Are you a mom to be or new mom, and you want to breastfeed your child? This blog post is for you!
I have successfully breastfed all 3 of my children. Today I am going to talk about my favorite products for the new mom, who is just starting on their breastfeeding journey. There are some products I found my third time around; I wish I would have known about. All of the products I recommend, are products I use.
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This stuff is amazing! Nursing my first 2 kids, I had cracked as bleeding nipples (a major reason a lot of new mom’s give up on nursing). By the time my third child started nursing (still in the hospital – seriously, ask your nurse for some during your hospital stay); I was applying lanolin to my nipples everytime I nursed or bathed. I cannot say enough about this stuff. I did not have cracked or bleeding nipples the third time around. The key is everytime you nurse or bathe, apply a new layer of Lanolin.
Lansinoh Hpa Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 1.41 Ounce (Pack of 2)
2. Breast Pads
I know what you are thinking, is THIS really necessary?!? I thought that too, and it took me till my third baby to realize how valuable these really are! Picture this, your milk just came in, and your boobs are very full. Your child starts to cry, and all of a sudden you start leaking milk. Milk leaks through your nursing bra, and onto your shirt; soaking your shirt. I used to change my shirt 3 or 4 times a day, before I invested in these. Another great feature to breast pads, aside from saving your shirt from boob leaks; is saving your bra from the lanolin on your nipples! Breast pads save your nipples from painful rubbing or sticking on your nursing bra or nursing tank. (Think swollen sore nipples peeling off your nursing bra, ouch!!)
There are two types of breast pads, disposable and washable. The disposable are smaller in circumference (round), and thicker. They also have a sticky patch, to stick to your bra; but that never seemed to work for me. The washable pads are thinner, made of soft cloth on the nipple side and waterproof backing on the other. I use, and prefer the washable breast pads. I have enough breast pads for 10 days (in case momming prevents me from doing my laundry as planned.)
washable: bamboobies Washable Reusable Nursing Pads with Leak-Proof Backing for Breastfeeding, 3 Light Pink Regular Pairs and 1 Overnight Pair
disposable: Lansinoh 20265 Disposable,60 pads
3. Nursing bra
This is a must have! Pick a style you will be comfortable in during the day, and one for at night. Your regular bras are way to uncomfortable with your milk heavy boobs, and do not have easy access for baby….trust me.
Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra for Maternity/Breastfeeding (Large-Busty, Ivory)
4. Silicone breast pump
This product was suggested by another Mom, in the facebook birth club group I joined for my third child…..and I wish I would have known about it sooner. Seriuosly, this is the best invention ever!! This “breast pump” suctions to your “other boob”; the side your baby is not latched on. This breast pump collects your let down milk. So 1. You don’t wear it on your shirt and 2. You don’t waste it! I collected between 2-4 ounces per side, while nursing in my first 3 months. This helped me build up a supply, so at the 6 week mark I could attend a wedding; and my baby was fed by bottle with breastmilk. This also helped me build my milk supply, for when I returned to work after maternity leave. I had well over 200 ounces frozen by the time I returned to work. Important tip, make sure to clean it after each use (see bottle brush #7, below)
Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump with Suction Base and Flower Stopper 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free (5oz/150ml) (Blue)
5. Breast milk freezer bags
This product ties in with the breast pump above, especially if you are trying to build up a milk supply so you can return to work. There were 3 brands I used, Medela (not a fan of their bags, as they are smaller, 5 ounce or less; and the bag is a harder plastic than the other brands I am going to suggest.) The 2 brands I use interchangeably are Advent and Lasinoh. Both products have larger bags, holding 6-7 ounces each; and the bag is more forgiving (easier to work with, less rips in the seams or spilled milk). Breast milk bags are all about prefernce, try out a few and pick your favorite.
Lasinoh: Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags With Convenient Pour Spout and Patented Double Zipper Seal, Ideal for Storing and Freezing Breastmilk, 100 Count, BPA and BPS Free
6. Medela 5 oz bottles with solid lids
Of the bottles I tried, this brand was by far my favorite! This bottle is compatable with both my electric and hand breast pumps. This brand is easy to shop solid lids for. The Medela bottles are thick and softer plastic, BPA free. I have never had any problems with leaks, with these bottles. These bottles fit great in my small cooler I take to work (when I pump at work). The cooler is the cool clip thermal, by Thirty-one, my link: (www.mythirtyone.com/1741108)
NEW! 12 MEDELA BREASTMILK COLLECTION STORAGE FEEDING BOTTLE SET w/lid 5oz /150ml
7. Bottle brush
A good bottle brush, used only for baby items is a must have. You can use a bottle brush to clean bottles, breast pump parts, suction breast pump (like the one listed, #4). A little soap and warm water, make sure you rinse well before using.
Munchkin Sponge Bottle Brush, Blue
8. Burp cloth/towel
I love Aden & Anais muslin wraps, are the softest and most durable on the market, I love them because they are so versitile. First thing, is the size they are (47″ x 47″) huge!!! This size and lightness of the material make it good for many uses. I used my wraps for a playmat (tummy time), diaper changing pad for travel or on the go, breastfeeding cover, car seat cover (from the sun as a shade or inclement weather), swaddle wrap for my newborn baby, light blanket for my baby (while nursing), and burp cloth to name a few.
aden + anais Silky Soft Swaddle Baby Blanket, Viscose Bamboo Muslin, Large 47 X 47 inch, 3 Pack, Meadowlark
These are a few of my favorite MUST HAVE products for the first months of breastfeeding. Comments or (product) suggestions from other breastfeeding mamas welcomed.
Stay tuned next Wednesday for money saving tips for the new mom/parent. Having a baby doesn’t have to break the bank!