Also hated the Bravado bra..that band was way too wide for my torso.
But I only have that and a horrible fitting(wrong size) Warner's nursing bra I got at Walmart..will have to make do with them though.
If we have the extra cash after the birth I plan on seeing if I can find at least one good fitting comfortable nursing bra to carry me until the not having to wear a bra and breastpads yeah !! stage . I really hate wearing bra's. And to have to wear one 24 hours a day for three months kills me.
I do have a bunch of nursing tanks with built in bras that I just may put to use rather then wearing a bra..figure by the time summer rolls around I and baby will have the hang of nursing without exposing ourselves and won't need the tanks. I think last time it was around 5/6 months before that happened.
As for herbal baths...I used something from here http://www.yemaya.ca/natal.htm
once I got home from the hospital.
But since was in the hopsital so long 3 nights/4 days and they never offered me a sitz bath or even ice for my 4th degree epistomy/tear during my entire stay I don't think I beneifted from it as much as I could have if I had used it soon after the birth... I have two packages on hand this time around and will not make that mistake again.
Hoping the two packages are enough...really hoping I don't have as bad as swelling/pain etc all the fun that comes with a vaccum extraction and a 4th degree cut.
As for the cord stump..the hospital said to clean with a alcohol wipe each diaper change but we stopped as soon as we left the hospital as I think it doesn't make a difference and we had no problems. I just kept an eye on it for any infections.