Hello and happy Friday! I didn't mean to be gone all week, but it's been a busy one. If you missed my post Monday, then you may not know that it's World Breastfeeding Week! I shared my own personal breastfeeding journey and some very special pictures if y'all are interested in reading. I started breastfeeding one year and one week ago today. It was something I knew I wanted to do, but I didn't realize how passionate about breastfeeding I would become.
one. My Brest Friend
The most well knows breastfeeding pillow out there is the Boppy. What many people don't know about is how awesome My Brest Friend is! It actually circles around your whole body and clips closed. This is a great feature because you don't have to worry about it slipping away from your body while you're feeding baby. It also has a little pocket so you can put a water bottle or the remote in there! It actually super useful during those early days when it feels like all you're doing is feeding your little one!
two. Momma H Nursing Pads
My mom introduced me to these nursing pads, and they're amazing. They're so soft and absorbent which is exactly what you want in a nursing pad! I would wear them to bed, all day long and even when working out. The best part is that you can wash them and reuse them. I have washed mine countless times. I just drop them in the wash on delicate with Chloe's clothes! I don't dry mine because I want them to last as long as possible, so I just set them on top of the dryer while it's running.
three. Nursing Scarf
No need to worry about nursing in public and busting out a big, awkward cover. This scarf is wide enough to cover up, light weight and easy to wear all at the same time. Did I mention it's also cute? It comes in several different patterns and colors. You can also make your own! My aunt made me two other ones so I could change it up with different outfits.
four. Manual Pump
Two words. Life saver. It's so nice to be able to relieve the pressure when you're engorged without having to bust out the regular pump. It's such a process getting out the pump, setting up, getting situated and finally pumping. Plus it takes 10-20 minutes to pump on top of that. Now this is great when traveling, working or any time your away from your baby regularly or for an extended time. When you are at a friends house, a passenger in the car, the baby is napping or you just need quick relief, this thing is amazing.
five. Soothies Gel Pads
The first several weeks your poor nipples take a beating. Your body has never done this before. Your nipples don't know what is going on! They're sore, sometimes they crack and you wonder if they'll ever be okay again. The good news is that they will be okay again. Plus you can get relief! These soothies are wonderful. You can put them in the fridge and reuse them several times. It feels amazing. Trust me on this one!
Since my mom is a lactation consultant, I was lucky to have someone close to me to help me out. I believe that her transfer of knowledge and true passion for breastfeeding babies is what has led me to where I am now! This week we put on a community baby shower at the hospital where my mom works! This is something my mom preps for all year long. She starts in September to prepare for the first week of August. I truly admire her hard work, dedication and determination. Each year has become bigger and better. I'm so proud of her and I'm even looking into following in her footsteps! Here are a few pictures from this year's event!
If you have any breastfeeding questions, I'd love to help! Please don't hesitate to reach out. If I don't know the answer, I know someone pretty knowledgeable that will!
Have a wonderful weekend y'all. I'll be back to normal again next week!