1) Fairhaven Health Milkies Milk Saver
This product is ingenious. Many breastfeeding moms, especially in the first few months, have oversupply and leak from the non-nursing breast during letdown. All this milk either gets absorbed into a nursing pad, or creates a mess on your clothes. The Fairhaven Health Milkies Milk-Saver catches this milk instead so that it can be stored for future use. The Milk-Saver comes in a case for taking it with you on the go, and slides in easily to nursing bras and tanks. The case also doubles as a stand for you to set the Milk-Saver in when you are done using it and not spill the milk. A milk storage bag can be easily attached to the Milk-Saver as well so the milk goes straight into the bag and then from there you can put it straight into your refrigerator or freezer. Milk-Savers are BPA free and undergo no chemical leaching so you can feel comfortable feeding milk collected in it to your baby.
I’ve only been using my Milk-Saver for the past week, and I don’t even use it every nursing session, and I’ve managed to save up a significant amount of milk. Both my pediatrician and lactation consultant told me not to pump until Maddie Grace is at least 6 weeks, so this gives me a way to have milk for my husband to feed the baby when I go out for dinner with friends or to run errands. I also love having stored milk on hand in case of an emergency. Although the makers of the Milk-Saver say it is discreet, I find it to be pretty noticeable so I only plan on using it at home, but that is fine with me. The only issue I’ve had with the Milk-Saver is user error – sometimes I forget I have it in and bend over to pick something up and milk goes everywhere. I’m sure over time I’ll get better about remembering to take it out as soon as I’m done feeding Maddie.
SNG Inspirations Reusable Nursing Pads
Disposable nursing pads seem like a huge waste. The ones I like best come individually wrapped in plastic as well, and I just feel like I’m really hurting the environment somehow by using them, not to mention throwing away money. That is why I love using reusable nursing pads. These ones from SNG Inspirations are fabulous because they are super soft and comfortable. They are made from organic bamboo, which is known for it’s absorbent qualities. The only time I’ve ever leaked through these is during let-down, before I discovered the Milk-Saver above. Now I use that when I feed and have no leakage problems at all. Plus, these nursing pads come in super fun prints. Sure no one else is going to see them, but it’s still more fun to have cute reusable nursing pads than non-cute disposable ones. Check out all of the adorable products for moms made by SNG Inspirations here.
Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf
Although we haven’t left the house too much yet, during the first month of breastfeeding it is necessary to have a cover to handle feeding baby despite a stream of visitors to your home. My baby also decides she’s starving every time we go to the park, so I have to have some way to feed her and I’m not quite comfortable yet nursing in public sans cover. Typical nursing covers are bulky, inconvenient, unnatural, and not made from breathable fabric, which my baby does not like and I can’t imagine any do. I purchased this one while I was pregnant from target, but has a strong plastic smell, takes up a lot of room in my diaper bag, isn’t very breathable, and I think it just kind of looks funny to use.
I’m in love with the Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf. It is made from lightweight, breathable fabric so my baby actually doesn’t mind being under it. It doesn’t take up much room at all in my diaper bag, plus I can wear it as a cute scarf and then it doesn’t take up any room at all. I believe it looks more natural to use than traditional nursing covers as well. Itzy Ritzy actually suggests purchasing it while pregnant and wearing it during pregnancy so that it gets infused with your smell and baby is familiar with it before you ever use it, which is an interesting idea. And perhaps my favorite feature of the scarf is that every one has this tag on it:
Disclosure: I received the above products complimentary for purposes of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I only endorse products I truly love.