Pumping with the #MedelaCanada #Freestyle to Support my Breastfeeding Goals

I've chosen to breastfeed my babies and I'm lucky enough to have the breastmilk supply and support systems in place to make that choice. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have so few barriers standing in the way of breastfeeding success and I don't judge others for making different choices when it comes to feeding their babies. We're all doing the best we can and at the end of the day, if our babies are fed and loved, we're doing our job. Let's take a minute to pat ourselves on the back. Well done, parents! We're doing a great job.

With that being said, I am breastfeeding. I also pump to provide breastmilk for Poppy when I'm not with her and to protect my supply. The Medela Freestyle double electric breast pump supports my breastfeeding goals by making it quick and easy to pump when I'm not with my nursling. I don't worry about my supply suffering and I'm able to leave her with expressed breastmilk when we're apart. Breastmilk is a renewable resource but it can't be turned on and off at will. Breastmilk has to be removed from the breast (either by breastfeeding or pumping) in order for the body to produce more milk. If I miss a feeding because Poppy and I are separated, my milk production slows. It's science.

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I used a Medela Swing when Grady was little and I was pumping to donate to the BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank and it got the job done. It was steady and reliable. It was the station wagon of breast pumps. The Freestyle is the luxury sports car of breast pumps. It comes fully loaded with all the bells and whistles, it's sleek and streamlined, and it's fast. The Freestyle gets the job done well and it gest the job done quickly.

Double pumping is brilliant. I literally get double the milk output in the same amount of time as when I pump my breasts individually. Not only that, I've found that my body responds better to double pumping with the Freestyle than it ever did with a single pump system because I'm not trying to stimulate my let-down reflex twice. The Freestyle's memory function allows me to set the suction strength at my personal comfort level so I can instantly return to the same setting in the future with the press of a button, making pumping easier and more efficient.

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The Freestyle is one of the smallest double pumps on the market. It's compact, doesn't weigh much, and features a handy-dandy clip so you can attach it to your belt and pump on the go. The rechargeable battery means the Freestyle is totally portable so you're not restricted to only pumping near a wall outlet (but the handy dandy AC/DC transformer cord makes it easy to do so; the pump can be used while charging when portability isn't a concern).

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I don't have a lot of spare time right now (understatement of the year). Between Grady's kindergarten schedule (I swear his social life is more active than mine is) and the demands of life with an infant (hello, 4-month sleep regression) I don't have room for complicated or inefficient routines. My pumping routine needs to be simple and flexible, and that's exactly what the Freestyle provides. It delivers high-tech features without being fussy or complex to operate. Which is kind of perfect for me as I stumble through each day on approximately 37 minutes of sleep (only a slight exaggeration, I assure you).

{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.}