Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Favorites

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week and because I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding for almost 3 years now, I am going to dedicate my Friday Favorite to all things breastfeeding.

This is the smile of a very happy momma after her new baby latched right on minutes after birth!  It was not this easy with my first so this smile says it all!
1. A good pump is necessary if you want to be able to leave your child for longer than they can go without eating and with my kids, this is a very short time!  It is also necessary if you have a premature baby who will not latch.  I was determined to breastfeed my children but my son was born almost a month early and had a lot of trouble latching, so I exclusively pumped and bottle fed for probably 2 months before I was able to get him to latch using breast shields.  I love my Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote.

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2. In order to store my pumped milk, I used storage bags.  I would put a single serving in each bag, label them with the date and quantity and then lay them flat in my freezer until they were frozen.  Once they were frozen, I could stack them or stand them up as needed.  I had/have really good luck with the Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags.

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3. As I said before, my son had a hard time latching because he was born so early.  One of my friends suggested that I try breast shields and after about 2 months of exclusively pumping and feeding him from a bottle, I decided to try them.  We had almost immediate success and feeding became so much easier.  There were no more pump parts to clean and I no longer had to make time every couple of hours to pump while my son just hung out near by.  I loved the Medela Contact Nipple Shields because they have a little cut out on one side so that your child can still have the skin to skin contact with you.  I bought 2 of them and put them in small storage containers labeled left and right.  This helped me to remember which side I had to feed on next.  We used these for about 2 months and then I was able to get him to start going straight to breast without the shields.  It was a great way to transition him from bottle to breast.

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4. Between the pump and the shields, there was a lot of cleaning to do.  I used the Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags for an easy way to clean all of the parts on occasion.  I did not use these bags all of the time but they were nice to have. 

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5. With my son, I used disposable nursing pads but always hated them.  They were not soft and it made me feel like I had diapers on my boobs.  With my daughter I discovered reusable nursing pads and fell in love with the itti bitti nursing pads.  They are super soft and very absorbent.  They also stay in place very well.  I wish I had known about them earlier!

A few other things that I loved were:
 -Boppy Pillow, great for nursing in bed
 -Hooter Hider, a must for a new mother nursing in public
 -LilyPadz, these allowed me to go bra-less at bed time once my supply was established
 -Lanolin, great for the early days of breastfeeding or pumping
 -Nursing bras, I wish I could say that I found one that I loved but I am still searching for a good one.

I would love to hear from you as to what your must have nursing accessories were/are.  If you have a great nursing bra I would love to know that as well.  I would like to think I have at least another year of breastfeeding to go and I would like to find a great bra to get me through!

Have a great weekend!

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