Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Nursing Bracelet

(My bracelet says "Expect Miracles" on it... how appropriate!)

I am well aware that this is not an idea completely unique to me. But, in all honesty, though this is my third baby, this is my first time needing to use this tip. And, so, I pass it on to all of you!

It may surprise some of you to learn that this is my first breastfed baby. My first child was formula fed (by choice-- are any of you appalled and shocked? More on that in another post...). My second baby was fed breast milk, but through an NG-tube and then bottles. I exclusively pumped for her. My new little girl is exclusively breastfed.

This is the first time I've had to remember what side I fed a baby on. With formula, it's a non-issue. With pumping, I pumped both sides simultaneously each time. But this time around? I need to remember!

I use a pretty, stretch silver bracelet to help remind me. I simply switch it from side to side to let me know which side she ended up on last. This is particularly helpful on chaotic days or bleary-eyed nights. The fact that it's stretchy makes it easy to move back and forth without fumbling with clasps. The fact that it's silver makes it pretty enough to wear every day with everything from jeans to church clothes. It's also comfortable enough to sleep in.

Wearing a nursing bracelet works for me!
What tips and tricks do you rely on while nursing a newborn? Any great advice you can pass on to me?
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday, hosted by We Are THAT Family.


Heather Benza said...

I've been looking for one of these! All my bracelets seem like they'd hurt if he happened to lay on it while nursing. Now that I'm less foggy brained I'm doing better, but a bracelet sure would help!

Jenna said...

Gorgeous! I used a hairband when I was first nursing...not quite fashionable. :)