With my first son, I thought I had done all my homework. I took a breastfeeding class, read a few books, and knew I had no desire to use formula if at all possible. However, after Squishy was born with blood sugar issues, and the hospital required me to supplement formula, it wasn’t a shock that my son developed a lazy latch while breastfeeding. What was a shock, was that everyone told me I was doing it right, and the cracking and bleeding would subside soon instead of seeing there was an issue.
8 weeks later I was crying every time my son latched. By this point in time I had spent countless amounts of money on creams, salves, and anything I thought would easy the pain. Turns out my son had a lazy latch. He would start off nursing great and then eventually work his way down until he was barely doing any work. OUCH!
I have to tell you, having tried nearly every product on the market if it wasn’t for my gel pad soothers and 100% Lansinoh lanolin, I don’t think I would have made it as long as I did before getting help from a professional. The Lansinoh lanolin lasted longer than other products on the market, and the gel soothers were great for soothing my soreness post breastfeeding. My husband was always great at making runs to the store for more lanolin over the 16 months we nursed!
I also learned at 8 weeks that not all breast milk storage bags are created equal. Have you heard of the saying there is no use crying over spilled milk? Well, I am pretty sure the person who said that wasn’t a breastfeeding mother. In order to allow my breasts to heal, I was instructed to pump for 1 day. At 8 weeks it was time to introduce the bottle to my son anyway, so I pumped. I am sure I must have looked a bit like a crazy woman when I opened my fridge to see that my breast milk storage bags had leaked all of that precious milk inside my fridge. I was certain my baby was going to starve. While I didn’t realize it then as I thought I just had a bad batch of storage bags, I learned later that it wasn’t a bad batch it was the brand when I tried buying those bags again a few months later. Hands down (pumping joke), the Lansinoh storage bags were so much better, easier to use, and held up in my freeze, fridge, and travels.
I have to say I am very excited to try one Lansinoh product I had not seen the last time I was breastfeeding. The 3-1 Breast Therapy pads are reusable pads that can be heated or chilled to meet the needs of a breastfeeding mom. I am sure we will start out with them in the fridge to soothe sore breasts in the beginning, and once my son and I have established a solid breastfeeding schedule/relationship and I introduce pumping for storage purposes, I can heat them up to encourage let down while pumping.
This time around I am glad I know what products work, and which ones don’t. There are so many options for parents on the market when it comes to breastfeeding products, and clearly all products are not created equal! If you want a quality product that is going to work exactly as you need it to, a product that understands the needs and struggles of breastfeeding mothers, then you need to buy Lansinoh. I’m all stocked up and ready to go!
Now all I need is the baby!
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