My breastfeeding days have been over for a few months… but these were a few of my favorite things during my 12 months of nursing.
Breastfeeding can be hard and frustrating, so have a support system or ask for the lactation consultant at your local hospital or find a local La Leche League group. I took a breastfeeding class at a local mom/baby shop and it helped a TON, along with a support system of other nursing mom friends and my family. Thanks to my hubby for being fabulous.
These are my opinions, I was not paid for these reviews. These are just things I like
PumpEase (hands-free pumping support band) is the MOST FABULOUS, GENIUS invention for nursing moms. The contraption that came with my breast pump was ridiculously complicated and the pumping bras that I found were uncomfortable and just added an extra step that I didn’t have time to mess with.
The PumpEase band is a stretchy piece of fabric (stylish, I might add) that fastens in the front OVER your nursing bra (no need to change) The horns of most breast pumps tuck right into the slots to make hands free pumping a breeze. It was so nice to be able to check my email or read or just sit and relax while pumping instead of having to hold up the pump. Sometimes I would even have baby nurse on one side and pump on the other- PumpEase made this much easier. I had my hands full! Check out their website- I would highly, highly, highly recommend PumpEase to all nursing moms (if you are in between sizes, pick the smaller size- it has 3 fasteners so you can adjust it some) They have a sizing guide on their website.
I had a coupon for a FREE Udder Cover (I only had to pay shipping) Search online to see if they have any current specials. I have the black and white fabric (Porter). It was especially nice when nursing in public because it kind of blended in with my shirt and didn’t call a lot of attention to me. I also have a Bebe au lait that I love. Hubby bought it for me in the hospital. I like it because it is bright and cheerful fabric. I enjoyed having 2 to switch between. I kept one in the diaper bag and one at home. I didn’t have a problem nursing in public with a cover because they are big and both had a sturdy ring at the top so I could see baby and still be covered. It was also nice to have one at home if we had company and I didn’t want to go in the other room. Baby ate a lot- I didn’t want to miss everything!
I used the Medela Freestyle Pump. It is small and very portable. It was easy to take on trips and to work if needed (I work part time and luckily usually could come home during lunch to nurse) The charge lasted for several days, so that was nice. Medela has a lot of great resources on their website and apparently now has an iPhone app- fancy!
Another thing that helped me be successful at breastfeeding were lots of snacks. My go to snacks were: a huge scoop of peanut butter, string cheese, protein bars or a sandwich (oh and I loved waffles with peanut butter- when I was pregnant and nursing) I tried to drink lots of water too. Remember you are still eating for two, so give your body fuel!
I am by no means a breastfeeding expert, but I did have a pleasant experience and wanted to share these things that helped me be successful. Good luck!