Breastfeeding and Must Have
When I was pregnant with my first born, Michael, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I am not sure what prompted the desire but it was something I was NOT going to budge on unless completely necessary. Once he was born it was a ridiculously hard process for the both of us. It is no secret I have an incredibly large chest and with that it made it really hard for Michaels teeny tiny mouth to latch on. This issue caused me to end up getting mastitis. 105 degree fever, chills and trying to feed my baby who was just screaming until I would pump enough to give him a bottle was depressing and NOT helping my baby blues. After 2 long, hard weeks we got the hang of it and had an easy time from there! I have been able to exclusively breastfeed all of my babies which has been challenging with them all being so close together, but I was happy to do it! They have all nursed for a year or more (Michael, 1 year. Brooke, 13 months. Colton, 19 months) and have completely self weaned which made it easy for me! My goal was always a year because I am just not a person who was in to toddler nursing (personal preference) but a year seemed old enough! Now ever since Emma turned a year I have started to think about how much longer she will be nursing for. I want to help her along in her weaning process but I am struggling emotionally with letting it go! Now I have NEVER EVER been an emotional breastfeeder, I always thought that it was good, nutritious and helped them with getting antibodies against sickness; and since I COULD nurse why wouldn't I when there are so many people who can't and want to? I never thought of it as this special bonding thing, I always bonded more just snuggling, cuddling and not being sucked on. So why is the thought of being done breastfeeding making me so sad? Maybe it is because I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for over 8 years straight with no break in between and the thought of being done without another baby on the horizon is sad. My rational mind tells me that is INSANE but my heart says something different. Ideally I am THRILLED to stop, but my emotions are getting the best of me with this one!! Since my mind had been so focused on breastfeeding I am going to share my FAVORITE, MUST HAVE items for breastfeeding! None of which I am being paid for or got sent to me for free! I have bought every one of these items myself and swear by every one!!
-My sweet girl who seems to be more attached to her mommy than any other kid!!
Nursing Cover!! This is my absolute favorite nursing cover! It only took 4 kids for me to stumble upon this cover and it was so easy to slip Emma under it and it truly covered everything. A lot of other covers would slip and flash every one or my kids HATED being under it. I am all for a woman's right to feed where she wants but I was personally uncomfortable with my boob size and not being properly covered up. I used to always go to the bathroom or the car. As soon as I found this I always fed in public with no worries. This one is so light weight and can also be used as a car seat cover! Its awesome! It is made by Milk Snob- https://milksnob.com/collections/nursing-covers/products/milk-snob-cover-french-floral
Breast Pump- This little silicone manual pump was AMAZING! I put it on one side while Emma fed on the other and it caught any leaking I had and would get me a couple ounces with no extra work. It is made by Haakaa- https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Manual-Phthalate/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1522088581&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=haakaa&psc=1&smid=AMYQERWA8FZL2
Breast Pump- I loved this Medela breast pump. It is not heavy and has lasted me through all my kids! It is great quality and discreet if you want to bring it with you places. Talk to your insurance company because I know sometimes they will pay for breastfeeding supplies. I found this out too late, boo! https://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/573/pump-in-style-advanced
Nursing Pads- I had a serious leaking problem until my supply figured out what it was doing. It was super attractive ;)... I love these nursing pads you put in your bra. They are slim, discreet, comfortable and they catch a lot of milk. https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Nursing-Pads-Stay-Each/dp/B000WHHKEU
Bottle- Emma and Colton refused to drink out of a bottle but I still tried my hardest haha. For Michael and Brooke my favorite bottle was this MAM bottle. It was the same as their pacifier so they were used to the nipple. It made it really easy on them when they needed some of my stored milk! https://www.mambaby.com/shop/us_us/baby-bottles-toddler-cups/baby-bottles.html
For storing milk I loved to use these milk bags- https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Breastmilk-Convenient-Patented-Freezing/dp/B00198I2WU?th=1
When I wasn't sure if I would successfully breastfeed I did a lot of research on baby formulas and their ingredients. While I did not need to use it, my sister did and I suggested (told her, I am older she has to listen to me) she use Baby's Only formula. She has LOVED it for her kids and gets it easily on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Babys-Only-Organic-LactoRelief-Toddler/dp/B001U2HRLM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1522089408&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=babys%2Bonly%2Borganic%2Bformula&th=1
Another AMAZING baby formula I did not find out about until recently is Hipp. It comes from overseas and looks to have amazing ingredients.- https://hippformulausa.com/
I hope this helped some of you in your baby feeding journey! If you have any questions, drop me a comment below, and remember FED IS BEST!