We’re one month in with breastfeeding and although it hasn’t all been smooth sailing I’m really pleased with how it’s currently going. With Jasper I managed around 8 weeks after a bout of mastitis, late diagnosis of tongue tie and a lack of a clue from me so to be in a good place with it now makes me really happy.
I’ll talk about tips and tricks in another post as well as my journey so far but I wanted to share some fab products that are getting me through. Some I used with Jasper and others are new to me this time around but all are helping wonderfully to establish a great breastfeeding routine.
During pregnancy I had a good pregnancy pillow but once Bear arrived and I started nursing I realised I needed something a bit more supportive. I suffer with a bad back and have terrible posture so I opted for the bbhugme pregnancy and nursing pillow. It is designed by female chiropractors in Norway and is honestly the most supportive and comfortable pillow ever!
The super soft removable sleeve is made from natural and eco-friendly bamboo material and is filled with EPS beads that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. The pillow shapes and hugs you and baby and can be adjusted for your desired firmness. (Full video review comin soon).
One of my major mistakes I made when nursing Jasper was not being consistent on which boob I was feeding from. I’d feed from the left, then forget and feed off it again and ended up very engorged with sore nipples.
This DearLovesCo nursing bracelet acts as a reminder of which boob you fed off last or you could think ahead and pop it on the wrist of which boob you need to feed off next. It’s stretchy so it’s easy to slip on and off and the detailing comes in either gold-filled or sterling silver and in 3 different shapes – kite, circle and marquise. There are also a range of lovely band colours, I opted for sage.
Now of course you could use a hairband to serve the purpose but knowing me I’d end up putting it in my hair and plus this looks so much nicer!
My milk flow has been a bit hit or miss and with baby Bear cluster feeding a lot lately my boobs feel a bit drained so I’ve been trying to incorporate foods into my diet that help with lactation. These cookies from Boobbix contain natural ingredients to help boost milk supply including oats, flaxseed, brewers yeast and fenugreek. They recommend 1-2 a day and as they’re chocolate and oatmeal flavour I’d happily have more!
Boobbix also create pregnancy cookies with the perfect nutrients for a healthy pregnancy … I ate all of these before I could take a picture!
This was a godsend when breastfeeding Jasper and this time around I’ve used it religiously from day one. It’s a nipple cream that helps to soothe and protect and what’s amazing about it is that you don’t need to wipe it off before feeding, it’s completely natural and safe for bambino! Between each feed I slather it on and it saves me from cracked and bleeding nipples. They’re still a bit sore when Bear first latches on but as long as I have the latch right, the soreness only lasts a few seconds and then goes.
Now that my milk flow has settled down a bit I haven’t needed these as much but when I was still establishing the right supply and demand my boobs would leak a lot. It would always be when I was out and about and wearing a top that showed off milk stains wonderfully ( Tip – avoid grey!). Not only do nursing pads protect your bra and tops from milk but they also save your nipples. I often found they would sometimes stick to my nursing bra if there was any dried milk on them or if they were a bit sore and oh my goodness taking your bra of when your nipples are stuck to it – ouch!
You can get reusable ones that you wash after each use but disposable ones are pretty cheap and perfect to pop in your bag!
Lansinoh Therapearl 3 in 1 Hot and Cold packs
This again is something I used a lot between feeds with Jasper and have used it so much this time around too. The packs can either be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer to provide either hot or cold pain relief. When heated the packs relieve mastitis and plugged milk ducts and also encourage milk let-down. When cooled they relieve engorgement, swelling and general pain. You can also pop them on your boobs while using a breast pump as they encourage the milk let down therefore reducing the amount of time spent expressing!
A good nursing bra goes a long way. I have lived in one day and night since baby Bear was born. Seriously, the only time I don’t have one on is when I’m in the bath or shower! Before giving birth I loved being bra-less but now I need the support and of course need to protect my bed sheets (no one wants to wake up in a pool of breast milk). I tried an underwire one from ASOS but it dug in and made my boobs very painful so I’ve stuck to ones with no underwire. I have a couple of favourites, a black one from H&M and a red one from Bravado. There are also some fab designs from smaller independent stores like Lucky Sew and Sew becasue breastfeeding doesn’t mean you can’t wear a pretty/sexy bra!
Muslins are honestly my go-to baby product. Aside from their million other uses – such as a make shift changing mat, play mat and sun shade they are a breastfeeders best friend. Use them to wipe up any dribbled milk, pop one over your shoulder to protect your top when burping bambino and use one as a cover up if you’re feeding in public. It also helps to stop bambino from being distracted by noises and sights while feeding and reduces the risk of them whipping their heads round to see what’s going on while still firmly attached to your boob – ouch!
We have some fab ones from Molly and Moo; the designs are minimalistic and their swaddle muslins are large enough to act as a play mat and cover up – perfect!
What are your top breastfeeding products? Anything you couldn’t feed without?
Thanks for reading!