Breastfeeding was a big part of my life non-stop for 2.5 years. My second post I did for my blog was about my journey through breastfeeding . I have such fond memories mixed with memories of pure frustration during that time. Like anything, time is fleeting and all things come to an end. But left up to Mabel she would still be breastfeeding if I would let her, lol. She LOVED it!
In honor of National Breastfeeding month I wanted to put together a list of everything that got me through those first few weeks and the long haul, along with a few tips that helped me through. This is one nostalgic trip down memory lane and I’m happy I get to share it here.
Mother’s Milk Tea : I never had to take anything to help my supply with Mabel but with Evelyn I needed all the help I could get. I felt like this particular tea to produce some results.
No-bake lactation bites : This is a good snack recipe for everyone in the house, especially a mother who is looking to help increase her milk supply and energy.
Medela’s Freestyle pump : Hands down my favorite pump. I had a love hate relationship with it of course. I loved it with Mabel as I had SO much milk, making a bottle was never an issue. Hated it once I had Evelyn as my supply was so lame trying to make enough ounces to make a bottle became disheartening.
Nipple Balm : Those first few weeks and even during the course of breastfeeding my nipples would get sore. This balm was a staple in my medicine cabinet for 2.5 years.
In honor of National Breastfeeding month I wanted to put together a list of everything that got me through...
Softshells : My nipples were very sore and tender after I had Evelyn. These softshells were heaven, they kept any clothing away from my nipples.
Boppy : This nursing pillow really helped me during the newborn stage with both girls. It helped with getting them into the right position and being able to relax my arms and shoulders while I nursed.
Nursing Tank Tops : I lived in these the first few months. When your baby is hungry they are hungry and having easy access to your breast makes life a whole lot easier.
Tip: remember to relax your shoulders when you are nursing. My gosh, did I give myself a sore neck from bringing my shoulders up when I nursed. Just take a deep breath and relax.
I remember feeling so isolated during those middle-of-the-night feeds. This was actually true as well during the day, so I downloaded some brainteaser apps on my phone to keep me engaged and also helps with mommybrain .
La Leche League is such a great organization as they provide mother-to-mother support and encouragement. Reach out to them if you need some words of wisdom.
What a nice walk down memory road! What are/were your breastfeeding must-haves?