I’ve never been 100% that I was going to breastfeed when the Baby was born but I always wanted to try it. I’m definitely no ‘breast is best’ ambassador and believe ‘fed is best’ is definitely more accurate but as I said I felt I had nothing to lose so I gave it a chance as soon as Johnny was born. It’s definitely not been easy and along with sore nipples, constant feeds, I’ve found it hard that only I can feed Johnny which means I can’t really leave him for long – a quick shower is long enough. Of course I can express milk but for now I’ve been using my pump for another reason (see below). I’m trying to stick with it and it’s been a little easier now I have these products to help.
Piccalilly Muslin Swaddle Rainbow Stars*
Johnny isn’t really a sickly baby but he does sometimes have the odd bit so it’s handy to keep this Muslin cloth nearby. It’s huge too so it means I can also use it as cover up if we have visitors whilst I’m breastfeeding. This multi coloured star design which is from Little Chickie is really pretty and unique, all my other muslins are just plain white.
Bravado Nursing Bras*
I’ve not really built the confidence up yet to breastfeed in public but to be honest we’ve not been out of the house much. However, when feeding at home I’ve been loving these Bravado nursing bras. They simply clip down and I can feed Johnny straight away. I’ve been using the body silk seamless bra and body silk seamless yoga bra. What I like most about these bras is that the mould to my body so they actually give me a bit of shape and support up top. They also come with removable cups and distinct linings to hide breast pads which is handy once your milk starts to come in. The yoga bra is more sporty looking which will be great to use once I attempt to get rid of some baby weight. The bra is kept fresh when exercising thanks to the Silverbreeze™ technology which prevents the growth of odour causing bacteria.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream
As I said I’ve suffered with sore nipples whilst feeding which I’m not really surprised about considering the number of times Johnny wants feeding! I’ve been using the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin and it’s really helped. I like the fact that’s it’s safe to feed with it still on as I’ve been applying this after every feed and it’s not always dried. It helps soothe and is 100% natural. I can see myself going through tubes of this whilst breastfeeding.
Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump*
As I mentioned above I haven’t been using this to express milk for Johnny as of yet. However, I’ve been using the Tommee Tippee electric pump to relieve some milk from one side. As I mentioned I’ve had sore nipples but my left side has been unusable at times! Of course I’m still getting milk in it even though I’m just using my right side so I’ve had to express from the left side just to relieve it! I definitely wouldn’t be able to cope without this pump as once the milk builds up my boob is so painful and of course it could lead to mastitis if the milk isn’t somehow expressed out either by the pump or baby. The Tommee Tippee machine has 3 settings dependent on how quick you want to express the milk. Of course the higher the setting, the harder the machine pulls so I normally go for the 2nd setting just so it’s not as rough on my nipples. The pump has silicone cups for comfort, can be used with batteries or mains powered and is so simple to use with only 3 parts and at the push of a button. The only downside to the pump is that you can only use the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles but you do receive one of these in the pack.
BabyBundle Widgey Pillow*
For the first few days of breastfeeding, I just used a normal pillow on the couch or in bed but then remembered I had this Widgey Pillow from BabyBundle. Since then I’ve been putting it around my stomach and it’s so much easier to feed with from either side. I opted for the grey star design to keep it gender friendly but the pillow comes in lots of designs and is worth its weight in gold for me. As well as it being great for feeding, it’s also really useful just to prop Johnny up on my legs after a feed if he’s still awake. Ryan also uses it just to hold him as he finds it really comfy and stops any dead arm. The pillow is also useful during pregnancy to put between your knees or under your belly for support.
Lastly, I couldn’t cope without my phone for feeding. I’m either messaging the mummy blogger girls or doing some online shopping during the night to keep me entertained. I’ve also been using an app called The Best Baby Tracker which lets me time and record feeds. This way I know how long it was since the last feed plus you can record nappy changes, naps and walks. It’s free to download and has been so useful over the last week especially as Johnny wasn’t filling his nappy regularly in the first few days so we need to keep an eye on it.
What are your breastfeeding essentials?
Ta Ta for now,
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