If you’ve already had your first child and chose to breastfeed, you know that it’s nothing like they make it look in the movies. In fact, it’s nothing like they make it look in documentaries (they make it look scarier). It’s a topic of much controversy and debate whether you should or shouldn’t, where you’re allowed to do it, how long you should breastfeed for and whether it should be demanded or a choice. I know it sounds crazy, right…everything should be a choice and frankly, a lot of those out there just can’t breastfeed…adoption, surrogacy, inverted nipples…there are a multitude of reasons why a mother can’t breastfeed but if you can and choose too, it’s great once you get the hang of it because it’s free and what generations upon generations before us have been doing to nurture their own children.
It wasn’t until after my second child was born that I realized everything that I was doing wrong breastfeeding my first child. My son latched on immediately and I knew it but as a first time mom with my daughter, I was clueless and thought it was all my fault why I wasn’t producing milk. After lots of doctor visits to get her weighed and lactation consultant visits, we finally found a breastfeeding groove that included breastfeeding and pumping and lots and lots of patience. I wouldn’t change it for anything but what I would change is the accessories I had to help me along in the process. Some people don’t need anything to breastfeed — just a baby. Me? Well, let’s just say I love products that help me do my job so much better…including breastfeeding!
A cover! Can you believe these weren’t even out FIVE years ago when I first gave birth?! These are genius and Petunia Pickle Bottom just came out with one in their signature pretty patterns. Best part — the pocket to store breast pads and pacifiers! Petunia Pickle Bottom Haven Cover, $42, at petuniapicklebottom.com.
Nothing can compare to having a great nursing bra. Your “girls” get huge and quite heavy when full of milk so you need the best support for them and well…easy access for baby! I like this one because it supports and is pretty, The Sublime Nursing Bra, $49, at bravadodesigns.com.
Other essential to go over that nursing bra — a nursing tank. I have like 10 of them and you know what…you can wear them even if you’re not nursing!! Shhh! The Nursing T Tank from Yummie Tummie makes you feel so pretty while feeding because it’s shapewear too. Yummie Tummie Nursing T Tank, $86, at yummielife.com.
Remember how I told you I spent hours at the pump — literally. This one by far is my favorite and it has lasted through two kids and hopefully…one more! It comes with everything you need to dual-pump and take the milk to go. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump, $239.98, at Amazon.com.
Some people feel more comfortable using a Boppy pillow because it’s more flexible and others love the stability of My Brest Friend. Whichever one you choose, they’re both great and a necessity. As I found out the first time, just not any old pillow will do to make breastfeeding comfortable. Boppy, starting at $26.99 (no cover), at diapers.com and My Brest Friend, $46, at diapers.com.
Then there will be that one time where you leak…through your bra and your shirt leaving two giant wet spots were your “girls” are. Believe me, it’s embarrassing and these little pads will save face for you. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, $10.89 for 60, at amazon.com.
And the final thing you need when breastfeeding is the support of those around you. So in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, let’s offer each other some support and advice — what’s been the biggest help for you when breastfeeding?