It has been almost 2 weeks since I gave birth to Oliver, and I want to share some of the items that have helped me recover from the delivery and adjust to a life of breastfeeding. Men, if you want to just skip this article you are more than welcome to, however you may be able to help your child's mother in the future with some of these products! Just be forewarned- postpartum recovery is not the most pleasant subject to read about with your morning coffee..
FOR NURSING CARE:
A few products have really helped me as a newbie in the breastfeeding world.
1. Coconut Oil: A friend of mine (I honestly can't remember who it was, so if it was you, thank you so much!) recommended coconut oil for chaffing and it works wonders. I have some of the lanolin that is so popular, but I think coconut oil works better. It can also double as stretch mark repair ointment.
2. Target Nursing Sleeping Bra and Nursing Tank Top: These were recommended by many women, and are well worth recommending again. So comfortable and convenient for nursing.
3. Medela Nursing Pads: I love that they stick to the inside of a bra. I also put some coconut oil or aloe vera to the absorbent side of the pad for additional relief when needed.
*hint: I have also used the padding inside some of my old bathing suit tops as nursing pads to prevent leaking on my shirts. They work perfectly and are free if you have old bathing suits that you aren't currently using. They can be washed and replaced in the bathing suits when finished.
FOR POST-DELIVERY CARE:
1. Carefree Pantiliners: After about a week I stopped needing the large pads provided by the hospital. These thin Carefree Pantiliners keep you feeling fresh and dry.
2. Colace: They gave me stool softener in the hospital but I didn't know why. When I got home and stopped taking it, I figured out why... Find something safe for nursing mothers to take once discharged from the hospital... trust me!
3. Witch Hazel Pads: These were given to me in the hospital, and provide great relief from some of the unpleasant side effects of a vaginal birth.
4. Activia Yogurt: All of your gastrointestinal organs are slowly finding their way back into place. Activia Yogurt helps your body regulate your intestinal tract as things get back in order. My mom bought me a bunch of these and they definitely helped get things back in working order quickly. And, no, this is not a commercial for Activia as much as it sounds like one!
5. Chute Camel Back Water Bottle: You are suppose to drink LOTS of water. I love Camel Back water bottles, but I'm not a huge fan of water bottles with a straw. I want an opening in the bottle to pour the water into my mouth. It is a weird germ thing I have. The new Chute Camel back bottles are more up my alley.
Do you have any items that you could recommend for nursing or post delivery care??
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.