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Small pump, good job overall

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Pros: small, user-controlled

Cons: loud, cumbersome, doesn't take batteries

This was the first electric breastpump I had when I got put on Domperidone for gastroparesis and started producing breastmilk, even though I had never been pregnant before (one of the common side effects of this medicine).  I kept getting breast infections, so my gyno suggested that I use a breast pump once a day to pump a little off to relieve discomfort and reduce the risk of more breast infections.   I bought the Nurture III electric pump, because of the many positive reviews and that it was less expensive than the other "premium" electric pumps on the market.  This pump also has a 5 year warranty.   I did like that the pump was small and that I...
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wonderful manual pump!

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Pros: compact, quiet, one-handed use

Cons: none

I produce breastmilk due to being on the drug Domperidone for gastroparesis, even though I have never been pregnant.  Because of the amount of breastmilk I produce while on this medicine, I kept getting breast infections, so my gyno suggested that I pump a little bit of milk out of me each day to reduce the risk of recurring infections.  I used to have an electric pump, but found it combersome and hard to travel with, so I bought the Ameda One-Hand manual breastpump with flexishield.  It came with a carrying bag and a free set of breast shells.  After using the one-hand pump for a week, I LOVE IT!  I like that the Ameda pump is easy to use,...
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A good pregnancy book for moms with disabilties

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Pros: written just for disabled women, orgqanized well, many references

Cons: didn't talk much about breastfeeding, no section on ostomies

I bought "The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth" on Amazon.com in the used book section.  I was trying to find a book for people with disabilities who have been pregnant.  My gyno suggested this book to me and said that there was lots of useful information in it.  It was a great price, so I had to buy it.   This book is written by Judith Rogers, a woman who help start Through The Looking Glass, an organization for disabled parents.  The book's first section is about different disabilities and women who have them that are mentioned in the book.  For example, a lady name Carolynn has cerebral palsy and talks about how her pregnancy was...
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Don't bother buying

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Pros: gummy vitamin is easily absorbed, tasty

Cons: lacking nutrients

I purchased these Vitafusion prenatal vitamins from my local pharmacy.  I was looking for a prenatal vitamin that was in a gummy form, so it would be easily absorbed.  I honestly wished I had done more research on this brand before I bought them.   After I bought the vitamins and took them for a week, I looked on the bottle to see exactly how much folic acid was in them (I need more folic acid than normal, because of the seizure medicine I'm on).  That's when I discovered that there was NO iron in these vitamins at all.  Not only that, quite a few nutrients and minerals such as iodine and other beneficial nutrients were missing.  In fact, I...
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excellent book for kids with asthma

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Pros: easy to read, color photos, great teaching aid

Cons: none

I bought this book the same time I bought Alden Carter's other book "I'm Tougher Than Diabetes".  I thought that the kids I babysit would really enjoy this true story.   I'm Tougher Than Asthma is a true story about Siri.  She likes toads, books, and hanging out with friends, despite having asthma.  The book describes how Siri takes her inhaler medicine, what causes asthma, how her asthma began and how scared she was, and what happens when she has an asthma attack.  Siri also talks about stuff she is allergic to like dander and house dust mites.  Her family makes sure they clean the house and her bedding regularly to keep her allergies under control....
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excellent book for a Type 1 diabetic

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Pros: easy to read, color photos, true story

Cons: some pictures are outdated

I bought this book to add to my bookcase that was full of children's books I use for babysitting.  I'm Tougher Than Diabetes is about a girl named Natalie who has Type 1 diabetes.  She explains what diabetes is, how she checks her blood sugar levels, how her dad gives her her insulin shots, and how she takes care of herself in terms of diet and exercise.  The book also explains how her family is very involved in her care, from checking her diabetes kit several times a week, to dealing with emergencies like low blood sugar.  At the end of the book, it has a frequently asked question section as well as references to diabetes organizations. The only thing that might...
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lousy wipes

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Pros: soft, reasonable price

Cons: falls apart, retains odors

These cloth baby wipes are awful!  They are made for the Prince Lionheart Warmies cloth baby wipe warmer, they are rectangular in shape, and are made of bamboo.  Even though they are a reasonable price, the wipes tend to fall apart much faster than any other cloth baby wipe I have ever used.  The seams rips constantly and cause the rest of the wipe to fray.  I tried to wash them in the washer on the gentle cycle and on the delicate cycle of the dryer and they still fell apart.  The same thing happened when I hand washed them.   The only pro is that the wipes are pretty soft and keep getting soft after they are washed. Overall, these cloth wipes...
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A great project book for the whole family

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Pros: easy to follow, large photos, unique projects

Cons: none

I first got this book at the local library, and loved it so much that I had to buy a copy for myself.  Way to Crochet is an excellent family activity book to teach everyone in your family to crochet.  There are very easy to follow instructions, a supply list, and even a whole section on different yarns and crochet hooks.  Some of the projects include friendship braclets, pet blanket, crocheted rings, bath mitt, scarf, fabric purse, plastic grocery sack purse, backpack, and pillow.  This book shows you how to work with both yarn and crochet thread, so its great for adults as well as kids.  I recently brought this book to church with me and now I am teaching...
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My neice loves this toy!

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Pros: small, durable, colorful, portable

Cons: none

I found this Tap-A-Tune paino for my neice at a local Goodwill store.  This way, she'd have something to play with at my apartment when I was baby sitting her.  She loves this toy. It has 4 buttons that are blue, yellow, green and orange. The paino operates by a baby hitting the buttons in the front (no batteries required, yea!).  When you hit one of the buttons, it dings like a xylophone.  I liked that you didn't have to use a small mallet like you would on a toddler xylophone to play the buttons.  The piano was also very portable and compact.  We even brought it to church for Brianna to play with in the nursery during services.  If you can get...
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excellent massage oil

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Pros: nice scent, doesn't clog pores

Cons: hard to find

My friend had some of this leftover from when her daughter used it for labor.  All I know is that this massage oil is WONDERFUL!  I recently had super severe low back spasms that had me screaming from the pain.  My friend massaged my back with some of this while applying hot and cold packs off and on, and it helped significantly.  I especially loved the essential oil scent of this oil.  It helped me relax a great deal.  The only trouble we had was when we went to get more, it was very hard to find in natural health stores, so we could only get it online. It comes in a small bottle that is good for toting it in your labor bag or cosmetic bag.  This...
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