For those that have followed, I’ve had a lot of difficulty giving my 4.5 month old a bottle. At 6 weeks, I started to introduce a bottle with no luck. Recently, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have a baby that just won’t take a bottle.
Now, I’m just happy to have a #fedbaby.
I have such a love hate relationship with breastfeeding. During this difficult time for me, I have found a few tools along the way that have made my breastfeeding journey a little easier for me. Here is a list of a few of my favourite things:
Jolly Jumper Nursing Pillow
There is a variety of nursing pillows that you can purchase these days, but this one is my favourite. The shape and thickness of it, makes breastfeeding easy on my back. I did try to get one of the free nursing pillows, but it just wasn’t as comfortable in my opinion.
You would think that any old shirt would do, but yes, I found that nursing pyjamas make a difference. Motherhood maternity and Thyme often have sales on nursing clothing. Keep an eye out for sales while pregnant. You’ll thank yourself later for picking something up.
Medela sleep bra
So comfortable. That is all.
Disposable nursing pads
The last couple of days, I’m giving washable nursing pads a try, but I don’t find they give me the same confidence that I won’t soak through the pad as the disposable ones. I’m not a cloth diaper type person, probably not a washable nursing pad type person either. I love me my disposables.
When I’m getting up for multiple feeds in the night, I’m half asleep. I appreciate having a little bit of light to help me nurse. I really like the flickering candle night light. It’s just bright enough for me to see, but not enough to get the baby stimulated.
Speaking of night feeds, I’m always so thirsty at night. I always have a bottle of water beside the bed.
I use my iPhone all the time while nursing, it’s probably the only time I have to check emails, think of future blog posts, post about Buskins … but I have to admit, as I am typing this blog post on the computer and nursing Katie right now. Look at me multitasking.
When Katie wouldn’t take the bottle, I hired a lactation consultant. She was very aware of my goals and tried to help me problem solve. Although, Katie is still not taking a bottle, I still feel like I learned a lot and would recommend hiring a consultant if you feel you need one.
I really love my nursing cover that I got for free. You can get your own free Udder Cover too clicking here.
As difficult as this has been for me, Katie has been a real treat to breast feed. She latches on well, she’s always in a good mood, only cries if something is wrong, smiles and laughs under the cover. She’s an easy baby to breastfeed. I am thankful for that.
That’s it for me. What are some of the things you found the most useful while breastfeeding?