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Breast Pump Rentals

Mom and Pop Place is proud to be able to offer moms several options for Breast Pump Rentals.

medela symphony


The Medela Symphony is a hospital-grade double electric breast pump.  It is the same breast pump used in the hospitals here in the Fox Valley.  It can be rented for $65 per month with a $65 security deposit.  Each mother will also need her own Accessory Kit (tubes, membranes, connectors, etc).  If she is pumping in the hospital, she will have received all the parts necessary to use the Symphony Pump.  If any parts are missing, she will need to purchase her own Kit for $59.99.  The Kit for the Medela Pump In Style will not work for the Medela Symphony.


Hygeia Enjoye LBIThe Hygeia Enjoye is a commercial-grade double electric breast pump.  It is very similar to the Medela Pump In Style, but it is a “closed-system”,  designed to be safely used by multiple users.  It can be rented for $40 per month with a $40 security deposit.  Each mother will also need her own Acccessory Kit (tubes, valves, connectors, etc).  The Kit can be purchased for $49.99.  If a mother has a Kit for the Medela Symphony or the Medela Pump In Style, it may work for the Hygeia Enjoye.

The Hygeia Enjoye is also offered as part of our Rent-To-Own program!  If a mother rents a Hygeia Pump, half of her rental fees ($20 per month) can be applied towards the purchase of a brand-new Hygeia Enjoye Breast Pump.


Which pump should I choose?

The Hygeia Enjoye is a high-quality double pump. It has 2-phase cycling (let-down and expression), excellent suction, and a very reliable motor.   It runs on a rechargeable battery and does not require access to electricity.  It comes with a lightweight fabric bag.   It is the  most affordable and it will serve the needs of most pumping moms.  It is the only rental pump that qualifies for the Rent-To-Own Program.

The Medela Symphony is hospital-grade double pump.  It has the highest quality motor and suction available.  It is the pump that most closely mimics the suction of a baby at the breast.  For mothers of babies that have not yet latched correctly at the breast or mothers who are working at inducing or increasing their milk supply, the Symphony may be the best choice.  Also, many mothers have already used the Symphony in the hospital.  If they already have an Accessory Kit and they already feel comfortable with the pump, the Symphony may be a good choice.  The Symphony comes with a heavy-duty plastic carrying case and requires access to electricity.


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We Heart Hygeia!

         Let us count the ways……….hygeia logo

1.  Hygeia Pumps are eco-friendly,

safe, multi-user pumps! 

An estimated two million breast pumps are purchased every year! Almost all of them are designed to be used by one mom, and to be thrown away after a year or less of use. The leading breast pump manufacturers have designated these pumps as single-user devices, which means that these pumps should not be shared between mothers.  Even with replacement tubing and shields, the pump motors are “open” and can never be truly cleaned or sterilized.  Major pump manufacturers have the technology to make their pumps safe for use by multiple mothers.  But, they insist that you buy a brand new pump. 

All Hygeia Breast Pumps are “closed system” and are designed for safe reuse between mothers when each has their own Personal Accessory Set (PAS). They feature a unique filter that is designed to block any bacteria, viruses and fluid from entering the pump or causing cross contamination.  All the parts that touch a mother or her milk are part of her personal accessory set.


2.  Hygeia is a “Code-Compliant” Company.

 Thirty years ago, the World Health Organization adopted The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.  The purpose of The Code is to protect breastfeeding by limiting advertisements that idealize artificial feeding supplies and formula.  We all know that formula, bottles/nipples, and Breast Pumps are very important tools for infant feeding.  The Code doesn’t limit the sale of these items; only how they’re marketed.  Basically, you can’t promote formula or feeding bottles/nipples directly to moms, or do free giveaways, or even put them these items on sale!  That is considered inappropriate promotion.

It seems like a small thing, but the WHO Code is all we have to protect breastfeeding.  It has made a world of difference in the 30 years since it was enacted.  But, some companies have started advertising and promoting their nipples and bottles and even claiming in ads that pumping/bottle-feeding is “best for mom”.  These violations of The Code are a big slap in the face to the breastfeeding community. When a large and popular Breast Pump Manufacturer openly states that it will not abide by these marketing standards, it undermines The Code completely.  We are so happy to learn that Hygeia is a Code-Compliant Company.  It takes The Code seriously and does everything in its power to protect and normalize breastfeeding.  We like that.  J

We will continue to offer products from other Breast Pump Manufacturers.  Their pumps and their accessories are good quality, reliable products.  In order to truly serve breastfeeding moms in our area, we will continue to offer the high-quality pumps and accessories that they need.  But, we are proud to be able to offer them another option as well!

3.  Hygeia makes wicked good pumps!

Hygeia breast pumps provide proven performance and feature the same robust construction found in hospitals. Their three-year warranty is one of the longest on the market. Investing in a top-quality Hygeia Breast Pump is a particularly good option when you’re planning to have more children or to share your Breast Pump with friends/family members who have their own personal accessory sets.   And Hygeia Enjoye Breast Pumps only cost between $229 and $299!

Hygeia Enjoye LBI All pumps feature:

  •   100% BPA and DEHP Free Parts
  •    Hygeia Total Compatibility Guarantee
  •    3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  •    Recycling Program
  •    Hygeia CARE Button (record baby’s sounds to encourage  let-down!)
  •    Independently Adjustable Speed & Suction Controls
  •    Double or Single Pumping
  •    Closed Milk Collection System
  •    FDA Approved As Multi-user Pump
  •    Personal Accessory Set (all the tubing, valves, filters, etc)
  •    Optional Internal Lithium Ion Battery (for 4 hours of cordless pumping!)
  •    Optional Tote Bag and Cooler Pack

4.  Hygeia Pumps are available for Rental or Rent-To-Own!

We are excited to be able to offer the Hygeia Enjoye for rental.  The Rental Fee is just $40 (plus a $40 Security Deposit).  Each mother will also need to have her own Personal Accessory Set.  Renting is easy and we will keep your information on file to automatically renew your Rental each month.

The most exciting part?  Our new Rent-To-Own Program!  If you are unsure how breastfeeding or pumping is going to work out for you or whether you need to invest in a Breast Pump of your own, you can rent a Hygeia Breast Pump on a trial basis.  If you decide you would like to purchase a Breast Pump of your own, you will be able to apply half of your paid Rental Fees towards the purchase of a new Hygeia pump! 

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Who’s Who of Boobs

I’m here at the Annual WALC conference in Appleton.  WALC is the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants.  Their conference is the annual gathering of breastfeeding professionals from all over the state (plus a little Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois) right here in Appleton.  To talk about babies and breasts.  Lactation Consultants, RNs, MDs, WIC Counseors, LLL Leaders……’s a veritable Who’s Who of Boobs.  And me.

This is maybe my 5th year attending the conference.  I started attending when I was a La Leche League Leader.  At the time, I was in waaaaaay over my head.  It’s a technical conference.  Packed with really smart, really experienced professionals.  I was afraid they’d figure out what a poser I was.  But I learned SO much.  And I left completely fired up over lactation.  I was ready to conquer the world, one nursing mom at a time.  The speakers were so inspiring.  They still are.  Many of them are authors and doctors that I feel like I “know” from their writing and their advocacy.  Lactational Celebrities……..It’s great to hear them speak in person.   (At a different conference, I met Jack Newman.  I love Jack Newman.  So much.  Everyone was having him sign their copy of his latest book.  I didn’t have the book with me.  But I was SO tempted to whip out ……something else….. for him to sign.  SO close.  And I bet he would have done it…..)

I digress.

My exhibit/temporary-home/schmooze station.

Anyway, I love this conference.  Each year has a new highlight.*  I now attend as an exhibitor.  I set up a booth for Mom and Pop Place and I get to show off all the products we offer for breastfeeding, baby wearing, diapering, teething, playing and more!  I get to schmooze all the breastfeeding professionals in the state and (hopefully) convince them how awesome my store is.  I love this conference because it’s a chance to see so many people that I only get to see once a year!  LLL Leaders I used to work with, LCs that refer clients to me, nurses from all over the state.  Our paths sometimes never cross in person, except here at WALC.  We dish about what’s going on at their hospital or on their unit.  We talk about all the new products and services I have.  They suggest useful products I might consider bringing in for their clients.  It’s like a big Boob Reunion.  I even get to chat with the “Other Adria”.  The Adria from Madison who works in lactation.  We were both LLL Leaders at the same time for a  few years.  The existence of 2 Adrias in LLL seemed to blow people’s minds.  We got a lot of each other’s mail and messages.  Now, we have a nice name-bond that we get to renew once a year at WALC!

It’s a big conference this year, about 300 attendees!  It breaks down as about 294 women and 6 men.  Of the 6 men, one is usually a speaker and one is the AV guy.  Usually, we close down the men’s bathroom and take it over for ourselves.  This time, there is another conference in the facility and we had to let them use the men’s bathroom.  Let me tell ya, 12 stalls is not enough for 296 tea-drinking women of child-bearing age with a 15 minute bathroom break.

But, I digress.  Again.

I love this conference.  I sell a bunch of stuff.  I talk to old friends.  I hear amazing speakers.  I still leave fired up to change the world, one nursing mom at a time.


*Highlight:  When we’re in the middle of a session on Nipple Trauma which includes an amazingly graphic slide show and the young hotel workers are trying to quietly set up the beverage service in the back of the room.  And simply hearing the word “nipple” might make them snicker, both they are surrounded by a video feed of larger-than-life pictures of bleeding breasts NO ONE wants to see.  They don’t know where to look.  It’s like the usual nursing in public dilemma.  In IMAX size.  There ain’t no Hooter Hider for that………

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I just got back from 4 days in Louisville for the All Baby and Child Expo!  This is the annual trade show for the juvenile product industry.  Once a year, anybody who makes, sells, or reports on baby products (all 8,000 of us) descends upon a major convention center for 4 days.  Sellers try to convince us that their products are the NextBigThing.  Buyers try to pretend that we don’t care unless they give us a steep discount.  And everyone tries to pretend that they’re there only to work and not to drink free margaritas at the Industry Reception with KC and the Sunshine Band.  This year’s show was in Louisville, Kentucky.  It was a refreshing change from the past 5 years, when the event was held in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas is……..fine.  For about 2 days.  Then it begins to slowly suck your soul and your will to live.  Which makes it hard to compare nursing bras and admire organic swaddling blankets.

So, we walked and walked and we talked and talked and we tried to learn all there was to know about new products.  We want to find you the NextBigThing.  At least 6 months before Target finds it.  (Target and I have a real love/hate thing going on).  We definitely noticed some trends.  One thing we saw a lot of was reusable training pants.  Most of the diaper companies we work with are coming out with a new training pant this season.  Some are cooler than others.  We’re most excited about the Flip Trainer coming from BumGenius.  The design is…….well…..genius: cute colors, sturdy construction, lots of size and absorbency flexibility.  Which we were excited to see.  Since we pre-ordered a whole ton of them before we even saw them.  We should be getting them before the end of the year. BumGenius also has a new All In One diaper coming out, called the Freetime.  Totally revolutionary design in an All In One.  I think it’s gonna be even awesomer than their current pocket diaper!  Which is pretty awesome.  Also, new prints and colors for all their products.  We’ll keep you posted!

Another trend we saw a lot of was Angry Birds.  On toys, on swaddle blankets, on bags.  Everybody knows babies LOVE angry birds, right?  I thought that the design trend this year was Owls.  But I guess Owls aren’t ANGRY enough.  We won’t be ordering any Angry Birds products.  But we weren’t too proud to snag up all the free Angry Birds samples we could get, for our kids.  We still did see a lot of Owls.  And robots.  Owls and robots are the  new princesses and pirates.  And that’s a trend I can get on board with.  Watch our store in the next couple months for owls and robots on clothing, baby carriers, wet bags, and more.  Can’t wait!

A big new category this year was birthing gowns.  These are beautiful nighties you can wear to the hospital when you give birth.  They have pretty bows and easy access for breastfeeding.  And snaps for dealing with IVs and the occasional “back-door” exam.  Tell me your thoughts on these gowns.  I think they seem like a really expensive one-time use item that’s just gonna get blood all over it.  But I can see the appeal of having something special and pretty for the most amazing day of your life.

Finally, a big trend I saw this year was FEAR.  I saw all these products preying on the fears of new parents.  There was a heavy, metallic belt for moms to wear over their pregnant bellies to protect their fetus from radiation.  Not nuclear-power-plant-radiation, but sending-your-husband-a-text-message radiation.  They had a larger than life picture of a mom using a cell phone RIGHT NEXT TO HER PREGNANT BELLY.  Terrifying, right?  We also saw a bumper for pregnant bellies.  A big padded belt to protect your pregnant belly from………..banging into things, I guess.  First of all, unless you’re a kick-boxer, how much trauma does your pregnant belly take?  Also, how many of you actually want to add MORE padding to your pregnant silhouette?  We saw a sort of medic-alert badge for pregnant moms.  Something you can wear to let medical professionals know that you’re pregnant if you’re unconscious for some reason.  Not really a terrible product, but the marketing showed a woman jogging and wearing her magic-pregnant-badge.  Implying that, if you’re active during pregnancy, you’re gonna somehow end up unconscious, and the medics will do something terrible to your unborn baby.  And you might not be wearing your belly bumper……..  Another entry in the category of reasonable-product-with-terrifying-marketing was a rescue sack for lowering babies out of burning or evacuated buildings.  I can see the rationale for this product.  The unnerving thing was that the exhibit for the product featured a larger-than-life graphic of a baby being thrown out the window of a burning building.  I assume that it was photoshopped.  I’m gonna just have to believe that……….

All in all, it was a fantastic show.  We had so much fun meeting new people and seeing old friends.  There are so many amazing new products out there that we can’t wait to share with you.  We saw and ordered new items that we are REALLY excited about!  In the next weeks, we’ll be announcing entire new lines of high-quality nursing bras, cold weather baby gear, newborn clothing, diapers, training pants, nursing pillows, toys, car seat covers, art supplies, diaper bags, and more!

We promise to tell you all the details as the products arrive.  But, we don’t want anyone to steal ALL our ideas.  🙂

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Pumping at Work

In the Health Care bill president Obama signed last month, there is an unexpected provision that many breastfeeding moms will be happy to see!  The bill requires employers to……

…provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to do so. The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee for any work time spent for such purpose.

So, basically, if you work for a company with more than 50 employees, your employer needs to allow you time to pump breast milk for your baby for at least one year.  And they need to find you a place to do it that is NOT a bathroom.  They don’t have to pay you for the pumping time.  And they don’t have to build you a fancy room with mood lighting and rocking chairs.  They just have to cut you a break while you’reing try to do the best for your baby.

What do you think about this provision?  Do you think it will help moms breastfeed longer?  Do you think employers will actually comply with the law?  Tell us your story about pumping at work!


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Wall of Fame


Good for the whole world.

Look at all these beautiful people who benefited from breastfeeding!

☻Babies who are healthier, whether they breastfed one time or one million times…..

☻Moms who have less risk of cancer or osteoporosis thanks to breastfeeding…..

☻Dads who missed less work thanks to their healthy breastfed kids…..

☻Children who might not have been breastfed themselves, but who are healthier thanks to their healthy breastfed siblings and classmates…..

☻Moms who are happy and proud because they did the best they could to give their babies the best start in life, even if they couldn’t breastfeed as long as they wanted…..

☻Families who saved thousands of dollars on the cost of formula….

☻Citizens who live on a cleaner planet thanks to a totally waste-free form of infant feeding…..

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Oh, the pain of teething.  It starts around 3 months and ends at age 17, when the braces finally come off.  Who knew having teeth could be so stressful?  They’re always breaking through, or falling out, or growing all snaggley and crooked.  We work so hard to help our babies through the pain of  growing their first teeth.  Then they all fall out.  And we have to put money under their pillows..

Still, no matter how frustrating it all is in the long run, there’s no denying when our little ones are in pain.  The crying, the drooling, the chewing, the night-waking.  It helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

1. Teething Toys

Babies will chew on anything, especially when their gums are sore.  Distract them from chewing on your car keys and the shopping cart by offering a tempting teething toy.  My favorite teething toy is Sophie Giraffe.  Made out of all-natural latex rubber, she is super-soft with a sweet little squeak.  BPA-free, PVC-free, and totally irresistible to babies.

2. Teething Remedies

To the parents of a very fussy suffering baby, Tylenol can seem the very elixer of sanity.  But sometimes you want a more natural option.  Hylands Teething Tablets are a 100% natural, homeopathic remedy designed to relieve the restlessness and iritablility associated with teething.  These tiny tablets dissolve instantly in baby’s mouth.  Many of our customers swear by them.   Some customers chuckle that they were as ineffective as anything else they tried.  But, they’ve been around long enough for us to know they’re safe.  And trying something can be better than doing nothing!

3.  Cold

Sore, swollen gums are relieved by cold.  Any teething toy can be chilled in the fridge or the freezer to make it cold.  Some parents use a cold, wet washcloth for baby to chew on.  We like using pieces of ice or frozen fruit in a mesh feeder like this one from Nuby.  The cold feels good on baby’s mouth and the taste of the frozen food distracts them from their irritability.

4.  Nursing

Breastmilk is the best painkiller in the world.  And the act of nursing is so calming to a sad baby.  The beauty of brestfeeding is that baby won’t overfeed.  You can let him nurse for comfort as much as you want.  Don’t be surprised if teething interrupts your baby’s sleep or his usual nursing schedule.  Be grateful you have such a good soothing method at your disposal!

5. Love

For all of our tricks and remedies, we can only do so much.  Sometimes the pain and crankiness is more than we can relieve.  But, we can offer our love and our comfort.  And that goes a long way.  Baby knows that he hurts and that he feels sad but he doesn’t know why.  Let him know that you love him and that you will always be there for him.  Hugs and kisses and snuggles are in order.  It takes a lot of patience to comfort a teething baby.  But a little love goes a long way.

6. Time

Like everything else, this too shall pass.  Just give it time.  Don’t you hate it when people tell you that?  Forget I said it………

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