Breastfeeding – for me it’s been a love/hate relationship. I am SO thankful that I’m able to nourish my baby in this way, but I had no idea it would be so hard. I’ve always struggled for the first few months with extreme engorgement followed by a large oversupply. Other moms I know have the opposite problem and struggle to produce enough milk. One thing I’ve learned through my breastfeeding years is that a good support system is crucial. You need both friends/family who will encourage you AND products designed with breastfeeding in mind. I can’t help you with the friends and family part (well, I can – if you need encouragement, I’m always just an email away!) but I can help you with some great products to support you in your breastfeeding journey. Let me introduce you today to Fairhaven Health!
Fairhaven Health is a one-stop shop designed to support you through infertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, providing supplements and other specialty supplies. I was recently sent a number of their breastfeeding products to review (at no cost, to facilitate this review) including their Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplement, Nursing Postnatal Breastfeeding Multivitamin, Nipple Nurture Balm, Milkies Nursing Time Tea, Milkies Milk Saver, & Milkies Freeze.
Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplement & Nursing Postnatal Breastfeeding Multivitamin
Just because your pregnancy is over, now is not the time to stop taking a vitamin supplement. It’s time to switch from your prenatal vitamin to one designed specifically for the breastfeeding mom. The Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplement combines herbal support for breast milk production along with the vitamin and mineral support for nutritional breast milk. When you are breastfeeding, you need higher levels of certain nutrients to keep both you and your baby healthy. Nursing Blend was scientifically-designed by doctors and nutritionists to specifically meet the nutritional needs of nursing mothers and their babies. Are you struggling with low milk supply? This supplement contains fenugreek, fennel seed, and vervain to encourage breastmilk production and calming herbs like chamomile and anise to help soothe a fussy baby.
As I mentioned, right now I have an oversupply of milk, so I have not tried these supplements yet. As Zellene grows and begins to drink more at each feeding, I’m happy to know that I’ll have these around for my supply. Luckily for me, Fairhaven Health knows there are moms who want nutritional milk without an increase in supply, that’s why they make and sell the Nursing Postnatal Breastfeeding Multivitamin. It contains essentially all the same ingredients as the Nursing Blend supplements, leaving out the supplements for breast milk production and calming herbs. The Nursing Postnatal Breastfeeding Multivitamin is priced at $15.95 for a 30 day supply; the Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplement is priced at $19.95 for a 30 day supply.
Milkies Nursing Time Tea
Maybe you have a need to increase your milk supply but you aren’t interested in the multivitamin – Milkies Nursing Time Tea is for you! This loose leaf tea is an all-natural herbal tonic designed to help nursing mothers increase their milk flow and soothe digestive unease of both mother and colicky or “gassy” newborns. Nursing Time Tea brings together a select array of safe and proven ingredients to aid nursing in three key way: enhancing the quantity and quality of available milk; alleviating digestive complaints, including gas, indigestion and colic; and providing a rich spectrum of nutritive vitamins and minerals central to robust and healthy nursing. Ingredients in this tea are:
- Fennel seed – helps increase milk production for nursing mothers and helps alleviate digestive complaints for both mom and baby.
- Goat’s rue – acts to stimulate the production and flow of breast milk.
- Blessed thistle – helps increase milk production and contains an effective bitter to aid digestion and liver function.
- Alfalfa – contains key vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin K, to help enrich breast milk.
- Anise seed – helps increase milk production while alleviating gas, colic and indigestion.
- Lemon verbena – adds its lemony essence to create a delicious flavor.
I didn’t want to increase my milk supply, so I didn’t drink a lot, but I did brew a cup and, as a huge tea fan, I think it is delicious. In case you are wondering, after it brews, I just use a fine mesh strainer to remove the loose herbs. I’m looking forward to drinking more when the time comes that I need some! This tea is priced at $16.95 for one bag, which will give you one month’s supply if you drink 2-3 cups per day.
Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm
I once heard someone say that to prepare your nipples for nursing, attach chip clips to them for the last few months of pregnancy. While it’s not quite that bad, many women do experience sore, chapped, and even bleeding nipples during their breastfeeding journey. For the first few weeks of breastfeeding my two oldest children, my nipples were sore. There were times that I nearly cried from the pain. This time around my nipples must finally have toughened up because I haven’t experiences soreness yet. If you are, this Nipple Nurture Balm looks amazing!
Nipple Nurture Balm contains a number of organic ingredients to soothe your nipples. Ingredients include:
- Marshmallow Root: A natural anti-inflammatory, Marshmallow Root helps to form a protective, soothing coating for irritated nipples.
- Self Heal: A medicinal herb used for centuries to fight bacteria and to heal damaged skin.
- Calendula: Known as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical herb, calendula also acts as an anti-inflammatory and encourages healthy blood flow to affected areas.
- Shea Butter, Beeswax and Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Safely and naturally moisturizes and protects dry, cracked nipples.
My nipples aren’t in need of soothing right now, but boy, my knuckles, elbows, and heels have all been really dry lately. With cooler weather just around the corner I decided I’d try using it on them…..and it worked great! My skin feels softer, moisturized, and overall healthier. I can only assume it would work just as great on sore nipples. Nipple Nurture Balm is priced at $11.95.
Milkies Milk Saver
Did you know that most nursing moms leak (and therefore lose) 1-4 ounces of milk every time they nurse a baby. All that wasted milk can really add up! That’s why Milkies created the Milk Saver. This handy little thing fits around the nipple on the non-nursing side, then the milk collects in the unit OR in a milk storage bag. The Milk Saver is flexible enough to be comfortable, yet firm enough to hold milk. It comes in a travel case that also doubles as a stand. I find that when I use this, especially if it has been 3 or more hours since Zellene’s last feeding, I’m able to save 1-2 ounces of milk (with no pumping!). The Milkies Milk Saver is priced at $27.95.
I keep talking about my oversupply and, as I’m sure you can imagine, I have saved a lot of milk over the past 3 months. I have 2 big baskets in our deep freezer full of milk, plus it’s spilling over into the rest of the freezer at this point. A good friend just told me she was in need of donor milk though, so it will not go to waste! There are 2 problems with my frozen milk:
- It’s frozen in big lumps, almost like having 60 bags of awkward shaped rocks in my freezer.
- When using the breast milk, you want to make sure you are using the oldest milk first. When your milk is scattered all over your freezer, it can be hard to find the oldest bag.
Insert the Milkies Freeze! This handy product solves both problems. First, it comes with a metal tray that enables you to lay your milk flat for freezing. Once frozen, drop your milk in through the top slot. When it’s time to thaw milk, just pull a bag from the bottom hole and you’ll be getting the oldest milk. One Milkies Freeze is able to store up to 60 ounces of milk.
Fairhaven Health is a great source for your breastfeeding needs! Check them out today!
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