If you know me at all, you know breastfeeding is one of my biggest passions. In fact, I’ve often said that if I wasn’t a teacher, I’d want to be a lactation consultant. I love breastfeeding, the bond it builds between mom and baby, the ease of nursing, the way the baby stares at you, and the list could go on and on. Even when I’ve had troubles, I’ve tried everything in my power to push through and jump over any hurdles. And oh, have there been hurdles. But thankfully, I’ve been able to breastfeed all of my kids for over a year (8 months strong with the littlest one!) But it hasn’t been without my fair share of trying tons of different products, supplements, and gizmos and gadgets to make it easier.
Luckily, a few special brands have created solutions to the myriad of challenges that can accompany the commitment to breastfeed. And, since August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I’m excited to share these awesome brands and products with moms and moms-to-be everywhere!
Baby Only Taking the Breast?
No problem! If you have a baby that refuses bottles and only wants the breast, Nanobébé has a solution- the Nanobébé: Breastmilk Bottle (3 pack for $22.99). These breast-like designed bottles allow breast milk to be spread into a thin layer that cools quickly. They are stackable, so you can save storage space and track pumping order. These bottles are also easy to take a part, and quick to warm in their Nanobébé bottle warmer.
I had never had this problem until Baby #3, but now that this little guy is a pure boobie-monster, this is the only bottle I can get him to take!
Nipple Cream for the WIN!
Ya’ll, I feel like nipple cream is the one thing every mom needs but doesn’t know yet. Lansinoh: HPA Lanolin ($8.79) is by far my favorite and has been in my diaper bag for each of my 3 deliveries. Especially right after birth, right as baby is learning to latch, you’re going to need it, and lots of it. It provides the safest, most effective relief for breastfeeding moms experiencing nipple soreness (which you WILL if you nurse OR pump!) All you have to do is apply a pea-sized amount after each feeding to soothe and protect sore, dry nipple, and since it’s 100% natural, it’s safe for both mom and baby. It’s the #1 recommended nipple cream by lactation consultants and doctors in the US, so trust me when I say to add a tube or 5 to your registry!
A Good Probiotic
Every baby needs a good probiotic, and Probiotic + Colostrum (Powder for Babies + Kids) (17.99) helps reduce occasional digestive upset including diarrhea and other tummy troubles. They have 5 billion active cultures per dose and 6 probiotic strains. Of course, we all know that Colostrum provides a complete range of antibodies for immune support along with nutrients that promote healthy gut lining for better digestion. This probiotic comes in easy to use single serve packets, and because it is flavorless, you can easily mix it with bottles or food! Great for babies, toddlers, and kids, so guess what? ALL 3 of my little nuggets are getting on this asap!
Need a Boost in Breastmilk?
We’ve all been there. We’re stressed or didn’t eat enough fat and all of a sudden you think you may need to try something to boost your supply a bit! In walks UpSpring: Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Chai Tea Latte Powder Drink Mix ($17.99), the first and only chai latte-flavored fenugreek beverage (YUM!!!!!), formulated to help boost breast milk supply. It contains three known galactagogues (aka breast milk boosters) fenugreek, blessed thistle, and anise. Compared to some of the concoctions I’ve tried, this sounds delicious and is definitely what I’ll be using next time I need a boost!
A Comfy Nursing Pillow
A great NEW product from Lansinoh is the Lansinoh: Nursie Breastfeeding Pillow ($24.99). This breastfeeding pillow was designed by a breastfeeding mom to help provide comfortable positioning for baby and mom to support successful breastfeeding- because moms know best! This awesome pillow helps with comfortable positioning, latch and feeding, plus it’s compact and portable – easy feeding at home or on the go.
And now, the BEST part…. a…
One lucky winner is going to win a prize pack of all these goodies! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below! The giveaway will run from August 17 – August 31 so tell all your mama friends to enter, enter, enter!
Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by Lansinoh, Upspring and Nanobebe, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.