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.
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.
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!
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.
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.