I knew from the beginning that I would exclusively breastfeed Rafe. I didn’t have a second thought about it, no matter how hard it would be, I would make it work. It was a difficult experience at first, but now we are smooth sailing. I have compiled a list of a few products that really helped make my breastfeeding experience better and easier for the two of us.
1. Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow
This is the best nursing pillow ever. Period. I bought it early on in my pregnancy and used it as a pregnancy support pillow for sleeping, then took it to the hospital with us and slept on it and used it to nurse Rafe in the hospital. It makes a great comfy support pillow when you are no longer in need of it for breastfeeding. It is lightweight yet sturdy, and the L shape makes it multifunctional. I received a Boppy at my baby shower and I kept it as a backup and use it as a tummy time and support pillow for Rafe. It’s just too small and soft for me to use for breastfeeding. The Bosom Baby was well worth the money and I’m sure we will get years of use out of it. Watch for it on Zulily for a discount.
2. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump
One of the most important purchases I made was this breast pump. As a working mom, it’s a necessity to pump and freeze milk so that others can feed your baby. In my case, Rafe’s grandma watches him while we work so I have to make sure she has plenty of milk to feed him, and this pump makes it quick and easy. It’s worth the cost of this pump for the convenience and ease of use. I can go pump in ten minutes at work to keep up my milk production. I bought the Quick Clean Breastpump and Accessory Wipes to make cleaning the pump parts on the go easier, and they work very well.
3. Honeysuckle Breast Milk Storage Bags
These bags are the best I’ve found so far for storing my expressed milk in the freezer. The bags are soft and seal very well. They are also biodegradable and BPA free, which is important to me, because I do care about the environment as much as my family. They can be laid down in the freezer as well without leaks. I tried the Medela bags that came with my pump, but they just weren’t as nice. The Honeysuckle bags are very well designed and you won’t regret giving them a try. They even have a nice layout for writing baby’s name if you send your baby to daycare.
4.Earth Mama-Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter
This nipple butter is amazing. It’s made with all natural organic oils, and it smells fantastic. It’s completely safe for the baby to ingest which is the most important thing for me when I was considering what products to purchase. It has no lanolin, so there is no need to keep wiping it off in between feedings. This plant-based nipple cream combines organic cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, and organic wound-healing calendula to help protect and soften irritated skin. Natural Nipple Butter rates a 0 for toxicity, so it’s safe to apply before and after you breastfeed. And this butter can double as a balm for chapped lips or elbows for the whole family so it has multiple uses.
5.Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes
Booby tubes are a lifesaver for the breastfeeding mama. I used these warm when I’d get clogged milk ducts, you just microwave it for a few seconds and put it in your bra, then massage and repeat. So soothing for those times when you can’t get that clog out. I also used them iced a lot in the beginning for the pain that accompanied breastfeeding until my body got used to it. The combo of these and the nipple butter really saved me from a lot of discomfort along the way, and they are made with a nice soft organic cotton. I highly recommend these for any new mom who is planning to breastfeed.
6.Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
I used this tea in the beginning to help with my milk production. I felt like I just wasn’t producing enough and it was starting to worry me, as I had heard many stories of moms using formula to supplement due to low milk production. I refused to believe that my body wouldn’t do it’s job properly, so I researched the best foods to eat to help production, and I added this tea to my diet as well. It has a pleasant taste and I think it may have helped me boost my milk production.
I have loved everything I tried so far from Earth Mama Angel Baby. My fiance bought me the Birth and Baby Kit as a gift for my baby shower, and I packed a few things from it into my hospital bag to take with me to Rafe’s birth. I am so grateful that I found them, and that such wonderful companies exist now with organic, safe ingredients for me and my little one.
I love this brand so much, I am giving away a box of Earth Mama’s Milkmaid Tea and a 2 oz container of Earth Mama Natural Nipple Butter for one lucky new mama or mama to be! (ART for both is $21.14) I did not receive these items for free nor am I being compensated for this giveaway, I just love these items so much. Look below for instructions on how to enter.
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