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My Top 5 Breastfeeding “Tools”

Posted: March 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding Blog Hop | Tags: Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Blog Hop | 8 Comments »

Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by The Slacker Mom

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!

This week’s topic is: Tools of the Trade

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!

My Top 5 Favorite Breastfeeding “Tools”

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!)

Top 5 breastfeeding products

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!

Top 5 Breastfeeding products

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.

Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

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.)

Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

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!)

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8 Comments on “My Top 5 Breastfeeding “Tools””

  1. 1 tracyann said at 5:09 am on March 8th, 2012:

    Since I was breastfeeding my son, I think the tools that you have shared is very important to me. i will try to use the nursing bra during night time so that I cannot encounter to have wet shirts when I wake up. Thanks for sharing this useful tips for moms like me.
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  2. 2 Julie said at 6:44 am on March 8th, 2012:

    My daughter got her first tooth at the age of 4 months, so I literally know, what "chewing off the nipple" means. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post dental crowns

  3. 3 themamabeth said at 1:42 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    The have NIGHTTIME nursing bras? How am I about to have my third baby and I'm just now discovering this? You may have just changed my life. Seriously. This is the best news ever.

  4. 4 Tmuffin said at 1:47 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    That photo of Ryan Gosling cracks me up. I didn't get the whole Ryan Gosling thing until I saw a couple of his movies back to back. Now I get it. Ha. I liked nighttime nursing bras too. It was uncomfortable to be flopping around and leaking everywhere at first.
    My recent post It's Organized!

  5. 5 themamabeth said at 1:58 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    Dude, I just found some on clearance at Target for $9. It is like fate or something!

    I'm not feeling laborish at all. I have the occasional contraction, but never more than 2-3 at a time. The girls and I are in Phoenix and Jake had to go back up to our city to work a few more days, so we don't want any baby action until Monday at the earliest. He's going to try to get the rest of the weekend off, but they've already really gone above and beyond letting him take the rest of this month off, so it is kind of a long shot.

  6. 6 Jenny K said at 2:52 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    Thanks for posting the topic early this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I LOVE my boppy, too! I never used any thing else and it always worked for me.
    My recent post Breastfeeding: Must Have Products

  7. 7 erinclot said at 10:13 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    You are welcome- I a hoping to get the Facebook page up by the end of the month but everything seems to be happening at once around here and i am not finding the time to get everything done right now…I will definitely announce it when I do though ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 8 Suzanne ~ Natureduo said at 9:39 am on March 9th, 2012:

    I'm going to have to look into these tank tops! I have been using regular stretchy ones and they are losing their shape after 8 months. Chewing sounds painful….and scares me beyond belief! We had thrush for 3 months as well, but nothing scares me like teeth and he's getting teeth now.
    My recent post The Breast Tools Ever

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