Having two kids is already a handful; three is more than I can handle on my own outside of the home (LOL) so I now do most of my shopping online. I found quite a handful of products I really like since I started shopping online so I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of my favorite mom finds. Shall we begin?
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January Faves: Breastfeeding Essentials
I gave birth to Charlie this month so most of my online shopping finds are for helping us get through the first month. Our biggest challenge? Breastfeeding! Below are some of my favorite breastfeeding essentials that I think other breastfeeding moms will find useful as well.
Here’s something for new moms: It’s normal to have sore nipples during your first week or two of breastfeeding since the baby is always latched on and because you’re still trying to figure out the proper latch. Charlie is my third child already, but I still struggled with sore and bleeding nipples. To help me out, I bought a 100% organic nipple cream from Motherlove. It’s an all natural herbal salve that relieves the discomfort of sore, cracked nursing nipples.
It’s fast-acting too! What I do is I apply the cream on my nipples after breastfeeding then I air dry. It relieved the discomfort right away, which is ah-mazing. I can’t believe I waited days before getting this!
P.S. Painful breastfeeding is not normal. If you feel extreme pain, talk to a lactation consultant. Every time I have a problem with Charlie’s latch or questions about breastfeeding, I go to St. Luke’s Global City’s Lactation Unit (located on the 8th floor). I’m not sure if it’s free for all, but after giving birth there, I was told I can go to SLMC’s Lactation Unit any time for free if I have breastfeeding concerns.
You might also want to check out The Breastfeeding Clinic. I haven’t tried consulting with them, but it’s worth a try if you need help!
Breastfeeding a little one almost 24/7 is hard work, right moms? This is why I go by the rule that no milk must go to waste. I’ve tried multiple breast pumps with my two older children, some as expensive as 16k! But Haakaa? It’s just a little over a thousand bucks, but it works very very well. My OB recommends it, and a lot of her patients swear by it too!
Although not intended for collecting milk for building a stack, Haaka is great for collecting let down. Every time I breastfeed Charlie, I noticed that milk comes out from the other breast. It’s a waste if I just let it flow so I use the Haaka to catch that let down and then some. I also use it whenever I feel engorged to relieve the pain. I usually collect about 3 ounces per breast, which my husband bottle feeds to Charlie whenever I need to work or if I need to leave the house.
Again, I don’t think it’s intended to collect a lot of milk so if you want to store more milk, I suggest you buy a heavy duty pump. You might also want to get yourself milk storage bags. BUT, if you just need something to catch your let down, the Haakaa will do.
If there’s anything I love about breastfeeding, it’s that I get to snack on my favorite lactation treats. A recent discovery is Sweet’s Surprise. Aside from her lactation treats being exceptionally delicious (I LOVE her Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!), the packages are affordable. They’re great in helping increase milk supply too!
Of course, you have to eat healthy as well to keep producing milk. Aside from lactation treats by Sweet’s Surprise, I also snack on fruits and eat lots of soup with vegetables. Our pedia also recommended that I stay away from starchy food to prevent constipation for me and for baby.
Lots of water is recommended as well! Breastfeeding can dehydrate you so make sure you take in a lot of liquid–preferably water.
Do you have breastfeeding essentials you’d like to recommend? Share it in the comments section below to help out other moms!