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Monday, December 28, 2009


I think it's unrealistic to presume that all breastfeeding moms (especially those who work) can go without having someone bottle-feed their baby at some point. I also think that perpetuating that idea scares busy moms from trying to breastfeed entirely. I prefer to front the reality that you may need a bottle and finding one that doesn't confuse the issue is important to certain moms' success.

The Boppy worked great for me. I found the MBF too rigid, but I did not have latch issues. I got very lucky in that regard. Lei took to it like a champ.

I mentioned both the Hooter Hider and the Baby Bond as must-haves for different reasons. I like the Hooter Hider for places like Ravinia (laid-back, not super-loud, outdoor concert venue)so Lei could block out the distraction and relax - not for the benefit of my modesty.

I love the Baby Bond because you're still kind of "out there" without being very naked, especially wearing an awkward top. While this ceratinly relates to modesty, not everyone likes whipping a breast out at Thanksgiving in front of their entire family or at the zoo. And, I do think that there are certain groups of women that wouldn't feel comfortable breatfeeding without some type of coverage.

So, if what we're really after is what's best for baby, then I feel compelled to promote options that encourage them to do it. Plus, mom's like gear because gear is fun.

I see you are following me on Twitter so I thought I'd drop in and take a look around.

I don't see how bottles or stretch mark cream (???) have anything to do with breastfeeding. A much better product to include on this list would be the My Breast Friend nursing pillow. I had latch issues for weeks after my son's birth, largely due to positioning. The MBF solved that in a snap -- it's firm whereas the Boppy is...floppy. I have both and use the Boppy more now that my son is 1 year old, but the MBF is much better for newborns, which is really the critical period for BFing success.

Also, I used the Bebe Au Lait cover (same as Hooter Hider) and found it to eventually be more of a distraction to my son, leading to yanking of the cover and unintentional exposure. Much easier to just get him used to nursing without one. I also don't like seeing a cover promoted as a "must-have" for nursing. NIP will continue to be controversial until it's normalized by people seeing moms nursing their babies.

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