No one is as busy as we nursing moms! Here are five hacks to make life easier and help you take care of yourself.
1) Use a Reusable Water Bottle to Stay Hydrated - It is so important for nursing moms to stay hydrated. Drinking from one single bottle all day long helps you monitor your intake to make sure you are getting enough. Invest in a reusable water bottle - whatever kind works best for you. Fill it each morning and carry it with you all day long. Having it nearby will encourage you to drink - and by refilling and drinking from the same bottle you will be able to keep track of how much you're drinking.
2) Wear or Pack a Nursing Nursing Scarf in Your Bag Each Day - A nursing scarf is the ideal multi-purpose breastfeeding accessory. It acts as a cover up when you nurse, a fashion accessory to help you look and feel put together, is something you can put on to hide spit up stains or leaks as they occur, and can even work as a sun shade for your baby. Even better - they are reasonably priced, one-size-fits-all, and don't take up much space.
3) Use a Hair Band to Remember What Side You Nursed on Last - Don't rely on your memory - we all have too much to keep track of as it is! Keep a hair band on your wrist, and as you nurse throughout the day, move it to the side you nursed on last.
4) Use Chilled Cabbage Leaves to Alleviate Engorgement - Strange as it sounds, the amino acids in cabbage leaves help relieve engorgement by opening the capillaries and improving blood flow. If you experience breast engorgement, place cooled cabbage leaves against your breasts (but not for more than an hour at a time, that can lead to decreased milk supply). You can repeat this every 2-3 hours.
5) Pump on One Side, Feed on the Other - Depending on your pumping schedule and routine, feeding your baby on one side while single pumping on the other side can be an efficient way to boost your freezer stash of breastmilk. Letdown can take time when pumping. But once your baby is latched on and your milk is flowing, taking advantage by pumping the other side is very effective.
Our bonus nursing hack is to treat yourself to some stylish nursing wear that will make you feel and look great! After all, if you're exclusively nursing you are saving between $70-$150+ a month on formula - so you really deserve to treat yourself!