and a handy tote from Earth Mama.
At Earth Mama HQ the designated pumping room, aka the Breast Room, was designed by breastfeeding mothers. Not only is it a space that gives nursing mothers the privacy they need to pump, there are some basics that can help make pumping easier. Use this list as a guide as you make your pumping plan of action. Even if you don’t have it all, you can make the best of what you do have.
• A private place to relax
• Comfy chair
• Small refrigerator
• Sink for hand and pump part washing
• Earth Mama’s Castile-based soap (safe for humans and pump flanges)
• Breast pump
• Pictures or video of baby (a giggle or a coo can help with let down)
• Organic Milkmaid Tea (hot or iced, or made into a spiced chai)
• Natural Nipple Butter (for lubing pump flanges)
• Booby Tubes (warmed for let-down)
Having had many Earth Mama employees come back to work and pump, we noticed the need for a discreet way to store and carry pumped milk, and the Milk-to-Go Pumping Companion Essentials bag was born!
The eco-friendly, reusable insulated bag is filled with all the Earth Mama products that can help make pumping a little bit easier. Organic Milkmaid Tea is filled with herbs traditionally used to help boost breast milk. Booby Tubes are gel-free breast packs that can help ease sore breasts and encourage let-down. Natural Nipple Butter is the first Non-GMO Project Verified nipple cream, and it works as a safe pump lube too. Happy Mama Body Wash is the perfect on-the-go safe soap for both hands and pump parts. Grab your cute quilted bag, tuck your thermos of Organic Milkmaid Tea into the side pocket, add a cold pack, and it’s a perfect companion for transporting pumped breast milk, or your lunch when you’re through breastfeeding! It also includes a free recipe for Organic Milkmaid French Vanilla Chai.
Every new journey can be daunting at first, but if you prepare yourself, gather your tools and courage, and walk through the process it can be a little less overwhelming. You can make this generous journey work for you and your little one.