Hi friends! Happy Friday.
I wanted to write a note of encouragement to all those that are breastfeeding. I don’t think breastfeeding is easy and that hasn’t been my experience. I’m really happy for YOU if you do! What a blessing. For those that might need a little uplift (including me):
You are doing IT! Whether you are 1 day in or 14 months, you are doing an amazing job.
It is more than okay if you feel like it is more “work” than bonding. The bonding part might come when things get easier, or maybe it won’t and then it is amazing that you are persisting anyway.
It is also okay if you feel SO awkward trying to get that newborn to latch while breastfeeding in public, just praying the baby calms down and just takes the milk already. You’ll get through it and then before you know it, you and your baby will be pros! Not even believing that it was ever such an awkward struggle.
You might kind of hate your pump and then obnoxious noise it makes. One exclusively pumping mama told her it gives her a touch of PTSD. You are amazing for persisting anyway, one pump at a time sweet mama!
I want to encourage you if you have undersupply, just enough, or your spraying milk everywhere. We all have a different journey and you are doing what YOU can do mama. Hang in there and don’t get caught up in the comparison game. Apparently God also gave us all different supplies, don’t feel like a failure if you need to supplement your baby…you are not a failure.
One newborn nursing session at a time, one pump at a time, one painful latch, one middle of the night feed…YOU are doing it.
Because I’ve been getting SO many questions about what I use, I’m sharing a list and why I like each product. I’m hoping this might make your journey just a little bit easier!
Nursing Pillows: We love the Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner and My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow. These REALLY help you get into proper position, which will save your back and nipples. I’d also recommend getting cute covers like this Boppy Pillow Slipcover.
Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump: This is new to me and suggested by some Instagram mamas and my lactation consultant. This works for us because I have such oversupply and Trey cannot yet take my left boob. While I’m feeding on the right, about 3-4 ounces drips into the Haakaa. It works by suction, so stays attached to your non-breastfeeding boob. I will say, it works better when Trey is in a football hold because otherwise he might kick it off. I kind of wanted to freak out when he did and there was milk all over me and the recliner in the middle of the night, but FOOTBALL HOLD works perfect.
The Dairy Fairy Ayla: I have THIS gorgeous and hands free pumping bra from Dairy Fairy. I also have the Coco Sleep Bra. I’m obsessed with the comfort and how beautiful they both are.
OTHER than that I typically wear sports bras ya’ll! I just pop one boob out and think that is super easy to do. Here is my favorite Target sports bra.
Simple Wishes Hands Free Breastpump Bra: Super convenient and easy. I would highly recommend this one, because you can easily adjust the size!
Milk Snob Cover: Obsessed! Love the covers and they are very versatile. I use this on the carseat all the time, but typically wait until our babies are a little bit bigger to use it for nursing. It doesn’t tent out and in the beginning I need to see what the babe is doing with their latch.
IntiMom Breastfeeding Nursing Cover: LOVE that this cover is SO affordable and tents out. This means you can see what your baby is doing and it isn’t right up against their face. Highly recommend getting this one for new mamas!
Medela Freestyle Breast Pump: I love this one and some of my friends have got it and loved it too! It is nice to not have to be plugged in, you just can’t bend over because the milk will spill out.
Medela Freestyle Spare Parts Kit: I have a few sets, it makes the work weeks WAY easier to not have to clean parts every single day.
Washable Nursing Pads 10 Pack: I was using disposable for a long time with Maxwell, but I switched to the washable ones. Easy to wash and I feel better that I’m not making so much waste.
For Sore Nipples YOU NEED:
Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipples: Way back when these were a lifesaver. It helped me to heal and kept me more comfortable.
Medela Tender Care Lanolin Tube: This was my favorite lanolin cream and believe me, I tried them ALL!
Sarah Wells “Abby” Breast Pump Bag: I would love a pumping bag! When I was searching around, I kind of fell in love with this one! But alas, the price.
You’ve got this mamas! No matter where you are in your journey, you have a cheerleader in me.