I wanted to share with you some products that have made my life easier during this whole shabang, and here they are:
(1) Medela Quick Clean Micro Steam Bags
These bags are awesome! What are they, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya. They clean your breastpump accessories without soap and water. When you are done pumping, just rinse off the parts that come in contact with your breastmilk and breast, throw them in this bag, add some water and then throw them in the microwave for about 3 minutes. No soap needed! It's so much easier than having to wash everything all the time. You get about 5 in a box and each bag can be used about 20 times.
(2) Lansinoh Brand Lanolin
This is the only brand that uses 100% Lanolin, so basically there are no added chemicals. It's ultra-pure medical grade lanolin. It's also hypoallergenic and works wonderfully. With my last son, I wasn't as good putting this on everyday. This time, I'm putting this stuff on all the time. Of course my husband is happy because I'm always air drying and walking around the house half naked. His favorite part is when he comes home to a wife that is half naked in the kitchen cooking up his dinner. So get yourself some of this too!
(3)Amuse Me Nursing Cover
I love the nursing covers from Amuse Me! I was so happy with my first one, I bought another one. And I'm thinking of getting a third one. I know...obsessed...but I wouldn't be able to leave the house without it. These nursing covers are made with love by Lisa at Amuse Me and they are the greatest quality. I've nursed in the rain, high winds, and shade. In the park, toddler classes, restaurants, family gatherings, etc. And everytime I nurse, it's modest and very stylish. I get compliments on mine all the time, which is why I'm getting a third one. I love them!
(4) Bravado Original Nursing Bra
I didn't really have any nice nursing bras last time, but this time I felt like I deserved one. I learned about Bravado from a nursing video I watched and did a review on earlier. I went to their site to give them a try and I'm so glad I did. I love my bra. Actually, I have 3 more in the mail coming right now and can't wait to get them. This bra makes my life so much easier! It's comfortable, has a snap, and I can bust my boob out in 2 seconds flat while Mr. Grumpy Pants is oinking trying to find something to eat. Bravado has so many other bras to choose from in all sorts of other colors, so check them out! You'll find something you like.
(5) Bravado Essential Nursing Bra Tank
Here is another Bravado product I purchased. The tank. This is even easier to use than the bra. The strap comes down and your boob just pops out ready to go. I would recommend using a nursing cover or a sweater over it if you are going to use it. And yes, I have another one coming in the mail because I loved it so much! The first one I got was in black, and now I've got a white one coming. This tank comes down past your jeans, so you can be more modest in the back while you are breastfeeding. I've even slept in my tank. It's very comfortable and also gives my "girls" a lift, which my husband really likes.
(6) My Hip-T
Okay, my Hip-T is not marketed as a nursing product, but it really should be. I've had my Hip-T for years now and loved it before I got pregnant to hide my butt crack when I was wearing jeans that rode kind of low. Now I love it to hide my crack and love handles in the back while I'm breastfeeding. I've got a black one that goes right over my jeans and under my shirt. Hey, when you are trying lose the baby weight, you're more modest, right? Well, at least I am.
(7) Smart Choices Breast Soother
I always get clogged milk ducts and have incredible pain for the first 2-3 weeks and then sometimes after that. I'm also prone to infection, which will probably eventually happen to me again. This is why I love things that help me with the needed heat I need to apply. I found Smart Choices Breast Soothers on an Australian site one day and ordered them. They are fabulous. They are for warming or cooling therapy. But the best thing about them is you don't have to hold them on your breasts--just stick them in your bra. I don't need to think about them too much when I'm using them. For cold, stick them in the fridge, and for hot, stick them in hot water to warm up. Just make sure you don't microwave them. I have no idea what happens if you do that, but I love my breast soothers, so I'm not going to try it!
And who could forget the Boppy! This contraction works as the perfect pillow to support the baby while breastfeeding. It wraps around your waist and the baby rests directly on top of it, perfectly positioned to eat from the right or left side. It also doubles as a pillow to rest the baby on while doing tummy time. I have three boppies. One is almost completely flat from being used during my first son, the other one I use right now with Mr. Grumpy Pants, and the last one is at my in-laws.
Hope you enjoy my list. Leave a comment below if you have anything else you would like to add that you really enjoy. Looking forward to hearing from everyone!
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