Bamboobies – Essentials for the Nursing Mom #Giveaway

by Bonnie Way

5 Minutes for Mom contributor and long-time breast-feeder Bonnie Way received a package of nursing products from Bamboobies to try out for this review; all opinions expressed are her own.

I’ve spent five of the last seven years breastfeeding. I remember, as a new mom, struggling to learn how to nurse my baby daughter. Breastfeeding seemed like it should be so natural and easy, and yet it wasn’t. In the two babies I’ve had since then, I’ve learned more about the period of adjustment that comes after having a baby—the huge changes that happen in a mother’s body to nourish her child and how each child brings their own unique abilities to the breast as well. I’ve also learned to look for things that make this process easier.

Bamboobies Prize Pack

Bamboobies offers moms a variety of products to help with breastfeeding. The company began in 2009, when one mom needed a solution to her leaky postpartum breasts. Since then, the company has grown to offer more than just nursing pads. They now have a whole line of products to meet the needs of pregnant women and new moms.

I first encountered Bamboobies after my oldest daughter’s birth, when I needed a pad to soak up the constant milk leaking from my boobs. I found disposable pads annoying because they got lumpy and sometimes broke and felt clammy and, of course, created more garbage. Bamboobies pads are big, soft, and super absorbent, and even after three babies, my pads are still going strong. The pads come in two sizes, regular and overnight (for extra leak protection, such as when your milk first comes in).  The pads are discrete and never feel yucky, even when they’re full of milk.

 

Bamboobies Nursing ShawlThe Bamboobies chic nursing shawl is light and soft, easy to slip over your head. I love the fact that it’s multipurpose; it can be used as a nursing cover, but it can also be worn as a light shawl while pregnant. The flower is a bright and pretty design on the black shawl. The stretchy fabric made it easy to put on and use, even with a baby who was squirming and growing.

 

Nothing my midwife or nurse said to me as a new mom prepared me for the pain of engorgement. I seem to have a huge supply of milk for my babies, and after my second daughter, my breasts so big and heavy with milk that I had a terrible sore back. I wish I’d had the soothing therapy pillows back then. These beautiful little pillows are so soft against your skin and the perfect shape to ease boob pain. They can be used warm or cold to help with engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis, pumping and even for babies’ and toddlers’ bumps and bruises.

 

Bamboobies BrahhhIn five years of breastfeeding, I’ve tried a lot of nursing bras. Some work better than others or fit better than others. The Bamboobies lounge bra is one of that works. Made of super soft, stretchy bamboo and organic cotton, this bra is a sports-style bra with relaxing support that’s super comfortable. I liked how easy it was to slip on (no playing with clasps) and the pretty flower in the center (similar to the flower on the shawl).

I was very excited to try the Boob-Ease Organic Belly & Baby Butter. I haven’t had a problem with stretch marks (thankfully), but my youngest daughter has had very dry skin since birth. I’ve tried a variety of lotions on her skin but hadn’t found one that I really liked—until I opened my Bamboobies package. The Boob-Ease Butter felt greasy when I first rubbed it onto her skin, but I was surprised at how quickly it rubbed in and how smooth it left her skin feeling. The butter is also two of my favourite scents: lavender and lemongrass. I’ve tried it on my own skin too and I like it just as much as my daughter does.

 

Bamboobies Nipple BalmBamboobies also offers a lanolin-free nipple balm which soothes, protects and moisturizes sore nipples, yet is also safe for baby—so there’s no need to wash it off or worry about when you’re next feeding the baby. The nipple balm is soft and easy to apply.

All of Bamboobies products are natural and organic. The therapy pillows have flax seeds in them, rather than a gel or other chemical. Flax seeds hold their temperature longer than gel. These products are great for both mom and new baby.

If you are expecting or have a friend who is, I totally recommend checking out Bamboobies. They have the best pregnancy and postpartum products available. I could tell, even before I dropped by the website to find out for sure, that this is a company run by a mom for moms. Their products show that they’ve been tried and tested by real women with real problems who’ve found real solutions. They offer gift certificates as well as awesome bundles (perfect for a baby shower gift).

You can also find Bamboobies on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (follow them to hear about great deals and giveaways as well as new products).

Enter to win a new nursing mama prize pack that includes a Bamboobies Nursing Pads Multi-Pack (3 pair regular + 1 pair overnight), Bamboobies Nipple Balm, Bamboobies Brahh (black w/ flower accent), and Chic Nursing Shawl (blackberry w/ flower accent).




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Bonnie Way is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, mom and wife. She has three daughters, ages five, three, and newborn, who take her to parks and read books with her and help fold laundry. When she's not hanging out with them or working on her computer, she enjoys rock climbing, scrapbooking and reading.

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1 Sarah D. June 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I did not expect to love breastfeeding so much!

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2 Kristie June 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to stop. :-/

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3 vickie couturier June 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

the pain from sore nipples and engorged breast

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4 anne June 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

The problem with having enough milk.

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5 Stephanie Hanes June 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

I never expected it to be so exhausting the first few months. I remember my husband asking, “She’s eating AGAIN???”

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6 Kara Griggs June 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

I didn’t expect sore nipples that bled when my milk hadn’t come in yet. Then, when I returned to work I was not able to pump enough milk.

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7 Carol-Anne June 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

How much it hurt in the beginning! haha

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8 Cassandra Eastman June 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

With my son, I didn’t expect it to be so hard! But with great help and support we made it!

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9 brandy June 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

The 6th sense… the boobs know the baby is hungry, before the baby knows!

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10 Randa June 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

How difficult it was. I only lasted 6 weeks, it just was not working. I was so frustrated.

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11 christine jessamine June 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

for me it was that each child was different. with my son it was alot harder to breastfeed even though he is my 2nd

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12 Anne Perry June 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

How natural and easy it is for me.

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13 Cassie Smith June 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Milk blisters… ouch!

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14 Rosa June 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I was caught off guard by how engorged you can get. I’m currently at the end of my pregnancy with my third daughter, after two unsuccessful bouts with breast feeding. My oldest needed neo natal care, where are my current youngest was a lazy sucker, and managed to kill off my milk supply to the point where dicletin was unable to help… Here’s hoping round three is a success!!!

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15 Kathryn s June 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I didn’t expect breastfeeding to be so hard with my third child. My nipples were so sore the first couple weeks and my son lost 13% of his body weight. I had to pump and am now still pumping 3 months later.

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16 kristen mcclary June 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

how painful it is

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17 katie s June 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

What was unexpected for me with breastfeeding was that I heard it hurt when the milk came in, and holy moley it hurt, but that when you got full it would hurt then too. Another full year of not being able to sleep on my stomach. :(

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18 Maria B June 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

It definitely so painful!

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19 Maria B June 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

It definitely so painful with breastfeeding.

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20 Rachel June 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I haven’t started yet!….that’s why this prize would be awesome!

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21 Holli G. June 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

To be so rewarding!

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22 Alice June 22, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I’m having a difficult time building a supply. My daughter is using me as a pacifier when nursing.

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23 Amanda June 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

To be bored sometimes. I love bonding with baby but sometimes the repetitive physical action makes me crazy.

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24 Ashley T June 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

I haven’t started breastfeeding yet.

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25 Susan June 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

My *baby* girl is labouring right now … it would be so nice to give her this as a gift because even at my old age, I remember how difficult those days can be!

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26 Katie June 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I didnt expect my baby to have latching issues creating lots of pain!

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27 daniell June 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I didn’t expect for it to be so hard to get a newborn to latch properly

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28 melanie borhi June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The pain and sensitivity of my nipples

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29 Nannypanpan June 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

How much I loved it and now miss it

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30 marian boll June 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Being able to be with my granddaughter to enjoy her connection with her daughter melts my heart.

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31 April Brenay June 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

the pain of the first latch, i couldn’t believe how much it hurt!

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32 Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo June 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Well, I didn’t know that I would have triplets and exclusively pump for 17 months. Great giveaway, thanks for making it open to Canadians.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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33 Rachel June 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

The fact that it was hard to get her to actual attach. It was the hardest thing!

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34 Lara Clinton June 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I haven’t been able to start yet but plan on it — I read a lot of information though that it takes a lot of dedication to make it work sometimes!

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35 Tamar June 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Having no milk supply :( I needed to take meds from overseas to build my production.

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36 Monica P June 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

It was unexpected how much I would enjoy it!

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37 Shannon June 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm

How easy it was!

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38 Lynda Thomas June 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

With my first son it was unexpected that breastfeeding made my emotions go completely crazy. With my second son it was unexpected that everything went so well and I didn’t have any problems at all!

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39 heather June 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I want to win this for someone in need.

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40 Asha June 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I didn’t expect to love it so much. I have been so successful at it so far. The fact that I can give my daughter all she needs is a great feeling. Trust in your body. Breastfeeding really makes me feel empowered.

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41 Angela Saver June 27, 2014 at 1:33 am

I didn’t expect to be so sore & engorged!

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42 Jennifer (robbins) A. June 27, 2014 at 11:13 am

I didn’t expect soreness.

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43 Brandy Williams June 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Hiw painful it is!

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44 Brandy Williams June 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

How painful it is!

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45 Helga June 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

For my friend it was realizing how painful it is.

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46 Abby June 29, 2014 at 12:18 am

I was surprised by how painful the first few weeks were.

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47 Veronica V June 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I have not experienced breast feeding yet.

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48 Amanda June 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

When I started breastfeeding my son as a newborn, I didn’t know it would be so hard and that latching would be so difficult for my baby.

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49 Shannon F July 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Pretty much all of it! Haha I don’t know if I thought it was all going to be rainbows and sunshine or something but man, I was not expecting any of the pain or suffering! ha

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50 Mihaela Day July 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

not having enough milk was a very unexpected issue.

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51 Jennifer M July 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm

The painful nipples from an poor latch.

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52 Austin Baroudi July 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

My girlfriend didn’t expect it to hurt as bad as it did.

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53 vera July 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I didn’t expect to leak so much.

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54 Lorie Sanders July 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Clogged ducts!!!! They were the worst and the remedy is funny as hell. On all fours upside down to the baby breastfeeding

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55 Sonia July 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I haven’t started yet; my son is due in a couple of months. How soon the breasts start to prepare for baby was a shocker for me.

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56 Emily Smith July 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Dealing with a tongue tie!

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57 Fiona N July 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

I didn’t expect how pain I would suffer every time my baby bites mine but I love it :)

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58 Lauren E. July 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

I had no idea how painful it would be when she started spacing out her feeding periods. Holy cow.

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59 Stephanie Galbraith July 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

The over engorging of the breasts filled with milk. The painfulness of it.

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60 Breanne July 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I haven’t experienced it yet.

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61 Jay Dee July 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

I didn’t expect to be as leaky as I am.

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62 lisa kay July 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

I could not believe the amount of Milk I produced!
I could have fed triplets!

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