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Breastfeeding Accessories Review

Breastfeeding

Warning:  If you are easily offended or have issues with seeing babies eating, then this is not a post for you.

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Awe breastfeeding.  That journey for Nora and me lasted about 2 and a half years, and it was was a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. One minute I am feeling like I want to rip my breasts off and call the whole quits, but then I would turn around and be so proud of the way I was able to feed my child.  Breastfeeding was hard and at the same time easy, it was also frustrating but rewarding.  I would not give back that time with Nora for anything.

Since Nora and I had that 2 1/2 years, I because quite an expert of things that did work and things that didn’t or wouldn’t work. Here are a few of my favorite breastfeeding must haves.

A VERY comfortable nursing bra!

Nursing bra

I love this Nourish By BeliBea breastfeeding bra.  Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s also like a three in one bra, it would be great for maternity, pumping moms, and breastfeeding moms.

The ever changing breast size that comes along with pregnancy and breastfeeding can be hard.  You find a bra that you think would be great for all day comfort, only to realize latter in the day that it’s too tight.  I know that right before Nora was about to eat, my bra would feel like it was trying to squeeze me to death. With the BeliBea, you don’t have to worry about that.  The fabric the bra is made out of is almost like that material tights are made out of.  Stretchy but supportive. It’s also soooo soft, and that helps with those tender nipples.

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For pumping moms the BeliBea turns almost any pump into hands free.  Here I have the shield for the Medela Freestyle (which I love by the way), and it fits perfectly into the hole provided for the shield.  So any pumping session can now be very convenient and comfortable.

When it’s time to nurse your baby, all you have to do is undo all the clasps, and you are ready to go.  I personally hated this part when I was breastfeeding.  The cups of my bra would always get in Nora’s face, and I felt like she was very uncomfortable.  With the BeliBea bra, you don’t have to worry about that.  The cups fold down nicely, and if that still doesn’t work for you, the padding in the cup can be removed.

I know some moms like to breastfeed and pump at the same time.  BeliBea makes that easy.  You can have the pumping panel up on one side and down on the other where baby is.

Here are a few more things you can expect from the Nourish By BeliBea nursing bra:

  • The BeliBea bra line combines the best of traditional maternity bras with both an improved fit and design for better comfort, with the Nourish by BeliBea style also providing the ability to hold pump shields in place for hands-free convenience.

  • Nourish by BeliBea includes dual panels in each cup that allow mothers to keep the garment in place while breastfeeding, pumping and during what often seems like the few moments in between. The inside panel fits to and holds a breast shield in place for hands-free convenience while pumping, or both panels can be lowered to easily breastfeed. 

  • The hands-free convenience of Nourish by BeliBea not only makes the individual tasks of breastfeeding and pumping more manageable, but it also allows mothers to do both at the same time – saving even more of your limited and precious time.

  • The BeliBea bra line has a v-neck scoop and center ruching to maintain a feminine shape – no sports bra “uni-boob” here! Nourish by BeliBea also comes with removable pads between the cup panels that offer extra support, comfort and shape. 

  • Nursing mothers demand a new maternity bra that is comfortable but affordable, flexible and durable, simple yet clever – this is the bra line for nursing mothers everywhere. 

  • BeliBea bras incorporate specific design features to ensure every mother’s all-day comfort, including a seamless stretch fit, plush-lined adjustable straps and a ribbed band to provide flexible support. 

  • BeliBea also offers gift cards of any amount. From baby showers to push presents, a BeliBea gift certificate is the perfect gift for any nursing mom or mommy-to-be.

The BeliBea Nourish Bra really is one of the best that I have seen.  They can be found on BeliBea’s website listed at the bottom of this post.

Comfortable Nursing Pads

When it comes to giving advice to others about breastfeeding, I tend to get asked the same question a lot; “what kind of brand pads do I recommend”. To tell you the truth, I don’t have a specific brand that I absolutely love, but I do have a type.  I hate the disposable nursing pads, and here is why.  With the disposable ones, you have something sort of like a maxi pad on your breast.  That in itself is not comfortable at all, not to mention it’s not eco friendly.

The reuseable nursing pads are awesome and I love them.  The reusable ones can come in almost any kind of fabric that you find comfortable.  I know that I have seen them in organic cotton, microfiber, bamboo,minky, and a few others I think.

nursing pads

I recently got some of the My Newborn nursing pads to review.  And they are great!  They come in white and pink.  The side that goes against your breast is made from organic bamboo.  Now, if you have never used fabric made from bamboo or hemp, you don’t know what you are missing.  These are some of the softest and most absorbent natural fibers you can get. So you can be comfortable while your milk supply is regulating, and know that these will take a lot of leak through. The best part is when they do get milk or something on them, just throw them in the wash, but be sure not to use fabric softener on them.

Now these are just a few of the items I would recommend.  I know I didn’t get into creams, bottles, and pumps really, but if you are planning of breastfeeding, these two products are almost a must have.

If you are interested in the Nourish by BeliBea bra, you can find them on their website http://www.beliebea.com, you can also connect with BeliBea on the follow social medias

The My Newborn nursing pads can be found on Amazon.  They come in pink or white and in packs of 8.

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Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag

 

One thing you learn soon after you have a baby is, for as little of a person they are, they really require a lot of crap when you leave the house.  I was honestly very surprised how much stuff we had to take with us when we took Goose anywhere, and she was a breastfed baby!  I couldn’t imagine having to cart around formula, bottles, and water for formula fed babies.

I absolutely hated our diaper bag too.  It was so hard to find anything in.  The bag was deep, but really narrow. When Goose was about 3 months old, I ditched that one, and carried the backpack I used in high school.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Recently, I got to try the Cranberry Baby diaper bag.  I really do wish I had known about these diaper bags when Goose was born.  I love this bag.

First of all, I love that the bag comes with 4 pieces.  You have the main big bag, two smaller bags that could be used for a wet/dry bag or bottles.  You also have the changing pad. When Goose was a baby, I didn’t use a changing pad, just a blanket, only because I hated trying to pull the changing pad out and then trying to put it back in.  This one is a lot nicer than the one I had, and I think I would use this one.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag  Review

Another thing I like on the Cranberry Baby diaper bag is the fact you have 8 pockets and two zipper pockets to hold all of the baby stuff.  The main compartment has a zipper too which is really nice, but I’ve not used it since I’ve been using this bag.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

When you have a baby, it really matters how much stuff you can take with you.  In the Cranberry Baby diaper bag, I was able to put the following: 3 onsies NB pjs, 3 pairs of NB pans, 4 NB shirts, 9 hemp/microfiber diaper inserts, 4 prefolds, 4 cloth diapers, and ring sling. Plus the bags and changing pad that came with the diaper bag.  I was very impressed.  I probably could have fit more too if I had organized it a little better.

Overall, I have loved carrying this bag.  I have loved the super cute leopard print and leather accents.  I’ve actually been using it as a computer case to carry my 13″ laptop. It has worked great, and I have places inside the bag for the power cord and all the accessories.

If you would like to purchase your very own Cranberry Baby diaper bag, you can find them on Amazon.  The current price is $34 (PRIME!!!), which I think is less than what we paid for the crapy one that we had when Goose was born, and I like the Cranberry Baby one a ton better.

 

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