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!
Palm trees, ocean breeze. Salty air, sun kissed hair. Endless summer, take me there. 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴
Twinning with your toddler. 🤣Silly, but kinda fun. Especially being a boymom and finding something like this. 🌸💜 #simplejoys
Outfit details (on sale) on the blog and here:
#boymom #matchingfamilyoutfits #budgetfriendly http://liketk.it/2wcY6 @liketoknow.it #liketkit 📸: @ographr
Ps- you can screenshot this post and find it in your LIKEtoKNOW.it app;) #toddlermom #mommyandme
You’re his hero. Happy Father’s Day! We ♥️ you so. @joelhenricks
Wall goals. 🌟🌟 🌿🌵
New post up spotlighting a favorite place. #linkinbio
Almost the weekend!
Who’s ready? 🤣
Ps- Anyone that knows this kid knows he scopes out all the doors and gates. He’s like an escape artist! Definitely keeps me on my toes. 😫😂 #boymom #toddlermom #tiredmom #happykid
You may have flipped through this photo in stories, but I’m posting it here, too! My #WcW goes to @amirawaldesai & @lisabreckenridge. And #staytuned because #funthingshappening with @jamiemakeup, too #moreontheblog w/link in bio.
“And the gingham dress was all I had to wear...”❤️
More on the blog.
Stopped for coffee at the cutest place in Venice. Los Angeles has many little pockets and I need to branch out more.
http://liketk.it/2w5Zo #liketkit @liketoknow.it #linkinbio 🌟
Thx for taking me (and the photo 📸) @Ographr.
Ps- do you remember the song?
#tbt Reposting @lisalingstagram’s two photos from this year’s #InspirationAwards, but in opposite order. Starting with two years ago right before our littles were born...btw- Lisa, you inspire all of us!
The last time I saw these two beauties, we were all a bit more rotund—in the very best way. But nothing short of labor could keep us from cheering on graduates of @stepupwomensnetwork, then and now. It was amazing to see more than 20 young women grace the stage who, with the help of #stepup, had graduated from college and some from graduate school. Most of them were the first in their families to go to college. I left so inspired and proud. #inspirationawards.
You can’t have a bad day in polka dots. Did @annakendrick47 say that? A good day of wellness with these beauties: @yolakin @virginiawms @vrayskull @alexandrabasow @amy_davidson💜 more details on the blog with the link in profile. thx @newbloommedia for including me #bloomsummit 📸: @ographr 🌟
Weekend vibes on a Tuesday. Take me back! Our getaway was too short, but worth it. Thank you @joelhenricks 😘♥️ new post up about this stuff on blog and asking a few questions😎
http://liketk.it/2w23t @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #ltkunder25 #liketkit
A few more from @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards...congratulations on your 20th Anniversary! Grateful to have been a part of the last decade. Thank you @alissazito for your work and patience! .
Thx to @mommysretreat for the blowout/ hair! More details about the day on the blog. #linkinbio
Another moving, wonderful #StepUp #InspirationAwards. Thank you to @stepupwomensnetwork for the work they are doing mentoring young girls. As always, loved visiting with so many inspiring friends.
More about the day in a new post on the blog:)
In case you were wondering... 💜
Question: what’s the number one thing you do to help yourself when you get stressed and overwhelmed?
Have a good day y’all.💗 #stressrelief #selfcare #takecareofyou
Your dad and I are so grateful to be your parents, sweet little man. Happy 2nd Birthday! I love you with my whole heart. Forever. #twoyearsold #welcometotoddlerhood #haydenjh
Happy 40th birthday to my incredibly funny, smart, handsome brother! So proud of you, @zjatx ❤️ Here’s to the best decade yet! You are very loved.
PS: how amazing was my mom?! She made our little outfits. Down to the frog buttons!
Let go. Let God. His plan is far better.
A new & personal post is up answering some of your questions of late. Thanks to all of you that continually show so much support. I am grateful.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful mom! Thank you for being the best mother & grandmother (and for being a good sport about me taking our “hat” pictures😂) ❤️ We love you so!
So many beautiful creatures at the Butterfly Museum last week. This little one was in awe! Thank you, Mom & @jlove_____ for taking us! 🦋
The “perfect shirt” is back in stock in all sizes... (thx for letting me borrow, @jlove_____ ) More on the blog! #ashleyajones.com http://liketk.it/2vLpE @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ButterflyMuseum
#tbt This picture was taken so long ago, Hayden didn’t know who it was! One of my first projects (mini-series) and first on screen kiss. Ha! #cheeksforweeks #PaulRudd #weweresoyoung #firenexttime
Hoping you smile today like Hayden smiles at his Aunt Jordy. 📸: @jlove_____
#almosttwoyearsold #twobottomteeth #happyhumpday #haydenjh