Breast Pumps My Personal Review

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Today I’m going to write a review of all the breast pumps I’ve tried, I’ll list the names and types of pumps I’ve tried and how I felt that they’ve worked for me personally .

Spectra love the setting of this pump , bottles are a bit oddly shaped not a fan of the one piece flanges as it’s harder to get into the pumping bras , note there are medela hacks to use medala parts with the spectra pump I’ll try them and give a review. Still playing around with the settings to figure out what personally works for me.

Medela is a good pump there are several different models I have personally tried the harmony hand pump the Lactina pump, symphony, in style pump they all work and are easy to use . There are so many different types of medala pumps and different size flanges it’s super easy to use just be very careful with the suction it’s super easy to accidentally hurt your nipples but using to much suction. Will show you the hacks I’ve used in another post in sha Allah.

Avent Manuel pump easy to use and store works great like the design.Love this design and the cushions flange pump. Not really a fan of the bottles because they are oddly shaped and a huge size even this smallest size ones.

Haakaa is a suction based cup thing that’s great for catching the second boob drips while baby nurses . Only issue I have is my baby seems to like to kick it off the other breast while she’s feeding. The suction and take a minute or so to get right .

Evenflo double electric pump it works like the extra cushion of the breast pump inserts small easy to pack design, don’t care for the one piece style flanges. I do like the extra flange cushions and I found a hack I use with medala flanges and evenflo cushions.

Amadela purely yours personal and hospital grade all I can say is don’t both they didn’t have any suction or speed even at the highest setting huge waste of time. Not a fan of the one piece flanges they are personal a pain to deal with and award to wash and get into pumping bras.like the duckbill valves and they will fit up in the medala parts I’ll show you the hack later.

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Easy chili

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Here is a super easy recipe

3 cans pinto beans drained

3 cans kidney beans drained

3 cans black beans drained

3 cans stewed tomatoes

2 small cans tomato sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion finally diced

6 cloves garlic minced

Salt*( to taste ) I leave salt out and let people add own salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper* can leave pepper out

2 tablespoons Paprika smoked spicy hot

3 tablespoons Chili powder

1/2 c Nutritional yeast

*Ground beef* 1 pound cooked and drained ( if using meat in dish)

*2 cups textured vegetable protein tvp *rehydrated with vegetable broth if using)

Combined all the drained beans and stewed tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce set aside for now.

Sauté onions and garlic in oil add spices and cook for 5 minutes ( if using meat you can sauté garlic and onions with meat and spices) once onions and garlic are soft then add everything to the beans add the nutritional yeast adjust the salt and pepper if adding simmer for 45 minutes on very low serve or cool down and store in fridge , can also be stored in portion sizes and frozen .

Note * means you can use if you want but you don’t have to *

Easy Chicken Soup

4 pieces chicken breast or thigh ( remove skin)

3 stalks of celery chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 carrots peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

10 cloves garlic peeled and chopped

1 onion chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 quarts chicken stock

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 cup noodles

Large sauce pan

Heat oil in sauce pan add chopped vegetables, garlic, onion and salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes then add chicken stock and chicken bring to boil lower to simmer cook 15 minutes then remove chicken pieces using a folk and knife debone the chicken and add back to the pot add the noodles cook for 5 minutes then turn off and serve in bowls hot.

Makes enough to serve 4 people.

Soothing Lemon Tea

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Here is a old recipe that’s good for soothing sore throats and colds I will include the way my mom made it when I was growing up and I will also include the way I make it for my children.

My moms tea

3 lemons sliced

1 quart water

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Boil 5 minutes then add to cup add honey and drink hot.

My ways

2 lemons sliced

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 quart water

Boil for 5 minutes then add honey and drink hot.

If I make it for my husband I omit the cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper for him he likes it very spicy .

It’s also good for sore joints and aches and pains

wipes for house

Ingredients

½ cup water
½ cup vinegar
8 drops essential oil including lavender
1 teaspoon detergent
Micro-fibre cloths
Large airtight jar
Instructions

Place cloths into large jar
In a jug combine water, vinegar, essential oil and detergent, mix to combine
Pour liquid over cloths
Seal jar

Use to clean things when done with wipe rinse it and place in laundry to be washed . 

Saves money and doesn’t have all the weird chemicals as store bought wipes

Liquid laundry detergent

  • -1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Almond or Baby soap
  • 1 dry cup of Borax
  • 1 dry cup of  Washing Soda
  • 1 dry cup of  Baking Soda
  • opt. a few drops of tea tree for disinfecting
  • Three gallons of tap water

    grate soap into sauce pan- add 2 cups of water stir, dissolve.
    into a five gallon bucket add Borax, washing soda and tea tree if using.
    dump melted soap liquid into bucket and stir quickly
    add water  stir and put lid on.
    set overnight- measure out 1/2 cup of liquid for light loads and 1 cup for normal.
     cheap liquid, Eco, natural detergent!

Dry Detergent for Clothes

Powdered Detergent

4 lb box Borax

3 lb box Washing Soda

4 lb box baking soda
3 lb container OxyClean (optional….but I have messy toddlers)

2 bars Fels Naptha soap (Dove is another soap I use

1.Grate bars of soap using a fine grater.  I use rubber gloves so that I don’t grate my fingers as well.I don’t grate my fingers as well.

2. In a large 5 gallon bucket, layer all ingredients and mix.  I put the lid on and rolled the bucket around and then used my rubber gloved hands to mix this all up.  It was a workout.

3. Use 2 Tbsp per load.  Sprinkle directly in drum on top of clothes.

*This works great in top loading, front loading, regular, and HE machines.

Inshaallah I will post a recipe for the liquid kind soon