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.**

 

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The Stigmas of SAHMs: A Day of Nothing

We all know the look. The look we get when we tell acquaintances, friends, even family members, that we’re choosing to become a stay at home mom. It’s a look of confusion, surprise, pity, jealousy and “judgyness”. This segment is about overcoming the stigmas of being at SAHM. Whether placed on us by loved ones, SOs, friends, strangers, MSM, or even ourselves, stigmas are the mantras we tell ourselves over and over that slowly break us mentally, spiritually and emotionally. We can overcome these debilitating scripts. We can become the all-star parents we saw ourselves being from the minute that pink line smiled back at us.

Let’s do this together. Let’s learn everything we can and become fulfilled as women and mothers in this role we were created to thrive in.

“Well it’s not like you do anything all day..”

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I am not a Stepford wife. But some days, I find myself trying to live up to irrational standards that I put on myself. Maybe I constantly smell of pledge and downy because of the stellar example set by my mother. Or maybe even because I’ve seen a lot of examples of how I don’t want my home to be run. I’ve been known to be folding laundry and unloading the dishwater seconds before my head hits the pillow. But many days I take a step back, exhale, and tell myself that the crumbs in the rug and the frozen pizza in the oven will not kill anybody. I take a look at my beautiful crazy family and I thank God for every minute I get with them.

You’ve read all the cute little stories titled “this husband can’t afford his wife.” Laundry? $50 a load. Cooking? $100 a day. My DH is active duty military. I won’t go into detail, but his job is up and down, coming and going, and so much unpredictability I could scream (sometimes I do). He doesn’t expect me to do all the things that I do, but I do them anyway. I live by the motto that a home should be a place we want to go. I want to come home to peace, a decent level of cleanliness and less stress on the inside than out. I clean my home and prepare 3 meals a day and try to keep my toddler alive from 6 am til 7 pm (even those sleeping hours still stress me some nights). I’m starting grad school (again) and writing for this incredible blog. I am no super mom or wife. But I do work. All day long.

We’ve talked before in this blog about PPD. I myself went through a mild dose of the baby blues that took me a while to overcome. I was lucky. My symptoms were very typical, mainly fatigue, lack of energy, lack of motivation and little interest in things that I usually enjoyed. With prayer, incredible friends and a supportive family, I overcame my symptoms.

But during this time specifically, I felt others attempt to use my SAHM status for their own benefit. People asked me to babysit for two weeks straight or drive 45 minutes with a newborn to meet for coffee, or got offended when I didn’t answer their calls every. single. day to talk about their latest coworker drama. And maybe I’m being insensitive, but I honestly did not care. Most days I was praying nap time came faster and maybe for a shower that day. I did not want to watch their children or load up my car to survive an afternoon out with a nursing infant. I didn’t even want to listen to their coworker’s latest fashion crime. And that is ok. Because that time finally passed and I was able to enjoy the little things again and get some frickin sleep! But that still didn’t make me a doormat.

For these, and ten thousand other reasons, I can literally physically feel my blood pressure rising and my hair getting a little more red when someone dares to say to me “Well, it’s not like you’re doing anything so….(insert annoying favor)” Excuse me. Do you see a living human hanging off my leg? Well apparently I’m at least feeding and cleaning that little person. It’s funny how remarks like that come from individuals who have never cared for a child or spent longer than a child-induced chaotic weekend at home. It doesn’t matter. There is no excuse for diminishing the role of a mother. Any mother. But especially one that is home all day kissing boo boos, singing ABCs, wiping mashed peas off the ceiling and somehow manages to keep the home together enough to live in.

Do not ever let someone make you feel as though you are lazy or wasting your days away by spending them with your child. These developmental years, (and childhood and teenage years) matter. Being a constant positive presence for you child fulfills so many needs their little hearts and brains don’t even know they need. And those days when that toddler is a little hellion and you just want to scream and put them to bed at 2 in the afternoon, still know, you simply being there is everything that child needs.

Let your house be knee deep in toys, a Stouffer’s lasagna in the oven and still be wearing yesterday’s sweats from time to time. You are there for your child. You are working so hard every minute of the day to learn patience, teach, provide for, and deepen a bond that your child will not soon forget. Don’t let someone make you feel inferior because you do the most important job on earth (it’s corny I know, but oh so true). We’ve got this. We work HARD every day. We are no one’s doormat and it is ok to say no to those “favors” other people think we have all the time for. You’re doing an amazing job, stay at home mom.

-Chelsea

Read more of our SAHM Stigmas series here:

SAHM Stigmas: Finances “We can’t afford this”

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/14/the-stigmas-of-sahms/

SAHM Stigmas: Careers

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/18/the-stigmas-of-sahms-careers

The Stigmas of SAHMs: Careers

We all know the look. The look we get when we tell acquaintances, friends, even family members, that we’re choosing to become a stay at home mom. It’s a look of confusion, surprise, pity, jealousy and “judgyness”. This segment is about overcoming the stigmas of being at SAHM. Whether placed on us by loved ones, SOs, friends, strangers, MSM, or even ourselves, stigmas are the mantras we tell ourselves over and over that slowly break us mentally, spiritually and emotionally. We can overcome these debilitating scripts. We can become the all-star parents we saw ourselves being from the minute that pink line smiled back at us.

Let’s do this together. Let’s learn everything we can and become fulfilled as women and mothers in this role we were created to thrive in.

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“Oh so you don’t want a career then?”

Um….excuse me? Someone actually said that to me when they learned that I was becoming a SAHM. While resisting the urge to spit my entire academic and professional career thus far in his face laced with a couple of non-PG terms, I took a breath, *serenity now,* and smiled politely. I tried to present my five year plan to him but he glazed over and interrupted me to talk about his motorcycle…

The day I became a SAHM, I did not receive a welcome kit equipped with elastic jeans, an apron,  Soap Opera Digest and a killer brownie recipe (I take that recipe though if you got it). This is 2015 and for some reason people still view a SAHM as this quintessential, archaic role that is completely self-sacrificing and frankly, outdated. They smile at you with this condescending look that says “well, guess you’ll never be getting that corner office but at least all the lunches will be packed!” I’m confused….

Why, in today’s culture where self-expression and feminism thrive, do some (most?) readily assume that if a woman chooses to stay at home and raise her children, she is somehow giving up on herself? She’s throwing away a career, the potential for financial success, the opportunity to be praised by her peers….

There are definitely times when I crave the camaraderie that I had with my coworkers or the simple joy of a coffee break whenever my heart desires. But what I want, but I truly want, is for my children to see me as someone who chose to be there for them, but did not lose herself. To be that booger covered, silly song singing, soccer game attending mom that I’ve always wanted to be. But I want them to see someone who has goals and is actively pursuing them. I’m not storming down boardroom doors at this moment in my life, but I am going to school. I am reading books, staying current in my field and nurturing relationships with people outside of MOPS (I’m not in MOPS. I’ll tell you why some other time).

Being a SAHM does not mean giving up any dreams you ever had for your life. In fact, I see it as achieving double of what I ever hoped for. I get to live this crazy mom life and continue forward in my professional goals simultaneously.

Laugh at the naysayers. Don’t wear a SAHM badge like a death sentence for your hopes and dreams. Keep dreaming, keep pushing, keep being there for your babies but take a minute (even if it’s just one) out of the day to look up grad schools. Volunteer in your field. READ!! Keep nurturing yourself just as fiercely as you do for your babes. I am a SAHM, but it is only part of who I am. Don’t lose you in the chaos of everyday life. And seriously, walk away immediately from that idiot that tries to make you feel like you are less of a person like I should have done.

-Chelsea

For more of our SAHM Stigmas series, check out:

SAHM Stigmas: Finances “We can’t afford this”

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/14/the-stigmas-of-sahms/

SAHM Stigmas: A Day of Nothing

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/18/the-stigmas-of-sahms-a-day-of-nothing/

Helpful Reward Apps

I’ve rated a selection of grocery reward apps that I’ve personally used. 1 Star is not worth your download, 5 Stars means you should definitely look into it for some great money back savings! When it comes to grocery reward apps, there a few features to look for that will make an app more applicable and appealing to your individual purchases.

The broader range and amount of products they offer rewards on, the more use you will get out of the app. Also, redemption minimums are important as well. An app that allows me to cash out after I’ve earned $5 is obviously more appealing than an app with a minimum of $20 worth of earnings to cash out. Another app feature to look for is a store requirement. Some apps will allow submissions from any store, even online, while others will only allow submissions from select retailers. Finally, how you submit a reward is the last app feature I look for when rating reward apps. Most apps require a pic of the receipt but others may require you to scan the item barcode in addition to the receipt in order to validate the purchase. Annoying, time consuming, ain’t no mama got time for that.

Here is my review of apps I’ve personally used and the ones I like the most. **NOTE I use Apple products. Some of these apps may be available on Android but I unfortunately cannot confirm.

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IBOTTA

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  • Can redeem from a variety of local grocery, big box stores, and retailers
  • Can redeem for produce items as well as occasional “any brand” deals for items like diapers (!!!) or milk
  • Cash out minimum of $10 to PayPal, Venmo or several gift cards
  • Sometimes over 100 offers for one grocery store, so high likelihood its stuff I’m going to be purchasing
  • Must scan individual barcodes of items in addition to receipt photo
  • VERY specific on some items. I’ve been duped a few times when I purchased the wrong size or flavor of an item. For example, cash back for Brawny paper towels but must purchase 9 ct.

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CHECKOUT 51

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  • Most redemptions can be from any retailer
  • No individual item scan, only receipt pic
  • Offer rewards for produce
  • Cash out minimum of $20 by mailed check
  • Not many items available for earning rewards

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MOBISAVE

4.5

  • Redemptions can be from any retailer
  • Several items available for earning rewards (multiple baby items!!)
  • No individual item scan, only receipt pic
  • NO CASH OUT MINIMUM!
  • Money goes straight into PayPal account
  • I LOVE Mobisave but the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because there is a waiting list to use the app!! Took me a few weeks to be approved. Download ASAP so you can get on the list and start using this great money back app!!

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SNAP BY GROUPON

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  • No individual item scan
  • Not a large variety and somewhat random items available for reward redemption
  • $20 cash out minimum by mailed check only

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SAVING STAR

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  • Multiple items available for reward redemption
  • $5 cash out minimum to PayPal
  • Links straight to rewards card to individual stores so you don’t even have to take a receipt pic
  • No individual item scan, only receipt pic for stores without a rewards card
  • Some people are obsessed with this app, I find it confusing. Many rewards are “$2 back when you buy $15 of product.” I can’t remember to brush my hair some days. Too much effort for me.
  • Very specific on item quantity and flavors
  • Only allowed redemption through a limited number of stores

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SHRINK

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  • Limited amount, but some “any brand” and produce options
  • $10 cash out minimum via PayPal and Venmo
  • No individual item scan
  • Redemptions can be from any retailer
  • Not a large variety of items, mostly organic
  • If you buy organic a lot, check this out. For me, I have yet to receive a payout. Just don’t purchase the items available for rewards.

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SHOPMIUM

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  • Redemptions can be from any retailer
  • NO CASH OUT MINIMUM
  • Money immediately into PayPal or Bank Account
  • Items must be individually scanned
  • App is extremely difficult to navigate in comparison to others
  • Not a large amount of rewards offered but more common items

The Stigmas of SAHMs: Finances

We all know the look. The look we get when we tell acquaintances, friends, even family members, that we’re choosing to become a stay at home mom. It’s a mix of confusion, surprise, pity, jealousy and “judgyness”. This segment is about overcoming the stigmas of being at SAHM. Whether placed on us by loved ones, SOs, friends, strangers, MSM, or even ourselves, stigmas are the mantras we tell ourselves over and over that slowly break us mentally, spiritually and emotionally. We can overcome these debilitating scripts. We can become the all-star parents we saw ourselves being from the minute that pink line smiled back at us.

Let’s do this together. Let’s learn everything we can and become fulfilled as women and mothers in this role we were created to thrive in.


 

“We can’t do this financially”

That very well may be a fact. Some of us simply cannot live without the income of the mother. Whether you are a SP and must be the sole provider, or you and your SO are in a place where there is no possible way to make it work, its ok. WOH presents you with different challenges than a SAHM but you dear, are superwoman. You got this. But this segment is for the women that come to the (scary) decision to leave work and take on childcare FT.

I don’t care if you’re Bill Gate’s wife, leaving you job and losing that income no matter what your financial situation, is freaking terrifying. So let’s fix it. Let’s relieve the anxiety and talk about some simple, practical options that may sound intimidating at first but will ease the shock of financial loss and help the transition into FT booger covered zombie a little less intimidating.

  1. Grocery Budget

My DH and I sat down and said “this is what we’ve got.” That number, every pay period is what I have to purchase groceries, baby supplies, gifts, clothes, household imageneeds…pretty much everything besides gas, bills and major purchases. That’s it. Trust me, if I told you, the number would make you fall out of your chair and say “Ramen is disgusting, I can’t do this.” Trust me, you can. And you don’t have to eat Ramen (hey, throw some chicken in it, a couple veggies, Ramen can work!!). But to start, sit down with you’re SO and come up with a number. Freak out for a second, then take a breath and let’s move on.

  1. Couponing

For the love of all that is Holy, do not watch Extreme Couponing and think you need to imageput on an addition to hold all your toothpaste. Just, no. But what you need to do is start small and get the Sunday paper. The Sunday paper will cost you about $2, sometimes as low as $.75 if you preorder and have it delivered. It will provide you with dozens of coupons every week that will cut your grocery bill significantly. Cut, organize a little, and then make a list.

  1. Make a List

I told you. Make a list. You don’t need binders and file folders of coupons to save money (yes I have a binder, yes I love it, no you can’t touch it). Start simple. Make a list of things you need for the week and then start looking. Look through your Sunday paper coupons and start to match up coupons with what you need. Then if you’re feeling bold, check out coupons.com. It’s not scary. Look for what you need ONLY. Don’t get wild and burn through your printer ink. After that, hit up google. I needed rice. I googled “Uncle Ben’s.” I found a coupon. Not rocket science. Just simple computer skills. Go to the store now.

  1. After the store, Grab your Tablet

After you read this, read my review on grocery reward apps. They’re free. Then, look up what you bought, take a pic of your receipt, get cash. Boom. Easy.

  1. Online Shopping = Ebates & Retail Me Not

Ebates is fool proof. Any time you shop online, find the site you’re going to on Ebates first. You’re making the purchase already, why not get 6% cash back?? Then, when you get those orthopedic pacifiers your mom is convinced will prevent braces, check out Retail Me Not for a promo code. Boom. Now you’ve gotten 6% cash back from Ebates and saved 15% off your total and got free shipping because you found a code on Retail Me Not. Online shopping nirvana.

Start here. These are the things you can do from home, don’t take hours and hours of your precious sleep time and WILL save you money. Lots actually if you start to really get into it. We can talk about meal planning, getting your cable bill down (or getting rid of cable altogether) later. Let’s start at the beginner level and wow your SO with how much you saved on groceries this week with a little extra planning and little time on the tablet. You got this.

-Chelsea

For more on our series of Sahm Stigmas, check out:

SAHM Stigmas: Careers

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/18/the-stigmas-of-sahms-careers/

SAHM Stigmas: A Day of Nothing

https://burritobuzz.com/2015/09/21/the-stigmas-of-sahm-a-day-of-nothing/