Simplisse was kind enough to also send me an assortment of their breastfeeding supplies to review (and give away!) as part of BABY Month! I was sent:
- Simplisse Gia® Angled Breastfeeding Pillow
- Simplisse Disposable Breast Pads
- Simplisse Breastmilk Storage Bags
- Simplisse Nipple Cream
Let me start with the Gia! Here are the product features:
- Angled feeding may help digestion and reduce reflux and other feeding problems
- Wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent baby from rolling down
- Patented, non-flat design positions baby at incline
- Grows with your baby with virtually limitless positions
- Quilted 100% Cotton, Anti-Bacterial and Stain-Resistant
- Machine Wash & Dry/100% Cotton Shell
- Use with or without cover
nursing pillows around because I nurse at a lot of different places! The Gia has been hanging out in my living room for a weeks now. The first thing you'll notice about the Gia pillow is that it is angled and shaped very different from other nursing pillows. I wasn't sure how I would like this feature at first, but I realized almost instantly how great and useful it was! I use this pillow in so many different ways! In the first few weeks of nursing, I dealt with engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis. Because of that, not only was I nursing my boy a LOT but I was trying to vary the angles he nursed at to help make sure he emptied each breast completely. I found that the Gia pillow made it so easy to get great support under Jacob no matter what position I chose to feed him in. When I would use the football hold, I would tuck the small end of the pillow behind my back and have the larger side for him to lay on. It worked so well and helped to give my back additional support! Of course, when using the cradle hold to feed him, I would place the pillow with his head/my shoulder on the large end with his body on the rest of the pillow.
I've also used the pillow to prop Jacob up when I put him on the floor. It works great as an angled seat for him after he's nursed. I would recommend that if you purchase this pillow that you also purchase the cover to go with it. My pillow is used so often (and I have a two year old!) that it already has a few little stains on it (because I don't have a cover). You can however throw it in your washing machine to clean it, which I plan on doing when I get a chance!
- Ultra-absorbent micro-layer prevents leakage
- Shape contours to mom so no adhesive is required
- Ultra-soft and comfortable–perfect for moms on-the-go
- No SAPs (chemical polymers), all materials biodegradable
I don't know about you, but when I'm nursing, breast pads are a MUST! Even if I'm home, I still use them or else I'd be changing my shirt a few times a day. I don't tend to leak much when I'm not feeding anymore, but when I do nurse my son, I normally get leakage from the breast not being used. These disposable breast pads from Simplisse are the thinnest I've ever seen and they work great at keeping my clothes dry! These breast pads have a coating on the back of them to help prevent leakage from the back. They also are free of adhesive (which I never use, even if the breast pad I'm wearing has them--I found that to just be a pain!). Lastly, they are very flexible, so they conform to my body really well.
- Extra-durable design with double zip seals to protect precious breastmilk
- Gusseted bottom allows bag to stand upright
- Perforated top for easy access
- Ideal for refrigerator/freezer storage
Now that I have my double electric breast pump, coupled with the fact that I'm producing a lot of extra milk still, I've been freezing a lot of breastmilk! I love the gusseted bottoms of these bags because it makes it easy to stand them up in my freezer while they freeze. After frozen, I toss the bag in my big milk storage container in the deep freezer. I haven't had any issues with leakage from these bags, which we all know is THE MOST IMPORTANT feature of a breastmilk storage bag since it's holding liquid gold!!
- Nutritive formula nourishes the skin to help heal nipples
- Safe for mom and baby / No need to rinse off before breastfeeding
- All Natural/Hypoallergenic/ Paraben Free
- Light Natural Scent/ No Added Fragrance
While pregnant with Jacob, I honestly didn't think I'd have the need for nipple cream after he was born. I figured my nipples would still be tough and ready to go from nursing Maggie. Jacob however proved to be a very hungry baby who nursed ALL the time his first few days and tended to latch on and off over and over again. Many time he'd go to come off of my nipple and forget that he needed to let go--OUCH! After a few days, I was ready to cry I was in so much pain and got this nipple cream out to try. I found it to be very soothing and I LOVED the fact that it wasn't sticky at all, nor did it stain my clothes as other creams had done in the past. The cream has the consistency of a light lotion and absorbs easily. It is definitely a product I would recommend that all new nursing mothers keep on hand!!
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