Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Lactation Cookie Bites

Full disclosure: I did not ever exclusively breastfeed, so I am a little limited in my knowledge of the tricks of the trade when it comes to milk supply. However, I have read a lot of message boards and posts in mom groups, and lactation cookies are frequently recommended as a means to ingest nutrients that are meant to increase supply. I don’t have personal experience with this, but these Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites have 250+ mostly positive reviews that mention that they do the job as advertised. If you Google “lactation cookies,” you’ll find tons of results to bake your own, but baking cookies would personally be last on my list when juggling a newborn or baby. These are $21.99 (for a box of 10 serving-size bags), are eligible for Prime shipping, and come in flavors Chocolate Salted Caramel, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (which would be my pick), and Oatmeal Raisin. Lactation Cookie Bites

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Pull-Down Button-Front Nursing Top

Before I had a child, even if you showed me the most obvious looking nursing top, I would have had no idea of its “hidden” function. I had no idea nursing tops even existed, except for the tanks that had the clips on the straps. Now that I know about this category of clothing, I’m always impressed when the designers make nursing tops that look like regular tops. This one doesn’t make its dual function obvious, looks professional, and I would totally wear it even after I stopped nursing. The folds that conceal the openings are hidden well with the draping of the top and the all-over pattern. The top is $90 at A Pea in the Pod, is machine washable, and comes in sizes XS–L. Ripe Pull-Down Button-Front Nursing Top

Finding a plus-size option for this was tough, but, like the pictured top, this Momzelle nursing top has a blousier fit than many nursing shirts, and it’s less obviously a nursing top than many others, too. It goes up to sizes XL and XXL.

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Breastmilk Storage Bags

As I previously mentioned, I combo fed from the beginning. Even though I had supply issues, I still built up a measly freezer stash — and I really liked using these bags. All of their benefits are clearly advertised on the box, and I did find that they worked as promised. They were easy to write on, were strong enough to stand up while I filled them, and never had one leak. One mistake I made at first was freezing them standing up, which both took up more room in the freezer AND took forever to thaw. Definitely lay them flat to freeze them! After I stopped pumping, I gave my extras to a friend, and she was very happy to have them. You can get a box of 100 storage bags for $11.26 at Amazon (where they have 5,000+ reviews). Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Racerback Hands-Free Pump & Nursing Bra

From the very beginning, I had to nurse, pump, and supplement with formula. It was basically a full-time job. For those who pump — exclusively, as part of combo feeding, and/or at work — I have no idea how you would do it without a hands-free pumping bra. As much as I disliked pumping, at least it was a time I could scroll vacantly through social media or catch up on text messages/emails. This bra also doubles as a nursing bra, which is nice. If I lasted longer at pumping, I would have invested in better-quality pumping bras, but I made do with cutting holes in old sports bras (haha!). If you do buy one of these, I advise buying a few, as I personally found I needed to wash them frequently. Not to mention when you’re getting the hang of nursing you may leak a lot. This bra is $27.99 at Buy Buy Baby, and a non-racerback version is available at Amazon for $34, eligible for Prime and free returns. Rumina Nursingwear Racerback Hands-Free Pump & Nursing Bra

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Travel Bottle and Food Warmer

Unfortunately, my son only wanted warm bottles and would only drink the full amount in the bottle if it was warmed up. This posed a problem when out and about for the day. I spent so much time researching travel bottle warmers, and this is the best one that worked for us. Basically, it’s a big plastic cup that screws onto a thermos. We would either boil water or use very hot water from the tap, and fill the thermos part before leaving for the day. Then when the baby is hungry, unscrew the plastic cup part, pour the hot water from the thermos into it, and float the bottle of formula in it until heated. I am sure you can create your own version of this, but I just decided to throw money at the problem and buy it as it is. You could also reuse the water for a second round because the thermos keeps it very hot. I liked this warmer a lot but still pray that if there is a next time, that baby will drink a room temperature bottle! The bottle warmer is $11.49 at Amazon, where it has hundreds of positive reviews. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Nursing and Car Seat Cover

This is one of those products that you will use almost every day during the newborn phase. It is a multitasker that serves as a breastfeeding cover, scarf, and car seat cover. My favorite use for it by far was as a car seat cover. I frequently used my car seat (Chicco KeyFit 30) and snapped it into my stroller base (Uppababy Cruz) when running errands. The best part of this car seat cover is that it resists nosy people from sticking their face too close to the baby or touching the baby. As a bonus, while it keeps things dark enough that the baby can continue to sleep, it has a hole at the top so that air can circulate and you can see what’s going on inside. I found it much more handy than draping a blanket or swaddle over the top of the carrying handle. The material was light and stretchy, and it comes in different patterns. It’s $11.99 at Amazon with Prime and free returns. Nursing and Carseat Cover

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