Welcome back to the Breastfeeding Blog Hop!
If you are joining us for the first time, the Breastfeeding Blog Hop is growing group of bloggers who post on different topics pertaining to breastfeeding each week. I announce the topic each week on my Facebook page and Twitter for the early birds who like to get a head start before Thursday but the linky goes live in the wee hours on Thursday morning and is open until midnight on Friday.
The Breastfeeding Blog Hop is hosted by Happiness Redefined, The Gnome’s Mom and myself! Link up and spread a little comment love. We’ve got a great supportive group of women posting here and we are always looking for some fresh faces to join us!
Of course the only thing you *need* for breastfeeding is a pair of breasts. Preferably a pair that is more than happy to produce an abundant supply of milk for your nursling. Not all of us are so lucky in the supply department and believe me, I am not too proud to hide my jealousy over your oversupply. I’m sure it has it’s own set of issues, but just to not have to worry about every little drop would be so freeing!
Wow, I got a little side tracked there. Ahem. Moving on!
The Boppy. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite and I admit I have never used another nursing pillow, but I LOVED my Boppy. I could never get the right support without it and used it all the way up until Judah weaned just after a year old. Not to mention it’s great for tummy time and also makes an excellent support for babies who are learning how to sit. (You gotta love the multi-use tools!)
Nursing Tanks. I lived in nursing tanks. Mostly because I had really terrible nursing bras and tanks cover up your tummy when you are nursing in public. My favorite tanks came from Target and they were nice and long. I have a few that cut off right at the waist and they just weren’t doing me any favors. I would love to be able to afford a Yummie Tummie nursing tank but that’s a little too spendy for this mama!
Nighttime Nursing Bras. Nursing tanks are great during the day, but at night you need to keep the girls separated. The ones I had were like sports bras that you could pull open from the front and they were perfect. I rarely had leaks and if I did, they were usually at night and usually while I was nursing so there was no going without some support at night. There is nothing more annoying than being in the middle of a nighttime feed and having milk soak through your pajamas or start showering your baby from above. A good nighttime nursing bra will give you the ability to use a nursing pad and keep everyone nice and dry.
Cute Nursing Covers. I know! I always say you don’t have to use a cover- and you don’t. But I think most of us at one point have been more comfortable with a cover. I have a few that are very cute but my favorite cover is the one I got from Udder Covers for free (plus shipping of course). It was lightweight, the light comes through it so baby isn’t in the dark and it was gigantic. It wasn’t as cute as my other one, but it was usually the one I grabbed if I was going to use a cover. (You can usually find a coupon code for this online- I am pretty sure FAMILY2011 is still a valid code for $32 off if you wanted to check it out for yourself.)
A Support System. I have the best husband in the world and his support is probably the one thing I couldn’t live without. He stuck by me and let me make the calls when we were struggling with supply- even when he was the one stuck at home with a screaming baby and no milk. He always comforted me during the hard times (nursing strikes, 3 months of thrush, a baby who’s favorite past-time was chewing off my nipples) and didn’t hold it against me when I had absolutely no desire to get jiggy with it. Everyone should be so lucky!
So tell me- what are the products you can’t live without? What are the things you would recommend other nursing mothers invest in? And seriously, will we ever get tired of Ryan Gosling? (I don’t think so!)