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!
Summer days drifting away... 🌴🌸🌈🌤
Having a good one?
Let freedom ring! ❤️💙Happy 4th!
How are you celebrating?
These boys are so in love with each other! I just watched them hug and kiss and hug again to say goodbye as if it would be months before reuniting. 🤣Huck is spending the 4th with his mom (and we get him back tomorrow for the weekend;)😜
The silly little video is from our time at the Huntington Gardens (full video on the blog).🌸 Part of my TOP THINGS TO DO IN LA… for KIDS. Live NOW at AshleyAJones.com (or link in bio). Just curated picks from the past few years running around LA with the boys. Even if you live in the city, you just might find out something new! If YOU have an idea to share, PLEASE leave it in the comments on the blog or here below so I can update the post!🌴#huckandhayden #haydenjh
I know today is a work day, but man, my mind & body are saying vacation mode. Can we just celebrate #IndependenceDay all week? 🤷🏼♀️😉 #amirite .
#whoswithme #july4th #ashleyjones #upsince5 #toddlermom
The @FAGE love is real. (FYI: yes, this is #sponsored and I’m so happy to share what’s been a staple in our fridge for a long time).
I gathered more of my favorite #RECIPES to substitute Greek yogurt for lower fat and calories-- CHEESECAKE! and MAC AND CHEESE! On the blog NOW. Link in bio:) This is me indulging in a moment to myself at the boys’ birthday recently! #liveloveEAT #FAGE #enjoyyourfood
Headed anywhere exotic? ✈️🌴☀️ I get a girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara🌈 Who has been? Favorite restaurant?! Go! .
#beachdays #bathingsuitseason #vacationmode #selftanner
Bye for a few days, California. ✈️🛩
Happy Sunday from some of the @boldandbeautifulcbs family!! Trying to take a group shot at @rena.sofer‘s charity last night for animal rescue... ❤️❤️and I get in trouble for having my phone on the table! 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ 🤷🏼♀️(@evabasler is so sweet about it!) @theedarinbrooks @johntmccook @annikanoelle @cliftoncam @thecourtneyhope @aarondspears and me;) @deniserichards also joined 🥰🥰🎥: @caseykas
I missed #nationalselfieday on the #firstdayofsummer. But I think summer missed us! Here we are in hats and coats and sweaters! #Junegloom in full effect! These boys are waiting patiently for #summersun and #julyFun;) I see you peeking in today, Mr. Golden Sun😜🌝🌝
— thx @erinziering And @disneystudios for the circus fun last night celebrating #dumbobluray. 🐘🐘 #huckandhayden #ohbrother #brotherlylove
Isn’t she beautiful?! Inside and out. Hayden had too much fun joining the first stop of your bus tour today for @breakawaycancer😉 @katherinekellylang @boldandbeautifulcbs #motherdaughter #ontv #boldandbeautiful @cbsdaytime
I recently streamed a new episode of @PBSAMERICANMASTERS on #TerrenceMcNally. (I love being #sponsored by this show;) Years ago, I saw FRANKIE AND JOHNNY. I didn’t know much about the playwright back then, but I do now after this doc. If you are a theatre buff, this episode is a MUST SEE! A multi-Tony winning playwright and novelist, a cancer survivor and activist, you will connect with him one way or another. Angela Lansbury shares how she helped him confront his alcoholism and F. Murray Abraham shares one of his first ever auditions- to name just two. Nathan Lane hilariously discusses how strict Terrence is at being word perfect with learning lines. I’ve worked with award winning (Oscar-winning) writers that were the same way! Hope you watch and lemme know YOUR thoughts— CHECK STORIES soon for a direct swipe up link to STREAM FOR FREE. #PBS #AMERICANMASTERS #AmericanMastersPBS #everyactoflife
The sun will come out... soon!!! It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend. Headed out west? Palm trees and ocean breeze? Check out the post up now on AshleyAJones.com about travel tips for the City of Angels. 🌴🌴 TOP FREE THINGS TO DO LOS ANGELES and some of my favorite photo worthy murals. If I missed something (I keep thinking of things!!), leave me a note in comments so I can keep it updates. Next part in the series coming soon!! #linkinbio
Ps- I’m in travel mode! Headed up North today... more on stories:)
Special memories from @festivaltvmonte_carlo which is happening right now💫My mom traveled to Monte Carlo with me on one of the trips and we loved it. (swipe for more). Price Albert hosts a memorable event... so grateful for these experiences because of @boldandbeautifulcbs 💙
Ps- SPEAKING OF TRAVELING😜...my segment on FREE THINGS TO DO IN LA is LIVE on the site now! AshleyAJones.com If you know LA well, Check it out and tell me what I missed. Or maybe you find something new to do?! 🤩😎🌴🌴☀️
The Father’s Day posts out there today are sweet and tug at the heart; incredibly grateful for my own dad.
Thank you for leading us by example. Always.
Hayden adores his Papa.
We’ll be hugging you again soon!
Joshua 24:15 #joshua2415
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads today and everyday. Thank you for the work and sacrifices you make for your families. And to you, @joelhenricks, these boys are blessed! You are loved💫❤️❤️ 🙏🏻
He told me I’m his “real McQueen.”
Pretty much think that’s as good as it gets!!😭
Wearing this dress again today to a little get together later. The pockets, the fit, stripes, the color scheme- love it. Perfect for 4th of July and any other summer party. Sharing link here while they still have all sizes available—->http://liketk.it/2CzZh ALSO linked in the SHOP section on AshleyAJones.com
I see you #naptime! (Not for me-I wish)! We’re coming in strong today. 😜
Big plans for Father’s Day weekend?? #flashbackfriday
#tbt about four decades ago #itMe
Ps- anyone else remember #olanmills? 🤣
Joint birthday means double the posts. 😜Thanks again @People for the cute write up! icymi: a detailed post is up on my site AshleyAJones.com 💫
Swipe for a preview of the fun at @littleknightsla. 🎂: @polkatots
favors Thank you: @mabelslabels @modfamily4 @squeasygear @blankietails
Food 🍗🍔🥗 and drinks🥤: @stonefiregrill & @lacroixwater 📷: @jessicaczarneckiphoto for @ographr
Perfect representation of our life! 😜 I love it! Thank you @Enews for the fun write up on this photo and @People for the adorable article. From the DIY pseudo balloon arch to the @polkatots cake, sharing all the details of the boys’ car-themed joint birthday and links to aforementioned articles on AshleyAJones.com right now! If you’re planning a party, hope you get a chance to read it, I spent a lot of time on this post (so many affordable finds) sharing everything that went right- and what I would do differently next time! Lol
@littleknightsla photo: @jessicaczarneckiphoto w/ @ographr