First of all, I'm grateful I can breastfeed at all. I know it's a privilege. With that said, it's been an incredibly trying, challenging, emotional roller coaster. For me and my husband! Sleep deprivation is a real thing! Although it hasn't even been a month, there are a few key materials I wish SO MUCH I had utilized from day one in the hospital. I'm back to work today!! And these products have helped me save extra milk for Hayden. This is simply my experience... I'm obviously not a doctor (even though I play on one on B&B- ha!), so do your own research and find what is best for you.
First off, I've had issues. I'll write more in another writtenblog post for those that are curious of my experience, but to spare you the morbid details, I'll just say my nipples got so raw, I couldn't breastfeed. I was still pumping, but it hurt. Badly. Finally, I listened to my mother and bought breast shields. Immediately, I was able to go back to breast feeding with Hayden. It doesn't take away all the pain, but it lessens it by about 75%. (***Please note: before you use these, do your own research. I believe they can help temporarily, but over time, could lessen your supply of milk.)
Secondly, my husband did his own research and ordered me Milk Savers. After seeing how desperate I was to produce and save milk, it crushed us to see wasted milk in breast pads or dripping down my clothes. When I would nurse on one breast, the other one would leak quite a bit. It would've saved me a ton of grief, pain and spilled milk! You know the saying... no sense crying over spilled milk? Well, let me tell you. I've shed a few tears over wasting this precious liquid gold. Every girlfriend (nursing or about to try nursing) I have told about this product wants it!
While the Milk Savers are great while I'm nursing or even around the house, I am using breast shells inside my nursing bra occasionally between feedings. They collect excess milk and it can really add up. (TIP: if you use the lids with ventilation at the top, be careful when you lean over--- it will spill out!!). This is an easy way to collect milk when you aren't feeding or pumping. Plus, at least for my situation, it protects the nipples while they are healing. I really used them mainly for that. I didn't love collecting milk in them.
Below, I rounded up the products that have helped me the most with breastfeeding. I added my favorite nursing bras, too. They are priced low to high (some, in my opinion, high). But, so far, the ones I've chosen are worth the money. (ps- click on each picture if you're interested because some items on sale are not reflected in this post, but will show up when you click). I'm still in shock how quickly they get messed up and need washing... one minute we're good and the next... oops! We're leaking! Anyhow, check it out... and please--- this takes a village, if there are products you highly recommend, PLEASE leave a comment.
Check out the nursing tops I have used the most. To read more about nursing, or see where I was wearing some of these, type NURSING in the search box at the top right. You'll see more posts!
Praying for the families of all the precious lives lost yesterday in Manchester. I was taking my son to music class, while other parents were taking their children to their first concert. Something as pure as sharing music with our children turned horrific. #prayingforchange #prayerispowerful #Psalm23:4
Happy 5th Birthday to the best big brother. You are loved, Huck! (ps- I'm late posting here...we just celebrated this weekend at his 'Jawsome' shark themed party- Huck's mom nailed it. It's been a full #sharkweek celebration!) #huckandhayden @joelhenricks #brothers
I'll ❤ you forever. I'll like you for always....do you know the rest?
#almostayear #weekendvibes #haydenjh
More on the blog. #linkinbio #parasolco #mylegsneedsun 😂 #mamasboy #meltsmyheart
#TBT to last year's @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards where @thereallacey @lisalingstagram and I were all pregnant (Hayden arrived a couple days later!) Join us June 2nd at this year's event! #InspireWomen to #InspireGirls www.suwn.org/ia (Read more about last year's event on the blog. Link in profile- search "Step Up") ❤#babybumps
Thank you #soapsindepth! How lovely to go through mail and find this article. Motherhood is the greatest gift❤
On our last day of filming, my favorite guests came to visit set ❤#thatsawrap #ontothenext Thanks for coming all the way to Canada with me, honey! @joelhenricks #haydenjh #setselfiewiththefam
To my mom: I understand so much more now! All I can say is... thank you to God for giving us you. Thank you for your infinite sacrifices, thank you for your unconditional love, thank you for being an example to all of your children all these years (that I now draw upon with my own child), and thank you for being the best GRANDmother to Hayden and Huck. I love this memory of the "three" of us at the #babyshower. And I love you more! We all do. With our whole hearts for our whole lives. #happymothersday ps- thank you @claudiacraig for these 📸memories
I was caught meditating between scenes on set with my muse headband! Ha! This location was so serene- and we're back here today, so I'll be doing it again! Just trying to declutter my mind & focus after our long hours recently. (Check out instastory!) I imagine there are many of you that would like to do the same. The brain sensing headband provides real time neurofeedback! I'm fascinated with this technology. #musemeditation @choosemuse #fridayfun #mindfulliving #onlocation #goaheadandlaugh ❤
Great take!! Hayden thinks it's hilarious! Future director... watching the monitor from his Auntie Kaley's dressing room @bigbangtheory_cbs. Congrats @normancook on season 10 finale tonight! We ❤ tape nights backstage with you. #haydenjh #bts
Hayden's trying so hard to talk and use that tongue! So funny- Joel died laughing at his new form of communication babbling. #weekendvibes #latergram (We're still enjoying the Canadian rain on location shooting- but Dad arrived, so I'm hopefully getting a chance to add some posts to the blog, check out the #MothersDay one in the works now...link in bio;) #HappySunday @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rhvH #haydenjh
Glad we took a shot before the rain came pouring down @carlenabritch! Love working opposite you. #quietbeforethestorm #newfriend #onlocation ps- funny we came all the way here to meet a neighbor from home!
"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." -Yoda. #maythefourthbewithyou
Quick play date with my best bud before heading back to work. Found the cutest park nearby! #ottawa2017
Monday morning rain is falling☔️... here where we're filming in Ottawa. California dreaming. ☀️ @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rdiq #outfitdetailsontheblog tag a friend who is loving lace right now:) #LTKunder100 #linkinprofile
Our little kiddo is turning one soon. 🎂 Cue the tears. Mine, not his! #theygrowtoofast #babyboys #iloveyousomuch
New posts up today!... link in bio;) @joelhenricks #haydenjh photo: @ashleyburns_
Oh my little buddy! You're already #11monthsold! You love your bath time. And you love your time with daddy! 📸: @joelhenricks #haydenjh #bathtimebaby #bathtimefun
I know, I'm late, but Happy Easter anyway! Hope everyone had a beautiful day. 💜✝️🌸 @joelhenricks #babysfirsteaster #haydenjh #huckandhayden
Throwing back to Hayden's Texas visit with family. He gets extra love (and fancy outfits) from his grandparents & his Aunt @jlove_____ ❤#babysfirsteaster #haydenjh @joelhenricks
It's Friday night! (which means nothing when you have a baby, but we pretend anyway.) Joel & I are heading out for date night soon. I'm showering (which means everything when you have a baby)! Happy Weekend! http://liketk.it/2qXBT #liketkit @liketoknow.it ps- wearing the new faux leather jacket I mentioned yesterday-link in bio. The best #fauxleather I have found & under $100...comes in brown, too. Dress comes in black. A hint more evening-ish. #LTKUnder50 #LTKUnder100 earrings are $12, btw!
I hope to surround the little munchkins in our lives with positive and kind messages. I'm proud to spread the word about the @KindText movement on the blog today! Being a part of something that is promoting kindness and creativity in kids is important, especially on social media. That's also why I love my friend @officialkjb's t-shirts! Her graphic tees promote individuality (check out her fun one with her quote from #HALLOWEENTOWN: Being normal is vastly overrated!) Join me in supporting our youth and spreading kindness. #KindText More about all this & more photos up on site today! Link in profile😍ps- if you're near Salem, Oregon this weekend, go say hi to @officialkjb at @cherrycitycomiccon! #haydenjh #believeinmagic
It's already Thursday! Making lists of what needs to get done before the week is over. Lots! 😳 Since packing and moving, I tend to wear the same few pieces that are accessible and ready to go. In today's post (link in profile), I'm switching up the look of one of my favorite dresses by adding this faux leather biker jacket. #LTKunder100 #changeitup Shop this pic via screenshot with the new LIKEtoKNOW.app http://liketk.it/2qWCT #liketkit @liketoknow.it #streetchic #fauxleather 📷: @ashleyburns_