Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Favorites: Breastfeeding

I was so inspired last week by all the images and stories in my social media feed about World Breastfeeding Week.  I was able to breastfeed James Robert for 14 months; it took a lot of blood sweat and tears but I was so glad to have persevered!

I am hoping that I will be able to nurse Thomas for the same about of time as it was a very special experience despite the difficulties.  It has been easier to get the hang of nursing the second time around (like riding a bike!) but with different challenges.  I don't have the ability to be at home for all of his feedings.  With the need to be out and about with a toddler, I have been learning some ways to ease into nursing in public.

These are some of the things that have helped support my breastfeeding efforts most in the past 2 months:

Buttons: I've been adding a few things to my wardrobe with buttons in the front for easy access.  I think I lived in a nursing tank + cardigan with James Robert, but wanted to add some non-nursing things into the mix this time.  I am obsessed with this romper (below) because it's super comfortable and buttons in the front all the way to the navel.
sling is from Hope Carried

Nursing Cover: For getting used to breastfeeding in public, I have liked the Udder Cover's brand because it has a opening at the top that allows you to look down and see your baby.  As you get the hang of things and don't need to finagle as much, I have been liking a more drapey nursing cover like this one from These Hidden Gems.  There are so many covers on the market, but what makes these special is supporting a wonderful small business that gives back to women.  I adore the nautical navy stripe and that it also doubles as a car seat cover!
cover c/o These Hidden Gems

Updated nursing tank: It's worth investing in a few staple pieces that you'll get miles of use out of, such as this classic white tank from Boob design.  I like that the straps are more substantial than many nursing tanks and that the subtle design allows for discrete feeding without showing a ton of your chest.  This tank has been really great to nurse in while in public.

Water bottle: I've never been as thirsty in my life as I am while nursing and I crave cold water.  I have been absolutely loving this one.  It is a lower price point than s'well but absolutely effective at keeping the drink cold throughout the day.

Nursing-friendly PJ's: There is something very satisfying about a pair of pyjamas that feel pretty rather than merely pedestrian.  Especially postpartum, when you spend a lot of time in your PJ's!  I added these to my collection and love it!

Audible: I found that if I scroll through my phone when I get up in the middle of the night to nurse, I wake up too much and have trouble getting back to sleep.  Mat had the genius idea of listening to a book; it's hands free and keeps me awake without making it hard to go back to sleep.

P.S. These cookies are still a favorites for supporting my milk supply!

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