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!
"Chic is when a woman is in harmony with herself." Giambattista Valli
It's moving weekend for us. Looking forward to a little more harmony in the near future. Rediscovered this book while packing. Good one! http://liketk.it/2qOTA #LTKStyleTip #LTKUnder50 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #coffeetablebook #ltkshoecrush
It's Friday! #weekendvibes http://liketk.it/2qOtG #liketkit @liketoknow.it #daytonight #dressycasual More on the blog up now. #bellsleeves #springfling 📷: @ashleyburns_
Our little man is 10 months today! He loves laughing with his big brother and playing with @oscarthehappy. Right now he's attempting to walk with his Auntie @jlove_____ and Grandpa. I love this child more every day. #10monthsold #haydenjh @joelhenricks 📷: @ashleyburns_
Loved celebrating & being a part of @boldandbeautifulcbs 30th Anniversary! Congratulations!! Here's to many more. @cbsdaytime @boldinsider @joelhenricks 📸: @hutchinsphoto ps- small gallery up on blog from the night. More to come:) #30years #boldandbeautiful
Spring is in the details🌸 @liketoknow.it . http://liketk.it/2qMbk #liketkit More from the link in profile #LTKUnder100 #LTKUnder50 #LTKSaleAlert #LTKunder25
First day of spring! 🌸🌷💐🌻http://liketk.it/2qLqT @liketoknow.it #liketkit Read why this dress will be worn often! Link in profile. 📸: @ashleyburns_
You're Irish! I'll kiss you! Today and every other day @joelhenricks. 🍀💋❤ #happystpattys
http://liketk.it/2qK2l #liketkit @liketoknow.it #springfashion #ltkunder100 #LTKmen #moreontheblog #springfling
Happy St. Patty's Day! Wearing green and ready for the weekend!! Who's with me? 🍀🍀http://liketk.it/2qJOw #liketkit @liketoknow.it more in today's post... link in bio. 📷: @ashleyburns_
Funny girls & funny faces! Photo booth fun at @alifedotowsky & @kevinmanno wedding. Congrats you two! @Joelhenricks and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
#weddingphotobooth #mannoandwifeo || Check out more in the link in profile:)
At least with the time change, I get to wear my sunnies later in the day...😎 even more fun to wear when they're $24. http://liketk.it/2qHOh #liketkit @liketoknow.it #imlovingwhiterightnow details on the blog. #bellsleeve 📷: @ashleyburns_
Coffee is always a good idea. Especially after this time change, right? 😳 Now, I'm loving transitioning into spring with fun pieces like this light weight, bell sleeve, super soft hoodie (with a touch of ruffle!). 😍🌸 http://liketk.it/2qHlG More on the post up now on the blog. Screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop details from the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app. #liketkit @liketoknow.it 📸: @ashleyburns_
Off to the Great Catsby ball with these fabulous cats @bradgoreski & @normancook to support @pawworks! Ps-Anyone recognize this dress😉?
Up early just hangin' safari style 🐘with his homies in his highchair (so he can whisper all his secrets to Mr. Giraffe). || Many of you have asked to see more of the nursery + Huck's room, so there's a little post up on the site today. Link in bio. http://liketk.it/2qFgQ ps- screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop details from the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app, available in the App Store! #liketkit @liketoknow.it @liketoknow.it.home @liketoknow.it.europe #haydenjh 📸: @bridgetmariecollective
Happiest of birthdays, Auntie Jordyn!! We couldn't love you more and can't wait to see you v soon💙. May this next year be filled with joy, blessings, love and lots of Hayden kisses:) 💋@jlove_____ #birthdaylove #bestauntieever #haydenjh
#WCW @bettymwhite What a privilege to watch you work. You're one of our greats and oh so fun! Grateful I had the opportunity on @boldandbeautifulcbs #learnfromthebest #goldengirls ps- working on a longer post that'll be up soon on the link in profile:)
A little Oscar love before the #Oscars. #familywalk
We like to party. We like to get down. #danceparty #PennysRoom @normancook #backstagefun @bigbangtheory_cbs #swipeleftformore
So long, Nebraska. Until next time... #homewardbound #12daysofgivingmovie #haydenjh
That's a wrap on our Christmas movie! #12daysofgivingmovie Thanks to the good people of Fremont, Nebraska for your welcoming spirit. #payitforward @david_blue @jenninkansas .
#locationshoot #onlocation #thatsawrap
No words! This kid played so hard he passed out holding his heart balloon... and wouldn't let go. ❤️Thank you, Aunt Jordyn @jlove_____ for his balloon (and being the best auntie)! We ❤❤️❤you!