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!
My little helper. He turns 18 months this week. Never been so grateful. Happy Early Thanksgiving y'all. 🦃
#hapdenjh Thx @ographr:) 📸
Morning with @oscarthehappy. Although his face looks a bit more like the other Oscar. The grouchy one.
#pugstgram #linkinprofile #newpostup
Hey y'all... sharing some more pictures from our recent gathering. I miss my girls from @boldandbeautifulcbs & @youngandrestlesscbs. So glad we got to catch up- grateful for every one of you! I've always appreciated worlds coming together, so happy to see friends from different parts of life in one place. Thx @getawair for hosting with me and @goodcarmastudio - and giving back to @thecreativecoalition. 😘⭐️
Thx: @lemonadela, @bashfulrose @maria_shireen (and to @usweekly for sharing) ps: I'll stop here, but you know I write more on the blog. #linkinprofile 📸: Thx @hollymbp for @ographr
What a lovely day! A big thanks to these ladies for joining me for a recent afternoon with @getawair & @thecreativecoalition. The link in bio takes you to all the fun details on the blog. Reposting this pic from @celebritybabyscoop - thx for the love ❤️ 📸: @ographr / @hollymbp 💫
@jacquelinemwood_1 @tamaraclatterbuck @kellylkruger @jennifergareis @sharonlcase @alifedotowsky @amy_davidson
@goodcarmastudio @maria_shireen @ggbenitezprinc
During interviews for the upcoming TV movies airing, I was asked to comment on this still photo. Is this me in 9 years?? Negotiating with/disciplining Hayden? 🙈 Loved playing Pamela. She's a single mom giving it all she's got! Watch #12DaysOfGivingMovie with us (@david_blue ⭐️💫 #jaxconnolly) on Dec3rd on @up_tv 🎄 #christmasmovies #wegetchristmas
Quick impromptu snap taken by a stranger passing by on our way to dinner. We were running a bit late due to a couple meltdowns (kids, not me), but I still made us take a picture. Gotta get 'em when we're all together and cleaned up😜 I know I already posted on instastory. #reposting 💁
#liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2trKx @liketoknow.it.family
So happy to support @stopthesilenceinc with these lovely amazing ladies. @wfordinteriors @kimberly_bigsby_ & thanks @amy_davidson for hosting with @thenannyleague. ♥️ ps- can't wait to watch you @kimberly_bigsby_ soon in the "Waco" series!
#FBF to earlier this year with @alifedotowsky. I think the Bachelor was premiering that night. Our babies were barely crawling. It was easier to sneak a coffee walk then...little did we know!
Life is changing quickly with these little ones. 🙈
But some things are staying status quo. (Very aware of the cheesy transition there!) These jackets we loved are back in stock this year. And on sale for $37. If you missed the first time, you have another chance. Details on the blog♥️ #liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2toW0
Just a girl standing in the California sun excited to be wearing a sweater. 💫
Ha! But really... even with temp in high 60s, early 70s, I'm willing to pretend.
Enjoy the day. ☀️
More on the blog.. link in bio. Plus, some sale roundups.
http://liketk.it/2tmVl #liketkit @liketoknow.it ♥️
Oh how I love running after you. Bright and early today! #catchmeifyoucan #goodvibesonly #fallday #haydenjh
This never happens! Caught having a moment alone without kids before work. We look so posed, but this was actually real (or started that way). 💫❤️ #linkinbio for new post
oh and ps--@petuniapicklebottom : @joelhenricks loves his new messenger/ #dadbag 😍
thx @day.artist for @ographr for 📸❤️
So, if you were wondering, Baby Monkey and Ninja crushed Halloween last night. 👍🏻🐒🌟✨#HuckandHayden #HaydenJH
Chilly enough to need hot coffee instead of cold brew! Finally! Sweater weather...Heading to a kids' Halloween festival at Joel's work. Hayden's a little monkey (currently peeking out the window!). 🐒🙈 @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2tg0C #liketkit
Link in bio to outfit details in the new post OR to get the product details for this look, follow me in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app || #kellygreen #oversizedbuttons 📸: @ographr 😘
This kid loves being outside! California sun still going strong. Happy Friday!
Link to new post in bio. 📸: @ographr
#bluejeanbaby #oversizeddenimjacket @liketoknow.it.family http://liketk.it/2tdR4 #liketkit @liketoknow.it
Watch @ncis_cbs tonight! New episode written by the talented @davyjnorth. Thanks to the great team there! @duanehenryofficial #tomwright #markharmon @emilywickersham @s_a_m_a_i_r_e @cbstv
I was proud of you back then and proud of you now @mccool517 love you ❤️❤️#marisacoughlan #repost :
@mccool517 25 years old. Peninsula Hotel. Same details, different girl. He took no for an answer in my case. Standing with those he did not. #harveyweinstein #strengthinnumbers #sunlightisthebestantiseptic
Sitting down to chat with the lovely skin guru Zara from @crmclaser to discuss the best new (and some tried and true) ways to age gracefully, with a little help from modern technology;) Check out the (impromptu) video interview up on the latest blog post👉🏻link in profile. I appreciate that she gives preventative and skin repair options with a wide range of price points for those on a budget, or not! I asked her about some of my most annoying issues (like the lines on my neck😡)! I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. 💫 check out @crmclaser for more info, too! #selfcaresaturday #antiagingskincare #cameraready
Eeep! I took a test! 😳
But, no-it's not what you may be thinking... not a pregnancy! It's a food intolerance test. After years of wondering, I'm seeking answers. I got a kit for Joel, too! @pinnertestusa. More about it on the blog 💫Link in profile. Btw- who has taken a test like this? Very curious about your experience! Chime in here or on the blog:) xx
ps- the feedback from you all is exciting, so I was able to get a discount for those interested...use code ASHLEY (all caps) for $60 off and free shipping.
I love the part of my job where I get to meet and work with lovely new people! @s_a_m_a_i_r_e @ncis_cbs #airingsoon Grab a friend and give a hug 🤗 #happyhumpday @cbstv