Nursing a baby might be the most natural thing ever, but it usually doesn’t come naturally to new moms. There were so many things that I didn’t know until after my baby was born, despite all my research and the class my husband and I took to prepare us. The first couple of weeks breastfeeding were REALLY hard. Along the way, I found some products that made my life MUCH easier.
1) Milk Saver
You know that saying about not crying over spilt milk? When it comes to breast milk, that saying doesn’t apply. Wasted milk is a HUGE bummer. If you didn’t know already, some new moms can leak milk, like A LOT. And its a crying shame to let that liquid gold go to waste. This is where the Milk Saver comes in. Since many new nursing moms leak from one side while they are nursing on the other, this “milk catcher” slips under your bra on the side you are not nursing on and catches all that milk! Just be sure not to lean over until you remove it or it will spill. Thankfully, it comes with a little stand that you can prop it up on until you have a chance to put the baby down and store your milk.
The one bit of advice that I got about leaking before my first baby came was to buy boxes of disposable breast pads, because I would go through them like crazy. So I coupon clipped and made myself a good little stash. After my milk came in and I started to need them, I realized how much I HATED them. They were itchy and uncomfortable, and they were super noticeable through my shirt. I was complaining about them one day at a nursing support group when one of the gals there introduced me to bamboobies. They are super soft, and have a waterproof (read: milk proof) backing. They come either in a heart shape, which is there “daytime” style, or in a round blue, thicker style which is best for overnights or for heavy leakage during newborn nursing stage. These are my go to gift for new nursing moms.
3) Luna Lullaby Nursing Pillow
I was a total coupon clipper when I was pregnant with my first, so as soon as the boppy went on sale at Target I rushed out and bought it. Fortunately for me, a friend bought me the Luna Lullaby as a gift, so I returned the boppy. When my baby was born I took the Luna Lullaby with to the hospital and all the nurses raved about it. It’s much more “squishy” than other breastfeeding pillows, and it’s not so narrow, which makes it much more comfortable for larger mamas to use. The fabric cover is absolutely luxurious and soft, and there are NO flame retardant chemicals used. Added bonus: this time around, I’ve been using it as a maternity pillow.
4) Sensible Lines Milk Freezing Trays
When I first started storing milk, I would dump whatever amount I had pumped into a breastmilk freezer bag and through it in our deep freeze. When I went to thaw it to get it ready for a babysitter, I would have to thaw the whole bag, and my baby would NEVER drink the whole think. This time around, I am going to start using Sensible Lines milk freezer trays. They freeze your milk in 1 oz blocks, which you then put into a freezer bag to store. When you need to thaw out milk, you only thaw out as much as you need, so none of that liquid gold goes to waste. Brilliant, right?
5) Mother Love Nipple Cream
I brought my little bottle of Mother Love Nipple Cream that a friend had given me TO THE HOSPITAL. I was prepared! But somehow, in the craziness of welcoming our new little baby into the world, I forgot about it. Within a few days, everything was cracked and sore, and nursing was MISERABLE. I talked to a friend from La Leche League about how awful my first few days breastfeeding were going, and she asked what kind of nipple cream I was using. Oops. Once I started using it again, things got a lot more tolerable. We still had issues to figure out but I wasn’t crying in pain every time the baby wanted to nurse. It was a total lifesaver! Now I always give it to new nursing moms. Its so effective at healing cracked skin that I now use it in the winter when my knuckles tend to crack and bleed, it’s the only thing that works!
*I did not receive any compensation to write about these products. They just rock that much, so I had to tell you about them!
If you live in the Inland Northwest and you need one of these products yesterday, swing by Mother’s Haven in Coeur d’Alene. They are super helpful and offer great support for breastfeeding moms! As of today (September 10th, 2014) all of these products are in stock except for the milk freezer trays, but they should be in next week!