If there is one thing that’s harder than sleep deprivation with a newborn it’s breastfeeding. I extendedly breastfed Max for 27.5 months and between having Bodie and us quitting, I had an 11 month break. You would think I’d be a pro and could hop back in the game no problem. Wrong. It was just as hard.
No matter how long or short you breastfeed for, starting over is hard. Your nipples have to get used to all of the tugging and pulling and the cluster feeds make you want to cry. Though it is a hard job there are products out there to make it easier. Being on my second exclusively breastfed kiddo, these are items are my breastfeeding essentials.
When I was pregnant with Evan, I obviously knew nothing about breast pumps. All I knew was that I wanted one to make bottles. After figuring out the bottles I wanted, I bought the pump that went with them. I knew about Medela but that was way out of my price range. I used that pump for 8 years, you guys.
This time around I knew I needed a new pump as I plan to pump more this time around. I had narrowed my options down to a Medela and a Spectra. After asking other moms their opinions I went with the Spectra. I have been using it for 6 weeks now and I’m in love.
The Spectra S2 breast pump has a great massage setting that honestly is all I use to pump with most of the time. After the massage setting, you can customize the suction rate and pull to any setting you need. This is perfect for mimicking your little one’s actual suckle.
Now that they’ve expanded their line they have added more awesome products for breastfeeding mothers. Their organic nipple balm is so smooth to apply and totally safe for your nursing baby. Don’t plan on feeding directly from the breast? No problem! They also offer an organic pumping lubricant to use for pumping. I didn’t even know this was a thing but my nips thank them for it!
Oh, and I can’t forget their amazing Yoga Nursing Brahhh. This baby is so comfy and easy to use from the gym to baby. Let me tell you, trying to breastfeed a baby with a regular sports bra on is like torture. It feels like your circulation is being cut off!
Milk Snob Cover
This cover is a super soft jersey material that is multi-functional. All of those covers mentioned above have been converted into one simple cover. It is light and breathable so you can go from a car seat cover to nursing to strolling the aisles of Target all in one go.
Oat Mama Bars
- are allergy-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, wheat free, *gluten-free and/or vegan upon request
- are made with healthy fats from cashew butter and organic coconut oil (no butter)
- have double/triple the amount of brewer’s yeast as a cookie recipe
- have no refined sugar, sweetened with local AZ honey
What’s even better is that they have added a plethora of more flavors and have started making lactation friendly teas. Everyone knows you need more calories while breastfeeding so why not gain them by eating a deliciously filling and healthy lactation bar?
Breastfeeding will always get harder before it gets easier but you can nourish your babe with a little help from these awesome brands and be on your way to a happy, healthy baby!