Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Not only is this World Breastfeeding Week, but August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month! So there’s lots to celebrate when it comes to breastfeeding right now. Actually, I think there’s always a reason to celebrate breastfeeding mama’s!
Before I go any further, and I always start my blog posts about breastfeeding this way, I want to say that I believe that fed is best. There are a number of reasons that women either choose not to breastfeed or are unable to breastfeed. And at the end of the day all that truly matters is that our children are fed, safe and loved. We are all just trying to do our best to navigate this whole parenthood thing and in my opinion, there’s no room for judgment. So bravo to all you mommies out there that are feeding your children – no matter how you’re doing it!
With that said, today’s post is about my experience with breastfeeding so I’m gonna spend the rest of it celebrating that. And, throughout this post I’m going to share some of my favorite breastfeeding/nursing products with you guys! They’re all from the company bamboobies (best name ever!) and they are truly products I use on a daily basis. And everything I mention in today’s blog post is 20% off until August 31st with code GET20! So make sure to use that if you buy any of these products. The only products on the site that the 20% off code doesn’t work on is the bundles and the Kelly Bra. But keep reading because I am giving away THREE bundles with bamboobies product in this blog post!
I’ll talk more about my breastfeeding journey in a minute, but first I want to talk about these nursing tanks because I have literally gotten hundreds of DM’s asking me what my favorite maternity tanks are, and without a doubt these nursing tanks from bamboobies are my absolute favorite! For a number of reasons. First and foremost is the quality. As any nursing mama knows, you pretty much live in nursing tanks the first few months of your babies life. If I’m at home, which I am most of the time these days, I’m wearing a nursing tank 99% of the time. So because I wear them so often and I know many of you do too, it’s important that your nursing tanks be good quality otherwise you’re going to find yourself buying new ones over and over because your old ones wear out or fall apart. I’ve gotten a few really cheap nursing tanks in the past and the straps completely gave out after only a month. So even if you have to pay a few extra dollars for a quality tank, it honestly ends up saving you money in the long run. And the best part about bamboobies’ nursing tanks is that they’re actually really affordable! Many websites I’ve gone to sell nursing tanks for double while the quality is not nearly as good.
I also love them because they’re so soft! Not only for me to wear, but soft for little Riley’s skin pushed up against them all the time.
If you decide to get one, or 10, I recommend sizing down. I originally got a medium (my normal size) and it was big on me. So I ordered a bunch of smalls and they fit perfectly!
I also have a few of their nursing bras – also an essential that you need to have multiples of. I have all three colors. And same goes for the bras, they’re really great quality and will last throughout your nursing journey! And I say journey, because as any breastfeeding mama knows, nursing your child IS a journey! It has ups and downs and can make you feel pretty emotionally overwhelmed at times. But at the end of the day, it’s one of the most special things you will experience in your life.
And I mean that when I say it. Breastfeeding Molly and now Riley has been such a blessing for me. Is it hard? Absolutely! The breastfeeding itself isn’t the hardest part, for me the hardest part is the pumping in order to get a stash going so I can go back to work. And you guys know how it goes, you’re constantly pumping and then giving your babies bottles when you go back to work and constantly worrying whether you’ll have enough. Or you don’t know if you should pump right after nursing your baby or wait an hour so you’ll have more milk. But if you wait an hour then you wonder if the baby will get enough milk at the next feeding. It’s a constant juggling act and I know I ask myself these questions every single day.
But we figure it out right? We do our best. And if I’m able to breastfeed Riley for a year like I did with Molly I’ll be thrilled! But if I don’t make it that long, I’ll just be grateful for the time I did have. I’m really trying not to put as much pressure on myself this time as I did last time. With Molly I was so determined to make it to the 1 year mark. To the point where I would stress myself out constantly! I think it’s because I’m super competitive with myself. At first I gave myself a goal of six months of breastfeeding with Molly. But when I made it to six months I wasn’t ready to stop. Then from about 8 months until 12 months my supply was getting pretty low and I remember telling myself that I could (and would) make it to the year mark. It was almost a game I played with myself and I wanted to win! It’s so weird how we do that to ourselves right? Compete with ourselves. I think many of us do it, it’s natural, but it’s something I’m trying not to do this time around. I’m certainly a more laid back parent in every facet of parenting this time around. I think that’s also normal for second time parents.
Something else I’m doing differently this time around is using reusable nursing pads. With Molly, I used the disposable ones a lot. And they serve a purpose, but I remember feeling really bad about all of the trash we were creating. Not just with things like disposable nursing pads, but with all the diapers we were going through! And while I’m not able to stomach the switch to cloth diapers, I thought using reusable nursing pads was something I could easily do. So this time around I’ve been using bamboobies washable nursing pads. And let me tell you, they are awesome! I started using them to be better to our environment, but now that I’ve been using them for a couple months I’m absolutely obsessed and I would never go back! First, they work so much better than the disposable ones. I feel like the disposable ones get all heavy and gross when they collect a lot of milk. That doesn’t happen with these! And washing them is super easy since we’re doing a ton of laundry anyway. We just throw them in with all of our burp cloths when we wash those. I’ve even found they come in handy sometimes when I am holding Riley and I don’t have a burp cloth I’ll just reach into my bra and grab one to wipe any spit up off his face or my shoulder. Ha! Seriously! Us moms have to think on our feet and find multiple purposes for different things when we’re in a bind.
There are two different kinds you can get. Ultra thin ones for during the day and overnight ones. However, I found that they all work super well and I use them interchangeably.
Before I go, I have to tell you guys about the giveaway I’m doing with bamboobies! I love doing giveaways and I try to do that as much as I possibly can as a way to give back to you guys for all that you’ve done for me. All of your love and support has truly been such a blessing in my life and I am forever grateful. So as a thank you, today on my blog I’m giving away THREE bamboobies Motherlode Bundles! It includes the washable nursing pads I was telling you about, the boob-ease nipple balm (I use this and it’s great!) and a super cute nursing shawl. To enter to win it, all you have to do is the following:
- Like my photo on either FB or Instagram that I posted this morning of me nursing Riley.
- Tag a friend in the comments of my instagram post OR share my FB post.
- Comment on this blog post sharing a moment you’re proud of as a parent or when you were proud of another parent (You might be trying to win this for a friend – you don’t have to be a parent to enter.)
That’s it! Good luck my friends! I wish I could give one to all of you! I pick winners at random at the end of the week!
I want to end this by sending love and major props to all you moms out there! Like I said in the beginning, we’re all just doing our best to get by and as long as your child is taken care of and loved that’s all that really matters. Maybe breastfeeding has been easy for you like it was for me with Molly. Maybe it’s been difficult and you’ve experienced a lot of pain. By the way, breastfeeding has been a bit more difficult for me this time around with Riley. I’ve experienced a lot of pain and at one point even had raw spots on my nipples from feeding him. I pushed through, but it wasn’t easy. (The nipple balm by bamboobies helped me a lot FYI). Or maybe you had to stop breastfeeding because it was too painful and too emotionally stressful. Maybe you chose not to breastfeed at all for any number of reasons that are really nobody’s business. No matter what one of these categories you fall under, know that you’re an awesome parent! Being a parent is the hardest job there is. It’s one of the few jobs were you don’t have a boss that can tell you when you’ve done a great job. And you know what, sometimes you just want to be told you’re doing a good job! So I’m here to tell you, good work mama! And daddy! You’re all kicking butt!