C-Section, Twins, and Exclusively Expressing – A Pumping Journey
During a private scan at nine weeks pregnant, it was quite a shock to Ruth Williams to discover she was expecting twins – there was no history of multiples in either her or her husband’s families!Lexie and Oscar were born at 37+2 weeks by c-section, weighing 4lb 14oz and 5lb 5oz respectively. Ruth had decided to breastfeed both babies from birth, but little Lexie began to lose weight, and so Ruth was advised to combine feeding her formula, plus breastmilk by expressing.  “In the early few weeks, I was breastfeeding my son and then as soon as I finished, I was pumping for my little girl,” ..
Expressing and Feeding with Siblings
If you’ve decided to breastfeed and/or express your breastmilk, and baby is not your first, you wouldn’t be alone in wondering how this might work when you have other children to think about. Breastfeeding and expressing should be a positive experience, certainly between mother and baby, and for the rest of the family. However, there are a number of aspects most mothers foresee as being a challenge.These include keeping siblings occupied, and their feelings towards you and the baby.  They may feel jealous of your time together - will they demonstrate attention-seeking behaviour, will..
Nicole in a Nutshell
BREASTFEEDING - MY ONE NEGATIVE (THAT ISN'T SOOO BAD)I planned on writing this post AGES ago when I assumed Ripley would happily alternate between boob and bottle without fuss. Fast forward 4 months and this so hasn’t happened.  We are basically Siamese.Not that I am complaining. I am so grateful that I took to breastfeeding really easily (after the initial tough bit). I love it so much and have no plans to stop anytime soon.  And Ripley has no complaints; it's champagne on tap for him.I guess I just thought it would be nice to have the flexibility of expressing every ..
Back to reality: Returning to work as a breastfeeding mum of 2
I can’t believe it’s that time already.  My maternity leave ends tomorrow.   It’s the strangest feeling, in some ways the time has flown and in others it feels like an eternity since I was last anything other than ‘just mum’.I started maternity leave 2 days before Meggy was born and have taken just under 9 months off work in total. It’s been amazing.  I’ve loved being there for both my babies and am so lucky to have had the time I did.  If I’m honest though, part of me is ready to go back.  Don’t get me wrong, being a full time mummy is incredible but I love my jo..
How to store and use expressed milk when working or travelling.
Depending on your working day, you may have to keep your expressed breast milk with you for some time. Luckily, there are plenty of options to help you – and your baby to make the most of your precious breast milk.Firstly, before and after expressing you should wash your hands and make sure your surroundings are clear. This will minimise any chance of introducing bacteria to the milk. Sterilised containers, such as the Easy Freeze bags, are perfect choices to use to keep your breast milk safe before it gets to baby.Breast milk is safe to keep at room temperature for six to eight hours at 16-19..
Tips to help a working mum who needs to express at her workplace.
1. Talk to your employer before you return to work, as they may already have a policy in place to help you. If not – you can discuss with them any extra breaks you may need to express your milk, or even to travel home and feed the baby. Of course, the bathrooms aren't a suitable place, so you should be able to agree on a quiet, private space in which you can express your milk.2. Try and stick to the same schedule your baby would normally have when you are expressing milk. This is important to help protect yourself against mastitis, and helps baby too by keeping the milk flow more regular. ..
6 Ways Dads Can Get Involved in Expressing Breastmilk!
Breastfeeding and expressing is restricted to mums and their babies, and this makes complete sense since it is only mums who are capable of producing breast milk to feed the baby. However, dad’s role is often overlooked as there are so many ways a dad can get involved in the feeding relationship. Much of their responsibility comes when mum needs some help in expressing and feeding the baby. Below is a number of ways a dad can get involved and give practical help;1. Look after the babyOne of the easiest ways dad can assist mum when she is expressing is looking after the baby. Pumping normally..
Coping With Mastitis
Mastitis occurs in every three breastfeeding mothers, and can be confused with breast infection which is not always the case. Mastitis means inflammation of the breast and happens when a blocked duct does not clear and causes swelling and redness. There are various signs and symptoms of Mastitis some of which include: engorged or swollen breasts sore or painful breasts nipple dischargeflu like symptoms. Treating Mastitis - mastitis can usually be easily treated and here are some ways to help:Feeding the baby more frequently or expressing: Feeding the baby frequently, especially from the affect..
Expressing Breastmilk: The Ultimate Guide
Getting started - Using a breast pump is relatively simple, but it is something that you must learn and be patient with.We’ve taken the time to put together a list of tips that will help you get into your pumping routine and make the most of your expressing journey. It is important to know that you might not meet your expectations immediately, it takes time, but the sense of pride and accomplishment you’ll feel when it all comes together is amazing!Stimulating your let-down reflexOne of the most important steps to successful expressing is to stimulate your ‘let down’ reflex. The hormone (oxyto..
Feeding a baby with Down's Syndrome

It is a myth that babies with Down’s syndrome cannot breastfeed. Many babies with Down’s syndrome are now breastfed. Sometimes breastfeeding is established easily with no more problems than with any other baby. Sometimes breastfeeding a baby with Down’s syndrome can be harder and needs more time, patience and perserverance. Sometimes mothers choose not to breastfeed or find that because of their circumstances breastfeeding is not right for them.

8 reasons to hire an Ardo hospital grade breastpump
There are many advantages to hiring a breast pump from Ardo. Click to read more!
Fantastic Reviews from myBirthBox
We recently sent the folks at myBirthBox some Amaryll Start manual breast pumps, and we’ve received some fantastic positive reviews:“myBirthBox independent testers rated the pump 8.8/10”.“Our testers found the pump to be more powerful than expected and handy to take out in the handbag or keep by the bedside”.“We had great feedback about the pumps and are going to add them to our build-your-own boxes.”“They’re small, powerful and a great idea”.We’d like to thank the testers at myBirthBox for some fantastic reviews! If you’d like more information about myBirthBox, please headover to their site t..
Mumsnet Best Breast Pump 2017 Winners!
We’re proud to be awarded the Mumsnet Best Breast Pump 2017 for our Ardo Calypso Double Plus breast pump. You can read the review here.   We’d like to extend our thanks to all our customers, new and old, consumer and professional, for their continued support over the years. We’ve carefully developed the product to the standard that you receive today, ensuring that it is WHO-code compliant, made from BPA-free components and ethically produced. At Ardo we are passionate about breastfeeding, breastmilk and supporting expressing mums. We’re also proud to be an approved NHS supplier,..
18 clues you may be the parent of a Precious First Born
Do you recognise yourself, the mums at Ardo can definitely relate to some of these.... Precious First Born-ing (verb): an intensive state of parenting in which the afflicted adult becomes alarmingly obsessed with (among other things) the safety, nutrition and intellectual development of their offspring.  https://www.mumsnet.com/features/18-clues-precious-first-born-syndrome  ..
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