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I took a Breastfeeding for Success class last night and learned a lot about what I was doing wrong with previous babies. The best part was that it got DH on board 100%. The teacher discussed nursing pads and bras, pumps, wide based nipples for bottles, etc. I am wondering what is necessary, recommendations, etc.
How necessary is a pump for a SAHM? If I am going to pump on occasion, can I get away with a mediocre pump? Do any SAHM's never find a reason for the need to pump?
How many nursing bras do you recommend having on hand? Do you need other things, like nursing tops, tanks, etc?
Best nursing pad brand?
I would love any tips or advice from successful breastfeeding mommies!
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana(missing Aviano, Italy)
I pumped a bit at first. Just to have something just in case. But I'm not opposed to giving formula if I have to. But I always had baby with me and we always breastfed on demand. Breast pads were necessary for the first couple weeks but I hate all if them. I would rather stuff a wash cloth in there lol. I'm thinking of just making some this time. I have two or three nursing bras. I have a few nursing tops. I prefer a nursing bra and a t shirt. So I can lift the shirt and pull down the bra. None of my baby's liked being covered while nursing. And I have learned to be pretty discreet. And I don't care lol. For me co sleeping and nursing go hand in hand. Ive never lost a minute of sleep by cosleeping. I did formula feed my second because he was severely tongue tied and I wish I could remember how things fared then. But that was 10 years ago.
I used a pump with my 2nd and I was a SAHM. I've only used Medela. If you have a PPO insurance they should cover the pump. I liked to pump right before I went to bed. I used the pumped milk for when he got old enough for cereal/baby food and bottles for the once a month ladies bunco I went out to.
I used the Lanisoh pads.
I have never been able to find a comfortable nursing bra. I use nursing tanks and sports bras. (I have 3 or 4)
A hand pump would probably work for just occasional pumping in the beginning I pumped a lot!! I was soo engorged and wanted to have a freezer stash but you don't need anything fancy if you only plan on pumping occasionally. I needed breast pads for the first two months I used a mix of cloth and disposable ones what ever was cheaper with coupons if you email the company's most of the time they will send you coupons and samples. For me nursing tanktops are a must I love them!! I wear them under t-shirts and don't use a cover while nursing keeps it discrete and comfortable for me and baby.
to everything. I use a hand held pump in the beginning because of my large supply. I feed and then pump…or sometimes pump and then feed…otherwise I would drown my girls. I always used a mix of disposable pads…I don't remember brands, but this time I am going to make my own. I always have to wear them because of my large supply. I would suggest at least 2 nursing bras. At night, I always wear sports bras because it's more comfortable to lay in and easy to just pull down.
Mom to Ava (8) and Layla (6). Bennett Scott due May 19, 2014!
Need for a pump will just be personal preference. I bought a good double Medela with DS but I was pumping at work every day. I HATE pumping and honestly can't imagine pumping much at all now that I am a SAHM but we will see I guess. I would think you could get by with a pretty average pump for occasional use.
The only things you NEED to b/f IMO are: breast pads (I use the disposable ones - doesn't matter which brand), 2-3 good nursing bras, and nipple cream. I never bought special nursing tanks or tops just used regular shirts and a nursing bra.
I agree, thank you soooo much for all of the advice, it is much appreciated.
Originally Posted by Londons Butterfly
For me co sleeping and nursing go hand in hand. Ive never lost a minute of sleep by cosleeping.
A video said that newborns are too small for the side lying-latch. Have you not found that to be a problem? I would ideally like to do nighttime feedings this way, too.
The teacher mentioned that you can put the pumped milk into ice cube trays. That way they are all measured out in small 1 oz. increments, then you can put them into a storage bag and have them ready to go. This sounded like a good idea to me..
I had a really nice pump that my insurance let me rent but it went to waste because DD never took a bottle so for me (sahm) pumping wasn't necessary. I think I only had 2 proper nursing bras but I used sports bras a lot and they worked just as well. I didn't have any nursing tanks...I just wore a regular tank under a shirt. When in public I could just pull the tank down and the shirt up and exposed very little boob. I also found that co sleeping and breastfeeding go together like peas and carrots Once we started co sleeping (didn't originally intend to do it), I hardly woke at night and DH didn't wake up at all. It was pretty much like I was getting a full night of sleep.
I couldn't get a good latch lying down nursing for several weeks:/ I used lansinoh cream on my nipples the first few weeks when everything was sore. I honestly think freezing milk in an ice cube tray and then transferring it would be a PITA but that's just me! I just froze different amounts in different bags - the flat bags are only like 2 oz anyway.
This thread is amazing. I am considering going back to work after LO is born to help out some since hubs isnt getting as much overtime as he normally has been. So I will definately need to pump. I also found some great links for DIY nursing bra's and nursing tanks if anyone is interested? I found nursing bra's, tanks, shirts are just so darn expensive! lol I will definately be making my own!
Pump: I only ever used a Medela pump in style. I work full time so I actually had one in my office and one at home so I wouldn't have to carry it back and forth. But I know many SAH Moms are perfectly happy with a smaller pump for occasional use. DEFINITELY get some kind of pump though. It can be critical in the early weeks if you're engorged or if baby is a slow learner like mine was. My lactation consultant broke mine out on my son's second day of life when he STILL hadn't latched on at all. We pumped a bit of colostrum, fed it to him from a syringe while he was sorta-latched, and that was our start. He finally got it after that (slowly).
Nursing pads: Oddly enough I never leaked a single drop so I have no experience with these. My lactation consultant very highly recommended Lily Padz, which are silicone little cups that provide a bit of pressure to prevent leaking. She said she'd never use anything else ever again. I bought some but never even opened the box and ultimately gave them away.
Nursing bras: I have two that I like. Both are hideously ugly but they're comfy, no underwires, a bit big for me so they never squeeze, even in those early "porn star boob" days. Once the enormous boobs calm down a bit, I prefer a moderately supportive nursing tank with shirt over it. Very easy and my belly stays covered while nursing. This is likely a climate specific preference! I also find that with many nursing tanks, you can fit the pump cups inside for hands-free pumping. Crucial for someone working at a desk, not so important for an occasional pumper.
I'll also second what others have said about cosleeping with newborns. I did need to sit up in bed for nursing in the first few weeks, but after that it was so easy and we all slept great. Highly recommend for breastfeeding newborns.
Good luck! So glad you had a great class and your DH is on board. It really helps to have his support!