The BreastFeeding box

When I had my pseudo-babyshower (I just had a fun day with the girls for a manicure and dinner out, whilst swapping baby tips and advice,) one of my friends gave me a breastfeeding box. She had been given one by her best friend and found it really useful, so she decided to pass it on. It has been one of the most useful things I received pre-baby so I wanted to share the idea with you – either for those mamas out there who may find it handy, or if you want to buy a really useful gift for a mum-to-be. The bits are all stored in a click lock box and the idea is that you always have everything you need for a feed. I wasn’t sure how useful it would be at first but once I sit down to feed Bea I find I’m constantly asking Pete to bring this or that and the other, (invariably a muslin,) and particularly in the early days when I was less mobile and sore, I knew if I had the box, I had everything I needed.

  1. Lansinoh nipple cream – I used this from the first feed and used to apply after every feed, now I just use it twice daily, after a shower then before bed.
  2. Lansinoh Breast pads (disposable) – I was told not to bother with any others, just stick with these as they are the best and I did, until I forgot some when we went away for the night recently and I had to pick up some in Tesco’s, which were dreadful. These have something in the middle that absorbs moisture and sucks it in forming a gel. They can be really heavy with fluid when I replace them so obviously work well as they never soak through. The own brand ones didn’t compare in absorbency and didn’t stay put as well. I tend to change them a couple of times a day or night so keep 6-8 in the box.
  3. Hand cream – For frequent hand washing and because sitting feeding may be the only chance you get to put some cream on yourself.
  4. Lip balm – Because BF makes you thirsty and dehydrated.
  5. Hair bobble and kirby grips – In case you want to get your hair out of your face.
  6. Infacol (or similar if required) – We went through a phase of trying infacol and if you are using it or something similar then it makes sense to keep it in the box then you have it for every feed.
  7. Phone with breast feeding app! – My friend recommended this app – I think there are loads of them and this one is probably similar to others, but it has a lot of features and I find it easy to use. I use it to remind me which side to feed from, and to monitor when she is due a feed or how often she has fed. Hopefully one day it will show me a pattern!

Other things that were in the box I was given:

  • Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 breast therapy – I didn’t use these as I didn’t have too much soreness but they can be used hot or cold and I imagine would be really soothing – I threw mine in the freezer straight away for when I needed them.
  • Washable breast pads – I haven’t progressed onto these yet so I’ve taken them out of the box for now.
  • A pen and notepad could be really useful too.

It wouldn’t fit in my box but two other essentials are a muslin for wiping Bea’s face and for pushing under my breast between my skin and bra to catch any dribbles or drips so my clothes don’t get wet, and a pint glass of water or sports drink bottle to stay hydrated.

I’d love to know if you guys did anything similar or if there is anything you would have put in the box that I haven’t listed here?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Baby Shower Inspiration

Today I’m spending the morning putting the finishing touches to some paper goods I’m preparing for a baby shower later today. It’s the first one I’ve been to and has been a collaboration of efforts between the 4 of us attending (plus the mummy-to-be.)

I’m responsible for balloons, the menus and the not-too-twee (and guaranteed to be hilarious when you’ve worked in the areas the attendees have) baby names A-Z… think Akon, Barbie, Chardonnay….

Baby Harrison is a boy but we decided to make it quite a girly lunch, pink bubbles, and peach, lilac and lemon accents, all started off by the monogram downloadable I customised to create invitations. Although they’re wedding invitations, I used Mummy Harrisons first initial and then changed the names to the phrase ‘Mrs Harrison and the new arrival’. On the actual day there will be bunting decor so I’ll be switching to the bunting downloadable for place cards and menus. It’s a soft multi-coloured palette with ever stylish grey tying it all together. I had also been dying to use these straws for something – almost worth having a party for in itself!

Baby shower inspiration

Images:
Grey striped Straws from Peach Blossom at NOTHS.com
Bunting invitation downloadable.
Glitter Menu via Glitter Guide.
Modern Monogram downloadable.
Yellow Cupcake – Hostess Blog.
Balloons.
Favour cones, Martha Stweart.com
Baby shower games.
Pink drinks in Jars.

So what are you all doing this weekend?

Love,
Rebecca.
xo