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An important plus in my opinion is that the pump can be used on both sides, which saves a lot of time. And time is quite precious as a brand new parent.

Jennifer

Each week we ask a Real Mom if they would like the NurtureGoods experience. These moms use a breast pump from NurtureGoods in order to describe and share their experiences. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of the NurtureGoods experience and help you make a choice. This week, it's mom Jennifer's turn. Will you read along?

The NurtureGoods experience from Jennifer (instagram @huisjevanalles)

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding, what should I do?

Nice that you want to read this blog, I will first introduce myself my name is Jennifer, 28 years old and for almost 9 years together with my great love Mike. Last May our big wish came true and we became the proud parents of our son Teun. 

Are you going to breastfeed? It's something everyone asks you early on in your pregnancy. The midwife, maternity nurse and people around you want to know. My sister and I were both raised on formula, because my mother unfortunately did not succeed in breastfeeding. Nothing wrong with that personally! Yet you feel the social pressure to breastfeed, because let's be honest, at health care providers, pregnancy courses etc. they encourage breastfeeding very much.

In our family there are many ailments such as eczema and many different allergies. During my pregnancy I did a lot of research on the pros and cons of bottle and breastfeeding. I wanted to make a choice that suited me and that I could support. During my research I read that breastfeeding reduces the chance of allergies and eczema. I myself have lactose intolerance, which means I can't tolerate milk. When I was a baby, I had to get special food because of this. The standard food I could not tolerate. With all these findings and knowledge, I had resolved to breastfeed. Whether it would work was of course the next question. I also decided that no matter how much I wanted to, it should not be at my expense. Those 9 months of pregnancy and a delivery have already demanded a lot from my body so I was of the opinion that I had to listen to my body. If it didn't work out or was difficult I would have made peace with it. Fortunately Mike was fully behind me. Whatever choice I made. 

Our dear son Teun was born with a low birth weight (2665 grams) so it was extra important that he started drinking well right away. After the birth he was put on my chest and luckily he quickly went looking for the breast. With a little help he quickly accepted the breast and (luckily) breastfeeding started well. 

If I'm completely honest, I had underestimated breastfeeding a little bit. The time and energy it takes is still pretty tough. That is why I like to pump besides breastfeeding so that I can have some "me time" once in a while and not always have to be the milk machine. I also think it is important that Mike can give our little man a bottle of breast milk once in a while. Of course, this also helps to strengthen the bond between father and son. Fortunately our maternity assistant also encouraged these thoughts and said that a little time for myself is also very important. The maternity assistant advised me from the beginning to empty my breasts twice a week as a standard procedure, so that my breasts would get a reset. Of course this is also to prevent breast infections. 

After I made the choice to breastfeed I started looking for a breast pump. As soon as you start looking you end up with the standard and well known A brands that everyone has. During this search I also came across the brand NurtureGoods. My search ended here because I got to test the Smart 3.0 pump. Besides the fact that this pump looks beautiful in color and design (I love pink!) I really like the way it works. It has several modes, it is cordless and the battery is good enough to pump several times without having to recharge. The touch panel on the unit speaks for itself. In addition, the pump is equipped with a timer, so you can see exactly how long you are working. And as a final and important plus, I find that the pump can be used on both sides, which saves a lot of time. And time is quite precious as a brand new parent. In short, I am very happy with the Smart 3.0 pump from NurtureGoods and highly recommend it! I hope that by writing this blog I have made you enthusiastic about this pump too. It is really not necessary to buy those expensive A brands! 

Much love,
Jennifer

Want to know more about Jennifer? Then follow her on Instagram @huisjevanalles