I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding. Having done it daily for over three years, I know that sometimes, it takes a little help to make breastfeeding successful. Here are a few of the tools I used over the years!
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Of all the nursing bras I’ve tried, this is my favorite. It’s so comfortable. It comes in a variety of colors, too!
Breastmilk leaking is real. I used these reusable breast pads a lot the first few weeks of breastfeeding until my milk became regulated. It saved me from changing my shirt six times a day.
I picked up one of these used at the thrift store, and it served me well when my babies were really small. It provides extra support so your arms don’t go weary during long breastfeeding sessions. We also used them for tummy-time!
While I do not always choose to use a nursing cover, this is the one I love the most. Its construction allows you to see baby easily while maintaining privacy. I tried others, but none were as sturdy as these. They have beautiful prints, too.
The first weeks with Levi, I was struggling with adjusting to breastfeeding and an aggressive letdown. Someone recommended this to me, and it helped with the pain until I “toughened up” enough to let him nurse without it. These really are a saving grace for some women!
Listen. I had mastitis, and it was horrible. They put me on antibiotics, it was painful, it was a mess. A few months later, I had a clogged duct, and I decided to put my faith in the cabbage leaf. As recommended, I put a leaf or two in my bra when I went to sleep, and when Levi went to nurse the next morning, it was cleared up. I cannot tell you how amazed I was. Please note: it can mess with supply, so be sure to read up on how to use it safely, or ask a lactation consultant for advice.
See my favorite Breastfeeding Resources for some helpful information!