Friday, January 23, 2015

Oh Hey Friday - Postpartum

It's Friday and I have managed to show up to my blog again.  This is a big deal for me let me tell you.  But I really wanted to join in on the link up fun over at September Farm.

In honor of Oh Hey, Friday link up, I am going to tell you about my five favorite postpartum items.  These things have gotten me through my last almost 4 weeks since giving birth to my beautiful daughters.  I still can't believe my daughters are here!

Postpartum Essentials

One.  Belly Bandit.  I read on several mommy blogs that the Belly Bandit is a must.  When I researched it, I wasn't too excited about the $50 price tag, but after wearing it for a few weeks, it has been a lifesaver.  Not only does it provide support for my back and stomach, it helps keep my c-section incision less painful and seems to be shrinking my belly.  It also helps support my breasts when I am pumping.  So far, so good.  I will do a postpartum body post soon and show you my results so far.

Two.  Pottery Barn Cozy Robe.  I got this robe as a wedding gift with our monogrammed initials and all.  I now wear this robe constantly.  Not only is it super warm, it is soft and cozy.  Plus it shields myself when pumping.  When I am at home, I am living in this thing.  Trust me, you will live in a robe postpartum.

Three.  BKR water bottle.  I bought this during my pregnancy and used it religiously throughout my pregnancy.  And now it is even more important.  I can't get enough water now due to pumping and starting to breastfeed.  This bottle is made of glass, but has an awesome silicon type wrap around it.  My water stays cold and I can take this water bottle everywhere with me...especially to the NICU.  I got mine in the color holiday.

Four.  Pump Ease Hands Free Bra.  Since this momma is a pumping momma for the meantime, I needed a hands free bra to be able to do something other than hold the pump bottles up for 15 to 30 minutes (that was in the beginning).  I finally caved and bought this one in the blue with white polka dots.  It has three different clasp sizes and I used two of them depending on which bra I have on.  I am able to write out the labels for my bottles, check email, instagram, eat a snack, drink water, etc.  Love this thing.  And it will come in handy when I go back to work too.

Five.  Earth Mama, Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter.  After pumping for about a week and a half, I had sore nipples.  I was trying to be a hero and have the suction up higher for more milk (gotta feed two babies) and it was making my nipples sore and scabbed up.  So I did a bit of research and consulted with the lactation women at the hospital and decided a nipple butter was the way to go for me.  I didn't want the lanolin as it stains more and I didn't like the consistency.  But I love this nipple butter.  I use it daily and it hasn't stained my clothes and helps with the soreness, cracked nipples and it doesn't have a bad smell.

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