GIVEAWAY: Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Pump

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{ disclosure: all breastpumps and related equipment mentioned in this post were self-purchased.  no product was exchanged for this review, nor was I compensated.  i am a medela mom maven.  giveaway is provided by medela, inc.

Nobody knows breastfeeding like Medela knows breastfeeding.  That’s why I trust Medela products to ensure my breastfeeding success.  I truly believe breastfeeding is best.  It not only helps to foster the mother-child bond, but also has been shown to strengthen and build a child’s immunity.  I breastfed my daughter until she was a little over the age of two and I tell everyone she has the immune system like a rock.  I am currently breastfeeding my 5 month old son.  Like many mothers I had to find a way to ensue continued breastfeeding success despite having to leave my child for long durations.  In an ideal situation, I would carry my son to school with me everyday.  Not just to nurse him, but to see him too — both of which I don’t get to do much these days.  While nothing is as wonderful and conducive to breastfeeding success as actually having the babe to the breast, there are a bevy of breastpumps and accessories from Medela that can be just as helpful.

I trust and highly recommend Medela products to all my friends.  My best friend while I was nursing my daughter was my Medela Pump In Style Advance.  At the time, it was one of the more pricier models on the market.  I considered it an investment and if you’re truly committed to breastfeeding success, you should as well.  I often called it my “breast friend”, but I should also call it my daughter’s best friend too.  She became quite comfortable with the breastshield and often would rest her hands on it gentle as I simultaneously nursed her on one boob and pumped from the other.  I often thought it wasn’t the nursing that lulled her to sleep rather the gentle rhythmic sounds coming from the pump.

When my son was born, I was equally committed to providing the same level of breastfeeding to him as I did for my daughter. I took many of my learnings from my experience with my daughter, adapted them and even grew with them.  I was fortunate enough to be home with my son for the first 5 months of his life and that helped immensely with establishing a good milk supply.  With my good fortune and abundant milk supply, I was proud and thrilled to become a breast milk donor with the International Breast Milk Project.  To date I have donated over 4500 ounces.

I recently upgraded to a Medela Freestyle and am in love with it.  While there was nothing wrong with my trusted old friend, my Pump In Style Advance, I felt I needed the Freestyle for its many improved and upgraded features.  Now that I am back in school and often away from my son for 12+ hours, the Freestyle has afforded me portability in its small size, mobility with its rechargable internal battery, as well as time savings with easier to clean parts.  It still touts their patented two-phase expression technology which mimics a babies soft suckle and milk letdown.

Added to my arsenal, I also keep a Medela Harmony in my car for emergencies.  It is a handheld manual expression pump with two-phase expression technology as well.  You never know when a quick run to the grocery store turns out to be a 2-3 hour shopping trip.

In additional to their incredible product line, Medela has formed the Medela Mom Mavens.  They are a network of moms who share their knowledge and advice on breastfeeding with other moms and moms-to-be. They also have a robust website filled with an incredible amount of information covering everything from breastfeeding tips, to troubleshooting, finding a lactation consultant, information on insurance reimbursement resources, as well as information on their initiatives to make hospitals more baby (breastfeeding) friendly and helping employers create a lactation program.  For more information on Medela, their products and resources, please visit http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/

GIVEAWAY: We’re thrilled to offer to (1) of our incredibly lucky readers a chance to win a Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breastpump valued at $379.99.   To ENTER, from now until July 15th, fill out this FORM and pass along some sage advice to new moms for breastfeeding success.  Get up to (three) bonus entries. If you follow me on twitter @momconfessional and re-tweet this giveaway (Win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump @momconfessional http://wp.me/pLvfH-sI) counts as ONE entry. Follow @medela_us make entry #3.  If you “like” us on Facebook and share the giveaway with your friends, that’s entry #4.  DON’T FORGET to visit this FORM again and leave a separate entry for each action. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Giveaway ends on July 15th at 11:59 EST. A winner will be selected randomly by Random.org and notified by e-mail.

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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