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6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom

Simply put, breastfeeding is hard. I can confidently say it’s probably one of the hardest and most frustrating things I’ve ever done. I had planned to nurse my firstborn, but being as inexperienced as I was, it just didn’t work out. When kiddo number two came along, I was determined to make breastfeeding work and I did; but the first few months were hard. And now with kiddo number three, here I am nursing again. Even after successfully breastfeeding my second child for over a year and a half, getting started with my youngest has still been difficult. The good news is that there are products available that make the process a lot easier and these are my six essentials for a breastfeeding mom.

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~Thank you to Lil’buds for providing a sample for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

1. Nursing Bras

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThis may be a no-brainer, but breastfeeding moms will literally live in their nursing bras. There are some nights I don’t even bother with pajamas and just wear my nursing bra to bed. This is one essential that doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. In fact, the ones I am using now were purchased at Burlington for around $8 each. They’re comfortable, cute, and serve their purpose.

What I look for in a nursing bra are that they’re made of a soft material, are stretchy, supportive, and easy to clip and un-clip with one hand. It’s pretty amazing what a mom can do with one hand.

2. Nursing Pads

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsIt’s only a matter of time before a breastfeeding mom starts to leak. It can happen when you get too full, when you hear your baby crying (or another baby crying), one side can leak while feeding on the other, etc. Leaking happens!

My absolute favorite nursing pads are Bamboobies. What I love most about Bamboobies is that their unique heart shape make them less noticeable in my bra. The round shaped nursing pads, even those with cinched middles, show horribly through my bra and shirt.

3. Nipple Cream

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThe first week, at least for me, has been the most painful (until teething starts). You and baby are trying to work together to get a proper latch, but sometimes it takes a bit to get it together. An improper latch causes dry, cracked nipples and man do they hurt. Nipple cream will help to heal your nipples and prevent them from becoming dry and cracked in the future. Any brand of nipple cream will do and they should all be safe for baby to put in their mouth.

4. Breast Comfort Packs

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWhen milk supply starts coming in, your breasts always feel warm; but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use some more warmth or even cool compression to help ease some discomfort. Lil’buds breast comfort packs can help with both!

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWant to warm your milk ducts to ensure you get the most out of pumping or feeding? Need some relief from clogged ducts, mastitis, engorgement, pumping, etc.? Lil’buds can be heated in the microwave for a warming effect, or chilled in the freezer for a cooling effect. And since they’re filled with flax seed, they’re an all-natural product.

After feeding my little one I love using my Lil’buds out of the freezer. The cooling effect feels nice when my breasts are warm all the time from milk production. Their shape is perfect for slipping right into my nursing bra. No matter where I want coverage or how much coverage, I can use one or both at the same time and they form well to the curves of a breast.

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5. Breast Pump

Even if you are exclusively nursing from the breast, it’s a good idea to have a breast pump around. Pumping can help build up your milk supply initially and help relieve engorgement in between feedings. It can take a few months for your body to equalize to the point it only produces as much as your baby needs, based on how often they come to the breast. But until you get to that point, there’s a chance you may overproduce or even under-produce. Pumping can help with that. And for those moms who overproduce all the time, a breast pump will be your best friend. I can only imagine how much engorgement would be caused when the milk builds up.

I’ve tried fancy and expensive breast pumps in the past, and personally I don’t find them necessary. Right now I’m using the Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump and it’s doing just fine. I like that it’s small in size, so it’s easy to take wherever I need to. It doesn’t need it’s own separate carrying bag, like some others. It may not look like much, but it also has different settings and it doesn’t cost $300+.

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6. Water

Last, but not least, water. Not only does water intake help with milk production, but when I get to feeding or pumping I get a thirst like no other. So I find it helpful to always have water nearby when breastfeeding.

Do you have any other breastfeeding essentials?

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How to Know Your Breastfed Baby is Eating Enough + Giveaway

As if breastfeeding weren’t hard enough, if you’re not pumping there’s no way to tell how much your baby is actually eating. So how do you know she’s getting enough? This was the same question I asked myself as I breastfed my daughter (my first breastfed child). There are clues that us moms can look at get the answer, but if you’re still not sure, I have a solution that will ease the concern.

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~This is a sponsored post on behalf of EatSmart and The Hopping Bloggers. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I feel saddened when I see stories in the media where an infant has died because the mom wasn’t producing enough breast milk. It brings up the question, just as I have wondered myself, when exclusively breastfeeding how do you know your baby is getting enough milk? Without going too far into the topic because it’s not the focus of this post, but many moms are pushed to breastfeed because “breast is best.” But if a mother isn’t producing enough milk to feed her child and the child just isn’t benefiting from it, then “fed is best,” even if that means switching to formula.

For those mom’s who choose, or plan, to exclusively breastfeed (I did this with my second child and plan to do the same with my next), you may think the only way to know your baby is getting enough food is by weighing in at the doctor’s office. This is certainly one way of knowing, but when you have a newborn the last thing you want to do is go to the doctor multiple times a week for a weight in. So here are some things you can look for at home to ensure your baby is eating enough.

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Know What to Expect

It is typical for newborns to lose some of their birth weight in the first week. For breastfed babies, a 7-10% weight loss is normal during that time, and it can take 2-3 weeks for the baby to put that weight back on. So don’t be surprised if your newborn sheds a little weight in the first week.

Feeding Pattern and Satisfaction

One thing to look for is your baby’s feeding pattern. When first latching on, your baby will suck in a rapid manner, which helps release the milk. Once the flow is started the baby will start a more slow, pulling pattern and then swallow. If you don’t notice the slower pulling motion and then swallowing, but more of the rapid sucking, it may mean baby isn’t getting enough milk.

Another thing to look for in the feeding pattern is how often your baby wants to feed, and if he seems full and satisfied after. This can be a little difficult for some because some babies want to feed ALL the time, whether they’re getting enough milk or not.  Once in a routine, most babies feed 8-12 times per day.

Personal experience: During the first week of breastfeeding my daughter, she wanted to feed all the time and for long periods of time at that. She never seemed fully satisfied. In addition to breastfeeding, I was supplementing with formula because I was concerned she wasn’t getting enough milk from me, but that too seemed to be an issue. After talking with the pediatrician, she determined my daughter was tongue-tied and sent us to a specialist. My daughter ended up getting her tongue clipped. The little piece of skin under her tongue (not getting all medical terminology here) was holding her tongue too tightly and she wasn’t able to stick her tongue out enough to get a good latch and sucking motion. So in this case, it wasn’t that my milk supply was low, but was actually a simple fix.

Soiled Diapers

How To Know Your Breastfed Baby is Eating Enough + Giveaway | #EatSmart #babyscale #giveaway #breastfeedingAnother thing to look for is how many soiled or dirty diapers your baby has each day. After a few days of being in a routine, babies should have 6+ pee diapers and 4+ poop diapers. These are figures I’ve been given by my kids’ pediatrician, but I don’t think my kids ever had 4+ poop diapers per day. As long as they were going regularly, I didn’t worry and the pediatrician didn’t seem to either. So as long as your baby is soiling diapers regularly, I wouldn’t be concerned.

Outgrowing Clothes

Is your baby continually outgrowing his clothes? If so, he’s gaining weight and is getting enough milk. My kids didn’t last in newborn sizes for very long. In fact, the newborn outfit my daughter wore home from the hospital was the only time she wore it. And ever since then both of my kids have been wearing clothing that’s larger than suggested. For example, within the first month I’m pretty sure my kids were already wearing size 3 months and it just continued from there.

Gaining Weight

The most obvious sign that your breastfed baby is getting enough milk is from verifiable weight gain. Sometimes these other signs are difficult to assess, but actual weight gain on the scale is unquestionable. But like I said earlier, when you have a newborn, the last thing you want is to be at the doctor’s office every few days for a weigh in. So why not measure and monitor this at home?

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You can with the EatSmart Precision Baby & Pet Check Scale.

  • Track baby’s growth between doctor’s visits (from newborn to toddler).
  • Measures in pounds or kilograms.
  • Measures in 0.5 ounce increments, up to 44 pounds (20 kg).
  • Easy to clean platform.
  • Deduct the weight of a toy, diaper, or blanket with the Tare function.
  • Save and track weight with the Memory function.

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Making Time for Nursing Comfort


Making Time for Nursing Comfort with the MamaWay UltraComfort Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra

As many mothers know, nursing can be pretty difficult.  In those first few weeks to months, you spend a lot of time with your baby trying to build up milk supply.  And to be frank, nursing feels like the only thing you do during that time frame.  At least that’s how I felt.

Since nursing is a major decision for any mother to make, comfort plays a big role.  I mean, no matter how good nursing is for a baby, some may forego the option because they have to wear a nursing bra around the clock.

Now, I’ll admit – wearing a bra 24/7 is NOT fun, but if you have the right one, it’s really not so bad.  One of my favorite nursing bras is the Mamaway UltraComfort Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra.

Notable Features:

  • Seamless design with molded cups and great support.
  • Fabric stretches up to 3 cup sizes to accommodate milk supply variations.
  • 4 clasp sizes in the back for under-bust adjustment.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps.
  • One-handed effortless feeding.
  • Easy to snap/unsnap drop-down clips.
  • Wide opening flap for baby’s easy access and comfort.

Mamaway UltraComfort Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra provides quick and easy access for feedings.

I have tried my share of nursing bras and this is certainly one of the most comfortable I’ve had.  With it’s seamless design there is nothing poking into my body and the material itself is very soft and comfortable.  And if you follow the sizing guide, you’ll definitely get the perfect fit.

Feedings are super easy, as I can simply use one hand to unsnap the clip and pull the flap down.  And one of my favorite things is that the entire flap folds down.  This nursing bra comes with pad inserts, but I personally prefer the bra without them.  And in my opinion, this also allows for an easier time in pulling the flap completely down and having no part of it in my baby’s way of feeding.

So if you’re in the market for a really great maternity/nursing bra or may be looking for a great baby shower gift for a future nursing mother, the Mamaway UltraComfort Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra is perfect.

Mamaway UltraComfort Maternity & Nursing Bra comes in 4 colors - black, nude, pink and purple.

It is a little on the pricey side at $41.99, but when it comes to comfort you’ll probably be okay with splurging a little.  You’ll definitely get your money’s worth with the amount of time you’ll actually spend wearing it.  Trust me!  And it comes in 4 different colors – black, nude, pink and purple.  I’ll even bet you like it so much that you go back for another, maybe in a different color.

I would certainly say it’s price of $41.99 is comparable to what I consider fancy nursing bras, like those with lace detail and in my experience, uncomfortable side wiring and such.  But given that, not very many of those others are as comfortable as this one.

Do you know someone who could use a great nursing bra?

*This post may contain affiliate links.  I received a sample in exchange for an honest review.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.