Nursing Must Haves

Surprisingly nursing is going vey well with Liam. By this time with Olivia I had 90% moved onto formula. I'll stop right here - there is a big mommy-war with formula feeding vs. breast feeding. As long as you feed your child, it's nobody's business but your own how you feed them. Period. This post is just for those who want breastfeeding tips, much like me and my continued daily Googling in how to make it work. These are what work for US. I am in no way an expert and we do supplement with formula most evenings.
Alright back on course.

With Olivia I constantly worried that I wasn't producing enough and made sure to nurse or pump every two hours ON.THE.DOT. I saw a lactation consultant twice and really just over stressed myself out about it all. She had a dairy allergy so I had cut all milk entirely out of my diet. Do you know how hard that is? NO milk whatsoever. Take a peek at the ingredients on just about anything you eat, milk is always an ingredient. I made it to about 3 months with 80% formula and 20% breast milk making up her daily diet until I had my PE and said alright, that's enough. Her and I were both much happier not having that stressor anymore. I was much happier introducing cheese back into my life again.
Secretly I was hoping I'd have to cut dairy all together again because I lost so much weight so quickly completely eliminating it. I don't have the drive to do it on my own unless I "have" to.

This round I told myself I'd give it a try once again and if it didn't work then so be it. Magically all was well and he latched perfectly right away. We have had no issues and I rarely pump, only to get relief if need be. I don't look at the clock or worry about supply and let him take the reigns on when and how often he eats.

I started out taking Fenugreek for the first month then slowly weaned myself off of it after two bottles. You cannot abruptly quit this stuff, so I went from 3 pills twice a day slowly down to 1 pill twice a day until I was off.

By week 3 or 4 the toe curling pain was finally gone. I almost gave up only 935 times due to the initial latch pain. Around this time is also when my supply leveled out and I thought I was 'losing my supply'. After a thorough Google I found that your body will initially make enough for two children then even out as it gets used to baby feeding. Feeling heavy and full didn't occur as often so I thought I wasn't making anything when in actuality everything was just as it should be.

Here's a compilation of my favorite nursing must-haves:

The Medela Pump In Style Double Breast Pump I've used with both kids. Though I've never tried any other kind so I guess I'm not the pro in saying this is the best but it's pretty darn great.
The My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow was gifted to us by My Brest Friend. I truly love this nursing pillow over the Boppy because it hugs your body and allows baby to be perfectly aligned for proper latching. Ear to shoulder to hip should be in a straight line and this pillow eliminates the butt-droop that typically happens in nursing or with other pillows. The pocket to hang onto your nipple cream or the remote is pretty great too!
The Trader Joe's Rolled Oats were a staple in my diet in the beginning because it's proven that oatmeal increases supply. NOT the instant crap that you toss in the microwave from a packet, it has to be real rolled oats, you know, the gross kind. I would cook 1/2 a cup and add a packet of stevia, a splash of almond milk, cinnamon and some berries to un-gross it.
Water. Lots and lots and lots of water. I hit a minimum of a gallon a day.
Nipple cream. I used Lansinoh and Medela's brand. No preference of one or the other, just lots and lots of goop. Good God those first few weeks of chapped nips were no joke.
The Boon Drying Rack for drying bottles and pump parts that take up your counter space for months on end to keep them all together cutely.
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1 comment

  1. These are great. I forgot about the 3-4 week pain. Ugh. Worst. But? Best part about the breast friend? The pocket. Olivia was an october baby so I'd keep halloween candy in the pocket.


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