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CNN Story on New Law Requiring Employers to Give Nursing Moms a Space to Pump Milk

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This CNN story (click on video below) has a great explanation of the section of the health care law that requires employers to give moms a room to pump breastmilk. The story covers the laws in other states and also has an interview with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) who put the wording into the bill.
I’m quoted in the online version of this story. (Good thing I compulsively check my email… reporter Elizabeth Landau sent me an email saying she wanted to talk). Here’s the link.:
“There really is a lack of support for breastfeeding moms, and you see that in the statistics of breastfeeding rates,” said Andi Silverman, mother of two sons and author of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”

I’m quoted in the online version of this story. (Good thing I compulsively check my email… reporter Elizabeth Landau sent me an email saying she wanted to talk). Here’s the link.:
“There really is a lack of support for breastfeeding moms, and you see that in the statistics of breastfeeding rates,” said Andi Silverman, mother of two sons and author of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown Talks About Pumping At Work and the Ohio Pumping Case

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No “bull” from CNN anchor Campbell Brown here! Though maybe a little bit of “bias.” Brown talks about how she takes breaks during the day to pump milk for her baby. And she profiles LaNisa Allen, the mom who sued Totes/Isotoner for firing her for taking pumping breaks. Allen lost her case which went all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. Here’s the Allen interview:

Thanks to Tanya of the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog for bringing this to my attention.

Working Moms Pumping Breast Milk While Traveling

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Here’s an article from the New York Times. And an excerpt:
No longer are there tales of airport security guards forcing a breastfeeding mother to pour a two-day supply of her baby’s milk into the garbage or another to taste her own milk. But a business trip still presents an array of challenges for breastfeeding mothers…
“At many companies, working mothers can request to travel less, but some women have no choice,” said Suzanne Riss, editor in chief of Working Mother magazine in New York City.
Every year, Working Mother compiles a list of the 100 best companies for working mothers. Two companies from the list in 2008, Ms. Riss said, were noteworthy for their support of breastfeeding employees who must travel.
Ernst & Young, the New York City financial services company, provides free travel kits so that women on business trips can ship milk home to their babies. And the Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm based in Boston, helps women bring their babies on business trips by covering travel expenses for the infant and a baby sitter.
Ms. Riss called such programs “very cutting edge” and noted that they “go a long way” toward creating loyal employees. “But they’re still the exception, not the rule,” she added.

Are You Breastfeeding or Pumping While At Blogher?

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If so…send me your stories. I’d love to hear what everyone writes about on this topic this weekend.
If you don’t know what Blogher is, click here.
Unfortunately, I’m not there. But I get to eat cake all weekend!! Going to my cousin’s son’s first year old birthday, and my grandmother’s 88th birthday. Go Nana!

Pumping Moms All Over the World

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One cool thing about running a blog is that you can get glimpses into the locations of your readers. I have a SiteMeter on the site that helps me figure this out.
But boy was I surprised when I found out that the winner of the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump is in Malaysia! I got a wonderful note from Hope, thanking me for the pump. And Medela is kindly handling the shipping, as well as getting Hope the adapter she’ll need to make the pump work in a foreign country.
For those of you who missed it, here’s Hope’s comment, that won her the pump.
I’m due this coming October and I’ve been reading up on how to provide the best for my baby. My mom exclusively breastfed my brothers and sisters and I, and I’d love to do the same for my baby. The only difference is that my mom didn’t have to go to work, whereas I do. So, I’ve been reading up on breast pumps and I’ve found that Medela is the best in the market! But it’s quite pricey and I don’t know if I can afford it. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found this contest. It’s like a blessing in disguise. A lot of great information and the chance to win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s the most practical solution because it’s lightweight and compact, yet has everything I would need to include breast pumping in my daily schedule. I’ve also been reading on bpa-free bottles and to know Medela has taken this into account just gives me more confidence in the name itself. I really hope to win so that I can always provide the best for my baby. PS: During our last checkup, we found out our baby’s a boy! :)
Posted by: Hope | June 29, 2008 08:55 PM

And here’s her “thank you” comment.
Hi Andi! Thank you for giving me the chance to participate and win the Medela Freestyle. I was and still am really excited upon hearing the good news. It’s great to know people at Mamaknowsbreast and Medela care about women and their needs as they venture into motherhood. As a reader from Malaysia, I believe your quest in spreading knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding is truly inspiring! I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of women all around the world. Keep up the great work! Thank you and God bless! :)

Now Hope, I have one more assignment for you… when your baby is born, you’ll have to let us all know what you think of the pump!

The Winner of the Medela Freestyle Pump

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AND A FURTHER UPDATE: To see a comment from Hope, the pump winner, read below. She lives in Malaysia! There are pumping moms around the world!
Hi Andi! Thank you for giving me the chance to participate and win the Medela Freestyle. I was and still am really excited upon hearing the good news. It’s great to know people at Mamaknowsbreast and Medela care about women and their needs as they venture into motherhood. As a reader from Malaysia, I believe your quest in spreading knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding is truly inspiring! I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of women all around the world. Keep up the great work! Thank you and God bless! :)
UPDATED: Thank you to everyone who left a comment for a chance to win a Medela Freestyle Pump. I loved reading what you had to say! There really is no shortage to pumping stories! And now…drum roll… the winner is Hope. Congratulations! Here’s her comment:

I’m due this coming October and I’ve been reading up on how to provide the best for my baby. My mom exclusively breastfed my brothers and sisters and I, and I’d love to do the same for my baby. The only difference is that my mom didn’t have to go to work, whereas I do. So, I’ve been reading up on breast pumps and I’ve found that Medela is the best in the market! But it’s quite pricey and I don’t know if I can afford it. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found this contest. It’s like a blessing in disguise. A lot of great information and the chance to win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s the most practical solution because it’s lightweight and compact, yet has everything I would need to include breast pumping in my daily schedule. I’ve also been reading on bpa-free bottles and to know Medela has taken this into account just gives me more confidence in the name itself. I really hope to win so that I can always provide the best for my baby. PS: During our last checkup, we found out our baby’s a boy! :)
Posted by: Hope | June 29, 2008 08:55 PM

BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POST:
Ok, all you pumping mamas…here it is. The latest and greatest pump from our friends at Medela. The Freestyle is Medela’s first hands-free, double-electric pump. Just attach it to your bra and get back to your emailing and phone calls. It’s really small, light-weight and best of all, the Medela bottles are BPA free.

Medela is giving away this pump. So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment answering this question: What is your best pumping story? And if you haven’t had a baby yet, why do you need this pump? (The deadline to enter is July 1, 2008).

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This post is part of our monthly breastfeeding carnival. To read the other entries about pumping, go here:
* The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog has tips for introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby.
* Raising Baby Bee writes about pumping at work.
* Breastfeeding Mums has some pumping tips.
* Breastfeeding 1-2-3 writes about exclusively pumping for a baby with a cleft palate.
* Hobo Mama writes about donating milk for an adopted baby.
* Adventures of a Breastfeeding Mother shares her pumping tips.
* Mike and Toni’s writes about how a pumping experience turned into a business idea– hands free pumping supports.

Answering Your Breastfeeding Questions

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I’ve been doing some guest writing on The Nest Baby, a cool site for new moms. Readers have been submitting questions about breastfeeding and I’ve been answering them. You can check out all of the answers on this link. You can also jump right to the specific questions from these links:
Breastfeeding Positions
Breast Lumps and Nursing
Dealing with Thrush
Inverted Nippes
Milk Blisters
Newborn Eating Enough?
Getting Help At Home
Prepping to Nurse?
Prepping to Pump?
Pumping and Work
Pumping Problems
Storing Breastmilk
Travel while Nursing
Weaning and Milk Supply
Pumping Extra Milk
If you have a specific question, feel free to email me any time at mamaknowsbreast@yahoo.com.

Medela Swing Breast Pump Product Review

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Medela sent me its latest pump, the Medela Swing Breast Pump. This is Medela’s first single electric pump. It’s small and light-weight and could fit easily in a purse or briefcase. Since my pumping days are over, I gave it to my friend Eliana to give it a test run. Here’s what she had to say:
The Swing is a welcome addition to the arsenal of any breastfeeding mom on the go. As a working traveling mom the best I could do before the Swing was to remove the heavy cumbersome rectangular motor from the Pump In Style backpack and schlep it in my carry-on. The pump took up much of the suitcase and was extremely heavy- especially when loaded with large heavy batteries. The Swing in contrast is light, compact, and just as powerful.
The pump motor unit is neat and user-friendly. The circular shape fits neatly into its own carrying pouch with plenty of room to hold all the necessary attachments. Four large buttons make the pump’s 2-phase expression a cinch to operate. You simply start by pressing the power button to begin the stimulation phase. Once your milk starts to flow you press the expression phase to continue pumping or let the expression phase begin on its own after 2 minutes. The strength of the suction is easily adjusted with the large “+” and “-” buttons- there are no knobs to fiddle with and no tiny buttons to adjust. The body has a long shoulder/neck strap that enables the pumper to actually wear the pump during use- eliminating the need to find a clean stationary place to set up shop (super helpful when you find yourself pumping in a skanky airport bathroom).
The Soft-Fit breastshields are comfortable and effective, and the one piece design of the pump body makes for less loose parts to lose on the road.
The motor runs on 4 AA batteries (much lighter than the heavy batteries needed for other models) and comes with a power cord. The suction is powerful and consistent. The Swing pump is quieter than the Pump-In-Style but louder than a manual. You wouldn’t want to use this while on a conference call unless you are working for a drum company. Each powerful pump ends with the slightly grating sound of a lightly clapping cymbal. The other drawback is that the Swing is strictly for single pumping- so if double pumping is a requirement then you are best to stick with the Pump-in-Style. Personally, I could never handle the logistics or schlepping involved in double pumping and single pumped even with my Pump-In-Style, so the Swing was a perfect solution. Powerful and tough enough for daily use but compact and light enough to slip into a purse (albeit a large purse). Overall a solid product and a more convienient option for nursing mom’s on the go.

New Rules For Taking Pumped Breast Milk on an Airplane

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At long last, it seems the Transportation Security Administration has come to its senses. It has done away with the rule limiting the amount of pumped breast milk a mom can carry on board an airplane.
Up until now, the old rule limited a mom traveling without a baby to three ounces of milk in her carry on luggage. Anything more and it had to be checked. Oddly enough, if you had the baby with you, you could carry on more than three ounces. Obviously logic had nothing to do with this rule. If you had your baby with you, you wouldn’t be carrying so much milk, you’d be breastfeeding. And if you didn’t have your baby, you probably had more than three ounces of pumped milk with you.
Anyway…the new rule about breast milk goes into effect on August 4th. Here’s what today’s press release has to say:
TSA is also modifying the procedures associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
The procedural adjustments were developed based on process and effectiveness studies, feedback from the workforce and regular consultation with airports, airlines and other security partners. This marks the third modification to security procedures within the last year. On August 10, 2006, a complete ban on liquids, gels and aerosols was implemented immediately following the thwarted terror plot in the United Kingdom, and the update to those measures permitting travel-size amounts of liquids went into effect in September of 2006.
…Since August 2006, 59 countries around the world have adopted the 3-1-1 standard for liquids, gels and aerosols: three ounce containers, in one clear, zip-top plastic bag and one bag per traveler at the checkpoint.

This new rule regarding breast milk was issued along with a new rule about lighters. An odd pairing if you ask me, but whatever. Common lighters are no longer banned; but torch lighters are still a no-go.
And here are some final gems from the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions for this rule:

Q. Why is breast milk not a threat?
A. Breast milk is a medical necessity and it is being classified as such. It must be declared at the checkpoint.
Q. How do you ensure liquid explosives disguised as breast milk or medications are not brought through the checkpoint?
A. Since September 2006, certain liquid medications have been permitted at the checkpoint as long as they are declared to security officers and are subject to additional screening.
Q. Do passengers carrying breast milk need to taste it to prove it is not a liquid explosive?
A. No. We will not ask a traveler to taste breast milk.

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Via, Jake from Birth Without Boundaries.

NY Store The Upper Breast Side Has a New Location

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I apologize up front to all of you who aren’t in New York City. But if you make it here for any reason, you’ve got to go check out The Upper Breast Side– a store dedicated to all things breastfeeding. Their slogan, “You bring your breasts, we’ve got the rest.”
This Upper West Side (hence the name) institution recently moved to a new location at 135 West 70th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam). I knew the store was moving, but I stumbled on the location today by accident, while watching a new mom carrying her infant in a sling. (I was impressed by her sling savvy. I was a total failure at the sling thing).
Anyway, this is THE place to go if you need a nursing top, breast pump, book– you name it. They will even help you find the perfect bra size. One caveat, double strollers with side by side seats won’t fit through the doorway. They’ll help you out. But maybe bring an extra set of hands with you if you have to bring two kiddos.