Daddies and Breastfeeding: Ways to Stay Involved

Breastfeeding doesn’t just have to be between you and your baby. While it’s important for mama and baby to bond in every way possible, there are ways to get your man involved too! If you’re a dad reading this post, check out all these ways to help support your partner below. And if you’re a mama, show your partner this list and let him be a part of the process too!

Before the Baby Comes

  1. Be supportive of your partner’s decision to breastfeed by understanding the benefits of breastmilk.
  2. Help your partner find information on what breastpump your insurance will cover. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide equipment and support with no co-pay, but the actual pump provided will vary from company to company.
  3. Join your partner in preparing for the experience of breastfeeding by taking a course that will provide you both with the information you’ll need to know.
  4. Seek out other fathers who have supported their partners while Breastfeeding to gain real world advice.

At the Hospital

  1. At the hospital, be an advocate for your partner. Make sure the staff knows that she wants to breastfeed and that formula should not be given to the baby without consent.
  2. Find the lactation consultant if mom is struggling. Many hospitals have one on staff, and early intervention and support from a professional is crucial, particularly for first-time moms.
  3. Ask the hospital staff about local breastfeeding support groups for after your family goes home. Peer encouragement is helpful, and it’s an excuse for mom and baby to get out of the house.

At Home

  1. In addition to making sure your partner has what she needs while she heals from childbirth, you can help the breastfeeding transition to home by making sure she is comfortable while nursing—by bringing her pillows, foot rest, water, etc.
  2. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but diaper changes are a great way for you to get involved in baby care. In addition to giving your partner a break, it’s a chance for you and your baby to start practicing conversation skills by making eye contact, cooing noises and engaging your baby with changing facial expressions.
  3. If your partner starts pumping, you’ll have a chance to bond with your baby over a bottle and give your partner a break. You can further help your partner by washing and sterilizing pump parts and bottles.
  4. Be your partner’s biggest cheerleader. Breastfeeding can be frustrating and difficult in the beginning, but you can provide moral support by acknowledging the difficulty of nursing and offering to find a professional to help, such as lactation consultant (which should be covered by your insurance). And remind your partner of why she wanted to breastfeed in the first place!

Top Must-Haves For New Moms

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Looking for some gift ideas for new moms or a special mama-to-be? Check out these 8 top must-haves that are sure to impress!

 

1. Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil

This natural and cruelty free massage oil includes key ingredients like Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba, Avocado Oil, Soy Bean Oil and Orange Peel Oil. It’s the perfect mixture to relieve, relax and recharge. Ideal for both mom and baby, it’s a win/win! A great gift for a new mom or mama-to-be!

Price: $14.50

Buy It: babymantra.com, Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, Diapers.com, Amazon.com


2. Oh My Devita Baby Butter Cheeks Baby Balm

Every new mom should definitely have this oh so soothing barrier balm that helps to protect delicate skin between diaper changes as well as soothe the skin. Additionally, this Vegan Probiotic blend adds in an army of “good guys” to the skin which will help fight yeast infections. The handy dispenser is like a lip balm container which allows for an easy glide-on application. This is especially helpful for mama’s that cloth diaper!!

Price: $11.95

Buy It: OhMyDevitaBaby.com, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com, Walgreens.com


3. LilyPadz® Reuseable Nursing Pads

LilyPadz are a unique, patented nursing pad that is made out of silicone and is so thin, you’ll forget you are wearing it. Unlike most nursing pads that absorb breastmilk leaks, the LilyPadz® maintain pressure on the nipple which forms a non-absorbent barrier that actually PREVENTS leaks before they even start. No more getting cotton pads stuck to your tender nipples! These are a must-have for all moms, especially if you are lucky enough to get a Nuroo! (See #4)

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Buy It: LilyPadz.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, Kohls.com


4. NüRoo Pocket Baby Wearing Shirt

The NüRoo Pocket is a babywearing shirt that lets you have Skin-to-Skin Contact with your newborn and doubles as a hands free newborn carrier. No need to wrap, tie, knot or mess with clips and straps. Just put the shirt on, snuggle baby into the pocket and let the “cross and hug” closure do the rest. This shirt provides a custom fit as your body changes and your baby grows, allowing you to wear it for months. The special NüRoo® fabric is super soft, breathable, moisture-wicking while offering just the right amount of compression to ensure proper position and continued support for your new little bundle. A new mom must-have indeed!

Price: $59.99

Buy It: NurooBaby.com, Amazon.com, Target.com


5. Stokke® MyCarrier™ Cool – The Breathable 3 in 1 Baby Carrier

Keep cool all summer long with The Stokke® MyCarrier Cool. This 3 in one breathable baby carrier has two-way front and one back carrying position. Most importantly, all positions maintain optimal ergonomic positioning for both you and your new little baby. Baby wearing is more than a “crunchy mom” trend. Attachment parenting philosophies are quickly gaining popularity now that there are studies proving the benefits of bonding with our babies. The Stokke MyCarrier Cool allows you to touch, hold, snuggle and talk to your precious bundle even during the heat of the summer making this one a mus-have for new moms.

Price: $199.99

Buy It: Stokke.com, Amazon.com, Target.com


6. Aden & Anais Stretch Mark Cream

Unless you are magical, gifted or just really damn lucky, you probably got at least a few stretch marks during your pregnancy. This amazing formula contains shea butter that helps moisturize your skin, while the natural-grade darutoside**, has been clinically proven to help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks within two weeks.* Free of parabens, triclosan, petrochemicals, phthalates and BPA. Treat your new mama skin to this luscious formula and watch stretch marks fade away.

Price: $29.95

Buy It: AdenAndAnais.com, Amazon.com,


7. Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion

I love every item I have ever purchased from Earth Mama Angel Baby, and this lotion is no exception. Formulated with organic ingredients, zero toxins and no artificial preservatives, fragrances or dyes. Of course we want what’s best for our baby, but what set Earth Mama Angel Baby apart from other companies is that THEY want what’s best for your baby too!! This soothing lotion contains only pure ingredients that moisturize and protect sensitive, delicate skin from head to toe. This special blend contains organic Rooibos which is soothing to eczema, skin allergies and diaper rash. Plus the vanilla orange scent smells so naturally good you’ll want to nibble on your adorable little squish!

Price: $19.95

Buy It: EarthMamaAngelBaby.com, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com


8. Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm

If you have nursed before, you understand the importance of a good nipple balm for those first few weeks. I adore all Mama Mio products and this one is no exception to the rule. The perfect blend of Medical Grade Lanolin, Organic Coconut and Olive Oils, Organic Shea Butter and Calendula to relieve and soothe sore nipples. Safe when breastfeeding and no need to remove prior to breastfeeding.

Price: $15.99

Buy It: MioSkincare.com, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com

Milkmakers Lactation Cookie

The Fashionable Bambino received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

As a mom of a toddler and now an infant, I am beyond busy trying to accomplish a million and one things everyday.  Add on breastfeeding and you can see how limited my time is.  Since I’m always on the go, I barely even have time to eat!  I’m always looking for quick snack ideas that I can eat when I’m in a pinch.  Thank goodness for Milkmakers lactation cookies; a great snack for breastfeeding moms.

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Milkmakers lactation cookies are not only organic, but they are made with ingredients such as brewer’s yeast and flax seed, which are key nutrients for increasing breast milk.  Available in two different flavors, Oatmeal Raisin Dairy Free or Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, both are absolutely delicious!  My favorite is the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.  The cookie is huge and has a great balance of chewy and crunchy.  The outside of the cookie is crunchy, while the inside is soft and chewy.  Add in a glass of milk for dunking, and you’ll be in heaven!  The cookies taste incredibly fresh and make an excellent snack throughout the day.  Eating one to two cookies per day, for several days, can help breastfeeding moms reap the full benefits of Milkmakers lactation cookies.  My favorite thing is that each cookie individually wrapped.  I have a few in my purse, a few in my diaper bag, and the rest in the cupboards.  They are quick and easy to eat, very nutritious, and taste amazing!  After eating one lactation cookie a day for one week I noticed an increase in my milk supply.  It was unbelievable!

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Milkmakers come in a variety of sizes, and you can even order them as a subscription so you never run out.  You can also buy the mix so you can bake them yourself.  I would recommend these cookies to all breastfeeding moms who are looking for a quick, nutritious, and delicious snack that can increase your mik supply as well.  To purchase or learn more about them visit their website at:

www.milkmakers.com

 

Ameda Intimates Nursing Bra

As one of the leaders in breasfeeding pumps and supplies I was eager to try a piece from Ameda’s Intimates collection.  Their intimate apparel includes nursing bras and nursing camisoles.  Both products are made with a flexible fabric that easily adapts to a mother’s changing shape while offering complete comfortable support without underwires.  I was never aware that wearing a bra with an underwire can lead to plugged ducts, which is never an ideal situation.

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Ameda Intimates Nursing Bras and Nursing Camisoles are available in five different sizes, from cups A all the way through J.  The larger sizes have an additional strap cushioning that is removable.  I was able to try the Nursing Bra and I found the additional cushion on the strap to be a bit cumbersome.  I liked that it had the option to be removed.  The material was a very soft, stretchy, microfiber material.  It was very breathable, which helps prevent bacteria growth and most importantly, odors.  The bottom of the bra has an elastic band that fit like a glove.  It was not too snug; I didn’t have a band around my back at the end of the day, yet it didn’t move at all throughout the day.  It fit like it was custom made for my body.  Normally I am not a fan of wearing a bra without an underwire, since I am larger breasted.  I felt like this bra offered enough support that I did not need an underwire.  I liked that the bra was tagless, so there was nothing to itch me, and that it was machine washable.

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As a nursing bra I found it to be very easy to use.  The bra features a one hand release clasp, which was very important to me.  The clasp must be in a complete upright position for it to snap back into place.  You can hear the “snap” once it is secure.  Both disposable and cloth nursing pads fit nicely inside the bra.  Both the Ameda Intimates Nursing Bras and Nursing Camisoles are certified by Oeko-Tex, which means they are free of the standard 100 harmful substances, therefore reducing the risk of skin irritation and allergy.  This is especially important if you have sensitive skin.  Overall, I was impressed by the Ameda Intimates collection and would definitely recommend them to breastfeeding moms.  Their products are available at many stores and online retailers.  View their website for more information:

http://www.ameda.com/ameda-products/ameda-intimates

Fashionable Media Review Policy: The featured product for this review was provided to me, at no cost, by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Ameda Launches New Nursing Bra and Cami

Ameda nursing products is celebrating over seventy years of selling products to moms around the world with an all new nursing bra and camisole for moms old and new. This new line is designed to provide nursing moms with a comfortable and supported experience.

What makes this nursing bra and camisole so special? Unlike so many others it is made without underwire that clogs the milk ducts. It still offers the support that we need all while featuring a drop cup design made with a one-hand release clasp providing easy access for breastfeeding in public with nor hassle or drama! The fabric doesn’t cut into your skin

Made from lightly absorbent microfiber fabric it helps to prevent odors. I love that the fabric is made without harmful chemicals. Reducing the risk of rashes and allergy for both momma and baby. The duel knit side panels easily adapt to a mother’s changing breast shape and milk flow.

They come in every bra size from A-J cup and flexible sizing for the right fit. As a busy mom I love that they are machine washable making our life so much easier.

Available in Beige and Black (coming soon) for $39.99 (bra) and $44.99 (camisole) at Amedadirect.com, Amedaonline.com, and Amedababy.com

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