Wednesday, September 5, 2018

My Favorite Postpartum Must Haves

Hey y'all! I'm back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and that it wasn't too hard to get back to the daily grind this week. My Labor Day was quite laborless which is a good thing since I was only 1 week postpartum! That's right, if for some reason you didn't know, I gave birth to my baby boy, James Brody Gougler, on August 27, 2018 at 7:56pm. I promise to give you all the dirty details as soon as I am able to get all of my thoughts and emotions written down and pictures edited. Until then I thought I'd share a post for all of my postpartum mommas and mommas-to-be!

Today I bring to you, my first week postpartum must haves. These are the things that I probably couldn't have done without over the last few days since having Brody.


Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links with Amazon. This means that at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase!

one. Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads
Every breastfeeding momma needs these to help soothe those tender nipples! The cooling gel truly soothes you tender or cracked nipples after each feeding. They are reusable for several months and work their magic every time. You can store them in your diaper bag or in the fridge. I recommend the fridge for added cooling and soothing. I also recommend packing them in your hospital bag to use right after giving birth if you're still pregnant!

two. Silicone Breast Pump
There are several brands out there, but I purchased this silicone breast pump from NatureBond for only $14.99. I bought it after several mommas from my August Baby Group recommended it, and I can't rave about it enough! While nursing your baby, you attached the pump to your other breast using a bit of suction. Then as you nurse, your milk will let down and the suction will help the milk continue to drain into the pump. The best part is that it doesn't hurt or make your nipples swell like pumping will! It will help to increase your supply as well as your freezer storage. You can still offer the pumped side to baby if they're still hungry after draining your first breast. There will still be milk in there for them since they are the most efficient at draining your breastmilk.



NatureBond Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump

Edit: It looks like the pump I posted isn't currently available on Amazon {though it should come back}, so I'm going to link to the original silicone breast pump called Haaka. It's the same concept as the one above and costs $13.99. It just doesn't include the pump stopper.


three. My Brest Friend
I know most everyone knows about the Boppy, but and even better, lesser know breastfeeding pillow option is My Brest Friend! I personally prefer this pillow because you bring it around your body and clip it as loose or tight as you would like. This means you don't have to deal will it slipping away from you as you nurse. You can also stand up and walk around with it on. When I do this, my dad refers to it as my baby shelf because I can rest the baby's bum on it while I carry him around. Some other reasons I love this pillow are the lumbar support and front pocket! The lumbar support helps my lower back so I can lean back and not hunch my shoulders forward, and in the pocket I keep chapstick and nipple butter so I always have it on hand.


four. Bravado! Nursing Tank
You can find nursing tanks from tons of different stores. I have a few from Target that I like, but my favorite are these Bravado! nursing tanks. I feel like they provide a little more support and I don't have to wear a nursing bra underneath it. Some of my others require the tank and bra for me to feel like everything is being held in place. In those early days, extra support is so necessary! It's also comfortable enough to sleep in!


five. Earth Mama Organics Nipple Butter
This stuff is where it's at. It costs about the same amount as other nipple creams, but is so much better! Earth Mama has the formula just right because it's so soothing on your nipples. It's smooth and creamy instead of thick and sticky like other nipple creams. It 100% okay for baby to digest, so you don't have to wipe it off before feeds. You can also use in when pumping! Just put a little nipple butter inside the flanges and it makes the whole experience much better. And as an added bonus, it smells delicious, kind of like cocoa butter.

six. Earth Mama Organics Perineum Spray
Earth Mama Organics does it again with this perineal spray! This is a cooling spray that helps to relieve postpartum soreness. The natural ingredients help to reduce swelling and speed up your recovery. It also comes with an awesome spray bottle that you can use while tipped upside down so you can get to all the hard to reach places. You can start using this while you're still at the hospital so be sure to add this and the nipple cream to your hospital bag!

Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray

seven. DockATot
I cannot rave enough about the DockATot! This is by far my favorite baby item that I received! I loved the Boppy Lounger for Chloe {and still do!}, but I can use the DockATot in more locations and I don't have to worry about baby falling out. This allows me to co-sleep without worry and he's always an arms reach away. We also have it laid out on the couch for when we're lounging around watching tv to allow him to nap more soundly at least once during the day. Because let's be real, some nap times, I just want to hold him!


eight. Desserts
Okay this isn't necessarily a product, but let's talk about how great postpartum treats are! We've gotten cake, cookies, brownies, peanut butter bars and more from our loved ones who know all about my sweet tooth. It's not my fault that breastfeeding cravings are so much more intense than pregnancy cravings! I wish I had taken a picture of my pile of desserts at it's finest, but let's just say we still have some and I haven't inhaled them all...yet.


There you have it! I'm sure there are tons of other products that I could share with y'all, but these are the ones that I can't stop raving about in our house. I even asked my husband which ones seem to be my favorites and he agrees. If y'all are interested in other baby items that I've loved over the years, let me know and I can do more of these posts going forward!


I'll leave y'all with a pic for cuteness and to show off his awesome DockATot! I wasn't joking when I said it was my favorite baby shower gift! Until next time y'all. And hopefully next time is soon and I can get his birth story down in writing!


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