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 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!
Before becoming a mom, I was a bad waitress and a pretty good #shapeshifter. #memorylane #daphne
So much joy⭐️Making memories in their new favorite spot.
Day 2 on location for this film and I’m missing these nuggets so much.
We set up this little @deltachildren table and chairs for the boys recently (who am I kidding? Joel set it up- but easily and quickly)! My only regret is I didn’t get this for them sooner.
link in stories if you wanna check it out for your kiddos💫
Cheers! September is #CaliforniaWineMonth. 🍷And it’s almost the weekend... If you’re in here in California, hope you get to enjoy the festivals, special tastings & outdoor concerts throughout the state. We recently did. I could walk through the beautiful vineyards every day. Anyone else agree? 😉 @California.wines #LoveCalifornia #CAGrown #californiaWines #sponsored
Big week ahead. Sorry in advance for rambling in this post. 🤦🏼♀️Work here in LA, then flying to Texas with Hayden. My parents and @jlove_____ are generously offering to smother him with love while I head to Canada to shoot a TV movie. My go-to to feel more in shape (quickly) & less anxious is always a mix of yoga, cardio and drinking more water (@daybottle helps with that- see stories). I don’t have the best yoga form, but I’m trying. I hate knee kicks, but they work.
I’m very anxious about missing Hayden (it won’t be THAT long, but still). May sound silly, but I’m being honest. Packing, leaving the house organized and clean, not forgetting obligations... it all adds up! Thank you @joelhenricks for dealing!
Ps- this picture was not taken today... but it’s in a prettier location than where I’m
currently working out in the valley😉 so... what are you up to this lovely Sunday? 😜Xo, A
#TbT when I brought my selfie stick to set! Seeing these guys soon;) @boldandbeautifulcbs @cbsdaytime #boldandbeautiful #bridgetforrester #logangirls
We are on the verge of potty training! But not there yet. The one thing that will be going with us on that “great adventure” 😜 🙄is @triple.paste_summers.labs. For now, it’s in all our changing kits for those unexpected blowouts. #sponsored Search #triplepaste or #blowoutblues for the whole story on the blog;) What age were your kids potty trained? Are you going through it now? Advice!? #AshleyAJones.com
#protection #prevention #diaperrash
Y’all... just sitting down to look at messages/DMs from yesterday. Thx for the birthday wishes. ❤️🎂Hope you all were able to recharge over Labor Day 🤗Started off the weekend right at @westlakevillageinn... and we’re ready to go back! 😜 Thx for the love @themariamethod and my ❤️s at @goodcarmastudio. Now, back to real life!
Hugs for this little man...I’m a proud step-mom! I ran across the second picture recently (swipe) from three years ago. Be still my heart! ♥️⭐️♥️
Who is officially in back-to-school mode? Relief or stressful? Just restocked our @gooddaychocolate (let’s be honest-main reason Huck is so happy in this picture). Note to parents: these vitamin “treats” make great rewards post homework or chores. Check out today’s blog post on combating back-to-school stress and streamlining life;) Not that I’m remotely great at it, just sharing what I’m learning. 😉
Yesterday, I watched my husband and baby laughing in the pool while I read a magazine in a chaise on the terrace with a cool drink in hand. HOW DO I PUSH REPEAT? 😜Thank you @joelhenricks💜❤️ @westlakevillageinn is a little paradise. #birthdayweekendgetaway
Happy Early #LaborDay birthday to me! It’s a family affair. Thanks for
BBQing my favorite meal, love! Slow smoked organic chicken with #CaliforniaGrown veggies!
This is just the pre-party for Labor Day. Who’s getting excited to grill? (Love the smell;) I’m picky about my chicken, but you smoked it perfectly, honey!!
Follow stories for his secret ingredient my mom gave him;) #LoveCalifornia
#CaliforniaDreaming with down home southern twist #CAGrown #sponsored
G’night. 💫To those just waking...good day!! ☀️
With four boys in our house (Oscar, not leaving you out), there’s more discussion of poop than I ever imagined. 🙄💩💩To all the parents out there navigating the world of diaper blowouts… it’s not always easy, huh? And how do the worst blowouts seem to happen in the most unlikely places at the worst possible times?? Even though the “potty” is on the horizon (please, let it be true), we are still dealing with diapers and constant prevention of diaper rashes. Today on the blog, I partnered with @triple.paste_summers.labs to discuss constant prevention and commiserate over the #BlowoutBlues. Parents: what has been your worst (funniest, in retrospect) moment? #TriplePaste #sponsored
Sunday mood. 😘
You’d want to snuggle and nap if you had @leesasleep mattress, too.
New wellness post up on the blog about sleep and refilling the emotional and spiritual tank. I go deeper than usual. Looking forward to your thoughts. Sleep well tonight, y’all.
Ps- Swipe to see our adjustable frame in action. Oh, and what’s your favorite part of your bedtime routine? #AshleyAJones.com
I’m barely making the cut off, but wishing my sweet dad @shawn.jones.1951 the happiest of birthdays! And happy anniversary (month) to you two. Congrats!! ⭐️
Thank you for your parental and spiritual guidance through the years: the best of times and the most challenging tines, you both are there for us. Not telling us what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. Can’t wait to hug you soon. I love you more!! 💜
📸: thank you @claudcraig
I got to hang with the cool chicks last night. And lemme tell you- they’re also the kindest and funniest. Never once made me feel like I was (almost?) old enough to be their mom😜. These are the kind of girls that would definitely let you sit with them! 😉 #boldandbeautiful
@televisionacad @boldandbeautifulcbs @niasioux @annikanoelle
Right before heading home after the @televisionacad event tonight celebrating #daytimeemmys...Such a nice evening seeing loved faces from different facets of television. Happy birthday, Emmy. 70 never looked so good;) Thank you @evabasler (not only the publicist for @boldandbeautifulcbs but also one of the Governor’s for daytime programming at the TV Academy) for hosting & including me.❤️ #boldandbeautiful @boldinsider
Now I better get much needed sleep to wake up bright and early! #momlife ps- check stories for more:)
Family album: sister, brother, brother-in-law, aunt, Dad! 😜💜@boldandbeautifulcbs @cbsdaytime
#BridgetIsBack visiting. ❤️who watched the cake fight today? East coast? #boldandbeautiful #daytimetv #wedding
Here it is nearly midnight and I’m tired after a long day... but about to go to bed with an awesome feeling. All is right in the world when my family is happy. Parenthood is a challenge at times but one I will never regret at the end of my days. For every post tagged #TheAwesomeChallenge, @rocketsofawesome is donating a back-to-school outfit for a child in need via @baby2baby. How awesome is that? Post anything that makes you feel awesome & tag three friends who would be up for this challenge like @Alifedotowsky challenged me! ❤️ @michelebellstudio @katherinekellylang @jacquelinemwood_1 GO!
Ps-know this photo is older and clearly posed for a brand new baby family (he was just over two weeks!) shot (thx @claudcraig), but I remember feeling good in this moment. Everything about life and marriage was changing quickly—- a bit chaotic in a small space, but God had given us Hayden🙏🏻. And he is awesome.
I ❤️ you, my tv mama.
You give good #cakefight 😜
#boldandbeautiful tune in for the drama. @boldinsider @katherinekellylang #daytimetv
Calm “Oh, Hi, Monday” vs. “It’s freaking ‘Fry’Day” (swipe to get it)!
But this Monday is exciting cause (duh, wedding on B&B - who’s watching?) and we’re announcing the winner of the giveaway! 💫💫
To those of you that entered the @OshKoshkids gift card, thank you.
But, if you didn’t win the gift card, check back soon, as we’ll be doing more and more giveaways!! And, you can still get silly great deals online. I just ordered graphic and character tees for Christmas presents all under $10. Yes, I know I said Christmas. 😳 Kinda keeping holiday in the back of my head. ICYMI, check out the blog post for a discount code for your back to school needs.
Both boys wearing #oshkoshkids 🤗
#BeYourself #sponsored #huckandhayden #haydenjh