I’ve partnered with Lansinoh for this post.
I can’t believe I’m already 35 weeks into this pregnancy! It is flying by and I’m realizing that I better get moving, making sure I have all of my supplies ready to go before this baby arrives. Luckily for me, Lansinoh recently hooked me up with some great breastfeeding supplies I’ll need! They sent me their Breastfeeding Starter Set and a triple pack of their 8 oz mOmma Bottles with NaturalWave nipples, plus extra nipples in both slow and fast flow.
Let’s start by talking about the Breastfeeding Starter Set. Included within this box are:
- HPA Lanolin (.25 oz)
- 24 Disposable Nursing Pads
- 1 LatchAssist Nipple Everter
- 2 TheraPearl 3-in-1 Packs
- Breastfeeding 101 Booklet
HPA Lanolin is the #1 brand recommendation by lactation consultants and doctors in the USA and is the world’s purest lanolin — safe for both baby and mom. It is 100% natural, preservative free, and hypoallergenic. Lanolin soothes and protects sore, cracked nipples better than anything else I’ve found. Just a tiny bit goes a long way.
Now, to be honest, I try to use as little lanolin on my nipples when I’m nursing as possible, in an effort to toughen them up as sooner (this is what my midwife recommended to me), BUT inevitably there are always times I am so sore that having it available is a Godsend. My last daughter bit me really hard while she was teething and I was so thankful to have HPA Lanolin on hand! It made all the difference in the world and helped me continue to breastfeed her. It’s also good for other things: I’ve been known to use it to treat diaper rash and on my own chapped lips. It’s truly something I always have around the house, even when I’m not breastfeeding.
While I have never suffered from low supply when breastfeeding my babies, I have always experienced extreme engorgement during the first few days and weeks of breastfeeding my babies. I’ve also had my fair share of plugged ducts, mastitis, and milk blisters. I’m excited to be able to try out the Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Packs this time around. They can be used cold to relieve engorgement, swelling, and pain or used hot to relieve plugged ducts, mastitis, and to encourage let-down. You can also use them hot to encourage let-down when pumping, thus reducing the time you have to spend pumping. In the past, when I’ve been engorged I’ve been miserable to the point of just wanting to break down in tears. I really hope these will give me the relief I need this time around! (PS though — if you’re reading this and dealing with horrible engorgement, let me just encourage you by saying it WILL get better eventually, hang in there mom!)
Sometimes when you are engorged your baby will have trouble latching, that’s where the LatchAssist Nipple Everter comes in handy. It gently draws out flat nipples to help baby latch on easily and naturally. I’ve never used one of these before but again, I do think it will come in handy this time around. I fully expect that I’ll suffer through painful engorgement again and I firmly believe this will help my baby have an easier time latching on during that process. It comes with two flange sizes to ensure proper fit.
If you plan to breastfeed, nursing pads are a must, especially for those first few months and Lansinoh pads are the #1 selling brand. I keep a stock of both disposable and reusable pads. I tend to use my reusable pads around the house and take the disposable pads when I go out. I also use disposable pads at night — if you’ve never breastfed a baby before, you’d be surprised how much your breasts milk leak while you sleep at night. I also always keep spare disposable pads in my diaper bag — you never know when you will need them. The nice thing about these pads is that they are individually wrapped, making them perfect for the diaper bag! They are thin and discreet, with a no-show design. The honeycomb lining is breathable while being ultra absorbent to keep you dry day and night. They are also super soft to reduce chafing and irritation.
While I plan to exclusively breastfeed my next baby, as I did with my other 3 children, I always like to have a supply of bottles on hand so my husband and I can still enjoy date night once a month. Lansinoh sent me a 3 pack of their mOmma 8 oz bottles with NaturalWave Nipples. Since I already have a Lansioh pump, I love that these bottles have been designed to fit with the Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump and Manual Breast Pump range.
The NaturalWave nipple design is based on 50+ years of research! These nipples enable your baby to replicate natural sucking actions they’ve already learned at the breast, making the transition from breast to bottle and back to breast again seamless. With my first two children I introduced a bottle around 3 weeks of age and would give them 1 bottle about every 2 weeks. I never had any issues with them nursing from me or taking a bottle. When my 3rd child came along, I held off giving her a bottle until she was 3-4 months old. By that point she refused to drink from a bottle (even though she loved her pacifier) so if you do plan to use a bottle with your breastfeeding baby, don’t wait too long to give it a try. Three weeks seemed to be the perfect time to introduce it with my other two children and I plan to do that again this time around.
Other features of the unique NaturalWave Nipple include:
- Air ventilation system that reduces intake of gas, which could potentially cause colic or spit up
- A special nipple tip designed to let baby control the milk flow
- 100% silicone that is super soft, flexible, and designed for optimal compression
- Inner vertical grooves which strengthen the structure of the nipple, so it’s less likely to collapse
- A matte surface halfway down the nipple that allows baby to latch easily and securely
Check out my video below to get an up-close look at all of these items:
I’ve been using a Lansinoh breastpump since I had my second child back in 2012 and plan to continue to use it with my 4th once he or she arrives next month. It’s a brand I know and trust and I am confident you’ll love them too.