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Mama Bean Parenting: My Sleep Deficit Is Four Months – Parents Article

“Mummy needs to sleep for a month.” We all laughed at my seven-year-old’s suggestion.  A month of sleep to catch up on the hours I’ve lost since my newest sleep-thief was born, just over two years ago?  A whole month?!  Hilarious. Though it turns out, she was onto something… My husband grew quiet as he did some sums in his head. “It’s four months,” he said, aghast. “Huh?” “Your sleep deficit is four months.” He’s right.  We checked it over…

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Mama Bean Parenting: Pumping Profiles: The Smartpump – Parents Article

To complete our Pumping Profiles series, this week we’re meeting Emily, who uses an all-singing-all-dancing Smartpump. I am so thrilled to share Emily’s story, as she reminds each and every one of us to remember why we are making the choices that we make.  This working mama’s message is one of encouragement and commitment. Emily’s Story Which pump do/did you use and why did you choose that particular one? I chose the Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump.  I didn’t…

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Mama Bean Parenting: Pumping Profiles: The Double Electric – Parents Article

The double electric breast pump is something of a staple in the world of breastfeeding and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies will cover the entire cost of a pump. One of the reasons that I’m running this mini series about pumping is to spread the message that pumps are available to moms via insurance, which is a fact that too many of us bypass in the whirlwind that is motherhood.  I want to take a second…

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Mama Bean Parenting: Pumping Profiles: The Mighty Hand Pump – Parents Article

If we are lucky, we are told during pregnancy to prepare for feeding our babies.  We are given information leaflets with pictures and paragraphs detailing the perfect latch and like an exam to study for, we are lured into believing that with the correct information booklet to hand, we will sail through the first few weeks and months of breastfeeding without bother. 
This is the reality for scores of mothers, of course, but for many new moms, breastfeeding comes with…

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The All-Purpose Beauty Cream Hiding In Your Diaper Bag – Parents Article

Mama Bean Parenting: The All-Purpose Beauty Cream Hiding In Your Diaper Bag The All-Purpose Beauty Cream Hiding In Your Diaper Bag “My husband stole my nipple cream!“ All eyes turned to the mom in the corner, gently rocking her baby as she handed her toddler a plastic frog. It was a Friday morning at toddler group and in between negotiating turn taking and reminding the littles to throw balls and not books, a group of us were discussing various ‘rescue’…

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