I love being a mother and it’s something I’ve embraced since I learned I was pregnant eight years ago. My emotions after having my first son were mostly of wonder, happiness and love, but in the coming weeks another emotion started to creep into my days…confusion. When it comes to taking care of a baby, parents have a plethora of choices. That’s a good thing, but it can also make life more confusing for a new mother! Bottles are the perfect example. From different bottle designs to different nipples that provide certain benefits and flow rates, how is a mother to know which bottle is best for her little one? Babies can be picky and so even after making a choice, many parents find that their little ones reject the bottle or nipple that’s been purchased and favour a different one.
I couldn’t be happier to announce that I recently completed my nursing degree and I did it while raising children too. In fact, just ten days after finishing my degree I welcomed my third beautiful baby girl into the world. Needless to say, I am almost always doing two things at once. And now that I am a nurse, eager to dive in and begin my new career, I need to balance that role with mothering my newborn. Well as a devoted breastfeeding mother, I just have to say, “Thank goodness for the new Medela Freestyle breast pump!”
Like many mothers these days, breastfeeding my children is something I cherish for the many proven benefits it provides both my child and myself. However, when work or school demands take the mother out of the home early in the baby’s life, breastfeeding can be difficult to continue. I did the best I could with my other two daughters. I tried other pumps in the past with little success and eventually resorted to some manual expression but it was a lot of work. This time around I knew that I needed a better solution; I didn’t want my new career to interfere with my ability to provide my daughter with the most optimal nutrition.