The following post is sponsored Aeroflow Breastpumps. As always, all opinions are my own.
Going back to work after having a baby can feel overwhelming. And now that I’ve done it twice, I can truly say that it is a difficult time to navigate, with many questions, an endless to-do list, mixed emotions, and sometimes, tears. As a new mom, the act of returning to work seems to take a village, and any little hack that makes it go smoother, is much appreciated. There’s figuring out childcare, establishing a new routine, nailing down day-to-day logistics in timing, drop-off, and pickup, getting your work attire ready to go or shopping for new items, meal planning and prep, and if you’re breastfeeding, figuring out all things related to pumping. And I mean, all.the.things.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, and work outside the home (or will be spending the majority of your day away from your baby, like I did with A, and for a while with B) you probably are going to become quite dependent upon your breast pump to help you maintain your supply, and produce milk for your little one. It will essentially be your new breast friend. (Mom joke alert!) Pumping will just become a normal part of your daily existence, and you’ll learn that thing like the back of your hand. But how exactly do you acquire a breast pump? Aren’t they super expensive and don’t they require tons of accessories and gear? The short answer? Yes, and yes. The long answer? I got you girl.
Enter: Aeroflow Breast Pumps.
Aeroflow Breast Pumps is a company that all working (or just pumping!) moms should become familiar with. They are essentially a Godsend for breastfeeding and pumping women out there who are in need of a breast pump, but don’t know where to start! Aeroflow specializes in helping moms get their breast pump AND even pregnancy and postpartum support garments (like belly support bands, compression socks, and postpartum compression) through insurance. The phone calls, the paperwork, the prescription – you simply fill out their Qualify Through Insurance form to get started and they do the rest. Literally, they take care of the entire process for you. Did you know you could even qualify for a FREE breast pump and other essential items through insurance? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans are required to cover the cost of a breast pump!
Returning to work clouds your mind in more ways than one, and the last thing you want to be stressed about is where to get your breast pump, or even paying for it. I had no idea where to even buy a breast pump when I was pregnant with Adeline, and had it not been for a friend of mine that reminded me of the Affordable Care Act and pointed me towards Aeroflow, I would have been lost for days!
Aeroflow’s Breast Pump Specialists are oh so friendly and have a wealth of expertise on your breast pump options and insurance guidelines. You can choose from the top brands, including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh and Motif, and they will walk you through what exactly you qualify for, as well as any additional upgrades you can pay out of pocket for. You can also purchase accessories, supplies, and apparel such as extra parts, pump bags, coolers, nursing pads, milk supply bags, nipple care, bottles, nursing covers and bras, cleaning needs, etc. They have everything you could possibly need, all in one place. And let me reiterate the breast pump part – they DO IT ALL FOR YOU. Calling your doctor, filing the claim, etc. etc. Your hands are left free to snuggle that baby, and get everything in order before your first day back.
I’ve used them twice now, and have nothing but great things to say about the entire experience. With Adeline, I paid a little extra to have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced with the backpack, which included the cooler pack, extra bottles, and the backpack. At the time, I was still working in an actual office, and was walking two blocks into the office every morning from the parking lot. The backpack was a huge benefit, and being able to keep all of my pumping supplies together in one bag was a major plus. It was also somewhat discreet. This second time around though, with Barrett, since I’m working from home, my pumping needs have been a bit different. I wasn’t so much concerned with needing a bag for my pump, and really I just needed the actual pump itself. So, with my insurance, I qualified for exactly that – the Medela Pump in Style Advanced breast pump. I already had extra bottles, a cooler pack, etc. from my time pumping with Adeline, so no need to upgrade to anything fancy. Pumping isn’t exactly glamorous, but that bad boy fills up the empty corner of my home desk quite nicely.
Being able to check off such a major item on your to-do list before returning to work, and not even having to think twice about it, is the ultimate mom hack. It’s both money saving, and time saving, and makes your life just a tad bit easier! Aeroflow is basically the greatest thing to happen to working and pumping moms.
I’ll be back soon to go more into detail about my breastfeeding/pumping journey this second time around, especially now that Barrett is staying home alongside me full time. Stay tuned!