|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!|
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.
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.
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.
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!