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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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Crowned Beauty Breastmilk Ring

I can see this being a controversial pick, and to be honest I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it myself. This is a company that makes jewelry out of breastmilk that you send them, and my honest initial reaction to hearing that there’s a market for this was that I was weirded out. That evolved into curiosity, which then turned to intrigue, and now I think I see the appeal. It didn’t hurt that a mom in my Facebook moms group posted a photo of her ring and it was beautiful. The more I think back about my own experience with breastfeeding, I have a lot of mixed emotions, but when I am feeling most generous with myself I feel proud that I did it and proud that I knew when to quit. Maybe this serves as some sort of adult version of a merit badge? Maybe it’s a physical reminder of the time you spent learning something together with your baby? Maybe it’s not your thing? Any readers out there love/hate/indifferent? The ring is $275. Crowned Beauty Breastmilk Ring

Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Soothies Gel Nursing Pads

Like many of my friends and acquaintances, I could probably write an essay about my breastfeeding “journey.” Even though I read a lot about it before having a baby, I think I still underestimated how much it could sometimes just plain HURT. Because I had supply issues right from the start, my baby stayed latched for a long time, which led to a lot of nipple pain — mostly of the stinging and burning variety. Even though I passed these by on my first shopping go-round, I remembered them postpartum and ordered them, and they helped so much! A big thank you to the internet stranger who recommended that I put them in the fridge in between uses. They not only cool and soothe but also provide a barrier between your skin and your bra/shirt/anything that touches your skin that now feels like sandpaper on your poor boobs. A set of 2 is $9.59 at Amazon. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Nursing Pads

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