Breastfeeding when going back to work

One of the biggest questions that I get from you guys about breastfeeding is how to keep it going when going back to work. Although I am no expert in any way, shape, or form, I can share some of my advice. Proceed at your own risk (there really isn't a risk…but that sounded so much better than just…proceed). One of the first things that I did was to contact my HR person and talk to them about the fact that I would be breastfeeding and pumping when I return to work. We spoke about a possible pump room (a very large storage room with a lock and outlets that we moved a comfy chair into) and about milk storage (she decided it would be beneficial to everyone to purchase a small mini-fridge for the storage room). Every day I pack up my pump, charger, bottles, caps, and pump parts before heading to work. I use the same bottles and parts to pump all day and store them in a Tupperware container in the mini fridge. I also bring in some towels, wipes, and tissues to make sure that everything is clean and sanitary. Next, I wanted to create a schedule. Initially the schedule was just in my head - I knew what times I needed to pump and for how long. However, after a couple of weeks, I realized that I would forget, get caught up in something, or schedule something on top of my "pump time" consistently. After talking to my bff who was also breastfeeding, I decided to put a block of about 20 minutes on my calendar for pumping. I made it a personal event (meaning that no one … [Read more...]

FF – Things you may not know about me

<center><a href=""> <img src="" /> </a></center>   1.  I have a heightened sense of smell.  This is awesome when I’m trying to figure out what someone cooked with, but less awesome when I smell people’s burps.   2.  I used to have my belly button pierced. I got it pierced when I was 18 with my bff.  I loved it.  Then, at the young age of 23, Jon told me that I was too old to have my belly button pierced.  I ended up crying and taking it out.  Not that I’m holding a grudge or anything.   3.  I also used to have my eye brow pierced.  This was one of those moments of college rebellion.  After I finished celebrating with my college roommate, I decided to call my parents and tell them about it.  My mom told me that I shouldn’t come home if I have my face pierced.  It was only a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and I really like Thanksgiving, so I ended up taking it out just a week after I pierced it.  The scar only lasted about a month, but my envy of other people’s eye brow piercings is still there.   4.  I don’t like mushrooms, olives, or peanut butter.  Oddly enough, I will eat meals cooked with condensed cream of mushroom soup, cook daily with olive oil, and absolutely adore peanuts.   5.  … [Read more...]

Vinnie the Pooh


Remember this post about raising a bilingual baby?   Well, guess what?  We’re actually raising a baby.  With 2 languages.   Wanna hear how’s it going?  Of course you do.   It’s actually rather difficult.   The main struggle that we’re having is that both of us work full time, which means that Peanut is in an English speaking daycare 50 hours a week.  Secondly, Jon doesn’t speak a lick of Russian, which means that the primary language at our house is English.   So here are some things that I’ve come up with.   Addison absolutely loves the Peekaboo Barn game on my iPhone.     So when the animals make their sounds and the iPhone tells Peanut what the animals are, I tell her the Russian words for them.  Moo…says the cow. Mooo, govorit korova.   I also ordered Peanut some Russian songs.   source:   These are some of my favorite songs from my childhood.  I can’t wait to listen and sing these to her while Jon and our daycare continue to teach her Pat-a-cake and Itsy bitsy spider.   And then, while browsing some childhood videos, I found this gem:   Some notes: Please get past the commercial and the titles to watch the video This is my favorite video from my childhood I keep watching it and laughing hysterically This may be the reason that I pronounce Winnie as “Vinnie” (okay, that’s just an excuse)   I … [Read more...]

Nursing – what helps me succeed

I've been receiving a lot of e-mails from you guys with questions about breastfeeding, so I thought I would dedicate a few posts on the subject. I think I'll start at the beginning - what it is that makes my experience successful. I buy in to the whole "it takes a village" idea. I think one of the key factor in my success with breastfeeding is that I have a lot of support. My mom breastfed and my best friend breastfed, opening the channel for upfront communication and easy access to information. My husband is also a big proponent of breastfeeding and all the benefits that it provides. I think this is an important part of my success because I had my two go-to people at my fingertips. I could spend hours whining to my mom about what I liked or didn't like about nursing my first baby, get her advice on home remedies, or just listen to her stories about nursing two kids. I have also had countless conversations with my bestie on every breastfeeding topic, ranging from what pump to buy to what accessories I need, to what times are the best times to pump at work, to how to store the milk. No topic was off the table for the two of us and I can never thank her enough for being my resource. On the other side of things, it is important that those close to you are being supportive. My husband has been one of the most amazing supporters in this journey. He has dutifully spent hours washing bottles and parts, followed all of my crazy disinfecting rules, ran back home when I … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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