My baby is about a week or so shy of six months. I am still nursing. Some might say I am insane since I am chasing around a toddler, dealing with the activities of my oldest, all while still working. It’s not easy, some days are rough and I hate pumping but ‘ya gotta do whatcha gotta do’. I’m handling mine. But ultimately, it is that important. I bite the head off of anyone who tells me to ‘just give him formula*’ because it diminishes all the hard work that I put in to reach this milestone and according to my doctor, my 18 lb baby is doing great and already trying solids. So pats on the back for me. But I was better prepared this round with some amazing nursing essentials. Here are seven that have made these past six months easier for me.
After throwing out all my maternity clothes and finding out I was expecting again, Bella Gravida came to the rescue and made those months absolutely gorgeous. A few days after arriving home from the hospital, I get home to find another box from them with two gorgeous nursing tops. You don’t have to give up looking great, you just have to make it functional.
Related: 9 Summer Dresses You Can Nurse In
Nursing Sleep Shirts
I slept in my good nursing bras for a while to find myself waking up in the middle of the night from lack of comfort. Eventually, my bras started to lose shape. So I headed to target and picked up a few tanks to sleep in and that I could comfortable lounge around the house in. At the end of the day, no matter how comfortable a bra is, a bra is a bra and I
hate you find them to not always be so comfortable. I picked up this tank, this one, and I really like this one.
I didn’t bother buying a nursing cover. With E, I bought a beautiful and cozy scarf and it worked great until the summer months. So when baby M came along, I wanted something lighter weight. I got a few muslin swaddles from Lulujo Baby that worked to wrap up the lovebug as well as cover. I got this one for the summer months and this one for the fall/winter. Pricier than some but worth it.
Quick story. Within the first month, I woke up one Saturday feeling horrible. I hadn’t slept, I was puffy, and looked a mess. Clearly feeling undesirable, I noticed my husband checking out my newly fabulous cleavage, or so I thought. As I was just starting to feel a bit better and rock my sexy, he pointed out the fact that I was leaking everywhere. Womp. Oh well. Ladies, get some nursing pads. These reusable ones are great for at home but for leaving the house, I use these and they are so thin, you don’t feel them at all.
Whether you work at home, outside the home, need to leave the home, run away because you can’t even shower alone, you need to leave some milk for baby. While planning my
escape return to work, I stocked up on freezer storage bags vs the bottles because they take up less space. I like these because of the price, but I have also tried and loved the ease of the Tommee Tippee express and go. With this, you can pump (with any machine), attach the bottle, hand baby to spouse, go get a pedicure. No joke, go.
While heading to the airport to attend my father’s funeral, my husband leaned over and asked if I packed my teas. Get yourself this type of support if you don’t have it. Knowing that stress affects milk supply, and naturally given the circumstances, I was stressed. He wanted to make sure I did not have trouble nursing my (I would say ours but mama’s boy and all) baby. I packed no milk, no bottles, just my Mother’s Milk Tea and unsurprisingly, he fed great! This stuff works or maybe my dad was taking watch making sure I stayed calm.
When I launched the Little Luxe List, Bundle Organics was our ‘drink’ sponsor. This amazingly delicious juice is pasterized, making it perfect for pregnant and nursing mothers. You would think that a juice filled with fruits and vegetables wouldn’t be great but man am I addicted. After the event, I had a few bottles left over so I literally gave some to every pregnant or nursing mom I knew, including at my daughter’s school. I can literally have smaller meals without it affecting my supply because of this plus all the health benefits (and weight loss) is glorious. Bonus: my picky toddler loves it just as much I do.
*I am in support of any mother for feeding her child the way she chooses, my choice does not diminish yours and vice versa. So to the mamas who bottle feed and formula feed (I did with my first), do you! I support you too. I bet that baby is just as big and squishy!
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