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!
Surrounded by overachievers today! Never a dull moment with @Erinoprea & @Dr_oz. Ever!❤️...Packed boxes of food for underprivileged youth across the country with these two, @timbradleyjr and #DrWentz (after starting the day w a warm up workout by @erinoprea at 6:30, then doing an appearance on stage w/ @dr_oz in front of 10,000!) #bigday Thx for #givingback @usanainc! @usanatruehealthfoundation #usana17
It's FriYay! Grab a friend and celebrate. #bestbuddies ❤️
First day of kindergarten for Huck... We're proud of this kiddo and cheering for him! Especially Hayden!! What a great big brother! 😘⭐️ Good luck to all the families out there starting school this week. #imabigkidnow #brothers #huckandhayden #firstdayofkindergarten 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
We moved in this house a little bit ago and life has been hectic. Something pretty special happened when our @HelloFresh box arrived…we finally did what we have been wanting to do since we first moved in…use our kitchen to cook as a family (or in Hayden’s case, play with the box) and sit down to eat together. @HelloFresh makes us feel like gourmet cooks! (Have you checked out instastory?) Follow the very easy recipes and you can be, too….Plus, I love knowing every single ingredient going into my meal and the food I feed our children. This is easy, fun and informative (Huck loves it) #thatsBIG! Can’t wait for the next box. Check them out at hellofresh.com and use my code "AshleyJones" for $30 off your first week #hellofreshpics #hfpartner #ad #getcooking
He's my Monday and everyday motivation. ❤️❤️#haydenjh
Last week at this time, we were meeting people at the @generalhospitalabc fan event. You guys are awesome⭐️🌟Thanks for watching us! #gh #ParkersBack #watchMonday #HappySaturday
Oscar is totally saying...Um... I didn't sign up for this! These three! #mykiddos thank you, @day.artist for @ographr for capturing moments like this. We're pretty obsessed w this app! Stay tuned for many more fun pics! #theygrowupsofast #letthembelittle ps- after all this time, I'm a real #soccermom 😳oh my.... #haydenjh
Great peeps! Thx @tiffanithiessen for fun event for the kiddos.
Ps- #funfact : Years ago, I was in a movie of the week starring Tiff. Loved her then and lovely running into her now.
Quick snap leaving the studio after work. #generalhospital Good start to the week... #mondayvibes can be good! Btw, it's #ghfcw #ghfc ❤️who's going?
Hayden was very distracted by the live emojis running around. Thanks @themillennialmamas for a fun screening of #TheEmojiMovie last week. Huck is sleeping with his stuffed poop emoji😂 #fiveyearoldboy Who ventured out to see the film?
He smiled! Kind of... bottom one:) #photoboothfun with Huck😉 Happy Friday!
Come check out more on the site. Several new posts up about life and work. Always like reading your comments. ⭐️🌟❤️ #linkinbio
Parker is back in Port Charles... thought some of you might be interested;) @generalhospitalabc @_lexiainsworth #behindthescenes #generalhospital #ParkersBack more about this on the blog later today...
Happy Tuesday. 🌟⭐️ Spending all day working with my sidekick. Hope everyone is having a good week so far?
What a lovely evening with friends benefiting cancer research and learning more about @thevfoundation. Thank you @wfordinteriors! You inspire me to get more involved. #DontEverGiveUp #VictoryOverCancer
Ps- I'm behind in posting. This was last week;)
Summertime! 🌟⭐️ #pooltime #californiasun #haydenjh 🌴
We are starting swim lessons, which means swim suits. For both of us😳 More about this and swimsuit shopping on the blog.
http://liketk.it/2s2rd#liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKfamily #LTKswim #LTKunder50 @liketoknow.it.family
Taking a much needed breather with @beautyandthebeasties :) #momlife
And I would be remiss if I didn't share outfit details with you. I have been wearing these cropped pants way too often; they are now on sale for $20!! Screenshot this picture with your @liketoknow.it app or click the link in bio (new post up⭐️) for further info. Happy Thursday! #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert http://liketk.it/2s0Oo
His little hand on hers melts my heart. 💕 My son and goddaughter! Come back soon @mccool517 😘#haydenjh
Long before I was a mom or a stepmom (Huck is there in the middle), I was an Auntie! @mccool517 @abrownlow
Ps- miss you @amyqaragholi #lovetheseguys
Finally! If only you lived next door... @mccool517 #bestfriendgoals 🌟💕
Girlfriends🌟⚡️⭐️ Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸Hope y'all have a safe holiday with friends and family celebrating our freedom and independence! God bless!