First-Time Breastfeeding Mom Wish List

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Medela through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Medela all opinions are my own.

I have always known that when Mr. B and I had kids that I would do my best to breastfeed them. There are just so many benefits to breastfeeding! Some of the ones that really stuck out to me as a benefit are it helps with mine and the baby’s health, the skin-to-skin contact helps with bonding, and of course the savings with not having to buy formula.

Lately, I have been reading up a lot on breastfeeding and it got me to thinking of what types of things I would need to make this process as best as I can for our little family. As many first-time moms, I worry that the process won’t be something that comes naturally, how will Mr. B feel about not getting to hold her as much since she’ll be relying on me for feedings, and the whole breastfeeding in public issue that you hear about lately.

Reading the different books and articles on the Medela website have really helped with some of those fears and I’ve learned things I didn’t even think about.

I have learned more about pumping as well and plan on doing that when I have to leave Baby B for an extended period of time or to give Mr. B the chance to feed and bond with her. After browsing the Medela website, I came up with a list of things I believe would make the pumping experience a more easy one.

#Sponsored First Time Breastfeeding Mom Wish List by Brooke: Not on a Diet

The Medela Pump In Style® Advanced breast pump

I’m lucky enough that this pump is one the my health insurance will cover (check your insurance, yours may be covered as well) for us. I like this one because it comes with the nice tote bag if I need to take it along with me somewhere.

Easy Expression™ Bustier

Who doesn’t like the idea of hands-free pumping? If I can pump and read (or play on Pinterest) at the same time, I’m down with that.

Medela Accessory Starter Set

This set comes with a lot of the basics you need to get started. There are cleaning bags, Pump & Save™ bags, nursing pads, and even a magnet to help you with correct storage of the breast milk that you pump.

Breastmilk Storage Solution™

I pretend to live in a world where I’m super organized and when I have the right tools (and use them), I can be. I love this set appears to make it easy to be organized with bottles and the Pump & Save™ bags! There’s even a place to write when you pumped the milk into the bottle or bag.

Breastmilk Bottles

Well, these are sort of given since I’ll (and Mr. B) need a way to feed Baby B the milk I pump. 😉 These are also nice because you can pump right into them and store it for later. I like how it’s all universal with the Medela pump system.

Another tool that Medela offers that I’ll be using is their My Medela App. I recently downloaded it on my phone and know it will be handy for when Baby B makes her entrance into the world. On the app you can track when you last breastfed, pumped, and even the times you changed the baby’s diaper. All important things to know to help you breastfeed along the way. There are even some great articles to read, as well as a place to answer any troubleshooting problems you may be having.

I know this isn’t a total list of all the things I may need throughout our breastfeeding journey, but I feel it could be a great start!

If you have breastfed, what would you include on the list?

I’m Certified!

Sometime either during the majority of my weight loss journey or shortly after, I decided I wanted to become a personal trainer. It was a dream that sat in the back of my head, but didn’t get much further than that. I would talk about the dream with others, never acting upon it.

I would peruse the multiple sites you could earn a certification from, comparing everything, adding up the costs, and even got super close to making the purchase. Then my anxiety would build up and I’d be back at square one.

It went on this way for a couple of years.

Then last May, I went to a paranormal/psychic expo where I heard a talk from a couple of ladies who talked about listening to your intuition and signs from the universe. I left that expo with that in the back of my head and just a few days later when getting SUPER anxious about making the leap, a dime appeared from the Universe.

I made the purchase, received the material, and hit the books pretty hard. Then I got to the Essentials of Exercise Science book, which was HARD! I tried to stick with it, but it just got too overwhelming for me and I stopped. I would come back to it every few weeks, only to discover it wasn’t getting any more easy to understand.

Soon it was the beginning of the year and my exam was a few months away. I did my best to get back to studying and would do good for a few days, only to become occupied with other things. Before I knew it, it was March and it was just a few weeks before my exam.

I knew I wasn’t prepared and rescheduled it for a fee. I wanted to choose a new date that was after Baby B’s birth, but I could only go out a few months. So, I picked the very last day that I could.

I got back to studying off and on until the end of April/beginning of May where I began to really bust my butt with studying. I struggled through the Essentials of Exercise Science book, but I did it. After getting through that, the rest of it was pretty much a breeze.

In what felt like a blink of an eye, I was only a few days out from the test. I really busted by butt learning all that I could with staying up late the night before the test and was up early the morning of going back through what I knew was a week spot for me.

Last Wednesday, I made my way to Iowa City for the exam. After trying to figure out parking, (why is this ALWAYS so difficult?) I made my way to the center, and tried my best not to freak out.

I sat down at the computer and began the exam. Thankfully it wasn’t as hard as I originally made it out to be and took my time with each question. And loved that I had the ability to flag questions to come back to that I was really having trouble with.

Things I didn’t love, the VERY fidgety girl sitting within my eye sight. :p

After working through the all 150 questions, I said a lil prayer, and submitted my exam. I was then told immediately that I PASSED!

I did my best to hold my composure in the exam room, got my print out, and dashed out of the building to my car where I had a little dance party. I called Mr. B to tell him the good news and sat in the parking garage in shock for a bit.

Then I made my way to the hospital where I got to visit my adorable niece!

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Talk about the perfect way to celebrate! 🙂

I’m really pumped to finally be an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and my plan is to bring online services to my readers. I don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, but I’m excited to share it with you and further work on my dream of becoming my own version of Jillian Michaels.

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What dreams are you chasing after?

Whatever it may be, don’t give up! Hard work does pay off!

Baby B’s Shower!

Some very lovely ladies in my life threw me an incredible shower almost a month ago and I haven’t had a chance to share it with you all yet! Partly because I haven’t taken the time to sit down and blog about it, but also because I became an aunt recently!

My younger sister and brother-in-law had their baby a little earlier than expected (her and I had due dates only 6 days apart!) on May the 4th! Thankfully everything is going quite well and my niece is hanging out in the NICU doing her best to gain weight. 🙂 She’s adorable and I can’t wait for Baby B and her to be the best of friends!

As I was saying, my baby shower was incredible and everything I imagined it would be. Everything was a total surprise to me except the invitations, which I helped picked out. Other than that, I was kept in the dark about the rest. So, when I walked in the door and saw everything for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised!

Pink & Gold Baby Shower

There was also this DELICIOUS looking dessert table!

Pink & Gold Baby Shower

I mean, look at this cake from Old Towne Bakery!

Oh Baby!

No worries, I didn’t dive into dessert right away. Although, I was tempted to swipe my finger along that frosting! 😉

After a tasty lunch, it was time to open gifts. Baby B received so many wonderful things! Adorable outfits, baby basics, and I even received a basket full of pampering items for me!

Some of my favorite gifts I received were the handmade ones. I’m lucky to come have some pretty talented ladies on both sides of my family who made Baby B beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts.

My mom crocheted her a bright blanket.

Bright Crocheted Blanket

Mr. B’s aunt made her a fun quiet book.

Quiet Book

And my mother-in-law hand painted her the cutest Mother Goose keepsake box.

Hand Painted Mother Goose Keepsake Box

I love that Baby B will have these things to treasure for many years to come!

I also love that she is surrounded by so many people who love her so much already! We really are fortunate to have such great family and friends!

Baby B's Shower

So hard to believe that she’ll be here soon! I’m excited to meet her, but she has been ordered to stay in her cozy home for at least another six weeks! We still have plenty to do before she makes her entrance. 🙂