Wednesday

Works For Me Wednesday - Brand Loyalty edition


I am queen of cheap...I very rarely buy anything and I mean ANYTHING that is name brand because the generic is just as good and nearly half the price. BUT, there are a few exceptions. I'm joining the fun at Shannon's and giving a shout out to my favorite brand.

If you are a breastfeeding mother, or ever plan to be a breastfeeding mother you must and I mean MUST have a supply of these. After our fourth child was born I received a sample from the hospital and OH MY WORD was I in heaven. I'll spare you too many gorey details, but when you are in the first weeks of nursing a newborn it can......hurt (I'll leave it at that.) Soothies not only help, they heal. When you put them in the fridge they help even more! So, splurge ($12 a pair!) and it'll make those first weeks much easier.

10 comments:

oh amanda said...

Oh, I never tried these. I posted today about lasinoh lanolin. That's what got me thru those first months! Next baby I'll check out the soothies!

The Estrogen Files said...

Just zooming in from WFMW! Those first few weeks can hurt!

Robin said...

Yes, soothies can "sooth", but as a lactation consultant myself I'd like to add that they won't help the CAUSE of the pain. Pain in those early weeks is very often caused by a poor latch or other anatomical issue (such as an as yet undiscovered tongue-tie). These issues CAN and SHOULD be resolved with the help of someone trained to counsel breastfeeding mothers. Your local LC, LLL leader or other trained counselor can help you get the support you need to quickly go on to pain-free nursing. In the meantime, sure, use the soothies if they feel good, but get the help you need to keep the problem from recurring so you can get on with just enjoying breastfeeding your new baby.

carrie said...

Thanks for the tip--I'll have to check this out next time. My lifesaver was Lansinoh lanolin!

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

I will have to remember that if we have any more. Where was this info 11 years ago when I was breast feeding my first or 9 years ago when I was breastfeeding my 2nd or .........well, you get the picture. :) Thanks for the great tip!

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

I would like to add that it wasn't all bad- just the firt couple of weeks is hard until you "toughen up a bit". LOL

SAHMmy Says said...

Great timing! The beginning nursing stage was no problem; it's the biting! Ouch! I'll have to check the Soothies out, thanks!

aggiejenn@ReflectingHim said...

I loved these when I nursed! The helped so much with the pain. And, yes, it was due to lots of other problems, but while we were working on those, it helped me get some relief!!

Kristin said...

I agree with Robin that Soothies do not help the cause of the initial pain of breastfeeding. (Ummm..the baby's sucking is the cause!) However, I'd like to point out that most lactation consultants that I've spoken with have made me feel as if it's my fault that I am in pain at all.

After having 5 babies I can assure you that I've tried all different types of positions, I've tried getting the newborn to latch on differently - I've tried, ok! The honest truth is BREASTFEEDING HURTS and I am frustrated when lactation consultants try to tell me that it shouldn't. I think some women must have "tougher" nipples than others. Mine, however are not. Now that my baby is almost 6 weeks old there is no pain with breastfeeding. I am one of those women who just has to tough it out the first 2-3 weeks. After that, it's smooth sailing.

I think that several women quit breastfeeding because they are made to feel like they are doing it wrong, and if they did it right it wouldn't hurt. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but it's going to hurt. Soothies helped me during the first 2 weeks, and if you are one of the women who have to tough it out then I think they'll help you too.

If you are a lacation consultant can you please try not to make us feel like we are "doing it wrong?" Mothers would be much more successful at breastfeeding if you would concentrate on telling us what we are doing right. I have yet to meet a lactation consultant who has complimented me, and I have nursed for a combined total of 30 months and counting.

Kristin said...

That'd be what you call ranting and raving : )