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How Do I Choose a Breast Pump?

A breast pump is a useful tool for women during breastfeeding. But not all mothers need a breast pump to pump breast milk. Many mothers still breastfeed their babies completely with no breast pump or other supportive tools. So should a breast pump be used, and under what circumstances?

Should the mother use a breast pump?

  • You do not have milk (because you do not have baby) but you want to adopt a baby. Or you lose milk / lose milk (because your baby is lazy to suck/stop feeding for a long time) so you wants to stimulate more milk to feed him.
  • When the baby refuses to breastfeed.
  • The mother gives birth to over 1 baby (twins or triplets) and is tired of direct breastfeeding.
  • When the mother needs to travel or prepare to go back to work, she must pump milk to stay at home.
  • Mom, too much milk. Here, only to reduce tension, not to exhaust because the more milk will be drained.

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Why buy a breast pump?

As a powerful arm for mothers to pump their babies during the past years of life, the breast pump has many uses such as

  • Store up excess milk
  • Unclog milk rays
  • Prolonged breastfeeding process
  • Use the source of colostrum as an effective fish
  • Practice for babies with bottle-feeding

Experience buying a quality breast pump, most suitable

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Choosing the right breast pump will help the milking process of mothers become faster and more convenient. The quality machine will ensure safety for your baby’s health, no pain for mother, and no waste.

Before choosing to buy them, consider the following factors:

What type of breast pump to buy?

On the market are two popular types of breast pumps manual breast pump and electric breast pump. Each machine has its advantages and disadvantages, so consider choosing the right machine.

Manual breast pump


  • Simple, easy to use: The machine has a fairly simple design, removable, and easy to help mothers use immediately. The lightweight machine also helps mothers can carry and use.
  • Easy to clean: The fully removable parts help mothers to clean faster, save more time.
  • High durability: The machine is made from prime quality and safe materials, using arm force to stimulate milk production so their durability is greatly appreciated.


  • The efficiency of the breast pump is not high: The efficiency of the machine depends on the force of the mother’s arm, so they do not appreciate it as an electric breast pump.
  • Sometimes it will make you exhausted when you have to use the squeeze force often, many moms will feel tired.

Electric breast pump


  • Save time and effort: This machine has a fully automatic pumping mechanism, mothers just need to choose the milking mode then wait without effort.
  • For mothers comfortable feeling they equip the machine with massage mode and diverse suction mode to help mothers can choose the suction level. The suction is completely stimulated based on the baby’s suckling process, which will give mom the feeling of closeness, comfort without pain.
  • Help to bring about high efficiency in stimulating and pumping.


  • The price is unreasonable compared to the manual vacuum line.
  • Durability is inferior to manual vacuum.

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What kind of machine should I choose?

If the mothers have abundant milk, strong milk rays, just use a milking machine by hand. If the mothers are too busy or often encounter the situation of blocked milk rays, less milk, lose milk, they should choose the best breast pumps for low milk supply line

Choice of material selection

The amount of milk drawn, usually, the mother will take advantage of a baby to use always. Therefore, the material of the machines will directly affect the health of the baby.

Choose the milking machine made from high-quality plastic, does not contain toxic BPA, no smell. Also, moms should choose materials with good heat resistance (about 110 degrees Celsius) to make sterilization easier.

Supported features

Some high-end milking lines will be equipped with features such as LEDs, timer mode, memory mode … their price will be much higher than conventional models. Mothers can consider the actual needs, what features are necessary and suitable to choose the most appropriate device.

What brand do I choose?

Breast pump brands are very diverse, sometimes making it difficult for mothers to choose. However, each brand differs with price and quality as well.

We highly appreciate some brands of breast pumps are highly today such as Medela, Spectra, Unimom, Philips AVENT … These are all reputable names, trusted and used by users around the world.


Reputable brands will have a long warranty of about 12-24 months to help users get peace of mind.

For the lower warranties, the mother should carefully consider before choosing.

Do not buy old, buy a breast pump

This product line is unique to each individual. Sometimes some parts of the machine cannot be completely sterilized. To ensure safety and hygiene for baby, to avoid cross-contamination of some diseases, mothers should not use second-hand machines.

From the experience of buying a breast pump above, I hope you will soon find the most suitable product to use.

By forthischildiprayed June 30, 2020 Off

What Bra Should You Wear During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot physically and emotionally. It is a perfect option for people to understand the importance of different clothes and lingerie during pregnancy. One of the visible signs that your body goes through that is the fuller size of breasts. Additionally, it is not that simple as it seems to be as different cup sizes can be a thing of concern during pregnancy.

In addition, it becomes a pretty much-hassling task to get yourself a good pair of lingerie. We are here stating an optimal guide regarding the best underwear for pregnancy and bra that can work best for you. To gain additional information, continues reading the details stated below.

What Bra Should You Wear During Pregnancy

What should you wear a bra during pregnancy?

It is a considerable fact that you should be very much careful regarding the lingerie. It is better for you to approach for comfy and soft material bras. Several brands have been introduced in marketplaces that are especially working for maternity bras. These maternity bras are comfy, warm, and supportive for your breasts. Pregnant ladies have been observed that they feel uneasy due to oversize bras that are provided in larger cup sizes with a wider number of waist size. Pregnant women should be considering options of bras and underwear for pregnancy, as mentioned below:

Push up bras

The first one in the listing we have is push up bras that are the most convincing option for comfort and support. For those people who aren’t willing to go for ill-fitted bras and don’t wanna comprise for the comfort as well should surely go for the push-up bras. Instead of looking lousy with loosely fitted bras, you should be better approaching a supportive bra that can provide fine asymmetry to your breast and make you look more confident.


Another option for pregnant women who don’t want to settle for the boring bras can actually go for the bralettes. In addition, bralettes are the hottest trend of town that is a more fascinating and comfortable option for pregnant women to opt. These are made variably; you can choose to add pads to it for volume if desired; however, they can be used finely without them. In the pregnancy phase, it is hard to settle for something that fitted and cannot make space for expanding breasts. It is much helpful for people with bigger breasts and provides support as well.

Strapless bras

Another optimal alternate of strap bras is strapless bras that provide good support and body-hugging as well. During the pregnancy period, mood swings are a casual thing to go through; however, getting irritated due to bras should not be practiced at all. You can get yourself convenient strapless bras that are going to fit your breasts finely and fit amazingly due to the adjustable cup size of bra. It is an appropriate option for those who have sensitive skin and get straps to mark easily. This strapless bra can come in handy for you easily.

Tube bra

Last but not least, another wonderful choice for maternity bra is tube bra. A tube bra is a body-hugging bra that is helpful in correcting the asymmetry. Another leading option for using this bra is the comfort and support that is offered to the breasts. In addition, pregnant women can use this until the end phase of pregnancy, and it is a perfect option for support and wireless bra.

So these are some of the optimal options of bras that can be practiced to wear in the pregnancy phase.

What is an ideal maternity bra?

Well, talking about maternity bras, then it becomes a thoughtful concept to consider what the ideal maternity bra is? What are the traits that you should be looking into a bra for a pregnant bra?

  • When buying a maternity bra, then be considerate regarding the hook of the bra as it should fit the tightest. If you are concerned with the expansion of breast afterward, then not to worry as further, it makes room for it that is the specialty of maternity bras.
  • When going through the third trimester, then considering for underwire bra would also be a convenient choice for you.
  • It is convenient for pregnant women going through the last phase of pregnancy to get wireless bras for themselves. These bras allow easy movement of the baby in the womb and provide comfort to the mother as well as the baby.
  • Additionally, instead of wasting money over wired bras, you should be focused on getting those maternity bras that are optimal for support of back and are easy to wear.

So these are some of the essentials of maternity bras that must be considered before getting one for you. It is considered to compare different brands for getting the underwear for pregnancy or even complete lingerie that can provide you comfort during pregnancy.

Bonus tip

well, you have taken a convenient look for the details that can help you to get the perfect set of lingerie during pregnancy. We are here providing you with a bonus tip, that is, you should buy for the body-hugging clothes. Instead of approaching for strap bra, it is better for you to go for the strapless and tube bras and underwear that can provide optimal fitting and provide a comfy look. Additionally, go for a larger size than the casual one during pregnancy to avoid uneasiness due to clothes. These are two crucial components that must be determined during pregnancy.


Let us recapitulate the highlights of the details above that states which one is the best underwear for pregnancy and bra for maternity woman. It is an absolutely wonderful choice for women to choose comfort during pregnancy. Due to the increasing size of the breasts, it becomes very uneasy for women to go for the same lingerie before pregnancy. It is convenient for women to go for comfort for easiness of the child as well. We hope you find the details mentioned above informative and useful for getting the best comfy lingerie during pregnancy.

By forthischildiprayed March 7, 2020 Off

ruthie girl’s second birthday

Ruthie’s second birthday “splash bash” was a blast! So many of her sweet little friends joined us for an afternoon of water fun in our driveway, and the weather could not have been more perfect. The party was complete with three pools, a sand table, water guns, water balloons, a sprinkler and bubbles! Oh, and WATER! Really, what else does a toddler need?!

I planned it for a Friday afternoon, which just so happened to be her actual birthday, and I’ve found that this is a great time to host a party. Moms and kiddos are usually looking for something to do after naps on a Friday before Dad gets home and a party with snacks and cupcakes is always a crowd favorite. 

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This little girl has brought us so much joy.

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The driveway was full of fun chaos everywhere you turned and I loved it!

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Trey is such a good sport. 
He agreed to let the kids cover him in shaving cream..

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and then use water guns to squirt it off of him!ruthie girl's second birthday ruthie girl's second birthday ruthie girl's second birthday ruthie girl's second birthday ruthie girl's second birthday

We were lucky enough to even have a few Daddies in attendance.ruthie girl's second birthday ruthie girl's second birthday

And Aunt Meg always lends a helping hand. I’m SO thankful for her.ruthie girl's second birthday

Aunt Jess and the boys were able to make the trip up. And we posed for pictures with our babies. 
And our Bjorns. 
Because it isn’t everyday that you get to wear your baby with your best friend.

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TWO! It’s far from terrible. It’s TERRIFIC!!ruthie girl's second birthday

By forthischildiprayed August 7, 2013 Off


Not a whole lotta free time these days to just sit and write, and honestly, I’ve felt lately like I don’t have much of anything to say that would be interesting or thought provoking. I sit down to try to write a blog post, you know, one with more than just gobs of pictures of my kids, and my mind just goes blah, like I’ve already hit my word quota for the day. I’m pretty sure I talk more during any given day now than I ever did in high school or college. Actually, I’m confident about that. Mind you, much of the stuff I say requires absolutely zero imagination and only utters my lips in an effort to keep someone from tee-teeing on the couch or doing something that might land us in the hospital for the night.
Then there are some moments that pop up like an unexpected root in the ground, one that kind of trips you up, and I realize that the words that I’m about to speak actually mean something to my children, that they are waiting on me to say the right thing and that pivotal moment might be molding them into who they’re meant to be…
And five seconds later I’m asking Lael to please stop slicking Salem’s hair back with her spit.
I’m living in a constant state of doing laundry, feeding mouths, picking things up off the floor and more picking things up off the floor. Trey will come home from work and ask how my day was and what I did. I tell him I’ve been cleaning up all day. And picking things up off the floor. And there are still things on the floor. And then I pick something up off the floor. This is my life
Now, before I go and sound all “Debbie Downer” I do have to say that God has so graciously given me a joy in doing these mundane tasks. Nah, a lot of it really isn’t that much fun and I’m not happy about constantly having to pick things up off the floor, but deep down in the dirty soil (and oh, it’s dirty) of my mothering job, there is a joy and a love for what I have been called to.
People are always asking me how it is to have three children and what the transition was like from two to three. I ask this of other women, too but mine is now about going from three to four. 
I’m being completely honest when I say that it really isn’t all that different to have three. So, if you have two right now, go ahead, take the plunge, go for the third!!
Going from one to two kinda rocked me. Like, whoa, I don’t really get a break anymore, rocked me. Like, these people have kinda taken over my whole life, rocked me. Like, someone get me a drink(!), rocked me. Two kids is full. time. Somebody always needed something to eat, someone had always just pooped, chances were that at least one of them was whining or crying and the laundry started to be fo realz. Messes got made REAL fast and picking things up off the floor (there it is again) was no joke. So, to sum it up, my day completely revolved around caring for my offspring, and not that it wasn’t that way with just one, but with two things just get a little cray cray.
Enter child numero tres. I was so sure that this one was just gonna be that completely chill, go with the flow, relaxed third child. Negative. She is a high maintenance kind of girl. Of the three of them I think she has cried the most, but the funny thing is I’ve probably dealt with it better than I ever have. Maybe it’s because in the back of my mind I know now that this season is so short, that I can only do what I can do and that she isn’t going to die from crying. I just haven’t been able to come to her rescue as easily as I was able the first and second time and sometimes she has to wait her turn even when she’s screaming her head off and thinks she’s about to starve to death. Speaking of, sometimes I wonder why in the world an infant’s cry has to be so insanely maddening. Y’all, Salem can straight up scuh-ream, and I’m convinced that God made babies this way in order to keep the human race in existence because any mother will just about move heaven and earth to get a boob or a bottle in that baby’s mouth to SHUT THEM UP.
She does look pretty darn angelic and I must admit that I’m such a sucker. There are many moments in my day when I think, “Why, child?!! What is wrong NOW?!” I go pick up that little ball of sugar, (I know, I know, sappy, sappy) she looks me in the eyes, gives me that big ol’ gummy grin and I swear I feel like my heart skips a beat.
One might be inclined to think that the third baby gets no love. Quite the contrary. Salem gets loved on by her big sisters more than she probably likes sometimes and my bond with her has been just as sweet, just as tightly woven and just as special as it was with the other two. My nursing experience with her has been my best yet and I count it joy to be able to give of myself in this way for her benefit. There is nothing in the world like it.
Three little girls. I never could have imagined it. Never. We all could go on and on about how much we love our babies and what amazing miracles they are and how they are just the most beautiful beings we’ve ever laid our eyes on, but in all seriousness my mind is blown as I think of each of them in their beds at this very moment that I’m writing this. Three separate little people that Trey and I have created who we are responsible for. I still feel like I’m 21 years old. I’m still using the same hair brush that I bought in college and I’m pretty sure there are some socks in my drawer that I’ve had since high school. Yet, in my house right now exist three amazing miracles and they are the most beautiful beings I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Life’s inertia is shocking and unbelievable and heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. These three children are making the pace of my life move quickly and it’s all I can do to stop and breathe in the sweet mess that it is.
Speaking of mess…
I need to go pick one up off the floor
By forthischildiprayed July 15, 2013 Off

These Are the Days

Oh, these days.  These ones that I’ve been pining for since January.  They are finally here again.

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The southern sunshine is like my therapy, 
and these wide open spaces make me breathe easier.
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And speaking of sunshine…

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this man is like a ray of it all on his own.

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It’s like he has gold growing out of his head. 😉

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When this girl wasn’t busy sleeping her life away, she joined us.
And then she pooped.
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So she got to go skinny dipping in the sea.
Nothing wrong with a little salt water on the ol’ bum.
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What’s a day on the beach without laying in the sand with your girlfriends?
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And hello, Aunt Hottie.
Wouldn’t be the same without you here.
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By forthischildiprayed February 11, 2013 Off

a well loved dress: part II

Remember that “well loved dress” made by my mom when I was little?
A few weeks ago Lael wore the larger matching one that was mine and Ruthie wore Megan’s to church. Could never put a price on seeing my girls in them.
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Be still, my heart.
By forthischildiprayed October 11, 2011 Off

until next year

The sand in this summer’s hour glass has run out.
Before it did though, we basked in it one last time…
until next year.
In one summer season I have seen my little girl’s love for the coast come alive,
and she has grown more in a 3 month span than I thought was possible.
Her independence grows daily.
As does my urge to hold tighter.
Alas, I love to see it.
until next year
… to see the thrill in her eyes at the same thing over and over again.until next year
To watch her all encompassing joy over the splish splash of the sea.until next year
To watch her wonder over the small stuff.until next year
And to hear her breathe in the balmy air and exhale in laughter.until next year
The calm of this wave kissed shore welcomes her,

until next year

and she never tires of the simplicity of it.until next year
Oh Lord, that you would make me more like my daughteruntil next year
That I wouldn’t take your creation for granted.until next year
How God must smile at her love of it all!until next year
How He must desire for us all to run fearlessly down a beach and praise Him for His works!until next year until next year
Until next year, we’ll store up some of our kisses.

until next year until next year

When the sharpness of the winter cuts us, and we long for the sun’s love…until next year
… we’ll close our eyes and remember…

until next year

until next year.
By forthischildiprayed September 26, 2011 Off