August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week.
Please note, I know that not all moms are able to breastfeed, this post is in no way shaming them!
Moms want what is best for their kids, sometimes due to health issues, that is not mother’s milk.
This post is just to help breastfeeding moms along in their journey.
While natural, breastfeeding is not always easy.
I have been blessed to see it as I grew up, and have had few issues in our breastfeeding journey.
Our son is 3.5 year old and still nurses at night. I have tandem nursed for just over 2 years. I still need to figure out nursing 3 come November, but that’s a ways off yet. I have nursed our two oldest children to age 5, and at one point in my fourth pregnancy I was nursing the older three.
Breast milk never loses it’s benefits for your child. In fact, it is a great immunity boost.
I have nursed through mastitis thrice and thrush once.
There are a lot of products for breastfeeding out there, here are my favorites.
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Arm and back saver for real. Makes feeding a little one so much easier.
Hydration is key while breastfeeding, a good water bottle is your friend while nursing! It is recommended that women drink 8 ounces of water for every nursing session (on top of normal water consumption).
I like the Zulu bottles because you can open them one handed, and they are tough.
I have not personally tried their glass bottles, but CamelBak bottles are great and their warranty is amazing. I have investing in this one. I love it. I found a glass straw for it from Strawsome. I like the fact that it does have a straw feature, so drinking while laying back to nurse is much easier. I was a bit worried about having a glass water bottle around kiddos, but it had been dropped out of our cars and down a few stairs without even a scratch. We’ve gotten the kids each one as well.
For more ideas on staying hydrated, you can check out my post, Ideas to Stay Hydrated Naturally.
I wish I had known about this product with our first baby! When B would start nursing, no nursing pad would handle the let down on the other side. I ended up awkwardly holding a bottle under the side B wasn’t on at the time, and often got several ounces. With L, I had B to nurse on the other side, so I only used them a few times, but it was great.
I liked these much more than the other nursing pads out there. While they did not handle a heavy letdown well (when I would start nursing I would switch to holding a bottle under the other side or using the Milk Saver), there was no pad line to show, and they are reuseable.
Really helps boost milk production. I used it whenever I needed a slight boost in supply.
My go-to source for info and troubleshooting. Great wealth of information that, unfortunately, you are not likely to find elsewhere-at least not in main stream medicine or mom circles. Knowledge is power, and this is a great source.
I have never had trouble with latch issues or dry, cracked nipples, so I do not have info or suggestions for products to help with those issues.
I mentioned that I have had mastitis, and these links are a wealth of knowledge on treating it naturally. I may write a post about it one day, but until then:
- How to Prevent and Treat Mastitis Naturally – Mommypotamus
- Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Mastitis – Wellness Mama
I used the vibration from an old set of hair clippers to help break up the plugged duct times 2 and 3. Along with dangle feeding with babe’s chin pointed in the direction of the plugged duct, taking finely grate garlic with vitamin c, and Mother’s Herbal Mastitis Relief Tincture.
Do you have a favorite nursing product that I missed? Have you tried any of these, if so, what did you think?