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Lansinoh Momma Bottle (medium flow) Product Review

Bottle_5oz_Triple_Pack_540_405_c1Pros: For starters, this bottle is pretty in-expensive! If you are looking for a good, quality bottle, without shelling out a TON you can start here.

Bottle_TLD_Picture1The nipple silicon in this bottle is pretty realistic giving it an actual skin feel, which is nice. There are only 3 parts to keep up with so that makes it easier to clean, and prevents any leaking from parts not fitting exactly as they should.

This bottle is a great bottle to keep in your diaper bag for a bottle fed baby!

Cons: Unfortunately, our mothers with breastfed babies weren’t too fond of this bottle.

The flow from this nipple is way too fast, making it extremely easy for the baby to chug their milk too quickly. In turn, causing a lot of gas. Not only was the flow so fast that it was causing my baby to choke, but you could see the air bubbles when he wasn’t choking. From what our mothers have said “This bottle doesn’t regulate air very well in comparison to others”. So, there are other bottles out there that do the job for ‘fluxy babies!

In regards to the construction of the bottle, it seems rather thin, like it could break easily. So, I wouldn’t let a toddler roam the house with it or anything.

This bottle only comes in purple, it looks cute, but if you want a more boy-ish look you’re not going to get it.

All in all, this bottle averaged a 3 star with our mommies. If you have a breastfed baby, chances are this bottle won’t work well for your baby. But, if you have a baby with no eating or gas issues, and or is bottle fed, then this bottle would be a great fit for you!

This product is a great grab if you have a super easy baby and you need a bottle on the run, but I wouldn’t recommend putting it on your baby registry without knowing your baby yet.

~Amanda

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a postive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump Product Review

lansinoh-signature-pro-breast-pumpBreastfeeding is a very personal and private thing for a mom that elects to do so. Although it is very rewarding, breastfeeding can be a lot of work, messy, painful, time consuming, and sometimes down right exhausting. The last thing you want to be doing as a new mom is trying to figure out what kind of breast pump you should purchase!

We gave two Lanisoh pumps to two moms and let them tell us how they REALLY felt about it. They really dove in and gave us their honest opinions!

Pros: This pump is very easy to put together, and to disassemble to clean. The parts are pretty self-explanatory, and if you don’t know what to do the directions are very well-worded. One thing that I personally LOVED was that all of the parts were dishwasher safe (there aren’t many on the market that are!)

Lansinoh’s pump has 3 stages with different pumping levels within each stage, which helps make pumping as comfortable as possible. One of the moms that tried out this pump for us especially liked this feature, because “It helped you get your pumping experience as close to the way that your baby nurses as you can with a pump”.

Unlike most pumps the flanges have a silicon rim for comfort which is really nice compared to hard plastic that is more typical to see.

Cons: When it comes to this pump, there are a lot more cons than pros. I really wished it worked better for the quality, and high price that it is. ($150 before taxes) Most features of this pump sound nice in theory, but it was really only appealing to the eye. Once you had to start using it, it wasn’t as functional as it could be.

The piping is a little difficult to store as it doesn’t wrap up very well since its super flexible.

The 5 oz bottle works in most cases, but a slightly larger bottle tends to be necessary when you have older babies.

While the silicon around the flanges is nice, the flanges were rather large for a “standard flange”! When I was using the pump I couldn’t get them to stay in place, or get a good suction going. There was a lot of adjusting, a lot of changing settings, and A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. After trying multiple times, and spilling many ounces of liquid gold I gave up.

What is the point of pumping if you ended up soaking wet, and bottles are half empty?

All of the parts are dishwasher safe, but there are a TON of parts! I don’t think I would have wanted to pump at 3AM having to think about cleaning it!! You know that you are going to get it very clean, but how long is it going to take you?

Lansinoh has some fabulous products, but they have some work to do with this pump before I would want to use it again. As a momma I really don’t want to spend so much time pumping. It has to be quick and easy! It’s a good product, just needs some fine-tuning! In the end though, a pump is a very personal item and there really are a lot to choose from! Do your research thoroughly!

~Amanda

 

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a postive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

 

Breastfeeding Glossary

Antibodies- A substance that protects against infection

Areola- The circular area of pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple

Breastfeeding.

  • a. Exclusive: Baby receives all nourishment and fluids at the breast.
  • b. Almost exclusive: Baby receives all nourishment at the breast except for small amounts of supplements.
  • c. Partial: Frequent or regular supplements.
  • d. Token: Minimal breastfeeding

Breast shell – a plastic shell that fits over the nipple, used to correct flat or inverted nipples.

Breast shield – a thin silicone shield that is placed over the nipple and areola during nursing.

Colostrum- A concentrated fluid secreted by the breast at the end of pregnancy and shortly after childbirth that provides nutrition as well as protection against disease

Engorgement– fullness, swilling, and enlargement of the breasts.

Foremilk– Low-fat milk that leaves the breast first during breastfeeding or pumping; the longer the time periods between breast drainage, the lower in fat the foremilk becomes

Hindmilk– Higher-fat milk that comes later during a breastfeeding or pumping as the breast becomes more fully drained

Inverted nipple – a nipple that retracts into the body, rather than protrudes when the areola is compressed.

Jaundice – caused by an excess of bilirubin, jaundice causes yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin. Jaundice is relatively common among newborns, and is treatable.

Lactation -The action of producing and secreting milk

Lanolin- This cream is a savior to many breastfeeding mothers who experience sore, cracked nipples. It can soothe and protect, but make sure that you only use a pure form of lanolin to prevent allergies to the toxins that come in impure forms

Latching On – Latching on is when the baby takes the nipple and areola properly into his mouth to begin nursing. Proper positioning is critical, because your nipple needs to touch the roof of your baby’s mouth to stimulate him to latch on, suck and swallow.

Let-Down- This is the process where the brain tells the body to produce milk and make it available in the breast. Let-down occurs when the baby’s sucking action on the breast sends a message to the brain. The message stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland. Hormones are then released that act on special cells in the breast to produce the milk and send it toward the nipple where it is available for the baby.

Lipase – An enzyme that breaks down fat in breastmilk. In rare instances, some women may have it in higher quantities in their breastmilk, and it can cause breastmilk to develop a bad smell or taste when frozen.

Milk ducts – ducts in the breast that carry milk from the alveoli to the nipple.

Mastitis – generally occurring in breastfeeding women, mastitis causes the breasts to feel hard, sore or uncomfortable. Mastitis is caused when bacteria enters the breast through a break or crack in the nipple’s skin (such as those caused by chapped nipples) or by a plugged milk duct

Oxytocin– the love hormone, in both mom and baby which helps with bonding, stress relief and makes you relax.

Plugged (milk) duct – often caused by mastitis, plugged ducts occur when small milk ducts in the breast become blocked.

Positioning – The way a baby is held or situated when breastfeeding. There are different breastfeeding positions, and you may have to experiment to determine which one is most effective and comfortable for you and your baby.

Prolactin – A hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is responsible for milk production within the alveoli in the breast. During pregnancy, prolactin makes the breasts grow, and after giving birth, it stimulates the milk production. Prolactin is made in response to nipple stimulation when the baby suckles at the breast. Low prolactin levels can affect the mother’s milk supply.

Progesterone- A hormone produced by the placenta in large amounts during pregnancy that stimulates breast development and inhibits production of large volumes of milk.

Pumping – The method of extracting breastmilk with the help of a pump. There are both manual and electrical breast pumps. Pumping enables mothers to provide breastmilk for a caregiver to give to the baby while mom is away (for example, working).Pumping is also often used to stimulate production in a mother who has a low milk supply, to induce lactation or relieve engorgement.

Rooting Reflex-The rooting reflex occurs when touching your breast to the center of the baby’s lips or stroking his cheek causing the baby to open it’s mouth and turn it’s head to one side looking for the breast.

Suck, suckle– The baby’s milking action at the breast; in traditional usage, a baby at the breast “sucked” while a mother “suckled.”

Thrush – a common yeast infection of the mouth and throat caused by the fungus Candida albicans, marked by white patches in the mouth. Thrush can also occur in the gastrointestinal tract and can cause certain types of diaper rash in infants.

Breastfeeding Essentials

images Getting ready to have a baby? Hoping to be able to nurse? Just like bottle feeding it comes with some things that are pretty helpful and important! I have compiled a list of my favorite products, and what I use daily while nursing. Some moms might need more, some might need less, but I really hope this list helps you gather up some products, and be ready for that LO!

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Nursing Chair/ Comfy place to sit! – I have a pillow that follows me around the house if I’m not sitting in my glider.

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Water and healthy snacks readily available– You burn tons of calories nursing, and you have to stay nourished to be able to nourish your LO. ***This is an area where I have DH help. He usually runs and fills up my water and grabs me a little snack***

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Breastfeeding pillow– There are a few brands out there, but my favorite is the Comfort and Harmony Mombo Nursing pillow. It’s a 2 sided firm/soft pillow. One side is soft for the baby to lounge on, and the other side is firm providing great support for nursing. It’s also a pretty snug pillow, meaning it keeps its shape and stays snug around you. The Mombo is closed more than most pillows, so I have found that the baby sits in it nicer. I purchased the one with the vibrating insert to help keep little ones happy. The price on the Mombo is about the same as other pillows too (around $35). It’s all about preference and comfort so you can relax and feed baby.

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Nursing pads– See my review for more details, but Lansinoh pads are the best! When you breastfeed you tend to leak a little in between feedings, and when you let down while nursing. You have to have something in your bra to catch that milk or you will be drenched.

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Nursing bra– Nursing bra’s are made with a little clip on the top so you can pull down the front of the bra and feed. I have multiple, but my favorite is the sports bra style. I feel like they keep everything in place the best, and I never feel like I’m going to have a slip and leak. I get mine from Motherhood and they are usually around $30, but you can catch sales and coupons to get them a little cheaper.

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Feeding cover– Not all moms feel comfortable just feeding without something covering them a little. You can buy feeding covers from most stores that carry baby items, but I just made my own. I will blog a tutorial about that in the near future so you all have access to that easy little project! Look for nursing infinity scarf.

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Nipple cream– Lanolin is a MUST! Especially when just starting out. It’s safe for baby, and makes you feel so much better so quick! I usually purchase Lansinoh brand, because it goes on the nicest. Medela and Earth Mama Angel Baby make a nice one also.

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Cooling compress– when you are starting out your nipples get a little chapped and sore, these help with the tenderness and give you a little break from feeling so sore.

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Pump– If you are going back to work or just want to be able to pump once a day so that your DH or family can feed LO you have to have a pump. In most cases your insurance will cover it FULLY! So be sure to ask about getting it covered. They are pricey, but you get what you pay for! I have the Medela Pump In Style Advance and I don’t think I could go without it! ** If you are going to pump regularly I also recommend a pumping bra. It lets you go hands free, so you can work or do what you need to and pump at the same time.

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Milk storage bags – Milk is only good in the fridge for a week, so if you know you aren’t going to use it the best thing to do is freeze it. I buy Up and Up brand from Target.

There are tons of other little things to help with nursing, if you are having a hard time, but this is the main list of things you will need as soon as baby arrives.

Hope it helps ladies! Nurse on!

~Amanda

Product Review: Lansinoh Nursing Pads

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As a nursing mom nursing pads are a must for most mommas! I know moms who can go without pads, and or bras and just free willy nilly feed their baby! HA!!! I wish I could. If you are a mom like me with machines for boobies then these guys are your BEST FRIEND!!!

Pros: Lansinoh pads keep you dry the longest, stay in place, and most importantly hold the most milk. For you new moms that are asking “What the heck is she talking about?” … just you wait!! Mwahahaha

Cons: The ONLY things that I can find wrong with these pads is that the wrappers attract static and stick to everything. I find them all over stuck to things when I thought it made it to the trash!

I have been breastfeeding for the better part of two years with having two babies under two. Lansinoh pads always come out above the rest! I have tried others and they just don’t cut it! You can get them for as low as $4.93 for a smaller box and the larger boxes generally are around $7.99. They are actually cheaper than even the store brands in most cases! So, WIN for your budget!

Great buy and a must add to any baby registry!

~Amanda