Hello fellow Mommy Divas! I’m taking on #TransformationTuesday to inform you that it’s National Breastfeeding Month. And since I’ve been doing it daily since baby Chase was born, I’m celebrating all month long!
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast milk alone is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first six months after birth, and other nutrients should complement breast milk as the infant’s main source of nutrients throughout the first year (and beyond!). That means I’m on this ride for a while.
Of course, there are some great items in the universe that make breastfeeding just a little bit easier. Here are three of my must-have essentials!
When you have a new baby, there’s always a need for more space. The┬áKiinde Twist Feeding System allows you to directly pump from your already existing pump into breastmilk storage pouches with leak-proof, twist-locking caps. You can label, store, warm and feed from that same pouch without ever having to transfer precious breast milk from bottles to bags, and store the pouches ON THEIR SIDE in your freezer. The KoziiΓäó breast milk warmer and bottle warmer allow you to warm the milk right in the pouch. Twist PouchesΓäó┬ácan completely eliminate gas from your babyΓÇÖs meal without complicated venting mechanisms, and Active LatchΓäó nipples are designed to teach natural┬ábreastfeeding┬ábehaviors that ease the transition between bottle and breast, which is always a nice relief.
Sometimes you need to feed baby in public, so a nursing cover is a must. And why shouldn’t it double as a scarf, shrug, vest, cover-up and tunic? The N├╝Roo Nursing Scarf does just that and more! Designed discretely with snaps along the width of the scarf, it lets you customize coverage so you can wrap and or drape over your shoulder or around the neck to cover your baby comfortably. The signature N├╝Roo┬« fabric is super soft, breathable and wrinkle free, as not to distract baby, or onlookers. It retails for a reasonable $30.
The hardest part of breast-feeding? Losing precious hands time. Not anymore! I scooped up the Medela Easy ExpressionΓäó Bustier, a┬áhands-free pumping bra, which allows me to hook up my pump right to me, and then “look ma, no hands!” My only gripe? The zipper on the front of the bra doesn’t line up when zipped, which means I’ve got to contort my body to get everything where it’s supposed to go!