In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month
When I was pregnant I found myself quickly growing out of my regular bras so by my second trimester I decided to pick up a few as well a few nursing tanks. Let me tell you this was the best decision that I have made and my breasts were certainly thankful that I did.
Now let’s talk nursing bras because as I have come to find out there are a number of different options. Here are the ones that I have and my thoughts.
This is one of my favorite bras that I have purchased. There is no underwire and it is super comfortable. I also love the lace detail which makes it feel a little sexy rather than just a nursing bra. It is also great to wear at night. I do wish though that I had purchased it a size larger than I had because it is a little tight around the band now (I purchased it at 22 weeks).
I bought this two pack of nursing bras for lounging around the house and to wear at night. I find that they are similar to a sports bra with less support. They are so comfortable to wear. I would definitely recommend these to any nursing mom.
I purchased two of these one in white and the other in black. I loved them because they reminded me more of a regular bra than a nursing bra and I mean who doesn’t love lace? They are both really comfortable …unless of course you are actually breastfeeding. Unfortunately these are now my least favorite bras because of the underwire. Nursing and underwire do not mix.
These nursing camis where the best purchases that I made for both nursing and pregnancy. They are nice and long and covered my pregnant belly and still cover my postpartum tummy. They are super comfortable and I wear them all the time, so much so that I really need to buy myself a few more. I would recommend having at least four nursing camis. They are great for wearing under t-shirts for nursing so that when you lift your shirt to nurse in public your stomach is still covered (if that matters to you).
I saved my favorite nursing bra for last, it was sent to me from LeadingLady.com. Of all the nursing bras that I have this one fits the best, is the most comfortable and I absolutely love the lace on it. This bra makes nursing bras looks sexy, which I think is important to remember- nursing bras don’t have to be ugly and frumpy!
For more information about finding just the right nursing bra fit, breastfeeding tips & advice from Leading Lady’s lactation consultant, a downloadable breastfeeding handbook and our nursing blog, visit LeadingLady.com.
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During our first two pregnancies, I bought up and read just about any book I could find for expecting fathers. Titles like “Dad’s Pregnant, Too”, “The Expecting Dad” and others filled our book shelves. As with books for the groom-to-be, many of these books were intended for the “lowest common denominator” when it came to expectant fathers. The assumption was that the men reading these books were absolutely clueless, completely dependent upon and not supportive of their partners. They contained advice like “when your partner goes into labor, make sure that you don’t let the big game take priority”. While some of the anecdotes can be entertaining, having done some of my own research and taking interest in the pregnancy and birthing process of my wife, there wasn’t much for me in any of these books.
Thankfully, Lindsay and I found The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin which came very highly recommended by many people. Penny Simkin is a highly respected childbirth educator and labor support person who has helped over 11,000 women and couples prepare for their births since starting in the field in the 1960’s. She’s been the producer of many birth-related movies and authored many birth-related books.
The Birth Partner does take a more clinical approach to the pregnancy and birthing process, while at the same time interweaving the stories and experiences of other mothers, partners and doulas to allow the reader to more easily relate. Having covered a lot of the subject matter at a very level in our birthing classes with our doula-to-be this book provided me with in depth knowledge to allow me to be as prepared as possible to play as supportive a role as possible for Lindsay during the birth of our child. Simkin explains both the physical and emotional sides of labour and how both of those may present themselves an change throughout the process. She is sure to present the reality of the situation rather than focusing on just the good parts or the ideal situation. While, hard to read and imagine at points, I felt that this was very important in helping us to be prepared for what COULD happen during the labour if there were any complications. She is thorough in covering completely natural births and possible interventions (including c-sections and emergency c-sections) as well as planned interventions. You never feel that she is passing judgement on either approach and is just doing her job to prepare you to make informed decisions. She covers the entire process in her book from picking a doula(it was actually what convinced me that we needed a doula!) and supporting your partner during her pregnancy to lactation and post-partum advice. While not as well formatted on the kindle as they would be on paper, there were plenty of worksheets and learning aides included in the book as well, that I either used for reference or inspiration.
The Birth Partner was an indispensable aid in my preparation for the birth of our daughter. It helped to both enhance my knowledge of the birthing process that I gained through our child birthing classes and partner’s yoga and fill in any gaps that weren’t covered in those classes.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post all thoughts and opinions are my own. Amazon affiliate link included in the post.
When we started planning our nursery it didn’t take us long to land on a theme that we both loved. We wanted to keep the room gender neutral since we don’t know what we are having while at the same time creating a more modern yet still whimsical room for our baby to be. We decided to go with a theme of owls and woodland creatures which quickly turned into more of an owls and birds theme- we call it our Put A Bird On It Nursery.
We slowly found decorations for the room that fit our theme however our walls where still bare and since we can’t paint (not allowed in our lease) we decided to create canvas art to decorate the walls. After a few weeks of searching for inspiration I came across this idea on Pinterest. Birds. Owls. Canvas. DIY. Love at first site.
We made at least ten different ones, eight of which will end up on the walls of the nursery. It was really a fun project and for all ten we paid less than $60 and made a whole arts and crafts night out of it.
To make your own Bird & Owl Canvas Art head over to Daffodil Design for instructions and templates.
Our plans for diapers: Our initial plan was to start out using 7th Generation Newborn diapers for the first 10-14 days while we figured out the whole diapering process and got settled in at home. After that we had planned to cloth diaper almost exclusively with the exception of more than just day travel. Well Edith arrived and to our surprise we ended up with at 6lb 11oz baby instead of the 8+ pounder that we had anticipated (Neil and I were both big babies). This resulted in us having to rethink our diapering plans because all of the cloth diapers that we had were much too large for our little girl. We debated over just sticking with disposables until she was big enough to fit in the cloth diapers that we had or to order a small amount of newborn diapers.
After doing a little research we decided to order a 12 Cloth-eez® Workhorse™ Diapers and two Bummis Super Brite covers. We also received two Bum Genius all-in-one newborn diapers from my parents. The great thing about these diapers fit up until 10-12 pounds which means we will get a lot of use out them since Edith is only around 7 pounds. So for right now we are cloth diapering during the day and using disposables at night for convenience and because we only have 14 cloth diapers which means having to wash them daily otherwise.
Once Edith is big enough we will be using mostly Bummis Prefolds with Super Brite and Super Whisper Wraps, we also have a few different hybrid diapers and an all-in-one (AIO). Since we have so many prefolds and a good amount of hybrids/AIO we will be cloth diapering even at night once Edith is big enough. When we do any overnight travel or have a babysitter we will be using 7th Gen disposables again for convenience.
What kind of diapers we have and the total cost (so far):
- Bummis Organic Cotton Diaper Kit Infant Size (8-15lbs) $148 on Amazon
- Bummis BeautifulBASIC 2-Piece Cloth Diaper and Extra Cover – provided by Bummis at no cost for review
- Two Charlie Banana Hybrids- purchased on Ecobabybuys $32 for both with shipping
- Two Thirsties Duo Wraps and Six inserts –Gift
- 12 Cloth-eez® Workhorse™ Diapers and two Bummis Super Brite covers – $98 with shipping
- Two Bum Genius all-in-one newborn- Gift
- One Glow Bug Cloth Diaper- provided by Glow Bug at no cost for review
- One Dinkledooz Cloth Diaper- provided by Dinkledooz at no cost for review
- One Ones&Twos Cloth Diaper- provided by BusyBee Boutique at no cost for review
- One Omaiki Cloth Diaper- Gift
- One Applecheeks Cloth Diaper- Gift
Total Expense to Us: $278
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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post all thoughts and opinions are my own.