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DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breast pumping or through breastfeeding.


Moms Who Run -- How do you do it?

Moms Who Run -- How do you do it?

I'm friends with lots of moms who run.  Moms with three kids, moms with four kids, moms with toddlers, moms with newborns, and even one avid runner friend who was running a 5K several times a week right through her 40th week of pregnancy (with her OB's approval).  I'm amazed at these moms -- how do you do it?

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Do You Remember Your First Time...?

Do You Remember Your First Time...?

Do you remember your first time holding your baby?  The first time you became a mom and your baby looked up at you?  How did you feel?  

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How Do You Remember 9/11?

How Do You Remember 9/11?

I remember it was a beautiful day.  The morning was warm and the sky was a bright blue color, no clouds in sight.  I drove to work along the south shore of Long Island and heard on the traffic report that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers and I thought, "That doesn't make any sense," and I walked into the building I was working in.

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What's in Your Pump Bag?

What's in Your Pump Bag?

"Every woman should have a purse of her own," said Susan B. Anthony, a key player in women's rights.

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Overheard in my car today.....

Overheard in my car today.....

My two year old was crying in the backseat today, upset that his juice cup was empty and I couldn't refill it. 

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Do you pamper yourself anymore?

Do you pamper yourself anymore?

Do you pamper yourself anymore?

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What Kind of Mom Are You?

What Kind of Mom Are You?

Are you a "kind" of mom?  There are many kinds of moms:  crunchy moms, nursing moms, helicopter moms, formula moms, full-time working moms (FTWM), part-time working moms (PTWM), stay-at-home mms (SAHM), work-at-home moms (WAHM), corporate moms, PTA moms, etc.  We find ourselves attracted others that we deem as similar to ourselves within these groups we think we fall into. 

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Moms To Get Pumpday Giveaways At MomsPumpHere

Moms To Get Pumpday Giveaways At MomsPumpHere

Join in the MomsPumpHere community for a chance to be the next Pumpday Giveaway recipient. MPH now hold a monthly raffle to show support and appreciation for our current and soon-to-be member moms.

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MomsPumpHere.com’s Dream Breast Pump

Do you think such a thing as a “Dream” breast pump exists? Using your pump sometimes feels like a chore, but considering you’re bringing the pump with you to work, to parties, to family functions, and to playdates – it deserves more consideration than simply what your friend is lending to you or what your insurance company covers for you.

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Breast Pump + All This “Other Stuff”

A new mom in my family is getting ready to return to work this month and I’ve been talking with her about how I pumped at work and away from home. In our discussion, I realized there were several pumping accessories that I found to be very helpful and really let me be more comfortable pumping. So in today’s third part of MomsPumpHere.com’s four-part Happy Pump Day series, I am revealing my “other stuff.”

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Meet Your New Best Friend - Review of Medela Pump In Style Breast Pump

These are the words my sister said as she handed me her Medela Pump In Style double electric pump. She had used it to express milk for her twins in 2006 and she was passing it on to me in 2008 for my oldest son. I didn’t realize how much she meant that this “machine” would really be my best friend.

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Get a Manual Pump and Take it Everywhere You Go!

By Kim Harrison
 
This was advice from my friend Marnie, the only breastfeeding mom I knew when I had my oldest son in 2008.  Sure, my mom had breastfed me back in the late 70’s but she didn’t have advice about breast pumps.  My lactation consultant was straight from La Leche League and warned me I should wait to breast pump, so I was taking Marnie’s advice about pumping.
 
I bought the smallest one I could find at Babies R Us, knowing that I would need to shove it into a purse or diaper bag during my return to work and any business trips, travel plans, or wedding events I’d need to attend.  I chose the Dr. Brown Manual, which looked like this:
 
Get a Manual Pump
   
My friend assured me I would get used to the style of it, and that if I did it consistently it would work well for me.  She said she used hers in her office before a work meeting, in her car before a dinner event, and even in her hotel room between seminar sessions when she was traveling.  She loved that it traveled well, wasn’t bulky like the double electric pump she had at home, and it could fit easily in her work bag.
 
Initially, I found it difficult to use:  if the positioning wasn’t just right, I couldn’t easily achieve the “let down” like I could with my double electric version.  I found I needed to frequently switch hands to keep my muscles from cramping, but Marnie continually reassured me that my muscles would adjust to the repeated pumping and that I would be able to more easily express milk the more frequently I used it.  
 
Even with the tired muscles, I definitely appreciated the benefits of my manual pump.  I could quietly pump during a conference call and not worry about distracting the other parties.  I didn’t need to bring cords, adapters, or tubes because it was such a simple unit and I loved that I could take it apart and carry it in my laptop bag, and then store the expressed milk in my lunch bag – which eliminated my need for a separate pump bag to carry to and from work.  
 
I brought this pump with me to family functions, date nights, client meetings.  It wasn’t as cumbersome to load and lug as my electric version and I could easily store it in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag “just in case”.  I was happy I had this pump handy when my trusty electric one suddenly wasn’t functioning and I was desperately trying to express milk one night when my oldest baby wasn’t feeling well.  I was also able to use it to quickly express a small amount to relieve engorgement, and allow my baby to get a better latch and more successfully nurse.
 
Because it’s non-electric, a pumping mom is not restricted from using a manual breast pump on an airplane (in flight) or having it scrutinized through security.  I’ve had my electric one checked for explosives in the security checkpoints multiple times, but the TSA agents simply nod their heads when they see the manual one.  This alone can save time, energy, and even aggravation as you’re traveling.
 
Thank you to Marnie for educating me on having more than one pump and sharing her own Adventures in Breastpumping with me all those years ago because they certainly are still applied today.  
Please like and share MomsPumpHere.com to help other moms find safe, secure places to express their milk –  and Happy Pump Day!   
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Can you Spot Another Pumping Mom When you’re Out and About?

This week I was commuting on the Long Island Railroad and I spotted a pumping mom.  No, she wasn’t actually pumping, but I could tell she’s a pumping mom for several reasons:

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Submit your Crazy Mom Stories to Moms Pump Here!

Thank you for contributing to the Moms Pump Here community. We welcome any inquiries and feedback from you, just contact us here. Feel free to Share Stories about your adventures in breast pumping submitting a blog post!

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Whoosh-whoosh! Whoosh-whoosh!

Kim Harrison“Whoosh-whoosh.  Whoosh-whoosh.”
 
“What IS that NOOOISE? My Goodness, it sounds like a machine in here.”
 
I heard this exclamation as I cowered in one of the two bathroom stalls at a wedding reception.  I tried to put a receiving blanket over the pump to quiet the motor.  No luck.
 
“Whoosh-whoosh, whoosh-whoosh.”  I was hiding – in a beautiful strapless black bridesmaid gown, hoping no one knew I was pumping breastmilk for the baby before the DJ announced the bridal party.  I had been away from the baby for nearly six hours (hair, makeup, photos, church, receiving line) - I felt I was going to explode from my strapless dress and certainly distract attention from the bride, so I had desperately begged for my pump and hurried  to the guest ladies’ room to (ahem) relieve my discomfort – and provide nourishment for the baby.  
 
 “It’s a breast pump – I’ll be done in a few minutes.” I explained from behind the stall.
 
“Really, what on earth is that noise?  What is going on in here?  Maybe we should call someone.”  
 
Oh, geez.  I crouched further behind the door.  Hurry up and let down, Boobs.  Get the job done so I can excuse myself and let these ladies pee in peace.  
 
I fill two drop-ins with breastmilk, pack up my cooler and bag, re-fit my strapless nursing bra and fix my dress – open the stall door and introduce myself to the inquisitive lady in line – the groom’s grandma.  
 
Ahhh, the Adventures in Breast pumping begin….
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I Have Pumped Everywhere!

Kim HarrisonWe are getting ready to celebrate my oldest son’s 5th birthday this week, and I am finishing up pumping for my youngest son who also celebrates his first birthday this week.  My husband and I did the math.  Amazingly, for the past five years, I’ve been pregnant/nursing/pumping for more than 90% of the time I’ve been a mom!
 
I think back about my Adventures in Breast pumping and I really have to laugh at the places I have brought out my trusty pump.  From starting out on my couch watching trashy reality TV to becoming a professional pumper and feeling comfortable enough to pump on a flight from Jackonville FL to Baltimore during a snowstorm, I’ve become best friends with my pump.
 
Hopefully, other moms can learn from and laugh at these Adventures in Breast pumping!  Happy Pumping!
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