Today’s topic: Tools of the Trade
When you decide to breastfeed you are bombarded by stuff everyone says you are going to need. I actually did NOT need very much in the beginning and now 8 months later I need even less. Here are my TOP tools of the trade in ORDER of use since day one.
Disposable Nursing Pads
By far the most helpful item I have is my nursing pads! When I was pregnant I was absolutely, 100% certain I was going to use the washable, organic cotton, pads. I tried them and they FAILED me! Between my oversupply and 3 months of thrush the cotton pads were completely worthless. I was told to stay dry, use disposable, and change pads after every nursing session so the thrush treatment would have a chance to work. Now that my baby is 8 months old I have almost stopped leaking. I still have to wear them, but I now I only need to change them if they get damp.
It doesn’t matter if the pillow is my Boppy or a small throw pillow off the couch – a pillow is a must! My Boppy became my security blanket in the first few months. I even took it with me to our breastfeeding support group meetings, had it in the car during grocery store runs, and made sure it could be within my grasp at a moments notice. I never know if a nursing session is going to last 5 minutes or 45 minutes so I need a pillow to support my little ones weight otherwise my arms would have given out long ago.
Without an electric double pump I might not be breastfeeding today. I started out this nursing journey by “pumping & dumping” 10-12 times per day during the second week after my son was born due to an antibiotic episode (read about it here). Then had to combat my oversupply problem for 6 LONG months by block feeding (nursing on one side for 2 feedings) and pumping the other to “comfort.” After all that pumping just so that I maintain my supply and then pumping every morning just so I wouldn’t get blocked ducts for months is A LOT of pumping for a SAHM.
In order to get out of the house and not panic during a “feed me NOW” situation I needed a nursing cover. I NEEDED a cover to breastfeed gracefully and not make a huge scene! I was blessed to receive several as baby shower gifts and I’ve used them all. When I was using the cover on a regular basis (before the nursing rodeo began) I tried to use colors that blended in. My favorite one is lightweight, the color is neutral, and my mom made it!
What did you find to be the
best breast tools?