adventures in breastfeeding + a giveaway

One of the biggest things that made me nervous about becoming a mother was the prospect of breastfeeding. Despite doing a ton of reading and research, plus knowing that I wanted to be my child’s sole source of nutrition – there was an inherent fear that came along with that, as well. What if I couldn’t produce enough milk? What if my baby didn’t have a proper latch? What if, for some reason, I had to switch to formula…would that make me a bad mother? Nevertheless, I moved forward with a plan of breastfeeding and started looking into breast pumps so Ryan could help at night, as well.

As mothers and most soon-to-be mama’s know, there are a ton of breast pumps out there, and it’s hard to tell which ones are better than others. Some come with hefty price tags and great reviews, and some come with cheap price tags and great reviews…so which is the right one? Almost two months ago, Ameda contact me to try their Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump, and I was intrigued – if a bit wary. 

^^^ image via

When Spencer was born, I was so eager to try out the pump and start building up a store of milk so we’d never run out. I did realize quickly though that I had to wait for my real milk to come in, as the first 4 days were pure colostrum. Once it did though, I jumped straight in, and I haven’t looked back. This pump has been gold for us. In those first few weeks where my body was learning to regulate my milk supply and adjust to Spencer’s needs, the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump helped relieve some pretty intense engorgement, plus it helped me build up a supply to freeze which helped for our cross-country move.

It’s compact, comes with a series of bottles to fill and replace, and the parts are easy to clean – all of which were essential to me when choosing a breast pump. I love being able to adjust the setting on the pump, as well, and the speed control helps for those last-minute “oh my gosh, I have to pump” moments. I’ve had zero discomfort, and after almost a month of using the pump, I can honestly say this is one of my absolute favorite baby products. Plus, there’s an awesome collaboration going on right now between Target and United Healthcare, where they might just cover the cost of your entire breast pump…a huge plus when first-time parents are shelling out thousands of dollars for a new baby. 

Compact, lightweight and super efficient, this is a must-have for mama’s on the fence about their breast pump choices or just looking for a great (and pretty affordable option).

^^^ this sweet man and his oma…plus cheekies finally, thanks to plenty of milk!

Thanks to the generous folks over at Ameda, I’m so excited to be able to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win a free Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump of their own! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open through midnight EST on 1/12/15.

I received the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review or opinion of this product.