There are so many aspects of giving birth that people usually don’t talk about. One of them – the healing process. I’m talking about down below and your nippies, ladies. Obviously, you’ll need time to heal down below but did you know that your nipples might need time to heal, too?
If you’re a breastfeeding momma you may have gone through the scabbing process at the beginning. I definitely did with my first daughter and I’m sure it will happen again with baby #2. It’s all part of the learning process for you and your baby and it’s perfectly normal (and painful). With my first daughter, I used a lanolin ointment which was gooey and thick and actually a little difficult to apply at times. While this product worked well for soothing sore, tired nips, I’m definitely open to trying other products.
Breastfeeding and Healing Products from Fairhaven Health
I recently got my hands on some awesome products from Fairhaven Health and I just had to share them with you. First, the Nipple Nurture Balm – this product is completely lanolin-free and is made with olive oil. It actually smells just like olive oil so to your baby, you’ll probably taste like The Olive Garden.
This Nipple Nurture Balm is extremely easy to apply, much more so than any lanolin product I’ve tried. The warmth of my fingers helps it melt away into my skin which is really nice.
Tip: Start using this balm at least a week before your due date to soften your nipples.
Hemorrhoids, episiotomies, vaginal tearing, bruising… fun stuff right? Not! Sitting Pretty Soothing Spray is designed for new moms and moms-to-be in this precise situation, providing a cooling, soothing antidote to your sore bottom and neighboring parts. Gluten free and all-natural, Sitting Pretty Soothing Spray features an all-star cast of healing ingredients, including Shea Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, St. John’s Wort, Organic Calendula, and more.
Breast milk is a precious commodity. Women will go to great lengths to ensure that not a drop of “liquid gold” gets wasted. That’s precisely what makes the award-winning Milkies Milk-Saver such a wonderful invention for breastfeeding mothers. The patented Milk-Saver collects your leaking breast milk as you nurse – allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. Genius!
DreamBelly Body Butter
DreamBelly Butter is designed to help protect and nourish your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during your pregnancy.
Stretch marks are caused by little tears that occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that contains the collagen and elastin fibers that help to maintain the structural integrity of your skin. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes and rapid weight gain that are a normal part of your pregnancy are a lethal combination when it comes to healthy skin, which is why so many women see stretch marks appear during pregnancy. The dramatic (although expected) hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy impact the ability of the dermis to form collagen and elastin fibers, which, in turn, makes it difficult for your skin to maintain its resiliency. As a result, when the skin is forced to stretch in response to rapid weight gain, it is unable to do so without tearing. These little tears that occur in the skin cause the appearance of unsightly lines – stretch marks – that are red and purple, then gradually fade to white or silver over time.
Of course, the conditions that cause stretch marks during pregnancy are normal and healthy, and cannot be avoided. And, unfortunately, some women are simply more susceptible to stretch marks due to a genetic predisposition. Therefore, the only hope for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy is to keep your skin as hydrated and suppleas possible.
Enter DreamBelly Butter, with its rich luxurious texture and gentle, refreshing scent. It’s just what you need to maintain the suppleness and elasticity of your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during pregnancy and to tone and regenerate your skin after childbirth. DreamBelly Butter combines natural, plant-derived butters and oils for deep moisturizing along with antioxidants from grapefruit and rosehip oil to heal, soothe, and revitalize strained skin.
I personally use this product post pregnancy on my belly and thighs. I love the smell, the feel and the weight of the product on my dry skin. Because the tub is so large, I feel like it’s going to last forever. I wish I would’ve had this product at the beginning of my pregnancy.
NUK is a leader in the baby product world but did you know they also offer products for breastfeeding moms? If you’re an expectant momma and have never breastfed before, you’ll want to consider checking out the NUK disposable nursing pads. These are great to tuck in your bra to help with milk leaks and are super discrete. I like to toss a few pairs in my diaper bag and replace them throughout the day.
NUK also offers breast milk storage bags that are easy to label. Whether your little one goes to daycare or another daytime care provider, or just stays home with you, you’ll be able to label the milk with the date and even the time that you pumped it.
Did you know? NUK breast milk storage bags can be refrigerated or frozen and are 100% leak proof, guaranteed.
Do you have a favorite healing or breastfeeding product? Leave us a comment below!