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!
At the tail end of #internationaldayofhappiness and very beginning of #humpday, here’s to them all being #HappyDays. #haydenjh #myhappybaby #myhappyplace
Happy Saturday. And Happy Irish Day... 🍀🍀 😘
#FBF circa 1981? I’d wear those jeans now if I could. #jordache #texasgirl
I was hoping if I stood next to Molly Shannon long enough, some of her funny might rub off on me.
@Katieaselton and @theofficialsuperstar are fabulous and lovely. ♥️❤️#FunMomDinner was FUN. Check stories for more. 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
Great night with amazing friends supporting @pawworks! Thanks to @normancook @bradgoreski and everyone behind the scenes at #pawworks. @Joelhenricks and I didn’t bring another dog home this time, but loved watching those that did adopt a new family member. #adoptdontshop @pwchad 😘 ps- check my stories for more from the night. @katharinemcphee sang one of my favorite songs like an angel.
Ladies Man! Hayden’s #wcw @bricuoco and @normancook —this was your 💍💍day ❤️😘 Little man has changed so much in just a couple months.
#haydenjh #bricuoco #kaleycuoco
Gorgeous sunny day after a weekend of rain. Sending good vibes this Monday.
Also, new post is up. Who watched the Oscars last night? Inspiring on several levels— especially a specific fashion taboo! Link in bio;)
I’m at capacity on my computer so cleaning off photos. #TBT to sitting in a makeup chair for a good amount of time getting my “scratches” for #Daphne. #Trueblood @truebloodhbo #shapeshifter
Good thing this little man has my whole heart- even at 3:30am. The last couple nights he's been waking up. He goes back to sleep eventually after rounds of Jesus Loves Me and Twinkle, Twinkle... but I am then left wide awake. Ugh.
At least I did a bit of online sale surfing. Some affordable, great finds... up in the new post on the blog. Xx
Question: what do you guys do if you can't sleep?
Ps- thx @jlove_____ for 📸
Tonight Joel and I are going to a screening of #GoodAfterBad at a LA film festival. Enjoyed every minute of shooting in my hometown, Houston, Texas, (can't wait to do it again) with @maddiehassonofficial and #BillyBurke, @jeremy.photographer @chelsea_ricketts and working with the very talented director @annemariehessla & producer @mattleut on this unique coming-of-age movie.
Thanks to those that have asked about seeing the film. Looking forward to letting you know soon! #staytuned 😉@goodafterbad
#houstontexas #nfmla #comingofage #indiefilm
My sister had to go back to Texas; I'm left scrolling through memories of the past week. This was a good one! Thx @normancook!! 😘So fun hanging with @linzkraft & @iamrodiamond ❤️ @bigbangtheory_cbs @jlove_____ #comebacksoon #bigbangtheory
Hayden: She said yes!
Molly: Whoa, buddy, it's just a first date. 😂
But, really, the Olympic theme song came on and this was the reaction. #musiclover
Thanks for catching this @jlove_____ .
It’s that season, right? The dreaded cough that keeps us up at night- especially the kiddos. Joel’s dad and stepmom shared some of their tried and true remedies with us like Vapo Rub--they even travel with it! Huck’s lingering cough has been keeping him from sleeping well, so my father-in-law reminded us to rub Vicks on his chest. Grateful for the tip again, today, Marvin! What tried and true remedies are passed down in your family? Wanna hear! #VicksVapoRub #ad #vicks #vaporub
My little sister is in town. A few things have changed in 20 years (notice the pay phones)! But some stay the same. She was the cooler one back then (notice the glasses and jellys) and still is. @jlove_____ we need new pictures this trip. 🌴❤️✨#sistertime 💃#20yearsago
Scroll ➡️for the real #RascalRebelRabbits. Oh the chaos and joy of taking kids anywhere!
This day many of us juggled work & kids & getting the family ready for this #PeterRabbit tea party/screening (I picked up Huck from school and dressed him in the car😂). Thx again @themillennialmamas for the fun! Grateful that I get to commiserate about motherhood and go through this journey with my friends. And to my peeps that don't have babies- so grateful for your patience with me and mad love for my kiddos. Big hug to you all-- our village! #feelingthankful ps- if this isn't flowery enough for you... I continue on the blog. New post up;) #linkinbio
Peter's ears didn't make the cut here, but the rest of the event was a success! Hayden sat through his first full movie! Thank you @themillennialmamas for the fun tea party and #PeterRabbitMovie 🐰#huckandhayden #brotherbond
Laugh it off.
Happy Friday. 😜
Took until February, but I got a new blog post up finally about some intentions for the year. Starting with letting more go... attempting to laugh more off. We'll see how it goes! Link in bio for more. 📸: @ographr 😍
#SisterSister This is my little sister! I posted a throwback pic a few weeks ago with some cast members from Trueblood. I mentioned I was with my sister at the event; some of you asked about her. Flashing back to that night and here we are all spray tanned and everything! Scroll for another with one of my besties. Fun looking back on these memories, @jlove_____ ❤️😘maybe you'll let me post more soon😜? (we got a lot of good ones!) #sistertime Can't wait to see you very soon ❤️
Happy Birthday to my husband♥️Let's make this next decade the best one yet! I love you. 😘
#welcometotheclub #40thbirthday ps- thank you to everyone who helped make this a special birthday!😘
Pps- I'm late posting this, but just maybe @joelhenricks won't mind the lingering celebration😉
I love this picture. It doesn't look like anything terribly special, but I keep thinking about it. Yesterday, Hayden finished his first day of Sunday School at church. He's staring at the sticker he got on his way out of class. Huck was telling his brother how proud he was of him. I snapped this and then interrupted the moment by asking them to look at me for a picture. This was the #realmoment, though. #myBoys #brothers #iJustLoveThem #huckandhayden