Breastfeeding has been a huge part of my life as a mom for almost 13 years. I added up all the months that I have nursed for collectively with my 5 kids and so far I am at 68 months. That’s just 4 months shy of 6 years! My first was the shortest time I was able to breastfeed for because I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was unable to continue to breastfeed her and take medication to control my disease. However that all changed for my subsequent pregnancies and I breastfed until they all self-weaned. My last little guy I breastfed happily for 29 months and would have probably gone longer had I not gone away for a blog trip that required me to be away 2 nights.
I am now breastfeeding my final baby and it’s bittersweet and I am hoping we can do it for as long, if not longer, than my last. I feel very strongly about the bond it creates and I enjoy it so much. As much as I love breastfeeding, it is nice to be able to get a break occasionally especially when I breastfeed on demand and my little guy has no clear schedule and can eat every 20 minutes or every 2 hours. I have always been a huge fan of the Medela brand and have had several products of theirs over the years but never an electric breast pump. I always opted for a manual pump and since 2 of my 4 older kids never took a bottle at all, I never really pumped much. I did try several times with my toddler but no matter what bottle I tried (I literally bought every brand) he would not take it. Not to mention how long it took to manually pump just a few ounces of the liquid gold that it quickly became a chore and I didn’t do it often.
So when I had the chance to become a brand ambassador for a brand I already knew and trusted, it was perfect. I have had nothing but amazing results with the Freestyle pump. It is easy to use, set up and it’s quick. I am able to pump anywhere from 3-6 oz of milk in about 8 minutes and I love it. The manual pump always took me about 45 minutes to achieve half of that, so this is perfect especially now that I am busy with 5 kids. I also love the fact that it has 8 different settings for intensity that you can manually set for your own comfort level. I love that it is small enough that I can literally bring it with me anywhere I go and I can totally see why it would be the perfect pump for a mom going back to work and having to pump at work. It’s lightweight and comes with a really cute bag to carry it all in.
My very favourite feature of the Medela Freestyle is the patented 2-Phase Expression Technology, scientifically proven to produce more milk in less time. I mean if you have ever watched a baby suckle from the breast, you would see that baby always starts off sucking really fast to bring your milk down and then big, long sucks as they drink. The Freestyle 2-phase expression is the same. It also offers hands free pumping as well as the ability to pump both breasts at the same time or just one. The battery has a long life with 3 hours of pump time per charge which is great if you have to pump at work or on the go.
Thankfully for me, my letdown is quick and I have a huge supply of milk too. I think I will see about donating some because I am sure there are some NICU babies that could use it. Thanks to the Freestyle, I can get milk fast and efficiently in less time than I have ever before. It will hopefully allow me to pass off feeding duty should I need to go out for more than 20 minutes or just need some “me” time. Now if only I could find time with 5 kids to actually pump to build up that supply.
Did you breastfeed? If you did or didn’t breastfeed, what is your fondest memory from the newborn stage?
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.