The number ONE thing I’d recommend any breastfeeding mom have is a strong support system – and that means PEOPLE who can help you – give you advice, watch the kids, keep you motivated, bring you water while you’re nursing…
But after that, there’s a few items you to strongly consider to help support your breastfeeding! Here’s five to check out:
- Lactation Support – Milk supply is a concern of most breastfeeding moms. Besides drinking a lot of water, build your supply with certain foods. Lactations teas and cookieshelp build and maintain supply (and yummy too!)
- Soothing Aids – Ouch! Nobody told me that breastfeeding was going to HURT! But for most of us, the first few weeks of breastfeeding are very painful (and often longer). Invest in some soothing aids like gel pads to get you through the first few weeks.
- Breast Pads – Whether you choose cloth or disposable pads, I’m pretty sure most breastfeeding moms have “leakage” issues from time to time… so you’ll want to stock up on your choice of breast pads.
- Breast Support – Some moms need additional supports to help them breastfeed, especially if you’re larger chested, or are extra sensitive. Look into nursing pillows, shower wraps and more to help you successfully breastfeed and care for yourself.
- Nipple Cream – It’s vital that the skin in this area stay healthy, and that often means applying nipple cream. I’d recommend having both a lanolin and non-lanolin option on hand in case you find you have a lanolin reaction (I did!).
Where can you find some of these great breastfeeding support items? Check out these sponsor products:
UTTERLY YOURS – breastfeeding support pillow
Mom inventor, Anita Jamshidi, conceived the inspiration for the Utterly Yours Breast Pillow when she had physical difficulties nursing. Jamshidi says: “I was one of those moms who had to support my breast with my hand to nurse. Several lactation consultants suggested I roll up a towel under my breast. The towel didn’t lift my breast enough, it also kept falling out.” Talking with other breastfeeding moms, she realized she was not alone, so she determined to figure out a solution. She played with various shapes and ideas, finally perfecting the Utterly Yours Breast Pillow.
Jamshidi loves working with moms one on one: “Ensuring a mother’s success in nursing her child is the foundation of our company and our breast pillow.” She says the greatest benefits of this pillow are that it helps a mom nurse in comfort and truly hands-free, alleviating wrist pain. The Utterly Yours Breast Pillow is eco-friendly and manufactured to highest standards here in the United States.
I received this item for review, but found since I am smaller chested, I don’t require this nursing aid. However, I was impressed with the softness and structure of the pillow, as well as the quality construction. The breast pillow retails for $24.95, and can be purchased online. Follow Utterly Yours on Facebook!
MILKIN’ COOKIES – lactatation cookies
Mmmm… lactation cookies! Making even the pain of breastfeeding worth it… well, almost! And no, they are NOT made with breast milk! Lactation cookies are delicious treats filled with food galactogogues – ingredients that can help increase breast milk production. So if you’re concerned about milk supply (or just want to eat cookies), help yourself to some… the best ones I’ve tasted so far are from Milkin’ Cookies. Large, soft, chewy oatmeal cookies filled with either chocolate chunks or cranberries and almonds. Made with NO preservatives, and in small batches, the quality of these cookies is superb, like Grandma’s homemade!
Breastfeeding moms do need a few extra calories to keep them going, so why not make it these delicious cookies! I can’t even pick a favorite between the two Milkin’ Cookies flavors! All I know is I’m running out quickly! A two-week supply (14 cookies) retails for $20.99, and makes a lovely gift to a new mama!! Follow Milkin’ Cookies on Facebook!
For all breastfeeding moms, I recommend breast pads and soothing aids. I’ve been happy with the Simplisse items I received. Simplisse disposable breast pads are thin and flexible, with a shape that contours to your body and stays in place without adhesives. No chemical polymers biodegradable! $9.99 for a pack of 60.
The Simplisse cloth breast pads are soft 100% cotton pads, 4 layers of absorbency that are reusable and machine washable. While I did find these to be a little “stiff” compared to others I have used, and the outer stitching buckled a bit after washing, they nevertheless absorb well and stay in place. I like to use them at night! A 4-pack retails for $8.99.
One thing I love about the Simplisse Nipple Cream is it is lanolin-free and hypoallergenic. I have a mild allergic reaction to lanolin (especially on broken skin tissue!), so I have to find alternatives. Just a little drop cools and soothes tender nipples. A convenient pump dispenses a one-drop dose easily with one hand. And you don’t have to clean it off for baby to nurse, which is super handy for when you THOUGHT baby was done nursing and have just applied the cream, only to discover he is hungry again! 60 dose container retails for $10.99.
Finally, Simplisse HydroGel Soothing Pads – for when you’re really in discomfort, put this layer of calming relief on sore nipples. A fabric shell goes against your clothing, and the teardrop shape is easy to handle. A 4-pack retails for $12.99.
Simplesse manufactures breastpumps, nursing pillows, and other breastfeeding aids! Follow Simplisse on Facebook!
What items did you find most helpful when you breastfed?
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Thanks to all these companies for providing products for review and giveaway prizes. All opinions are 100% my own.