Breastfeeding with Bamboobies

So far I’ve been able to continue my desire to breastfeed  with E.  I never had the chance with O so with W it was a whole new concept for me.  I had to learn so much while also caring for a toddler at the time and often felt overwhelmed.  I was also going through a constant rotation of breastfeeding related products (lactation aids, pump equipment, clothing) trying to find that perfect mix.  Luckily this time around I feel like I have a better grasp in navigating through trial and errors of breastfeeding – this includes product preference related to breastfeeding.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received samples for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post includes outbound links.

Goodies from the Bamboobies!

I reached out to Bamboobies as I heard so many good things about their products from friends and from people on my social media feeds.  I was honestly expecting a nursing tank to try but I was surprised with a box of goodies to try!  I’ve been using their products for about a month now and have been very happy wth everything.

First off, the Bamboobies Nursing Tank material is INCREDIBLY SOFT.  I have tried other brands and they do not come anywhere near the comfort level of these tanks.  The material is also very breathable.  I like the fact that it fits long.  While you’re recovering and your body is changing once again, having that extra length feels comfortable. I’m not a fan of shirts that ride up or are to short for your torso so the length of these tanks are great. There is also a scallop detail at the bottom which I love because let’s face it, some nursing tanks are just plain.

LOVE the scalloped bottom

 

The Yoga Nursing Brahhh is also just as soft as the nursing tank and is also made of breathable fabric.  The extra pad support is great. I love that strap extenders were included to adjust to personal preference.  Sometimes I feel that these types of bras can either fit too lose or tight on me.  I have never found a yoga-type bra that had this great of a fit or was this comfortable.  It really has helped while nursing and while wearing on walks with the kids. I have that support without sacrificing comfort level.

The Multi-pack Nursing packs included 3 regular pairs and 1 pair of overnight pads.  I’ve used disposable pads and have either felt like they weren’t effective and/or have been itchy.  These are pads are absorbant and do not show through shirts when you wear them.  The overnight ones really do help with heavy leaking and are thicker than the regular pads to give you that comfort.  Again, the material is so soft! Added plus of course is the fact that they’re washable.

boob♥ease 100% Organic Nipple Balm

The boob♥ease 100% Organic Nipple Balm has been a lifesaver.  It doesn’t contain lanolin which has pesticides so it’s safe for ingestion as baby breastfeeds.  E doesn’t mind it at all.  It’s smooth to the touch and easy to apply.  Other products I’ve used always felt too greasy or thick.  What makes it even better is that it’s a non-toxic certified organic balm.

They also included a nursing shawl.  I have yet to use this outside of the house but have tucked it safely in my nursing bag for emergencies.  Like their nursing tanks, the material is incredibly soft and breathable.  I also love that you can convert it into a scarf and a carseat cover.  This is perfect for anyone that isn’t comfortable with bright colors or printed nursing covers.  I like that I can throw this on and it looks like a non-postpartum article of clothing.

I really wish that I knew about Bamboobies while I was nursing with W.  I would have purchased their products then but I’m definitely sharing their products with friends who are expecting!  Definitely a must-have when it comes to postpartum and breastfeeding.

Enjoymamahood Journey : Breastfeeding (2)

Breastfeeding aids

W and I are reaching 3 months of exclusive breastfeeding and still navigating our way through it all.  My husband and O got sick after our exciting Thanksgiving weekend.  I started to feel like I was going to get sick so I quickly loaded up on vitamin C and fluids (along with sanitizing anything and everything O sneezed on) to make sure I didn’t get sick myself.  I did notice that I was dipping in terms of milk supply so I knew I had to step in with Plan B.  I’ve been munching on these Milkmakers cookies and taking Euphoric Herbals Dairy Diva capsules since Sunday and so far have been seeing good results.

I purchased both the Milkmakers cookies and the Euphoric Herbals bundle in anticipation of getting sick, going back to work, or just anything else that may cause a bump in our breastfeeding journey.  Both products I researched for a couple of weeks prior to even considering purchasing.  I had originally been taking Motherlove capsules to help with the growth spurts W was having but was not seeing any change in my milk supply.  The Milkmakers cookies I just happened to stumble upon on Amazon while the Euphoric Herbals I found through Instagram.

I knew that this whole breastfeeding journey would be a hit or miss process.  It’s not to say that all these products would work for everyone.  Just for me personally, the combination of the two has helped not only maintain my supply but has also allowed me to pump to store for emergencies.  I think it is so easy to get frustrated when you wish to exclusively breastfeed and products that are bought do not seem to work.  I have been in the frustrated state myself, especially with O, after trying fenugreek capsules, blessed thistle capsules, and incorporating malunggay in my diet at the very least.  This time around, I knew I would need to remind myself that it would not be a clear path the whole way.

There is so much more to ensuring milk supply other than trying breastfeeding aids.  Diet and pumping are other things to consider.  Breastfeeding was so intimidating and sometimes still is.  I think we sometimes just want to find a clear-cut process when something gets difficult or doesn’t turn out the way we want it to.  I just keep reminding myself to take it one day at a time, there is always a solution, and the most important thing is to put W’s health first.  We’re going to keep taking these breastfeeding curveballs as they come.