The Facts On Breast Milk Banks and Milk Sharing

While the majority of us have heard of (and donated!) blood, not as many of us will be familiar with breast milk donation. But, as shown by the latest statistics from The Red Cross Lifeblood, milk donation is increasingly becoming more common. 

But how exactly does milk donation work and why is it so important? We spoke to Lifeblood and some mamas who have benefitted from informal milk sharing to get the lowdown.

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Breast Pump Questionnaire

When it comes to breast pumps, questions abound. From the best model to choose, to Manual versus electric pumps and even why we need a pump in the first place. We decided to go to the source, our Milkbar mums, to find out their thoughts on all things breast pumps. We surveyed 318 mums who responded to our various call outs for participants on our social media accounts and in our weekly newsletter.

We asked our mums a range of questions from what their favourite breast pump was, to why they decided to purchase a pump in the first place and the advice they’d give other mums new to pumping.

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Manual Vs Electric Breast Pumps: How To Choose What's Best For You

The world of breast pumps can be a confusing one! Let's take a look at manual vs electric breast pumps, how they differ, the advantages and disadvantages and how to choose one that will best suit your lifestyle and needs.
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How to Create a Breastmilk Stash Using The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

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Guide to Choosing the Right Breast Shield Size

When buying a new breast pump it is important to make sure that the breast shield not only works for your expressing needs and lifestyle, but also that it’s comfortable and easy to use, so you can get the maximum milk for your efforts.
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Power Pumping to Increase Milk Supply

Sometimes, for any number of reasons, you may struggle to produce enough breast milk. This becomes especially obvious for mums who may need to pump regularly and who will have a fairly good idea of their usual output.

If you're worried about your supply, need to pump more milk or just feel like you could use a boost, power pumping may be the answer!

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How to Assemble Your Breast Pump

I opened the box and pulled out all the little ‘bits’. There were long things, round things, rubbery things and a suspicious-looking suction valve I think was meant to go on my boobs…maybe. My first introduction to a breast pump was a little bit overwhelming and in my sleep-deprived state (and we’re going to assume every new mum is sleep-deprived!) is looked really really complicated.
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Electric Breast Pump Troubleshooting Tips and Solutions

We’ve put together a few tips to help you navigate some of the common bumps of owning and operating an electric breast pump!
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Your how-to guide to SAFELY storing your liquid gold

If you're a pumping mum then knowing how to store your breast milk safely means that none will go to waste.

What's the best way to store your liquid gold? Check out our straightforward tips to show you how to refrigerate, freeze and defrost your breastmilk for easy storage.

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10 AMAZING tips to make pumping easier

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The Difficulties of Expressing: A Shout-Out to Mums

This is a shout-out to all the mums who have struggled, persevered, succeeded, hit a bump and kept going!
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Your essential guide to choosing a breast pump

Unless you've been living under a large rock, we'd bet that you're well aware that breastfeeding is a great thing for your bub. But what happens if you want or need to return to work, spend time away from your baby or are having difficulties putting them to the breast BUT want to continue to feed? While some mamas may choose to wean, there is another option; a good breast pump. 

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