Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nic's Picks: Best Breastfeeding Products

It should come as no surprise that I'm a HUGE breastfeeding advocate, and have been exclusively breastfeeding (and pumping) BK for 10 months now! That being said, it's really hard... especially in the first few weeks. Here are some of my faves to make the process a little easier!

  1. Nursing Tank Tops from Target - I've tried *other* nursing tank tops and these are by far the best. Not only are they affordable, at around $20 a pop, but they are well made, supportive and have a long length to cover that fluffy post partum tummy! You will probably want to live in nursing tanks for the first 2 or 3 months so these are really a must. Get every color. 
  2. Medela Disposable Nursing Pads - I'm getting a virtual side eye from Em for promoting disposables, but the cloth ones just didn't protect my clothes. I'd wake up soaking wet using them, and was too terrified to risk it in public! Maybe I just hadn't found the right cloth ones, so if you have some you love that don't leak I'd love to hear it. Now, out of the eco-hating kind I like Medela the best due to shape and size. I'm a busty gal, and while I actually loved the J&J shape the best, they were just too small! So big girls go with Medela, and petite girls go with J&J. 
  3. Anita Nursing Bras - Again, being busty it was a serious challenge finding good nursing bras in my size (up in the J cup range, if you are curious). I have two Anita bras, one in black and one in nude, and they were perfect! Came in all sorts of sizes, gave a nice shape, easy to clip on/off. Petite ladies, I'm sorry but I'm no help because you can wear ANYTHING! #jealous
  4. Lanolin - Any high quality brand, really. Your nips are gonna be sore at first, and this is a life saver. It's 100% safe for baby to ingest so you don't have to wash it off before feedings WHICH IS HUGE. No one has time to wash their breasts off while their newborn is crying out of hunger. Also, no one wants cracked nips. *TIP* Apply before a shower to protect those suckers (ha!) from the shower stream and hot water.
  5. Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump - If you plan to go back to work or be away from your baby for longer than 3 hours, you need a high quality pump. If you are a working mama (like me) then you REALLY need a good pump and a good freezer stash. My stash is still pretty hefty, and not only is a good security blanket, I plan to donate it to Em if she needs a little help while she works on building up her own supply. I donated some to a friend recently and it feels so great to be able to do that! Anyway back to the pump - most insurance carriers are covering them these days, but honestly if you get a "cheap" one it's not even worth it. If you are having supply problems, you might even want to consider renting a hospital grade pump. I love my Medela PISA - I plan to use it for any other little ones that come along!
  6. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags - I love these because you can store up to 6 oz, and if you freeze them flat (like the image) they store really nicely! They are easy to write on, easy to pour into and out of, and when they are frozen flat they defort quickly. 
Let us know what your favorite breastfeeding products are! 

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