I have been extremely blessed to be able to nurse all my children into toddlerhood.
I realize not every mom is able to accomplish this.
Breastfeeding through the newborn days brings many more challenges than simply holding baby up to the breast.
Engorgement, sore nipples, after birth contractions, nighttime nursing in the dark, new sleep schedules, nursing in public, leaky boobs, finding a bra that works and is comfortable… Just to name a few.
I want to share with you the products I have found that make nursing a newborn a lot easier. Plus, you’ll get a chance to win my go-to nursing cover!
Bra: I am not a fan of nursing bras with clips. The only time I wear a nursing bra is at night or in the newborn days. My favorite is the Bella Materna Nursing Bralet. No underwire, no bulk, no clips. I managed to buy mine off Zulily one day for a great price.
Nipple balm: Most women are familiar with Lansinoh lanolin. Super sticky stuff but it does work. However, I am ecstatic to have found Scarlet’s Naturals Natural Nursing Balm. Easy to apply, full of healing goodness and made by a fabulous wahm. Here’s a bonus use for you: if you live in a very dry climate and the noses in your family are severely dry and *ahem* crusty then apply some Natural Nursing Balm in each nostril for instant relief.
Nursing pads: Don’t hate me but in every other nursing period I have used Lansinoh disposable breast pads. Terrible. Remember this post: Your Baby’s Safe…Are You? The same super absorbent gel crystals that are in disposable diapers are also in disposable feminine pads and breast pads. While nursing Camden I would occasionally use Bamboobies cloth breast pads but for the most part they sat in a drawer. This time I’m exclusively using my Bamboobies and Pixie Fluff breast pads. I’m a leaker and both brands have kept my shirt dry. My favorite are the super fluffy Bamboobies Overnights. The bamboo fleece combined with Natural Nursing Balm is heavenly next to overworked nipples.
Nursing cover: I have 3 nursing covers: Hooter Hider, Bebe au Lait, Pixie Fluff and Planet Wise. I’ve had the Hooter Hider and Bebe au Lait (both made by same company) for years so they are without any of the updates they have made. I like them for simplicity (I choose non-attention grabbing colors).
Right before Finley was born I purchased a Planet Wise Nursing Cover from Diaper Junction. This time I went for a beautiful print- April Flowers. The one feature I absolutely love about the Planet Wise nursing cover is the big pocket on the outside. I’ve never had a cover with a pocket this roomy. At $25 I think Planet Wise is a great option.
The other brand I have is Pixie Fluff. I was sent one to test out and one to give away to you! My favorite color is grey and that’s what she sent me! My Pixie Fluff nursing cover is the only one I use. Why? It gives me the best coverage (40″ wide) and I much prefer the snap neck adjustment over the standard metal rings. Pixie Fluff allows you to send in your own fabric—just think of all the pretty woven fabrics you get to choose from!!– and she will make you a nursing cover plus a pair of nursing pads! Her price is $15 (add in your fabric cost).
Baby: I highly recommend only nursing squishy, yummy, soft-skinned, smell-good babies. Thankfully, all mine have qualified! I bet yours do too ;)