Thank you to our friends at buybuy BABY for partnering with us for this post!
Hi you guys! It’s been such a long time since you’ve heard from me here on the blog. Baby brain and baby season has gotten me for sure! For those following me on Instagram, I have posted on insta here and there so you may have seen me share about baby Rodney! Believe it or not, Rodney is four months old this past week. Time has flown by and yet there are some aspects that have felt like they’ve moved at a snail’s pace.
Rodney is the sweetest baby boy, his smiles and giggles are what we live for every day. He has such a fun little personality and yet I love his strong side too. I see a side to him where he knows what he wants and I know he will have a voice in life as he grows up. I’ve been learning so much already about motherhood, and although I’m still learning it has surprised me at how being able to nurture and care for him has come so natural for me.
Having said that, not everything has come natural. From the moment we found out we were having a baby, I looked forward to breastfeeding my child. I have learned so much about the health benefits of breastfeeding, and there was something deep down inside of me that I just felt wired to provide for my child in this way. I had hoped for it to be this beautiful intimate experience that Rodney and I would connect and bond over. Breastfeeding really is such a miracle in itself, it is so beyond beautiful what our bodies are capable of and how God designed us.
Having said that, our breastfeeding journey has turned out to be nothing what I anticipated. From the moment Rodney was born, we faced continuous feeding challenges. He latched on immediately in the birth room, which is wonderful. However, his latch and suck was altered. Over time Rodney was diagnosed with a lip and tongue tie, which involved having to do suck training and also caused significant nipple damage for me before this was corrected. I have never felt so much pain, nursing Rodney early on was more painful than giving a natural birth with him. We continued to have various challenges and the worst part of it all to this day is that I face constant challenges with my own body including blockages in my breasts, plugged ducts and sometimes battling low milk supply. Never in my wildest dreams did I think breastfeeding would be this difficult. I’ve had so many friends tell me that although it doesn’t come easy it shouldn’t be this hard, and many have suggested that we should consider just formula feeding Rodney and moving on. I have not yet given up, simply because I haven’t found peace with stopping breastfeeding. Maybe it will come eventually, however not yet. At this point in time, I am so thankful that Rodney and I have started to bond with our nursing. It still isn’t perfect, but we have so many beautiful moments that help keep me going.
I thought I’d share my journey openly with you, along with some of my favorite things that I have used for breastfeeding these last few months. Despite all our challenges, there is five breastfeeding items that I would recommend for any nursing Mama out there.
For starting out, a nursing pillow was an absolute must for me. It helps ergonomically and also really helped to ensure a good latch with Rodney. I used a few different pillows and one that I like in particular is the My Breast Friend. It has good structure and I like that I can secure it around my waist preventing the pillow from sliding around.
A nursing cover is something I won’t leave my house without for feeding Rodney in public. I especially love this one in particular because it seems to be much wider than others. It also has special cloth fabric on the corners to use for wiping.
Bra pads are another nursing must-have for me. These ones below are organic cotton and ultra-soft, providing a much-needed added soft layer in the bra. I still use these every day.
Medela Breast Milk Storage bags above are a great way to store milk. When my milk supply allows, I have been able to pump and freezer store breast milk. This has been helpful for traveling, we pack these frozen bags in a cooler and bring along with us when flying back home.
The last item that I thought I’d share is this cute striped Nursing Cover. I also love this navy plaid car seat cover one too! It doubles as a nursing cover and also a car seat cover. It’s stretchy fabric makes it so versatile and I’ve even seen Mama’s wear these as a scarf too.
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