If you didn’t already know from the posts I’ve shared on Instagram. Breastfeeding is something that has been pretty much new to me with this second round of parenthood. I wasn’t successful the first time around, mostly because of socio-economic differences (unmarried, teen parent, working/school with less flexibility, etc). It has been a challenge and though we’re only about 4 1/2 months in, Sagan has been exclusively breastfed. All the while I run my company, work on my own brand, juggle family time, finishing my degree, and SURPRISE work a part-time job (that I went back to at 4 weeks pp) I want to share 6 products that have made breastfeeding so much easier for me, with mamas new and on another round of parenthood who want to explore breastfeeding
6. Boobie Bars
I’ll admit these are pricey, but when you’re as busy as I am and committed to EBF the ingredients in this make it worth every penny. My personal experience has been finding my boobs engorged after 3 days within a couple hours of feeding. Which in turn leaves me able to pump more and store. I’ve tried virtually every lactation supplement on the market and these have been the best thus far. I also get them for a little less at The Pump Station in Hollywood.
5. Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads
One of my wonderful Best Friend’s bought me a couple packs of these for my baby shower. They have been absolutely amazing! They are so comfy and environmentally friendly too. Which as many of you know is a huge bonus in my book. Unlike disposables, you can reuse these by tossing them in the wash after a day or soiled use. I love companies that make efforts to be a little more green while still being completely conventional to consumers. They’re so easy to insert and adjust in nursing bras too!
This product was actually sent to me for review. I don’t post about every product I get sent, because sometimes they aren’t as amazing as promised. This nursing cover, however, is a must-have for breastfeeding mamas who prefer to cover while feeding, since the world isn’t as progressive as we’d hope it to be. The muslin is lightweight and breathable, which in this LA weather is so important. There’s also a feature that I haven’t seen on any other nursing pads, which is the adjustable opening to be able to see and bond with your babe. I love using this when we go to Six Flags, parks, beaches, etc. (Pictured in use above).
Another awesome Bamboobies Product. I am not exaggerating when I say that I cried so hard the first week of breastfeeding. My nipples were so sore because of my initial lack of milk and Sagan’s cluster feeding. Luckily, my amazing best friend mentioned above knew to gift this at my baby shower as well. It came in so handy and the jar has lasted me a fairly long time. The product is organic and cruelty-free. It eased the pain on my nipples by a large margin. While the hospital provided another brand, I feel this one did a much better job. You can even feel the difference in quality vs. the hospital provided brand.
Everyone pretty much knows how great this product is. It’s helped so much through my breastfeeding journey. The nurses in the delivery room even commented on how great it was that I brought it along with me. When I say I was determined, I mean I was DETERMINED to make breastfeeding work this time around. What I love about the My Breastfriend Pillow is that it really helps with your posture. It has become a thing for my husband to be involved in the breastfeeding, by wrapping the pillow and fastening it around me. It’s very sweet. It is a staple for every mama to have on their breastfeeding journey. It should also be on your hospital bag checklist (though it won’t actually fit in any bag).
Oddly enough my insurance did not cover a Breast Pump, even though we were paying over $500/month for our family, health insurance monthly cause ‘Merica. We didn’t find this out until after I had Sagan. Luckily, I have amazing in-laws who gifted this to us last minute. I love its easy use and convenience. I know most opt for the $200 breast pump, but I truly prefer this one because it’s not as bulky and it’s compact and lightweight features make it easier to transport. As a mama who works remotely with her company, a part-time job, and is always running back and forth between places. This fits perfectly into a backpack without too much space, also it can be battery operated! (Yes, it went with me to Coachella + Catalina)
That’s it for now mamas. Hope you enjoyed this list, maybe I’ll make a video on IGTV or YouTube. Who knows. Let me know what you think about these products and what has helped you throughout your own breastfeeding journey.