What is one of your favorite tips or products/items that you use/suggest to breastfeeding moms?

Rachelle - posted on 11/26/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Do you have a favorite product that you use to help aide in breastfeeding your child or do you have a tip for mothers who choose to breastfeed?



I will be trying out breastfeeding again with our second child, any advice or helpful products will help...PS I am very self consious about doing it in public! Thanks ladies!

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Celeste - posted on 11/27/2010

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Products for a mom choosing to breastfeed: Lasinoh! Those were a lifesaver to help with sore nipples the first few weeks.

Tips: Educate yourself! One of my favorite books is "So THat's What They're There For" by Janet Tamaro. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and The Breastfeeding Answer Book are great as well. Finding a support group was a HUGE help (LLL or a local support group in your area)

As far as doing it in public, I felt the same way. I didn't NIP with my daughter. But, my twin boys refused bottles (and I didn't push it since I was a SAHM and I worked so hard to get one of them to latch) so there were times I did NIP. I'd always nurse before I went out but sometimes, they'd get hungrier sooner. I used a Bebe Au Lait cover, and that helped me gain confidence. I ended up wearing a loose t-shirt and I got really good at latching without anyone seeing anything. Plus, if you nurse in front of a mirror, you can see what you look like to other people.

Karla - posted on 11/27/2010

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I have several....lansinoh, fenugreek capsules, Medella pump. Also, know that the first 6 weeks is rough, but it does get easier. Best of luck to you:)

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layer your clothing, wear a tank or a cami under with a tee or blouse on top, you can pull the tee up and the cami down and noone sees anything, Its less conspicuous than a huge blanket or wrap

now the moby wrap is for carrying and you can bf discretely in it. but i wouldnt buy one, its 50$ for a peice of material thats 5m long and you tie it on...just google how to make it.

Katie - posted on 11/29/2010

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I was really skeptical about buying a breastfeeding pillow at first, I thought a regular pillow would be fine. I was wrong. By the time my daughter finished we had worn out 3 nursing pillows. They made the process hands free, I kept one in my car, one in the living room and one in my bedroom. Totally indispensable for us, we still use it for cuddling at bedtime.

Also, I took my daughter to visit my sister on the other side of the country when she was 7 months old. My husband stayed home so I was really nervous and had a lot to carry. I bought this special nursing t-shirt and just wore a cardigan over it. It was a little pricey but it was so easy and very discreet in the close quarters of the plane. I was never embarrassed by nursing or anything but I worried just in case I sat next to a crazy person or something and I didn't need the extra stress during the journey. I'll look for a link to post for the shirt. I wore it all the time after.

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Julie - posted on 12/02/2010

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I wore a nursing cape which was Sage and had a soft almost velvet feel. It didn't look like a nursing shawl or coverup. I found it at a baby boutique for $15. I could have Amber nursing under there and completely covered up and then she'd fall to sleep often and people had no clue I had a baby under there. Was a great way to be discreet. When flying I would wear it on the plane so people already saw it on me. Congrats!

Cashmir - posted on 11/30/2010

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well you and your child should have skin to skin contact and pump your breast everyday and no soap on the nipples or lotion at all

Merry - posted on 11/29/2010

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My favorite product is my bra! It's not a nursing bra, it's a bra that is advertised for being able the cross the straps in back, etc so it detaches same place as a nursing bra does, but its so cheap! I bought mine for, buy one get one half off, and the first one was only 22$ great deal at kohls.

Also don't put your bra too tight, milk ducts HATE being constricted and will clog, and get infected if you try to push up your boobs!

Unfortunately nature designed breasts to droop a bit and that's how the ducts work best.

(I learned my lesson after about 6 clogged ducts, 2 that turned into mastitis)

Let them hang a bit!

Also, lanisoah is great on ANY skin needs, my son sucked his thumb raw, literally had cuts and bled this fall, I used lanisoah on his thumb about three times a day for a week and it's completely healed! Vaseline, lotion, nothing worked as good as lanisoah.

Also, your milk is an incredible healing tool.

1. Dry skin

2. Diaper rash

3. Chapped lips

4. Stuffy nose

5. Sun burn

6. Rug burn, any burn!

7. Washing out cuts

8. Pink eye

And more I'm sure I forgot!

I haven't used any diaper ointment on my son, I only use my milk and he has cleared up a rash in about one day every time.

(he's a huge fruit eater, and it tends to burn his tooshy)

As for breast-feeding in public, I was using a cover for three months, but then ditched it and decided that boobs are for feeding babies and with the law on my side, I couldn't care less if a tiny bit of skin shows when I feed him. I just pull up my shirt as I put his head down and he goes at it!

My side shows if I'm wearing a tight shirt but what's wrong with that!

I dream of a world where breasts are taken back for the babies, and women feel free to feed their baby unashamed everywhere. And so I try to help that along by breastfeeding in public often, and in the open, and without a cover.

No, I don't think we have to show the whole boob, I'm quite covered, but point is, I'm not going to go to extra hassle just to cover up the fact that I'm feeding my son normal milk, the normal way.

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Oh i totally agree, doctors misinform people alll the time! When my sister had her baby, she said that she wouldnt have ended up breastfeeding if it wasnt for me going through it first and explaining the ins and outs to her. The doctor said she didnt have enough milk and needed to pump, her baby was a day old, obviously she didnt have milk....it doesnt come in until 5-8days on average.

Celeste - posted on 11/29/2010

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Yes! Very good point, Brittany! A pediatrician that is misinformed about breastfeeding can shake a breastfeeding mom's confidence.



A pediatrician who is supportive of breastfeeding can make such a huge difference in the world, especially if you run across problems.



I found my kids' pedi through my friend who's an IBCLC.

Brittany - posted on 11/29/2010

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a supportive pediatrician is a must! i thought i can get by with my formula company paid pediatrician.... WRONG! i hated every moment being there.
as for nursing discreetly in public i simply wear my cardigan backwards and my son cant pull it off or expose me! figuring that out was amazing! also, my favorite product would have to be the breast shells especially in the beginning! those + lansinoh = happiness!

Elisa - posted on 11/29/2010

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Wearing a tank-top underneath my semi-loose fitting t-shirt really helps me nurse in public. That way I don't have to worry about a blanket, I just lift my t-shirt and it serves as a cover the baby can't pull off. I also wear half-cup regular bras. For me, it's easier to flop my boob out the top of the bra than to mess with the latching mechanism of a breastfeeding bra. Also, when I'm at home, I like to wear low cut shirts so I can I can just flop it out the top of my shirt (Also easy to do in public if it's too hot for wearing layers, but then an alternative cover is necessary. I find that her back-up clothes serves well, or my husbands outer-shirt, I just wrap the sleeve around my neck so it can't be pulled off by baby). Those aren't products per se. But, it's free stuff that I've found helpful to make nursing more convenient. Good luck! Oh, and if you can afford it, I'd totally suggest a nursing necklace. Totally helpful when baby wants to twiddle. And a sling, you can nurse baby hands free in a sling. So, you can push a stroller and discreetly nurse baby in the mall or at a grocery store. :) There, products. :)

Holly - posted on 11/28/2010

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One thing that hasn't been mentioned that I have used is a nipple shield- this helps especially if your little one has a hard time latching on. My son has difficulty because his little chin is pushed back a little, but he does really well with the shield.

Vicki - posted on 11/27/2010

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The only products I used in the early days were nursing bras and Lansinoh. I used the Lansinoh so much in the first week that I went and bought a huge tube thinking I would need it but after a week was ok.

My number one tip is - learn to breastfeed lying down as soon as possible. My sister in law never managed it so had to sit up for every feed. I got to sleep or at least doze while breastfeeding. I think taking every opportunity to sleep in the early days makes things easier.

Karla - posted on 11/27/2010

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I thought of another good tip...if you have to pump, put a tiny bit of lansinoh on the part of the pump (I think it is called the flange, maybe?) that actually attaches to your breast. Really decreases friction:)

Rachelle - posted on 11/27/2010

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Thank you for all of your tips and advice. Lasinoh I used with my daughter...I will definatley be stocking up on some of that again, thanks again!!!

Karla - posted on 11/27/2010

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I wasn't comfortable nursing my son in public. Did it a few times in the car but that was as "public" as I got. With planning, you don't have to feed your little one anwhere you are uncomfortable with;)

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