I'm going to be hosting a giveaway and I would like to hear about everyone's favorite breastfeeding products.
I'll start by telling you what I like, dislike, and have never tried.
I would not be able to live without my Boppy. I love it so! Admittedly in the middle of the night I just use a pillow so I don't have to run out to the living room and grab the boppy, but it's so much easier to have the curvature around my body. Maybe it's cuz I'm fat, but with a regular pillow I find my baby girl is too far from me, it makes nursing awkward sometimes, which it shouldn't be. The boppy keeps her head nice and close without being pushed away by my belly. Anyway, boppy's rock.
On a related note, I love my super soft custom made minky boppy cover. I bought it on etsy (from this seller), there are about a million etsy sellers who make boppy covers. They come in cute prints too but nothing beats the luxurious minky fabric. Mine is pink and I heart it!
My Medela Pump in Style rocks! To be fair, the only other pump I have tried is the hospital grade Medela and it was awesome too. I have heard great things about some cheaper pumps but I have also heard some not so great things. I loathe pumping, it's hard and it's a huge pain, so I'm gonna stick with my bestselling pricey pump that does it's job as well as I could expect it to. It's not cheap, but what I did was I bought a used on one Craigslist (I think I paid $75) and then bought all the replacement parts for about $50. That's a huge savings over buying a brand new pump and the only second hand part is the motor!
Microwave sterilizer bags. If I had a dishwasher I would just use that but, alas, we do not have a dishwasher so I sterilize pump parts, bottles and binkies in the microwave. The bags are affordable and super easy. I know I technically don't have to sterilize things that come in contact with breast milk but it just makes me feel a lot better about everything :)
Bamboo nursing pads are another must have. I'm lucky in that I don't leak much but when I nurse first thing in the morning, whichever boob I'm not nursing from turns on like a faucet. Any brand of nursing pad with bamboo fleece or bamboo velour soaks it right up. I got some free pairs from the milk bank that I donated my milk to and now I'm hooked. I also bought some super cute custom ones off a WAHM shop called Pampered Mama.
I can't really think of any product I have tried and not liked. There are some things I don't use, such as nipple cream. It never really helped me as much as putting breastmilk on my nipples did, and my nipples were only sore for a couple weeks this time around. When I did use it though, I much prefered the Earth Mama brand over Lansinoh. That lanolin in the Lansinoh gets everywhere and is hard to wash off. So, I guess, my product I dislike is Lansinoh nipple cream. However, I use it to lanolize my wool diaper covers and it works like a charm so I do have some Lansinoh love :)
I would love to get a set of Booby Tubes. For those who don't know, these are reusable heating/cooling tubes that cab be placed on, or wrapped around your breast(s) to help encourage milk flow, reduce the chances of clogged ducts and relive discomfort. I would love to review this product sometime!
Something else I want to try is a Milk Saver. This is a little contraption that you place on one breast while feeding with the other. It catches the milk that leaks out and you can save it for later, as you would with pumped milk. This got my interest because, as I mentioned before, when I nurse first thing in the morning I have some serious leaking issues. While I love my nursing pads, it would be nice to keep the milk that drips out rather than having it absorbed into the pad.
So, please leave a comment, email me, or visit my Facebook page, and let me know which breastfeeding products you love. I'm hoping to have the giveaway up and running by the end of the month.