Breastfeeding is so beautiful in itself just because it’s the best thing your baby can eat. However, no one tells you how much of a journey it really is.
Latching problems, Low Milk Supply, Engorgement, Milk Blisters, etc. All of these situations are merely common problems amongst us moms that can be and have been conquered.
Every baby is different when it comes to breastfeeding. Some latch on like a pro, some may be born with a tongue-tie and have problems latching until fixed, and some just don’t know how to latch and need you to guide them and help them in every way possible you can.
My daughter could not latch-on to me no matter how hard she tried. At this point: cracked, sore, and bleeding defines my nipples after a days worth of trying, so my nurse gave me this and she latched instantly.
Medela Nipple Shield, designed to help babies latch for those of you who have problems, or flat/inverted nipples. This product is even designed to act as a barrier over your nipple for protection while feeding your little one if you experience sore nipples, or an overactive let-down.
Fixing the latching problem eliminated the bleeding and pain with it. However when you have to nurse your newborn 8-12x a day soreness and cracked nipples are inevitable. Lansinoh Nipple Cream would give me instant relief every day after nursing and pumping so much!
It‘s 100% Natural, so natural you can leave it on because even breastfeeding your baby with it on is safe. Priced reasonably, you only need a pea-size amount when applying it, causing it to last a long time!
Now fast forward a few days forward when you’re no longer giving your baby colostrum, first form of milk full of antibodies, you wake up with a wet shirt to find your breasts have now started leaking with your milk supply coming in. Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads are here to catch any milk before your shirt does.
I have soaked one of these with my abundant milk supply. To this day I still have not managed to wet any part of my clothing. This literally helps you stay dry, and with its adhesive qualities sticks to the inside of your bra/clothing to keep the pad in place.
The disposable breast pads are convenient for when you’re on the go. If you want to save a few bucks you can try out Bamboobies Ultra-Absorbent Overnight washable nursing bra pads.
These are extremely comfortable and are a nice affordable switch up from the disposable pads when I want to give my nipples tlc, but still need some leakage protection. Bamboobies are reusable, made out of bamboo, extremely durable, soft and machine washable! These are nice to have as backup in case you run out of disposable pads as well.
Our breasts tend to leak the most while we establish a milk supply (first 3 months) because baby’s breastfeeding schedule is spontaneous and not quite established yet. Therefore, the longer the amount of time there’s between each feeding, the heavier and more full your breasts get with milk, better known as Engorgement.
Engorgement can be uncomfortable, and cause clogged/blocked milk ducts. I tend to suffer blocked milk ducts at night time. That’s when my daughter sleeps the longest in between feedings, and I take advantage and rest up not letting my milk out.
Nothing’s worse than your baby latching on to an engorged breast with a blocked milk duct, because your baby can’t fully access their milk and will become frustrated quickly. I found massaging prior to stimulate a let-down helped but didn’t always free my milk. Until I found Lansinoh’s Therapearl 3-in-1 Therapy Breast Packs:
No more than 30 seconds in the microwave (time may vary), the soft cover that comes with it, and the heat is more than enough to last a whole nursing session. Breast packs also provide instant relief unclogging milk-ducts immediately which encourages more milk released.
Hot or Cold, these pads will not disappoint. You can not only use them Hot for what I listed above but also to encourage more milk while pumping. They are also able to freeze to help with swelling and pain caused from engorgement. These are a Must!
Taking your shirt/bra on and off multiple times a day can be irritating when you’re dealing with a screaming infant. Nursing clothing makes breastfeeding your little one just as quick as it should be. I recommend any nursing clothes you find that is comfortable and works for you. As long as it has “B”-clips or makes your breasts easily accessible.
Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet, it’s not as bad as it seems. Don’t feel discouraged during this time.