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Pumping at Work: 10 Simple Tips to Make Your Experience Easier + Printable

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Are you a nursing mama who is heading back to work after maternity leave? Are you wondering how you will have the time and feeling overwhelmed by the thought of pumping at work? I know that feeling well and want to help! I have tried many things to save time and increase productivity while pumping. Here are some tips that worked for me!  [br]1. Get an extra pump. (I use the Medela Pump In Style and love it, but there are several other options out there.)  You can also find a mom who is done with her pump and ask to borrow or purchase it. (Be sure to purchase new tubing to use with the pump.) Keep one pump at home and one pump at work or in the car. I promise it will be worth it. Not having to carry your pump to and from work every day will make your life a heck of a lot easier.[br]2. Purchase extra pump supplies. Purchase an extra set of pump supplies and bottles. Again, keep one set at home and one at work.  This will prevent you from the dreaded day you forget your supplies and…

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How to Avoid Mom Guilt

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 That dreadful feeling you have every time you aren’t with your child? It has a name. Mom Guilt. Some moms experience mom guilt at higher levels than others or for different reasons. This in no way makes you a better or worse mom than the next. It is simply something that comes with being a mom. There are several situations that might cause a mom to feel guilt. Being a working mom, being stay at home mom not bringing in any income, having a date night without the kids, not breastfeeding, or breastfeeding and hating it. The list could go on and on for miles. Heck, I am sitting here writing after my kids are in bed and I am feeling guilt that I am not getting more sleep in order to have more energy for my kids. Ridiculous, right? Us moms should be able to do things for ourselves without feeling guilty. So, I have compiled a short list of things that can help lessen the dreaded mom guilt.  Be intentional and engaged I find my mom guilt is at it’s worst when I know I wasn’t completely engaged with my kids that…