When my son was first born I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, though I didn’t really think much about it. I didn’t do any breastfeeding classes, or even read much about breastfeeding. I’d figured that breastfeeding would be just like giving birth – it would just come naturally. It’s what our bodies do. Right?
I wasn’t prepared to feed constantly (which I now understand is perfectly normal). Then my milk came in after a few days he fed with such ferocity that my nipples started to seriously hurt.
He was about a week old when I told my mum my nipples had cracked. I didn’t really know what to do about it! All I knew what it hurt and my baby was still feeding. Ow. She told me not to worry and popped straight up to the chemist.
She came back with a tube of Lansinoh lanolin cream.
The relief was instant and feeding was much easier! It didn’t feel so raw and painful. It took a few more days until my nipples really started to heal completely – as me and my baby got the hang of latching and positioning.
I probably only needed to use the Lansinoh cream for a week or so, but a couple of months later I put together a gift hamper for a friend’s baby shower I popped in a tube of Lansinoh – I felt pretty pleased with myself, because I knew how important it might be to have it on hand if she happened to need it.
The hamper has some other “baby essentials”; like some light muslin wraps, breast pads, breast milk storage bags….
NOT UNLIKE THIS BOX OF PRODUCTS I’M GIVING AWAY!
What’s In The Box
Since my experience with Lansinoh they’ve added a lot of new products to their range. This gift hamper we’re giving away includes:
Lansinoh lanolin cream
This really is a must-have for new mums. I really can’t quite put into words how much I appreciated having this product – and my mum to who knew what to buy for me!
Lansinoh Breast Therapy Packs
These are so interesting to touch. I could stop fiddling with the little gel pearl thingies (yes. That’s a very technical term) These packs can be used hot or cold, they can fit discretely inside your bra, or even be used while pumping to aid with the let down. They’re great for painfully engorged breasts – seriously where were these a few weeks ago when I weaned my daughter!
Lansinoh Breastmilk Bags
I was never really able to express milk very well – so I’m not really sure what to look for in a breastmilk storage bag! But these look pretty cool. They can be stored standing upright, they have measurements up the side, and shaped for easy pouring (that bit I understand. Given how hard it is to get the milk out in the first place, pouring without spilling is super important!)
Lansinoh Nursing Pads
Okay, so breast pads are a product I am familiar with! Funnily enough my breasts won’t give up the milk for a pump, but they will randomly let down! These are really soft, comfortable and discreet. They have two adhesive spots to stick it into your bra. They also a good size with lots of absorbency – I poured a few tablespoons of water into one to see what would happen and it really did hold up well! Which is handy for those of us who occasionally flood their bra.