Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Breastfeeding was probably the scariest experience that came with motherhood, for me. From having a baby who wouldn’t latch on to getting a handle on the torture that my shirts went through after falling victim to my new leaky faucets, it was embarrassing and frustrating in equal parts. But I was determined. Even when I went back to work, just 2 months after my daughter was born. She wasn’t going to drink formula, no matter what I had to do.
So I marched off to work (secretly crying in the bathroom every hour) with a manual breast pump tucked awkwardly in my purse.
The manual pump was a baby shower gift, so I gave it a fair shot for about a week, but my breaks at work were never long enough to get anything done manually. My husband got me an electric pump for my second week back, but it was massive, and came with a bag that looked more like a carry-on suitcase. By my fourth week back to work, my daughter was drinking formula.
None of this would have happened if this giveaway was available to me back then.
Leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, October 23rd, and you could be the lucky winner of a Medela grand prize package that includes a Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump (no suitcase necessary) and an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University where you’ll learn everything you need to know about nursing.
The grand prize package also includes Quick Clean breast milk removal soap (so that Baby’s bottles will sparkle) and a Calma breast milk feeding bottle.
What could make this giveaway any better? Nine runner-ups will also win an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University! That’s a total of 10 winners!
Read the official rules here. Goody luck!
Congratulations to our Winners:
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Monday, January 7th, 2013
If you’re an expectant or a new mom looking to save money in the New Year, look no further than your insurer to save a few hundred dollars. A provision in the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance companies cover breastfeeding support, supplies, and consulting–in conjunction with each birth–when health care plans began resetting on January 1.
Insurance companies, not the government, will cover the costs of the breast pumps but each company has a different plan for its members. Since the provision is rather new, and has no specification whether insurers should cover certain brands or types of supplies, many are still unsure as to how they’ll implement these benefits.
Visit your insurer’s website to find out how you can obtain breastfeeding supplies (and determine which ones are covered on your plan) and lactation consulting for no out-of-pocket expenses.
For more information about the ACA and how it affects your family, read our interview with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
How breast pumps became a political issue
For decades, breastfeeding has been an inflammatory topic among moms, the relative merits and burdens inspiring books, blogs, and sideways glances. So perhaps it was inevitable that the issue would spark a political firestorm among Mama Grizzlies this week. It began innocently enough. At an intimate press conference kicking off the second year of her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of early intervention. And in highlighting steps parents can take, she recommended that women breastfeed their babies, because “kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.” (Yahoo)
Mom sells kids’ toys on eBay as punishment
Used to be, kids were made to take a timeout when they acted up, or maybe even a spanking. But now, parents have other options, like selling their treasured toys on eBay as punishment. One mom, fed up with her boys’ fancy spinning tops and how they wrecked her bathtub, decided to gather the offending tops — the popular Japanese manga Beyblade toy — and put them on eBay. She even posted a picture of her sons, one clearly in tears, while the younger one has a mug shot look, resigned to his fate, as he holds up the zip lock bag of Beyblades to present to the buying public. (MSNBC)
Myanmar plans mass inoculation after polio case appears
Myanmar is planning a mass polio vaccination after a seven-month-old baby was diagnosed with the virus, the country’s first case in three years, according to the the United Nations Children’s Fund. (Yahoo)
Kids as young as 5 can command a computer mouse
Children as young as 5 can learn how to manipulate a computer mouse, according to a study that finds practice is more important than age in mastering the device. (Yahoo)
A School Topples Hurdles to Learning
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For 185 students on Long Island, some of whom may be unable to see or move, the Henry Viscardi School has long served as a refuge. (New York Times)