My Breastfeeding & Pumping Journey

Its official! I am a mommy to my beautiful little girl - Melia Zeineddine <3

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I have been getting a lot of questions about my experience with breastfeeding and pumping so I wanted to share my journey with all of you! I have been using the Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric Breast Pump, and I wanted to write about some of the things I loved about it, and how it has helped me along the way.

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I am so grateful to say that I got lucky with breastfeeding. Melia latched on right away with no issues at all, and my colostrum came in right away. I think it took about 5 days or so for my milk to come in, but Melia was great at feeding every 2-3 hours which really helped my body learn to keep producing milk.

The first two weeks she slept a lot, so I would wake her to feed about every 3 hours, and in between feedings I would pump. The reason why I did this is because I wanted to train my body to make as much milk as possible!

The Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric Breast Pump was so easy to use right from the beginning. It is very user friendly and very easy to put together and take a apart (which is very advantageous when you have a baby who needs you 24/7 now!) Also, the Lansinoh Pump has different speed and suction settings, so I can easily choose between different levels to make it as similar to how Melia feeds as possible. I also love that it has a close system design to hygienically keep breastmilk from backing up into the tubing system.

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At the beginning, my breastfeeding and pumping routine was roughly feeding every 3-4 hours, and pumping every 1.5-2 hours. Now, my routine has changed since Melia is feeding more often. She is cluster feeding which basically means she feeds every hour or so during the day (sometimes more). At night is when she sleeps a good 6-7 hours straight , so instead of pumping during the day, I pump right before bed and store it in the fridge.

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Once Melia goes back to feeding everything 2-4 hours, Ill introduce pumping into my daily routine again, and not just my nightly routine. But for now this is what seems to work for us! I also love that I can either use both electric pumps, or one electric pump at a time. Some nights I have enough to pump from both sides and I use the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra (HIGHLY recommend!!), and other nights I have the option to pump only on one side if need be.

The pump itself is very easy to use, and the suction cups are very comfortable and pain free! Its also very easy to clean and put together / take apart which I love because I need as much time-saving products as possible in my life right now!

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I never really knew what to expect with my breastfeeding and pumping journey, I wasn’t sure if I would have a lot or a little, or anything at all. I can honestly say though, that using the Lansinoh Breast Pump helped me bring in milk, and now helps me safely and comfortably pump my milk so that I can store it for the days when we leave Melia with family. It’s also wonderful that my husband can take part in feedings as well!

I also never pump without the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra! I have so much to do around the house, with the newborn baby, my work, blogging, Instagram, etc., that I always need my hands for something! So this bra saved my life because before I had it I would have to stop everything I was doing in order to pump. Now, I don’t have to feel stuck, and I can get other things done while I pump. Multitasking is something that all moms know how to do all too well!

If you have any questions about either product, send me a DM on my Instagram. I would be happy to help however I can, or answer any further questions you may have about breastfeeding, pumping, or the products! I hope this blog post helps you with feeding your baby and choosing a breast pump (if you choose to pump)!

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Until next time! xo

Carla Bruno

One Day in Qatar

Have you ever been to Qatar, or ever heard of it? Its a small and beautiful country in the Middle East, very close to Dubai. Its one of the richest countries in the world because of all of its oil. Its still growing though, and not as extravagant as Dubai, I would compare it more to Abu Dhabi. 

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So as you all know, I was living in Dubai for a couple of years. The thing is though, in Dubai as a Canadian, you are only ever allowed to be there for 40 days at a time (unless you have a Residence Visa). So what I had to do every 40 days (yes every 40 days for over 2 years lol) is drive to the nearest boarder, which was Oman, and exit the country, do a U-Turn, and then come back in and get a new entry stamp on my passport.

Can you picture how many stamps I have on my passport now??? After 2.5 years of exiting every 40 days. Lol.. And can you imagine how hard it is for me to travel ANYwhere with all these Middle Eastern stamps all over it. Lol boarder control in North America aaaaaaalways give me such a hard time about it every time I try to cross to the States. But anyways, back to my story... 

So one day, my husband had a meeting in Qatar and it was the same time I had to exit the country for a new stamp. So, he decided to take me with him for a quick little get away. I got to visit a new country, and get my stamp at the same time!

So that morning we flew to Qatars' capital - Doha. We stayed the day, and then flew back at night. It was one day of adventure and it was so much fun! Of course, when he went to his meeting I stayed at a coffee shop and worked from my phone, but other than that we got to explore the country. We honestly had so much fun. I love small adventures like that! Being spontaneous is my thing! lol

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Qatar is very beautiful. Doha, is a city by the water, and has many gorgeous buildings. There is a lot of construction going on because its an up and coming city so they are building lots of new hotels, residential living and office spaces etc. The next world cup (after Russia) I think will be in Qatar. 

As always, I filmed a bit of my adventure. You can watch the video by clicking on the link I posted below. 

Also, this is random but are you looking for a job in the Middle East? Try Qatar! There are so many job opportunities and they pay SO WELL! Depending on what package you land, and the type of job .. many jobs will pay for your flight there, pay for your house rent, car, and sometimes give you a little extra for furniture and food! Thats ON TOP of your salary! So check it out for work, or check it out for travel. Either way, you'll love it!

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Abu Dhabi, My Second Home!

I have way too many amazing memories in Abu Dhabi. My husband and I are crazy. So let me give you a little bit of a (quick) back story. My husband got engaged, and 1 year later said, lets move to the United Arab Emirates. So we got married the next day, with just our close family around, and then 5 days after that, moved to the UAE! Thats it. 

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We had no job and no plan, just a goal!

We landed in Dubai, and stayed in a hotel for a week while we soaked up the sun, enjoyed this new adventure we were starting.. and looked for jobs!

I ended up getting a job opportunity in Abu Dhabi 1 week after moving to Dubai, so we ended up moving over there. For those of you who don't know, Abu Dhabi is 1 hour away from Dubai. Oh, and a little more geography, for those who also don't know this: United Arab Emirates is the country, Dubai is one of the Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is another Emirate (of 7). 

So we ended up getting a hotel in Abu Dhabi and living at the Sheraton for 6 months while I worked at an advertising firm which was so fun and amazing! We couldn't rent an actual place though, because you have to have a residence Visa to do so, and for some reason my job wouldn't give me one lol. 

So anyways, thats how we ended up in Abu Dhabi! We lived there for over two years, eventually got jobs that gave us the ability to rent an apartment, and lived life to the fullest! You can just image all the adventures we experienced together! Some fun, some stressful, but mostly all amazing! 

Being newly Weds, and starting our life in such a daring way, was amazing! We took such a crazy chance and moved to a new country with only 6 days to get married, pack, and figure out our new life together! I love everything about that story... were just both so crazy and I love it. lol

Abu Dhabi and Dubai were amazing, and I have created so many memories that will last forever! It will always be home for me. I sometimes even feel more at home there, then I do in Canada. But thats a whole 'nother story!

Until next time... 

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Invited The Hilton Garden Inn RAK

Thank you to the Hilton Garden Inn in Ras Al Khaimah for your invite to tour the newly renovated hotel before your grand opening.

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We spent the day on a beautiful tour of the Hilton Garden Inn and loved it. We met some of the amazing staff behind this new hotel, and ate some equally amazing food! It was a perfectly hot sunny day, and we ended it with a beautiful boat ride on the water. Watch the video for the full tour! 

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We had an amazing time and cannot wait to visit again!

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Food in Dubai!

OMG!!! There is so much good food to eat in Dubai! The options are endless!!!! I cant even really begin to tell you, how amazing everything is!

Dubai has it all. From American, to Italian, to Middle Eastern, to Indian. They literally have it all, and its all the best of the best! Some places can be expensive, and other can be pretty reasonable! Either way, if you plan to come to Dubai, I highly recommend coming with an empty stomach because you are DEFINITELY going to want to eat here! Don't miss out!

Heres 3 of my faves (but not my only faves, I have like 20 faves lol)

FUME DUBAI: Restaurant offers affordable, uncomplicated yet delicious comfort food with a global twist. 

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YAMANOTE ATELIER DUBAI: Bakery and coffee for Japanese-influenced European bread, pastries and cakes. 

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CAFE BATEEL DUBAI MALL: Represents a seamless blend of Mediterranean cuisine and the distinct character of Arabian heritage. 

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