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My Breast Pumping Essentials

July 9, 2018 21 Comments

Before reading this, you might wanna read my post about How I Established My Breast Milk Supply.

Okay, now for the fun part! A list! Sharing my breast pumping essentials with you guys!

Breast Pump

Spectra 9 Plus Single/Double Electric Breast Pump

My sister gave me her old Spectra 9+ Electric Double Breast Pump and it’s the first pump I ever tried. It has a “massage” option that, well, massages your nipple to help establish a letdown — OH YEAH, BY THE WAY, I HAVE A TON OF NEW MOMMY TERMS NOW!! A letdown is when your breasts start releasing milk. This pump is awesome but the suction got a little weak so I replaced the tube and backflow protectors. It didn’t improve at all and I was about to give up and buy a new one but it’s quite pricey so I researched some more. I found out that I only had to change the valves inside the bottle. It only costs P450 and you’re supposed to replace them every 3-4 months. I’m very happy with this pump especially because it’s a double, so I finish pumping both breasts quicker than if I had a single pump. Click here to learn more about the Spectra 9 Plus Electric Pump.

Philips Avent Natural Breast Pump (Single Electric)

I received this breast pump as a gift from Philips Avent and I only use it when I’m at home because it has to be plugged in. It doesn’t have a timer and a screen like my Spectra does but it’s got a unique design that lets the user sit straight up or even slightly reclined while pumping. A lot of moms get backaches due to hunching over while pumping/breastfeeding so this is definitely a great feature. It also has the massage feature similar to the Spectra. The flange has a nice cushion for your breast. Click here to learn more about the Philips Avent Natural Breast Pump.

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Simple Wishes Hands-Free Bra

I swear, this hands-free thingamajig changed the pumping game for me. I used to feel helpless while holding my bottles against my breasts and not being able to do anything else for at least 15 minutes. With this hands-free pumping bra, I’m able to do a lot more stuff. I’m even able to walk around if I have a pocket to put my Spectra in. I bought mine from Shopee and to tell you the truth I found a lot of cheaper ones there as well. I bought a black knock-off just to see if there was a difference. The black one’s zipper kept hitting my chest and it caused a rash. The zipper also broke within a few days of using it. Hahaha serves me right. The original one is still in great condition and I swear by it. Click here to buy Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra.

Milk Bags or Cups

Philips Avent Milk Storage Cups

I’ve donated I think over 500 bags of my own milk especially back when Pancho could only take a little of my milk at a time. Now he is drinking a lot more but I still have some to spare (which I still donate whenever I build up enough of a stash). My favorite milk bag brands are the following:

  • Philips Avent – I got a lot of these from my baby shower and they are definitely the sturdiest
  • Sunmum – Recommended by my nurse because it’s cheap. I bought some in bulk through Shopee — grabe, online shopping is a mom’s best friend
  • Honeysuckle – When I did my initial donation to the Human Milk Bank via St Luke’s BGC, they thanked me by giving me milk bags equivalent to the number of bags I donated. This was the brand they gave me and I really liked the quality. The brand also sent me a pack as a gift when I gave birth! Thanks, Honeysuckle! Click here to check them out on Instagram.

To store milk for my own baby, I don’t want to waste plastic so I got these milk storage bottles from Philips Avent (pictured above). I also use these to store Pancho’s clean pacifiers and to mix his powdered probiotics in milk before giving it to him. Another way I use it is for storing wet cotton balls for cleaning his butt-butt 😋 Click here to learn more about Philips Avent Storage Cups.

Bottle Warmer

Philips Avent Bottle Warmer

Expressed milk needs to be stored in the freezer or refrigerator. For quick thawing, I place the milk in this device for 3 minutes and it’s the perfect temperature for drinking! I only wish it had an automatic stop because I’ve thawed milk once or twice before and forgot to time it for 3 minutes so it became super hot. Make sure to always pour some drops on the inside of your wrist. Luckily, Pancho will drink my milk regardless if it’s nice and warm or straight from the fridge haha! But I still try to warm his milk when I can because I feel like there’s extra love in it when I do hehe. Click here to learn more about the Philips Avent Bottle Warmer.

Sterilizer

Haenim Smart Sterilizer

Inside the Haenim Smart Sterilizer

Gotta admit it’s nice to be a mom these days because of all the high-tech pretty gadgets!! I got a Haenim Smart Sterilizer as a gift from the company and it’s been such a lifesaver. It’s the #1 UV Sterilizer in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia and it was only made available here in the Philippines last year. You can wash your bottles, pumps, pacifiers, etc. and this device will dry and sterilize it for you in just 30 minutes. There’s also a UV-Only option if you want to sterilize your phone or other things that you and your baby usually touch. Need more high-tech realness? It’s the first and only smart sterilizer in the Philippines. Yep, you can control it using your smartphone! I also sterilize my makeup brushes and toothbrush in my Haenim Smart Sterilizer. Click here to check out Haenim on Facebook.

I guess it’s both a blessing and a curse to be a mom in the digital age. It’s a blessing because you can learn so much from other moms through online forums and there are so many different gadgets to make things easier for us. Both my mom and mother-in-law are in awe of my electric pump because they were only able to use the manual pump during their time! Sobrang nakaka-ngalay daw!! Of course the downside is that there can be a little too much information and there’s always a product that claims to be better for your child than what you are currently using. I believe there is no one way to raise a child and it’s a different experience for each of us. Sharing your experience is great, but imposing on others — that they should do exactly what you did — is a big no-no! Feel free to leave a comment about your own pumping essentials and tips below! We can all learn from each other :)

♥,
Saab

Saab

21 Comments

  1. Reply

    L

    July 9, 2018

    I’m loving these mommy blog posts. So happy and proud of you, Saab. Hugs!

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      Saab

      July 10, 2018

      Yay!! I’m afraid I might alienate my non-mom readers! Sorry guys, I’m just obsessed with all these discoveries. Will go back to normal programming soon :p

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    Meggy

    July 10, 2018

    Please have more mommy posts, Saab! Haha! I am a mom, too and I love seeing Pancho on my newsfeed everyday. Kakagigil.

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      Saab

      July 12, 2018

      Thannk you!!

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    Juliane Jill

    July 13, 2018

    Nakakatuwa yung blog mo te. Gang maging nanay ka go pa din! :) Sana bumalik na din yung kay Lauren. God bless po ♥

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    farn manuel

    July 14, 2018

    Sunmum was my go-to milkbag too, cheapest but of good qlty din naman! store it pahiga muna para mamaximize space, then itayo na for longer-term storing :)

    good thing you were able to use the spectra na hand-you-down pa.i used Spectra m1, but eventually, humina na motor and won’t charge. but that was after 2 years of use naman! hihi, so not questioning the product at all!

    my baby’s 34 mos na and still bfeeding, tho mixed na w/ formula.. wishing you a long and fun bfeeding journey. super worth it and iba talaga ang bond!

    love you, saab! 💜 always fun following your little family. you & jim before, and now with Pancho :) oh and with Joey ofcourse!

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      Wow 34 months strong!! Good job!

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    Erika

    July 14, 2018

    Hi Saab! I also bought a knock off of the hands free pumping bra from shopee. Luckily, I’m still using it today and hasn’t caused any problems naman! It’s a must have for every pumping mama! Btw, about warming stored breastmilk… I read that it should not be warmer than human temp or else the microbes and nutrients could be destroyed by the heat. That’s also what my nurse taught me. Pls look it up :) I’m enjoying all your mommy posts!

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      Thank you!!

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    Erika

    July 14, 2018

    I’m also using a Spectra pump. Thanks for reminding me that I may need to change my valves too!

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      It drove me crazy when it wouldn’t pump well 😅

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    Issie

    July 19, 2018

    Hi there. I also love these mommy blog posts. It would be very helpful to me as a new mom. I have a problem with breast milk pumping for my baby which is less result. So, I ‘m learning about breast pumps example here http://www.womensedge.org/best-breast-pumps/. Could you give me suggestions about good pump? Thank you in advance for your suggestions. I would like you keep sharing more posts.

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      My second-hand Spectra is working really well! I also super love my Hegen manual pump!

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    Jam

    July 19, 2018

    Hi, Saab! you mentioned na Pancho is taking powdered probiotics… may I know what brand it is? I am thinking of giving my baby probiotics too and looking for brands na I can ask my pedia. Thanks

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      Optibac! I buy it in bulk from Amazon and have titas bring it back home. You can also buy from Dra. Manlapaz from St Luke’s QC.

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    Alpha

    July 30, 2018

    I feel you… sobrang saya maging nanay at this age of time… i have 3 kids na and just gave birth this march. 9 yrs old na yung sinundan ni baby. At ngayon super happy ako sa mga kung ano ano na nabibili na hindi ko nabili dun sa first 2 kids ko… swerte ang mga baby ngayon at mas swerte ang mga nanay ngayon… super oove ko din ang epump unlike dati sa manual ko. Sakit na kamay ko wala pa ako sa 1oz hahaha 🤪

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      Hahaha kinekwento nga sa akin ng mom ko! Congratulations!!:)

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    Julie

    August 27, 2018

    Hey Saab, been reading your blog since 2010! I also is a first time mom, and gave birth last January 24, 2018. Thank you for your blog posts, these are really helpful to first time, breastfeeding, millennial mommies who are following you. And we have the same electric pump by the way, works really efficient. Kisses to Pancho!

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      <3

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    Giddel

    September 6, 2018

    Hi saab! Congrats in continuing brrastfeeding Pancho.. i would just like to share that you may opt not to heat/warm your milk before giving to Pancho. Any amount of heat may destroy or breakdown some components of BM. Even with shaking the BM there is an effect, versus swirling—so with bottle warmers, despite low setting it can possibly change the milk components already. You’ll lose some of the yummy goodness of the milk. You might want to consider leaving it out in room temp if chilled or frozen. Frozen thaws fast under running faucet water about 10-20mins. :)

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      Saab

      September 24, 2018

      Thanks for the tip!:)

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