Nursing is hard work! These items are some of my favorite items for all things breastfeeding! You can easily access the webpages to view the items listed here!
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WishGarden’s Milk Rich
This homeopathic tincture is my new favorite supply booster! With Raspberry leaf, Goat’s Rue aerials, Fenugreek seed, Fennel seed, Nettle leaf, and Blessed Thistle aerials, this mixture gives your supply a boost in quantity AND quality!
Traditional Medicinal’s Mother’s Milk Tea
If you love tea, this is a great product for your milk supply! I personally love the taste of it- it has strong licorice flavors due to the anise and fennel seed in it. The downside is that you need to drink about 3-5 cups per day for it to REALLY boost your supply. I typically only drink 2 cups max and it seems to help keep my supply at a good level without jump-starting an oversupply.
Breastmilk Storage Bags
Lansinoh is my top choice for milk storage bags. They have a double seal and do not leave a plastic scent. I have only had these bags rip when I’ve filled them too full (oops). Milk storage bags are pretty straightforward but I LOVE these.
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Disposable Nursing Pads- Lansinoh
My top favorite is Lansinoh Nursing Pads. They seem to be the most comfortable and discreet out of all the disposable brands I’ve tried. They’re not terribly pricey (about $12 for 100 pads at Wal-Mart).
The only reason I even got washable nursing pads is because I was going through disposables so fast! I figured I could use washable pads at home. I LOVE these pads. They’re soft and have held up great through numerous washes. If you are a heavy leaker during letdowns, these are the best I’ve found.
Fairhaven Health Milkies Nipple Nuture Balm
This is one of my top favorite nipple creams. Smells amazing. It’s natural. Doesn’t leave as big of a mess as lanolin and one jar lasts a LONG TIME.
Medela Lanolin Cream
This was the only lanolin cream I could find at Wal-Mart before having my girl. I LOVE it though. Not super goopy at all like other lanolin creams I have tried before. No strong smell either. The only downside is that it seems like ANY lanolin cream leaves oily stains on my washable nursing pads and nursing tanks.
Nutiva Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is outstanding for all sorts of things, especially skin stuff! Coconut oil is a great alternative to lanolin and other nipple creams because it’s okay and healthy for babe to ingest. It is also great because it has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties! The brand I use is Nutiva and you can find it much cheaper at Costco than on Amazon. I buy the 72 oz. container of it for about $28 at Costco.
Here is some more info on the great uses for coconut oil: http://wellnessmama.com/2162/uses-for-coconut-oil/
Mother Approved™ Organic Baby Teething Necklace
My girl is SO busy when she nurses now. I constantly had fingers in my mouth, nose, and all over my face. She was always pulling at my shirt and straps. I found this silicone teething necklace on Amazon and it is AMAZING! I got it in the turquoise color and not only is it great for a hand-sy nursling, it’s cute too and I don’t mind wearing it every day while out and about!
For most working, breastfeeding mamas, bottles are necessary. Ideally, it is best to have a solid nursing relationship established before introducing a bottle to avoid nipple confusion. There are many views on this and it is definitely a decision a mama needs to make on her own based on her own instincts. I had to return to work 8 weeks post-partum so we began trying bottles out at about 6 weeks. My biggest piece of advice? Do not register or buy a ton of bottles before baby is born. If anything, purchase 2 or 3 different brand bottles and leave it at that until you know what baby will like.
We tried a couple different bottles with Lil and she HATED them. She definitely likes the boob more than anything (and still does to this day). This nipple was our saving grace while transitioning her from breast to bottle and vice versa. This worked the best for us and it allowed her to feed as closely to nursing as possible with a bottle. This nipple can be purchased with a bottle or without. Since we already had a bunch of Medela bottles from my breast pump, I just purchased the single nipple. Pricey? Yes. But so worth it for us!
After Lil felt comfortable with using a bottle, we switched to Dr. Brown’s bottles and this is what she still uses to this day if she’s at Gramma and Grampa’s house or home with Daddy! Easy to use and really helped eliminate air in the bottles.
Before our girl was born, I was DEADSET on never using a pacifier (or bink as well call them in our house). After Lil was born, I realized that nothing is perfect and sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do. Establishing a solid nursing relationship is ideal before introducing a pacifier into the mix. We didn’t give Lil a bink until a few weeks after she was born. It is up to each mama and her instincts!
The Soothie pacifiers seem to be great for breastfed babies. They are very similar to mama’s nipple and they can comfort ‘nurse’ with these. We have a pink kitty wubbanub and our girl loves it. She was never much of a pacifier user but this is definitely comforting if she’s overtired, fussy, and trying to fall asleep.
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