There’s something about becoming a mother (and to a degree a father) that changes your perception about socially acceptable topics of conversation. Subjects that were once faux pas suddenly become fair game during a casual afternoon lunch with people you’ve barely met. For the mother, this shift is nearly imperceptible and it’s hard to remember that there ever was a time when you would have died before you discussed anyone’s bowel movements. (Does it make it better or worse that you are generally talking about your child?) For those that have not experienced the initiation of childbirth these discussions can be extremely uncomfortable, and the worst part is that most moms won’t even notice that you are squirming as they discuss the intimate details of how they went into labor. I tend to think of myself as a tactful, considerate, and generally private individual, so hopefully today’s topic of conversation won’t make too many of you squirm – and if it does, I won’t be offended if you stop reading 🙂
Breastfeeding Cooper, I kept things very basic. For the most part I didn’t feel like I needed much more than me, a blanket, and a hungry baby. The experience was successful and positive, but for round two I’ve decided to add a few more “convenience items” – most of them at a minimal cost to me.
1. Nursing Pillow. I’ve had friends that have raved about their Boppy pillows, but whenever I’ve looked at prices I’ve always decided it was not a necessity. One day I was at Hobby Lobby and noticed that they sold “Baby Nest Pillow Inserts.” (I’m sure other places sell them as well.) It looked like a Boppy as far as I could tell, so I waited patiently until Hobby Lobby had a “40% off any regular priced item” coupon (as they often do). I also picked up some alphabet fabric in the remnant bin that was just shy of a yard, and purchased a zipper. With the help of this tutorial I made a cover and now I have my own nursing pillow for about $16. Around these parts that’s better than I can find a used one on craigslist.
2. Nursing Cover. I am one of those weird people that has nursed my kid on a bus or at a public park. I’m hoping an actual nursing cover will make things logistically easier than a blanket. We shall see. I used this tutorial to make the cover. I had a really hard time finding boning so I actually ended up cannibalizing an old bra. It saved me a few bucks and seemed to work just fine. I also lucked out in the remnant section with this one so the fabric was super cheap. Total cost: about $5
3. Reusable Nursing Pads. I’m a fan of reusable nursing pads. (Are you surprised?) When Cooper was really young I felt like I was constantly washing the few that I had, so I’m going to use this tutorial to make a few more pairs so I’ll never have a shortage.
4. Double Electric Breast pump. With Cooper I had a single manual one. It made my hand tired and was so time consuming that I rarely used it. Because Cooper so rarely drank out of a bottle, he pretty much refused to take them. This made for really frantic calls from Noel when I left the two of them together. This was definitely my most expensive nursing purchase, but I did wait for a sale and then used a coupon 🙂
5. Cute Nursing Top. I wouldn’t deem this one a necessity and I don’t even know that I would say that it adds that much convenience, but there was something about wearing nursing capable clothes for months on end that made me feel frumpy. I’m thinking about making this ruffled nursing tank so I can feel a little more pretty during that time period. Pair it with a cardigan and I’ll be good to go.