postpartum favorites

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM

I wear one of these tanks under my shirt every single day. I learned real quick that you need an easy access when you're breastfeeding and these are great because you can unhook them with one hand. They have decent support for the girls too since this takes the place of a bra for me. You'll definitely want to stock up on these if you're breastfeeding. 

So not only do you need a tank that you can unhook with one hand, you need a water bottle that you can flip open with one hand too! Breastfeeding makes you incredibly thirsty and it never fails that as soon as I sit down to nurse, I realize my cup of water isn't in arms reach. This water bottle is awesome because you can open it with one hand while your other hand is holding the baby. Trust me, while you're nursing your baby for 30 plus minutes you have a lot of time to think about what you wish you had close to you and having a water bottle right there that you can access is a lifesaver! This bottle is glass too so you don't have to worry about BPA.

This was the first brand I tried and I don't love them but I tried Target's brand and I hated those so I guess these will do! If you have a tight shirt on, there's no hiding that you have pads on unfortunately. I'm not sure why they haven't come out with a design that is more discrete. They're super absorbent though which I guess is all that matters!

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your insurance is now required to give you a free breast pump. So if you're pregnant and at least 28 weeks, call your carrier and see if they can send you one! I heard great things about Medela and I knew it was what all the hospitals used so it was the brand I chose. I works great, gets the job done. It is loud but I believe all breast pumps are.  I just picked up this so I can pump in the car, woohoo!

I just realized everything I have on here so far is related to breastfeeding, it consumes your life so much! If you're going to pump often, this bra is a necessity. It is not fun having to hold the bottles in place for 15-20 minutes with your hands. You could make your own bra too, just cut holes into an old sports bra. 

I picked up this dry shampoo right before I had Oliver. Now I use it every other day. I've tried lots of different brands and a lot of times just end up using baby powder because it doesn't have any crazy chemicals and it works well. Whatever brand you choose, dry shampoo is a must when you're home all day with a baby. I try to wash my hair every other day so on the days I don't wash it, my hair is so greasy and gross. Dry shampoo helps my hair to look half way decent. Here's a tip, spray it in your hair the night before and it will soak up all the oils over night and your hair will look fresh in the morning. This brand has a very strong smell to it. It isn't bad but let's just say Theo said it reminded him of the strip clubs in Vegas!! Which brought up another topic... 

My friend Beth recommended this app to keep track of when the baby poops, pees, and eats. When they're first born you're supposed to monitor how many times a day they have wet and dirty diapers and this app makes it easy to do so. I actually just stopped using it when he turned 7 weeks old and now just turn over my tank strap to keep track of what side I nurse on next. 

I use my Kindle when I nurse the baby in the middle of the night. It gets so boring sitting there in the dark so I've been reading books on it to keep me entertained. 

Here's an All Purpose Nipple Ointment to use after feedings or showering:

Bacitracin antibiotic ointment + Lotrimin AF + 1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Mix all ingredients in equal portions and apply to areas of nipples that are blistered or scabbed. You can use this daily to prevent thrush too! It doesn't need to be wiped off prior to nursing.
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  1. I've never tried that dry shampoo but now I think I need to pick it up! I've been on the hunt for the perfect one and still haven't found it yet. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Try flannel washable pads. You can get them on etsy. I liked those better when I started wearing nursing bras!

  3. I have a love/hate relationship with those nursing pads too but haven't found a better solution yet (even after 3 babies...) I still use my baby app to track nursing but it also tracks medical info And developmental milestones so I plug everything in with the hopes that one day I will put the info in the girls' baby books!

  4. My sister lived with her water bottle after all three of her babies were born!! I have been wanting that dry shampoo for months now, but can't seem to find it - just going to order it from amazon lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Oh yes I hated the nursing pads!! SO annoying! haha Also I really wish I had gotten that hands free bra, definitely a must!

  6. Reusable nursing pads are much more comfortable - Wash them before your first use, I washed them in the sensitive laundry detergent with babies other clothes. So.much.better. Also, that nursing bra is totally worth it's price!

  7. Thank you for this post! I have spent so much time researching what I need now or what the baby will need once she's born, I almost forget to think about what I'll need post-partum. Especially since I plan to breastfeed and pump as well. I have also heard good things about the Medela brand pumps.

  8. I hear that a water bottle and ereader are musts for these long feedings! I am going to pin this list for the future :)

  9. Glad you got good use out of that app! I still occasionally use it if I have trouble counting ounces some days aka when I'm spastic!

  10. i was never a fan of that tank top bc of the built in bra-- i hate those things!! but that pump is great! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  11. Great list!! Those are the only nursing pads I've ever found that work too. I need to pick up one of those water bottles.


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