Thursday, March 10, 2011

Breastfeeding Blog Hop Week 10: Product Reviews

Here are my reviews on the breastfeeding items I have used so far:
  • My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow.  The Good: This pillow makes the early days of nursing much easier.  We spent A LOT of time trying to nurse in the beginning, and not getting very far, but this kept me comfortable.  The Bad: We only used it for a few weeks.  It takes too much time to pull it out every time Bug is hungry.
  • Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads.  The Good: They are comfy and have a sticky side so they stay put.  They are also very absorbent. The Bad: They totally show through my thinner nursing bras and make it look like I'm a 7th grader trying to give myself a little something extra.  Also, each pad is individually wrapped making quite a bit of excess waste and those damn wrappers are EVERYWHERE.  Not because I'm really that environmentally conscious (obviously if I used disposable pads), but because I'm cheap I tried...

  • NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads.  The Good: They are thin and much less expensive.  They aren't visible, even in my thinnest bra.  The Bad: I don't have super leaky boobies, so I didn't need much absorbency, but if I did, I don't think these would be effective enough.  Also, they don't have a sticky backside, so they slide around a bit.
  • Medela Pump in Style (with backpack).  The Good:  So far, it works well.  I haven't had any major issues.  I didn't really want a backpack, but it comes in handy when I am doing some hands-free pumping and I need to wander around my house.  This pump comes with a battery adapter, so I can roam wherever I want to and a car adapter, which I haven't needed to use yet, but I'm sure I will eventually.  
  • Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bustier.   The Good: It is very good at holding the bottles.  They are DEFINITELY not going anywhere when I'm using this.  Also, its easily adjustable and will fit no matter how much weight I loose, if I ever get around to loosing it.  The BAD: Its not very comfortable and it doesn't look good under my clothes.  I got this because I wanted to be able to pump quickly at work while still being able to answer emails and doing paperwork, but I have to plan what I am going to wear so that it isn't obvious that I'm wearing it.  

Right now I'm looking for a better alternative for hands-free pumping and a nursing tank that doesn't look like a nursing tank.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


  1. My hands free pumping bustier was strapless, so when i was ready to pump I just zipped it on over my pumping bra and got down tto business. Added maybe a minute to my routine putting it on and taking it off at the end. I just kept it rolled up in my pump bag, washed it evry few days.

    You are right about the NUK pads- I'm not even a heavy leaker but they only worked for a few days for me before they were leaching out the sides. also I found them uncomfortable with the seam around the edge.

  2. I should have bought stock in nursing pads. I went through a TON when my milk first came in. Thankfully I don't leak nearly as much now, but I still wear them all the time, just in case (it would be pretty embarrassing to walk into a meeting with wet spots on my chest)

  3. Jen, I forgot them yesterday and had a minor leak about 10 minutes before I was suppsed to teach. Luckily it was pretty tiny. I hope no one noticed.