I’ve been nesting lately, which is kind of fun. This weekend, I’ve been putting together my breastfeeding kit, so I thought I’d share with you what all I’m putting in it.
Yep. Gotta have some nursing bras. I went to my local breastfeeding store (seriously, skip the mall), and got measured. I came home with:
- A Bravado Original Nursing Bra - Here’s something to take note of: If you are large-chested, Bravado is the way to go from what I hear. They specifically design nursing bras to fully support women with larger breasts. Nice, eh?
- A Majamas Easy Bra - This bra is unbelievably comfortable and still very supportive. It’s going to be a fantastic sleep bra.
Now the rule of thumb on nursing bras is this: Before you have your baby get a “transition” bra. You don’t know what your size is really going to be until later. After your milk comes in and your supply settles down a bit, go out and get a few regular nursing bras. The Bravado bra I got will do double duty as a transition bra and a real nursing bra. Later on, though, I want to get fitted for a Hotmilk bra! Now, I’ve never worn one of these, so I can’t write with any sort of authority on whether or not they do a good job, but aren’t they gorgeous? Wow!
Thankfully, I’ve already got one of these. All I have to do is wash the cover. If you’re making your own breastfeeding kit, though, I can unreservedly recommend the My Brest Friend nursing pillow. Okay, I know the name is really corny, but this pillow is hands down the best pillow out there. I am not kidding when I say that if I hadn’t found this pillow, I probably would’ve given up nursing with Gabi. The Boppy and the bed pillows were a squishy, sliding nightmare. If you get one thing, get this pillow. It’s awesome.
Last time, I just used disposable pads. This time, I want to be a little more environmentally (and financially!) savvy. I got a free set of Bamboobies nursing pads as part of a World Breastfeeding Week promotion. Supposedly, the bamboo is super absorbent and the heart-shape means less bulk under a bra. The promotional pair came with a 20% off coupon, so I went ahead and got a few more. They have multi-packs, so I got a pack with 3 regular + 1 overnight pairs and a pack with 3 regular + 3 overnight pairs. I’ve never used reusable pads before. I’m not sure if this will be enough or too many. I’m not sure if I will love this particular brand. This is all experimental, so please don’t take my mention of this brand as an endorsement because I just don’t know yet! Hopefully, after I get the chance to use them for a while I’ll be able to tell you more about them.
Last time, I used lanolin nipple cream. Unfortunately, I’ve recently come to understand that Lansinoh, the company that produces and sells most of the lanolin we find easily on the shelves here, is owned by a WHO Code violator. I’ve mentioned in the past that this is a deal-breaker for me, so I’m seeking an alternative. Aside from the WHO Code violations, I found the lanolin to be sticky and greasy. It was difficult to put on and made peeling breast pads off my sore nipples to be quite painful. Lanolin can also contain toxins, and that’s something I’d very much like to avoid. With this in mind, I’ve opted for a nipple cream by Motherlove. I’ve used their herbal supplements in the past and was pleased with the quality, so I opted to give their nipple cream a try. Hopefully it works out!
I’ve already got a Medela Pump in Style Advance from when I had Gabi. Unfortunately, Medela has recently opted to violate the WHO Code in favor of marketing bottles to breastfeeding women (for an in depth look at the issue click here). Because of this, I am not able to recommend Medela products to my friends and I am not comfortable spending money on Medela products. To make things more difficult for socially conscious mamas, Evenflo, the owner of Ameda (another major breastpump manufacturer) has also chosen to violate the WHO Code. At this point, to my knowledge, the only breastpump company that is not a code violator is Hygeia. From what I hear, Hygeia makes fantastic pumps. I haven’t ever used one, so I don’t know personally, but here’s a review that I found if you’re curious. I had my old Medela pump suction tested yesterday, and we found that the suction is still just fine. Because of this, there’s no reason for me to purchase another pump, so I’m stuck spending money on Medela parts. It’s nice to save the money, but I wish Medela would comply with the WHO Code. It wouldn’t be that difficult.
Okay, this is a new one. A few months ago, I visited a local breastfeeding store called The Pump Station, and my friend and I saw the My Milkies Milk Saver. Initially, I thought it sounded weird. Collecting milk while you’re breastfeeding? Really? Then Hobo Mama reviewed them on her blog (there’s a giveaway!), and I became intrigued. So yesterday, I went to my local breastfeeding supply store (The Pump Station) and purchased one. We’ll see how it works!
At this point, that’s what I’ve got in my breastfeeding kit. Did you put together a breastfeeding kit for yourself or a friend? If so, what did you include in it?