At the ABC Kid’s Show in Vegas the week before last I was the Queen of pump and dump! I had never left my baby boy while still breastfeeding and I didn’t want to give it up for a little 3-day work trip. So – I decided to pump. Which led to the most embarrassing breastfeeding moment of my entire life so far – I hope anyway:).
I left my house at 3am to drive to Las Vegas in time for an 8am meeting Monday morning – the 2nd day of the expo. I arrived at 7:30am exhausted but ready for a full day, and extremely engorged! I ran into the conference center, found the closest bathroom, and pulled out my single breast pump. I found an outlet and put my cardigan over to conceal my frontside because I had forgotten my trusty Covered Goods nursing cover at home (sad face). While women filed in the bathroom in a long line I just sat there on the dirty bathroom floor and pumped away trying not to make eye contact with anyone. Then my breastmilk started filling into the tubes aughhhhh! I went to fix it and my cardigan fell off exposing my bare chest. But that’s not the embarrassing part! As I scrambled trying to pick it up I dropped the single breast pump on the ground (the gross and dirty ground) and my milk started squirting milk everywhere and all over the mirror! Aughhhhh I was so embarrassed. The things we do to preserve our milk supply right??? The best part was 10 minutes later when I found out that there was a beautiful nursing lounge on the 2nd floor I could have gone to pump in comfort.
So all of this leads me to the best thing I found at ABC Kids. Ameda!!! First of all – I must be so focused on Mommi business that I totally missed that insurance companies are now offering a double breast pump FOR FREE! Did you guys know this??? What rock have I been living under? When my new best friend from Ameda came over to the Mommi booth and let me know about this great perk, I was stoked… and then destroyed because my baby is too old to qualify. Even though I knew I was missing out until my next baby came along, I decided to visit their booth and do a little video to tell you the good news and also show you all of the coolest breastfeeding tools they have available for you!
HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT???? Actually 2 cool things – 1) Free double breast pump with most insurances (to check if yours is one of them check Ameda’s website HERE) and… 2) All the amazing innovation with breastfeeding products – and especially the double pump with clean tubes that your milk can’t fill up and that you don’t have to clean.
As I packed up to leave after doing our interview the Ameda ladies gave me the best surprise that made me CRY… they gave me a double breast pump!!! I was seriously so bummed out when I found out that I couldn’t get my own double pump from insurance so when they gave me this one I felt like it was Christmas. I have been using it now for the last 2 weeks and let me tell you guys… it is a GAME CHANGER. I have never had a double pump before and it is saving me so much time. The settings on the pump that you saw in the video are so easy to use and I feel like it gets my milk out so much faster. If you find out your insurance doesn’t get you a free one then go get one from Ameda and you will be in breast pump heaven … which now exists for me haha.