I thought I had it all figured out before Elzie Jane was born, but I was not ready. Thankfully, my brilliant husband had a crib full of items for me that was all set up and ready when we came home from the hospital. Seriously, down to the Depends & lactation cookies, I was floored and it still makes me tear up thinking about it. I was determined to breastfeed and I had already received my double electric Medela pump through insurance, so I did not think too much more about anything else. I had some lanolin cream on hand throughout the pregnancy because I had intense burning for most of the duration of Elzie’s pregnancy. Fun times, right? I took it as a good sign that my body was actually getting ready to produce breastmilk this time around (more on my theory of that some other time). I learned fairly quickly that I needed more. I’m an experienced mom, but that doesn’t mean anything when you have a newborn baby. Each baby is different, each experience is different. The most useful products I have used, were from day 1 through today, we’re on week 18 of combo breastfeeding (there’s another post for that, too).
- Medela Handheld Breast Pump (I ordered this instead of Chipotle one day, sleep deprivation is real) – I wanted this pump, but I did not mean to order it in that moment. Amazon does provide some affiliate commissions on these products, but does not charge you anything.
- Lansinoh Lanolin – I alternated between this and Earth Mama Nipple Butter, the Lansinoh is thicker and definitely helped some very sore moments. I love that you can get so much out of just one small tube, such a bargain.
- Medela Breastfeeding Starter Kit – You’re only going to get small amounts of milk when you’re in the early pumping days. Maybe the smaller tubes and bags help mentally when you feel like you’re not producing much (you are, but if you’re hard on yourself like me, trust this). When you’re using the handheld Medela or the electric, these bottles are perfect as they can be transferred immediately with a lid for fridge storage, or with the latex nipple for combo bottle feeding.
- Enfamil Latex Nipples – When you leave the hospital, you’ll likely be given some formula and nipples that are individually wrapped and sterile. I was, anyway, maybe you weren’t … but these are lifesavers. We had an amazing gift from my parents, a massive Phillips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle Set. They leaked. Everywhere. I cried … breastmilk is valuable and I could not believe such expensive bottles would do this. The latex nipples come in three different flows, we used the first flow until Elzie was about 14/15 weeks old. We use the next stage now, which is still fairly slow, but that’s how she likes it. The cross-cut stage is next, but I’m not sure when we’ll need those.
- Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads – I’m all for saving the environment, but reusable breast pads were just not working for me. I tried the Medela disposables, but I wasn’t a big fan. The Lansinoh worked better, in my opinion. The Medela left a lot of little sticky adhesive balls in my bra and on me – not something I had experienced with the Lansinoh brand.
- Boobie Bars! My husband had purchased these and I did not think much of it … until I had one during a 2am feeding on our first night home and I was S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G … then I pumped 3oz of milk between feedings a few hours later. Say whaaaat? The galactagogues worked for me. Unfortunately, they carry some calories and carbs, but it was worth it.
- Munchkin Milkmakers Cookies – Again, carbs and calories, but worth it to me. The hunger is real, and sometimes you just need something to boost your supply. Maybe I’m weird, but I loved these little cookies mixed into some pineapple Greek yogurt. Mmmm.
- Body Armor – So I totally bought into the galactagogues. Coconut water has some milk producing quality, so they say … I also found a lot of sugar in these drinks, but there is a “Lyte” version which still has some sugars and carbs, but also, it helped with a boost in some supply. I’m not sure why certain flavours gave me a higher milk abundance, but the Gold Berry and Blackout Berry seemed to do that.
- Bamboobies Chocolate Drink Mix – I would add this into a cup of decaf, it made it like a mocha. Again, I love me a galactagogue. 🙂
If I think of anything else, I will add it to the list (because mom brain). Do not forget to HYDRATE!!!