August was national breastfeeding month, which I completely missed, so I thought I would play catch-up this week with a giveaway sponsored by Philips Avent. Breastfeeding is definitely challenging, but so rewarding.
Philips Avent is a leader in the baby product world and is a brand that I trust. From bottles and pumps, to breast care and breast milk storage products, Philips Avent provides parents with the products and resources necessary to achieve the best Nourishing Moments with your little one.
Latching and scabs: In the beginning (at the hospital) my first baby wasn't latching correctly, but I was too scared to break the latch. As long as she was feeding, I was happy (pain and all). Because she didn't latch correctly, though, I ended up getting horrible scabs (TMI, sorry).
- I recommend using Lanolin for at least a week before you start breastfeeding to soften your nipples. I used this a TON in the beginning of breastfeeding my child. At least for the first few months.
- I also recommend using Philips Avent Thermogel pads for soothing your tired and sore nipples.
- Discover the Breast care Comfort Breast Shell by Philips. These are a must and are amazing.
Breastfeeding is a 3-handed job at first: While we were in the hospital with my first daughter, we had a great nurse that really got my husband involved in the breastfeeding process. The nurse taught him how to get the baby to latch correctly and how to keep the baby sucking. This was so helpful.
- I recommend the Avent disposable nursing pads.
Don't let you baby fall asleep at the breast every feeding: I always made sure that my babies were awake when I put them to sleep so they learned to sooth themselves to sleep. This became extremely important as they got a little older.
Buy a good breast pump: Luckily for me I didn't have to go back to work, but if I ever needed a sitter, a milk supply was necessary. Check with your insurance carrier to see if they will provide you with a breast pump or look into the Philips Avent pumps.
- If you plan to pump your milk, you will also need milk storage bags or cups.
I hope these tips have helped you! Remember, don't get discouraged if others are telling you to stop breastfeeding or if the pain seems unbearable at times, especially in the beginning.
- Breast Milk Storage Bags - 25 Count ($5.99 Value)
- Two 0m+ Feeding Bottles - 4 oz. ($16.99 Value)
- Breastcare Essentials Set ($13.99 Value)
- Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump ($149.99 Value)
How to enter: Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. We will choose one winner after 9/17/16. Good luck!