So, my thoughts on multiple things I noticed in different lists...
- Earthmama angel baby shampoo smells horrible – prefer burts bees – they have an unscented version out now that I just bought at target. Still use it on my 4 year old and 2 year old.
- This swaddler looks excellent(tested it on a preemie sized baby doll and fits good with room to grow) Much better than swaddleme.
- I prefer the mybrestfriend nursing pillow to boppy. Boppy works better for shorter/narrow women. http://www.amazon.com/My-Brest-Friend-Pillow-Sunburst/dp/B000HZEQSU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1294418450&sr=8-2
- Hated the earthmamababyangel nipple cream – far prefered http://inhishands.com/New-Mother-s-Healing-Salve.93?filters=wishgarden-s
- waterproof backed cloth nursing pads are WAY better than disposable. They have some really neat choices on etsy if you look. Make sure you look for one that washes up easy. Some only wash on delicate. You can also find them on cloth diaper sites.
- Prefer cloth pads for postpartum and great for when your period comes back – mooncup uk is my other fave for when that comes back…
Two notes: I preferred the MyBrestFriend for newborn, but loved my Boppy when DS got a little bigger. I still used it some when he reached toddlerhood, when he wanted a nice long snuggle. It saved my arms from falling asleep. And now that I'm thinking about it, I started using the Boppy more after I had lost some weight, so that might have something to do with it as well. I do like the easy on and off aspect of the Boppy.
Second note, on the nursing pads. I would advise caution with waterproof backing, because I've heard they can harbor yeasts, and if someone has yeast issues, they might not automatically link it to the pads. I don't have trouble with yeast in general, and in two years of breastfeeding I never had a single case of mastitis. I used simple, homemade cotton flannel pads with a couple layers of flannel and I found them quite sufficient. You don't want them on there too long anyway, as moisture encourages growth of yeast. I gave a friend of mine my standard "breastfeeding goodie basket" shower gift and she loved the pads so much she asked me to make her some more! The more you leak the more you should replace and wash your pads. If you are a heavy leaker, a purse-sized mama cloth wetbag might be a good addition to the diaper bag for damp pads.
Well, I suppose you could be right. I'll look deeper into that but I am a super leaker during feedings. I pored right through the ekstra wool nursing pads I had gotten for number 2. (very thick) I actually didn't have any waterproof backed ones in the beginning so I ended up using the trifold/diaper looking burp pads over the opposite breast when my son was nursing. And I'd have to air dry it after every time. That is another idea for anyone who's home nursing. :)
Is flannel more absorbent than those thick wool nursing pads...
I have 3 pairs of pul backed nursing pads that I liked but didn't manage to get until my 2nd kiddo was a few months old and my milk was established. I didn't know it could be an issue though. I know I hated the disposable ones though. Love the ekstra wool ones after milk is established and my let down isn't crazy anymore.
As far as the boppy. I started out with one and I have a long torso and I'm tall. Even with a pillow underneath, it wouldn't reach high enough (smaller chest- around a C cup when nursing-A cup when not) and baby kept sliding off the pillow onto me.
I wouldn't mind opinions on some other pillows from any taller/longer torso moms out there? I'm still in the market to buy another pillow cuz my previous my brest friend fell apart after 2 kids.