Truly Julie offering her son Driggs diamonds and gold in exchange to make breast feeding easier:)
This post is about boobs…. but sorry guys, this is in context of nursing. It’s true what they say: breast feeding is HARD. Call me dramatic, but I had thoughts of Guantanamo Bay as I wept in pain and screamed in agony as I tried to get nursing right. Long story short, my son was tongue tied at birth, meaning, he could not latch deeply. By the time we discovered this, he was already 3 days old and feeding every 1-2 hours. To put it mildy, it felt like I was reopening a scab/blister every hour with the help of a piranha. For me, getting the latch right came down to a handful of very helpful, knowlegeable nurses at the hospital. I tell ya, from my brain surgery to my c-section…the nurses are the unsung heros! Of course, I do LOVE and appreciate my doctors (Thank you Dr. Shamsah Amersi for delivering our baby boy!). And once I got home, I found the below 5 items to be super helpful. To all the mamas out there, may the force be with you (and your boobs).
1) Lasinoh Gel Pads. My breast feeding experience, at first, included blood and tears. Seriously. Stock up on these gel pad as they are the only things that can give you some relief from the pain.
2) Milkies Milk-Saver. Since breast milk is gold, why waste a drop?! I save many ounces of milk daily by catching it with Milkies. How you use it sounds silly, but trust me, it works. Simply weave your nipple into the device as you’re nursing your baby on the other breast. The leaking milk collects in the Milklies and before you know it, you’ve saved enough for entire bottle without ever pumping.
3) The “Arden Bra” by The Dairy Fairy. This single bra lets you nurse or hands-free pump, and it’s one of the cuter mama bras out there. It even comes with a matching undie! But most of all, this bra saves time. I’ve found that it’s pretty annoying to have to take off a nurshing bra to put on a pump-friendly bra…only to put the nursing bra back on when you’re done. With The Arden, you’re good to go.4) The Munchkin Latch bottles. The acordian nipple technology and the anti-colic valve at the bottom of the bottle are genius. Seriously, the engineers or designers who came up with this need to work for NASA.
5) Mother’s Milk Tea/Fenugreek supplements/Korean Seaweed Soup. All three increase production of milk. Mother’s Milk Tea is great because it tastes like licorice. The fenugreek supplements are much cheaper and effective than the vitamins that are specifically marketed for breast feeding. If you read the fine print in those so-called nursing vitamins, you’ll see the main incredient is fenugreek. Korean Seaweed Soup is beyond beneficial for nursing. With so much seaweed per serving it’s loaded with calcium, iodine, fibre, omega acids, vitamin B1 & B3, while low in calorie. You can find many easy receipes online. I used this one.