Baby #2 Must Haves: Breastfeeding Essentials
I’ve written a few posts about breastfeeding and I’ll probably continue to write about it! It was such a special experience for us and we were lucky to be able to nurse for close to two years.
It didn’t start out easy though, let me tell you! I think some people don’t realize how challenging breastfeeding can be in the beginning and then give up too easily. They may think that they can’t do it, or that it won’t get easier. That’s why myself and many others like me work so hard to normalize breastfeeding and spread the word that while yes, it can be a pain in the booty, it doesn’t have to stay that way.
SO I’m compiling a little list of things I think are handy to have when you start out. I have probably done this before but I’ve learned a little more and discovered a few new products so this is more of an updated list. You can see the original post here!
Last time, I started out with the Lansinoh products they gave me at the hospital. When those ran out, I found a tube of Medela Nipple cream that was a little cheaper and picked that up. I was glad I did because it went on SO much smoother!
This time I will be trying out the Motherlove nipple cream I received at MommyCon.
I got these boobie pillows from a small shop mama and she was so sweet to send me her flamingo print ones! These are crescent shaped bean bag type ‘pillows’ that are helpful for soothing sore/engorged/clogged boobs. You can stick them in the freezer for a cooling relief, or warm them up to use as a compress. The shape makes it so that you can place the pillows anywhere on your breast without covering up your nipple or irritating it.
Boppy or other supportive pillow:
I’m using the same boppy as I did with Leopold, although I recently found a cute new cover, with apples on it (not pictured). I LOVE my boppy. We took it to the hospital and it was super handy to have there. It’s all packed up already for this baby! Not only is it great for nursing, I used it to sit on postpartum which gave me some much needed relief to my nether regions. It’s also great for babies that may hate traditional tummy time!
A good breast pump:
I got a pump through my insurance this time (last year we got a ‘hand me down’ from a mama who didn’t really use hers. I chose the Spectra because there aren’t a lot of parts involved and you can charge it up and use it without having to plug it in during your pumping session.
Mothers Milk Tea:
I drink a lot of hot tea as it is, so this is an easy transition for me. I do find that it has a slight licorice taste to it, but if I add sugar it’s not bad at all. This is said to help with your supply, so why not?
My go-to water bottle is my beloved Slytherin water bottle from Tervis. I never go anywhere without this bottle! It’s the greatest. It doesn’t ‘sweat’ and keeps my drinks cold (or hot) for a long time.
I learned last time I nursed, that breastfeeding makes me HUNGRY. Everyone will have a different experience, but I went into my nursing journey having been told that breastfeeding will help you lose the baby weight easily. This was not the case for me. Honestly, I only started to drop weight AFTER I quit nursing my son (when he was 2). This time, I am going to be highly aware of this and try to surround myself with healthy, breastfeeding friendly snacks.
There are a bunch of different varieties out there! I got this one from a baby shower and I am excited to use it because I keep hearing how amazing they are. When Leopold was nursing early on, if I nursed from one side, the other side was like a broken fire hydrant! I lost SO MUCH milk that way. Sometimes I would just hold an open bottle under the opposite boob to try and catch some of the flow.
If you know any good recipes or companies that make these, let me know in the comments! I have a sample cookie from Milkful cookies that I’m looking forward to trying out, but that’s it! Any excuse to eat cookies, right?!
With Leopold, I used old bathing suit inserts, as well as maxi pads cut in half. While they worked just fine, this time I have been give a good bit of regular nursing pads (some disposable, some washable) that I fully intend to use.
Nursing Cover or Nurselet:
Some people aren’t super comfortable with nursing in public, or around people. I personally have no shame. Especially after 2 years of nursing Leopold…people can walk away if they have a problem. Honestly, I was always hoping someone would say something negative so I could give them a piece of my mind! But no one ever did. Maybe because I kept a ‘come on and mess with me’ face on at all times! I got a really pretty nursing/carseat cover from Milkmaid that I’m excited to use! Maybe not for nursing but as a car seat cover and eventually a shopping cart cover!
The Nurselet is a very simple but useful device that you can wear on your wrist until you need it, then you use it to hold your shirt up so that it’s not in baby’s way and you don’t have to spare a hand to hold your shirt up!
I was gifted a Nanobebe bottle recently to test out and I’m so excited about it! It seriously resembles a boob, and it’s created in a way that is meant to reduce colic and eventually will help baby learn to hold the bottle on their own. One of my big goals with this pregnancy is to do more pumping in addition to nursing for the first 6 months at least. That way my husband, family, and even Leopold can help with feedings from time to time!
I got a travel bag for my breast pump from MomCozy last week and it’s the perfect size for my smaller, more portable Spectra pump. There are lots of pockets on the inside for storing pump parts and bottles. It’s also got two side pockets to store your pump in for easy access on the go. This bag would be great for working moms or moms who travel or go out a lot!
I also leaked a lot while I was sleeping. So much so that for the first few weeks I had to sleep on a couple of towels!