When our son (our oldest) was on the way my mother encouraged me to breastfeed. I remember her nursing my youngest brother, so the idea was not foreign to me. I think most of me was just mortified that my mother was talking about my breasts. I told her I wasn’t sure and made any excuse not to talk about it.
Then he was born. He was perfect and amazing and couldn’t imagine giving him any less than my very best. I nursed… and it was hard. He had a terrible latch and I was so uncomfortable. I wanted to do it right which seemed to make things harder most of the time. I ended up pumping and feeding and trying to nurse for more than a month. Finally one beautiful day he got it and we never looked back.
Breastfeeding your baby is an amazing experience and it’s largely possible because of amazing support and understanding. I hope that today’s package can help someone with that 🙂
I am currently nursing our third baby. You’d think by now I would be much more comfortable with myself. Sadly I’m not. I am shy and easily embarassed.
Nursing covers have become quite popular, so I decided to get one. The first one I got was the type that covers up baby. None of my babies have been a fan of being covered while eating. I can’t say I blame them. When I saw the covers offered by BabyBond I was very interested. They generously sent me the Couture to try out and offered up one for an event too. As you can see (to the left) it does not cover baby. It covers you. This cover rolls up very small and can easily be tossed into a purse or diaper bag. It also had directions printed right on it (hidden near the shoulder), which is really handy, especially if you store it away for another baby or pass it on to a friend. If you would like a BabyBond cover, head over to their site and be sure to use code effblog to get 25% off!
I think my absolute favorite nursing must-have is my Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo hemp nursing pads. I have talked about them before, but these babies are seriously amazing. I’ve used several brands of disposable pads. I wasn’t fond of any and I hated spending so much on boxes of them every few weeks, not to mention the waste. Then I tried Milk Maids. They were fabulous. They were thin and didn’t show through all of my clothes like the others. They absorb plenty for me and I save a ton. If you’d like to get some of these check out her shop on the 5th and 20th of each month. Be quick though, when she stocks they fly!
As a nursing mother convenience is key, but so is comfort. A good nursing bra is great, but who wants more layers? Less is more with nursing tank tops! I was recently able to try out a fantastic one put out by Medela. It is super comfortable. I have a larger chest and actually find this to be much more supportive than others I have tried. It does not have a traditional shelf in it, but some extra layers and crossovers that provide support. The lace detail also makes it nice for layering. It comes in black and white. I got it in black, but I think the white would be great for the upcoming summer months.
As you sit down to snuggle up and nurse your baby, something you should consider is organic blankets and bedding. Your baby spends 60% of its first year sleeping in bedding. Your baby’s skin is thinner and more porous than an adult’s skin, which ensures your baby is even more vulnerable to all of the toxic chemicals found in traditional materials.
There are all sorts of beautiful organic items, but some of my favorite designs come from Ty and Lumi Organics. Their fabrics are sourced, designed and made locally in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Their new line of prints are exclusive to Ty and Lumi Organics. That is what I love most. Their pieces are truly special and not something that you’d see just anywhere. You can spot my baby snuggled up in her blanket in the nursing picture up top. The blanket is beautifully made and the fabric is so soft and gentle. It washed up great after my daughter spilled her cup on it too.
I love blankets and this one has quickly made it’s way into my favorites. It is so soft and I just adore the pattern. I can picture buying these as a gift for a special baby 🙂
One great help in child nutrition is Feeding Baby Green, a book by Dr.Greene. It helps you start giving your baby great nutrition even before he’s born. Then baby is born, there is some great information on breastfeeding. For example, did you know that: “Immediately after birth, babies’ sense of smell is far more powerful than our own. They can perform a feat that we cannot: by smell alone, they an select the breast milk unique to their mothers.” This is in comparison to an adult trying to discern between two. To me, that speaks volumes.
Later in the book it talks about introducing foods, what foods are best and how to help your child continue with a love for healthy foods. There is even a great chart in the back to help you document what foods you try. It looks like fun!
Now it’s your chance to win todays items 🙂 The winner of this day will win a baby friendly nursing cover from BabyBond, my favorite Milk Maids from Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo, a super comfy nursing cami from Medela, a beautiful boutique style blanket from Ty and Lumi Organics, and a copy of Feeding Baby Green, courtesy of Wiley Publishers.
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