Fed is Best {World Breastfeeding Week Guest Post}

I’m guest-posting for World Breast Feeding Week over at my friend Aimee’s blog.  Here’s an excerpt from my post about my thoughts on breast vs. bottle.  

“I just wanted to let you know that what you’re doing is beautiful and courageous if anyone ever gives you a hard time for doing it in public, you shouldn’t let them,” our waiter declared.

I smiled awkwardly and said, “Thanks,” as the young man placed my food on the table in front of me.

He continued on, “I mean, I just don’t understand why people get so upset. It’s only natural and it’s beautiful. I hope no one ever makes a big deal about it to you.”

I was sitting in the back of the restaurant, facing a wall, and nursing my daughter while using a cover. I’m pretty sure no one had even noticed I was doing it before our server loudly proclaimed his approval. He didn’t seem to notice the irony of the fact that he was making a big deal out of it…

Head over to Aimee’s blog to read the rest of the post!

 

 

8 Items to Make Breastfeeding More Convenient

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Before CJ was born, I naively thought breastfeeding meant blissful hours of holding my baby in my arms and easily feeding her. The truth is that it took a few weeks to get the hang of it. And once I got the hang of it, I was still sore, leaky, and feeling frumpy. Here are a few items I found that made breastfeeding more convenient for me.

An Inexpensive, Non-Wire Nursing Sleep Bra

Before I actually started nursing, I didn’t understand why I’d want to wear a bra at night. It sounded uncomfortable to me. But once my milk came in, I realized I needed the sleep bra to hold the breast pads I had to wear to absorb leaks! (See below). I like this one from Basics Brand at Target.

Breast Pads

How come no one told me about leakage?! I spent the first few weeks with washcloths stuffed in my bra. I finally wised up and bought some Bamboobies breast pads. I use the regular ones during the day and the overnight ones at night.

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Men’s T-Shirts

Even with the breast pads, I still experience the occasional leaks at night and during the day. I bought a package of men’s moisture-wicking T-shirts to wear at night and around the house during the day. They’re roomier than women’s shirts and I don’t have to worry about my favorite women’s shirt fading from multiple washings.

Nipple Shells

I had no idea these existed until I was researching what to do about raw nipples. I wore these Medela Soft Shells for a few days and they really helped. Make sure you read the directions because there are a few instances where they’re not recommended.


Button-Down Shirts

My daughter was born in December, so I the first few months nursing in cold weather. I hated having to lift my shirt and expose my back and stomach in order to nurse. I had a nursing T-shirt and a nursing sweatshirt, but they were expensive! Then I realized that wearing a nursing tank with a button-down shirt would allow me to keep my stomach and back covered. If you’re on a budget, ThredUp is a great place to buy inexpensive button-downs.

Easy-Open Water Bottle

Breastfeeding makes me thirsty. All the time. I like to keep water by the chair where I nurse. It’s a good idea to get a water bottle that can be opened with one hand. You don’t want to have to let go of your baby to open your water bottle.

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Nursing Pillow

Some people can feed their babies simply by holding them in their arms. Not me. I was blessed with a C-section and a nearly 10-pound baby. It was impossible for me to place her on my stomach or hold her very long. I have both the Boppy and The Brest Friend and could not have breastfed without them.

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Nursing Supply Box / Bin

It’s a good idea to have a bin, box, or small bag to corral all the supplies you might need while nursing- especially during the early days when feeds can last a long time. I use a small canvas bin to hold items like the TV remote, lip balm, granola bars, my breast pads, burp cloths, and water bottle.

What items made nursing more convenient for you?  Feel free to share in the comments below.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. This post is linked up at Imparting Grace // Shine Blog Hop // Hearts for Home

Breast Pad Ever Review

This post contains affiliate links. You can see my full disclosure here. I received a free pair of The Breast Pad Ever in exchange for an honest review.

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Before I gave birth to my daughter, I didn’t really understand why a nursing mother might need breast pads. But then my milk came in (hello, overnight leakage!), and suddenly, I was on the hunt for the perfect breast pads. I honestly don’t know if the perfect breast pad exists, but The Breast Pad Ever is pretty darn good.

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I’d tried other reusable breast pads, but was frustrated that I had to change them whenever they got wet. I was going through several pairs a day. That isn’t cheap or good for my ever-growing laundry pile! Plus, wet nursing pads just feel gross.

But that’s why The Breast Pad Ever is so unique. You can squeeze the milk out of them when they get wet and then re-use them right away. Their spongey-ness makes it easy to wring them out and pop them right back in your nursing bra. You don’t feel the sticky, cold dampness that you feel with other pads. The thickness of the pads means they won’t bunch up. Plus, they give you a nice shape and slight lift.

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I did find that they were a little too thick for use with my underwire nursing bra. They gave me a little too much oomph, if you know what I mean! However, they were perfect for my wireless nursing bra and my sleep nursing bra. No more waking up in the middle of the night with a soaked shirt and sheets!

The kind people at My Milkies are offering my readers a 10% off coupon for their nursing products. Just use coupon code BPE10 when you check out. The Breast Pads Ever are also available on Amazon.

Quick Update

I just wanted to write a quick update especially for those of you who subscribe (via email or RSS) to this blog. I have several posts planned for the coming weeks, but and I wanted to give a heads-up about the content. Some of them will be about parenting, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. I realize some of the readers of this blog came from my infertility blog, and I understand if you don’t want to read about those topics. I wish there was a way I could allow you to subscribe to posts that aren’t about those topics, but if there is a way to do it, I haven’t figured it out. (If anyone knows how to do this, let me know!). All that to say I will not be offended if anyone chooses to unsubscribe!

What I’m Into {April 2016}

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

I still haven’t been able to get much reading in. It requires two hands to hold a Kindle or book, and my hands are pretty full these days! I have been able to get about halfway through Michael Hyatt’s Living Forward by listening to the audio book.  I love its message that you don’t get to where you want to go in life my drifting.  You have to be intentional.

TV

  • Twinsters.  I watched documentary this on Netflix a few weeks ago and was captivated by it. It’s the true story of identical twin sisters, separated at birth and adopted by different families. They grew up without knowing the other existed and discovered each other randomly via YouTube. It’s an unbelievable and extremely endearing story.
  • Grand Hotel. Think Downtown Abbey meets murder mystery. En español. I’m slowly working my way through the series and quite proud of myself for not turning on the English subtitles. (I do turn on the Spanish subtitles, though!)
  • Long Lost Family.  This is a show for research geeks like me. It helps adoptees find their biological families. Love it!

Things I Love

  • My S’well water bottle.   Breastfeeding has made me extremely thirsty, all the time. So I don’t go anywhere without my S’well bottle. It keeps cold liquid cold for 12 hours- even when you leave it in the hot car!
  • Burt’s Bees Squeezeable Lip Balm.  I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Lip Balm almost exclusively for fifteen years.  I LOOOOVE the new squeezeable format because now I can keep a tube in the car without it worrying about melting and causing a mess!


On My Blog

I wrote a piece about infertility awareness in the Church for National Infertility Awareness Week.

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What I'm Into

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