An Interview with Lauren Roth

It's been a dream of mine to create a Hawaii-inspired fabric unique to Lil'buds Breast Comfort Packs.  So when the time came to choose our first artist collaboration, I knew Lauren was the perfect fit.   For a while, I had been admiring her work, and when we met the first time it just seemed a natural fit.  We ended up going with some of her first designs, because they just just THAT good! 

Lauren's Seashell print features different tropical shells in a black and white print.  It's classic, timeless, and tropical all at the same time.  We hope you are just as smitten as we are! 


In between both of our busy schedules we finally found a moment to sit down and with Lauren to talk about her art, inspiration, and love of Hawaii.   

How is it that you came to call Hawaii home?

I moved to Hawaii in 2009, for a job with Whole Foods. I was working as a Store Artist for them on the East Coast, once I saw the posting for Hawaii, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. I applied for the job, and that was that! 


What do you love best about living in Hawaii?

I just love it all about Hawaii, the spirit, people, colors, everything, but there is something about the mountains. It still takes my breath away how incredible they are. Sometimes I even need to pull over when I am driving to take them all in! I also love the breeze, the sound it makes through the palms and the way it feels, so special.


Where do you get your inspiration for your artwork?

Most of my inspiration comes from the beauty that is all around out here. There are endless plants, leaves, flowers and color to take in. I usually carry around my sketchbook so I can jot things down that I see, or draw them if I have time. Although that inspires what I draw and paint, a huge part of my inspiration comes from the people around me, and the people I have met as a Freelance artist. Almost everyone is following their passion, it makes me want to continue to work hard and create beautiful things.


What was your inspiration for your collaboration with Lil’buds Breast Comfort Packs?

Usually when I meet with someone who wants to work together, I like to hear their ideas and see which pieces of mine they are drawn to. That always gives me a good idea of where to get started and what to make for them. We had a few ideas together, but landed on the seashells.  I think its so cute and different.  


Any upcoming collaborations with other brands, or gallery events, you want to share with our mothers?

I just updated my website with almost all of my products and artwork, I will have a few originals going up there soon! There are lots of cute prints and hand painted wood art that would be great for a baby’s room or new moms. I will be posting my holiday show schedule to my website soon, if anyone is interested they can give me a like on social media, or check out my website.  I did also create a design for CocoMoon, another local baby brand. She makes swaddles, a few other adorable baby accessories.

We are so happy with how our exclusive print came out - we hope it brings a little aloha your way wherever this finds you.  Happy Aloha Friday, Mama.   


What We Love About Babywearing


Happy International Babywearing Week! 

There is a reason so many mothers in other parts of our world wear their babies, whether it's tied to their back, or wrapped tightly around their waist or stomach. The reason, is simple: wearing your baby not only makes motherhood easier for countless reasons, it also recreates a perfect womb like environment that helps babies develop and grow in their fourth trimester as they adjust to the world around them in the least stressful way.  

Seeing as there are already many articles and top ten lists on the benefits of baby wearing...  I've decided in lieu of making yet another list, I would pull together my favorite quotes on baby wearing and combine them with my own sweet memories of carrying my daughter snugly on my chest.  

So here they are... and we are styling our super soft bamboo Beluga Baby wrap. (All the heart eyes!!)




"Human infants are the most dependent of all creatures and for the longest amount of time. We would not have survived as a species if cave mothers had put their offspring in another part of the cave at night or left them for long periods of time during the day. 

We may have the means to separate ourselves from our young, but biologically, we weren't meant to and it still upsets the baby and the mother." 

- Alice Bolster.   


"Building a bond that will last a lifetime."



"We can't cuddle our babies in our arms all day long - we have to go places, clean, eat, and so on. But babywearing means we can get on with life and still hold our babies where they are happiest."

- Brooke Maree


"The more the child feels attached to the mother, the more secure he is in his acceptance of himself and the rest of the world.  The more love he gets, the more he is capable of giving. Attachment is central to the developing child as eating and breathing."

-Robert Shaw, M.D.


"A child may not know what direction he is going, but when he is attached to you, he doesn't feel lost."

- Gordon Neufeld


Photos by AK Photography Oahu

Top Ten Breastfeeding Essentials for your Registry

Wondering what you need to successfully breastfeed? Well, have no fear, because we've done our research and have curated our favorite products just for you.  Pin, bookmark, or add them to your registry because these must-haves will make all the difference in making your breastfeeding journey comfortable and successful.

1. Breast Pump

A breast pump allows you freedom to pump at work, or leave milk with your partner, family member or sitter for some time alone!  


Medela Pump in Style

From $210 at Amazon


Spectra Baby USA S2 Breast Pump

From $120 at Walmart

2. Breast Pads

Breast pads help absorb any breast milk that leaks from the breast in between feedings, or from the opposite breast during a feeding on one side.. 


Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads.

From $24.99 at Target



Nursing Pads

From $6.99 at Walgreens

3. Breast Comfort Pack

Breast comfort packs that can be used hot or cold help relieve pains of engorgement, clogged ducts and mastitis. 

Lil'buds Breast Comfort Packs

From $25 at

4. Nursing Bras

The best nursing bras are soft, supportive and stretchy to allow room for the breasts as they fill with milk. 


Boobesign 'Fast Food' bra

From $49 at Nordstrom


Ayla Luxury Lace Nursing and Handsfree Pumping bra

From $54 at The Dairy Fairy

5. Nursing Friendly Clothes

Nursing clothes allow easy access for breastfeeding on the go. 


Simone Top from Boobdesign

From $35 at



Undercover Mama Nursing Dress

From $49 at


Daisypops Breastfeeding Sleep Shirt

From $46 at

6. Nursing Cover

Nursing covers are another option for you to nurse discretely in public, if you choose.


Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover

From $22.99 at Target


Milk Snob Multifuncitonal Nursing Cover

From $36 on Amazon

7. Nipple Care

During the first few weeks breastfeeding nipples can be very tender.  Use a soothing creme helps them heal. 

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

From $5.99 at Target

8. Nursing Pillow

Nursing pillows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and are made to mainly relieve your arms while breastfeeding during the day and at night, bringing baby comfortably closer to the breast.   They also can be in between feedings to give baby tummy time. 


Natural Curve Nursing Pillow

From $55 from Ergobaby


Original Boppy Nursing Pillow

From $39.99 at Target

9. Lactation Cookies, Bars, and Teas

An easy way to add to your diet supplements that help boost and maintain your supply. 


Oat Mama Lactation Granola Bars

From $30 at


Kaimade Milk Cookie Mixes

From $25 at


Traditional Medicinal Mothers Milk Tea

From $4.99 at Target

10. Lactation Consultant

Using a lactation consultant is one way to help you be more confident breastfeeding so you can reach your breastfeeding goals.  

Lactation Link Classes

Online Classes from $97 at

That's a wrap!  Hopefully knowing what you need helps you feel a little more confident as you get ready for baby!



Inspirational Breastfeeding Feeds

There's something so encouraging when we see other women, and mothers, that have the same experiences as us, same struggles, same labors, same goals, same love.  So, in an effort to bring more love, encouragement and beauty to your feeds, we've rounded up a few of our favorite feeds on social media we thought you would enjoy too. Enjoy!


Encouragement and Advocacy

On IG: @littlepeachlondon

On IG: @littlepeachlondon

On IG: @breastfeedingmommas

On IG: @breastfeedingmommas


Birth and Baby Photography

On IG: @thesophiaco

On IG: @thesophiaco

On IG: @tailsandwings

On IG: @tailsandwings


Pumping Moms

On IG: @theexclusivepumpingmom

On IG: @theexclusivepumpingmom

On IG: @breastpumprepeat

On IG: @breastpumprepeat


Lactation Education

On IG: @bestmilkla

On IG: @bestmilkla

On IG: @milksprouts

On IG: @milksprouts

Enjoy, mama!  There are so many more wonderful feeds, so if you have your own favorites please let me know!



How to make breastfeeding + your busy lifestyle flow

Planning your day around a new baby and (possibly) other kids, school, work, after school commitments, and all the life in between is no easy feat.  Here are some tips I've learned from what worked best for our busy life as a full-time working mom with three kids.


Tip #1: Feed, and then Drive

Always plan to drive after a feed.  This way baby is content and full prior to departure, and you have a good 2-3 hours to do that errand, school pick up, grocery run or drive to work before you need to feed again.  This saves you from getting stuck in traffic with a hungry baby, or having to pull over on a busy highway to feed in the car. You also might get lucky and baby will sleep contentedly in his car seat while you’re out and about.



Tip #2:  Be Prepared to Nurse Anywhere

Even if you’ve master the feed-before-you-drive technique you still are bound to wind breastfeeding someplace unexpected.  Last year, travelling from Newark to Honolulu, I found myself breastfeeding my 6 month old while standing in airport security lines.  We’d been standing in line for more than an hour, and sure enough baby was hungry.  So, right there in the crowded line I pulled up my shirt and we breastfed right through the metal detector all the way to the gate.  I will honestly say that was the fastest I ever went through security, the TSA agents looked right at me and quickly moved me along!  If you ever have the chance, read this comical yet real book by Lauren Hirshfield Belden on all the places you’ll feed your baby.


Tip #3: Use a Nursing Cover, or Not

For those times you find yourself breastfeeding in front of a crowd, try a nursing cover for peace-of-mind feeding. This one is a personal favorite because it allows me to watch baby when nursing, but I also am in love with this multifunctional cover.  If you feel comfortable without a cover, that is OK too! I find myself more and more comfortable without a cover when I'm feeding on the go. The main point is that you’re comfortable.  The more stressed you are the harder it will be to nurse comfortably and the longer it will take to let-down your milk.



Tip #4:  Invest in Breastfeeding Friendly Clothes & Bras

Investing in breastfeeding friendly clothes will be the best choice you ever made, trust me!  Tops and dresses that give baby quick and easy access to the breast mean that you can quickly and discretely feed baby while on the move.  


Tip #5:  Keep your schedule fluid

Even if you plan your schedule perfectly, taking care of a baby isn’t always predictable.  Things happen that you don’t expect, so instead of setting an exact time to meet your bestie for coffee try using a window of time.  This gives you extra time to tend to baby should she need to breastfeed longer before you leave, or if you find yourself changing clothes after getting drenched in spit up.  If you end up arriving early, well, take a deep breath, relax, and know you’re doing a great job, mama.


Stay strong, mama!


Photo credit to AK Photography Oahu

Breastfeeding Journey of a Mom with Triplets

Breastfeeding one baby can be challenging, but can you imagine three?  We were curious what it's like to breastfeed multiples, so we sat down with our friend and supermom, Michelle, to ask her a few questions on how to successfully breastfeed triplets.  Michelle is a labor and delivery nurse, and loves everything related to birth, babies, and breastfeeding, so it's only fitting that she was lucky enough to score herself three cute baby girls on her first pregnancy!  


Were you surprised when you learned you were going to have triplets?

It was the biggest surprise of our life!Even though multiples do run in our family, it was still a shock! Now they run all over our house!! :) Two of our girls are identical and one is fraternal...or as we say "two the same and one a little different!" 



Did having triplets affect your decision to breastfeed? How did you prepare to feed three babies after birth?

When I found out I was having triplets, I knew I was going to have to have an open mind on how I was going to feed them. I knew my trio would be born early, so pumping was going to be a part of my breastfeeding journey. As soon as I was able to, after they were born, I started pumping...10-12 times a day!


Describe the first days after birth, what was their feeding schedule like?

The first few days after birth were filled with pumping and skin to skin as much as I could. They received my pumped milk through little feeding tubes. It wasn't until they were 2 weeks old that they were finally strong enough to try breastfeeding and they were great little breast feeders too! I would breastfeed them one by one and by the time I was finished with the 3rd was almost time to start feeding the 1st baby again! Due to this schedule, I did not breastfeed at every feed, we did a combination of bottles and breastfeeding.


Can you successfully breastfeed multiples?  What advice would you give an expectant mother of twins/triplets?

It's absolutely possible! It's important to join support groups for breastfeeding multiples, because it has its unique challenges. Many moms exclusively breastfeed their multiples, while others do a combination of breastfeeding, pumping and formula. For me, I breastfed and pumped until my babies were 5 months then moved to exclusive pumping until they were 14 months. I was lucky enough to have an abundant supply of milk, but not every mom does and that's OK. It's important to remember that a fed baby is a happy baby, however they get fed! 


Share any tips you have for feeding and sleeping schedules the first few months after birth.

I can barely remember the first few months!!! At night for the first few months, if one woke up to eat, I woke them all up to eat until they started sleeping longer stretches. I found it faster and easier to pump at night and feed them bottles, I would set the girls up on their boppy lounger pillows and bottle feed them while I used a hands free pumping bra to pump. Then everyone got back to sleep quicker!


If there was one bit of advice you could give parents of multiples, what would it be?

Having multiples is HARD, REALLY HARD!! But it's also extra rewarding and double/triple the fun!!! In the early days it's OK to not enjoy every moment, it gets easier!!!


What are your favorite baby products for multiples? 

We couldn't have survived without triplet table for eating and triple wagon! We barely used a stroller!  We also loved our 3 boppy lounger pillows and bottle props.



Well, Michelle, you are one amazing mama!  Thanks for sharing your experience with us.  <3



Top 5 Tips that Helped me Breastfeed Long Term

Hey Mama! 

I realized last night, during one of my *many* nightly feedings, that in a week we be celebrating my daughters first birthday, and that means I've been breastfeeding a year. A YEAR!  This is a major accomplishment for me, having lasted 6 months breastfeeding my first baby, and three months with my second.  The third time around I was determined to breastfeed longer. So I started thinking about what made it easier for me to complete a whole year of breastfeeding and have my top five tips below. 

The kids peeking at their sister as she was breastfeeding shortly after birth. 

The kids peeking at their sister as she was breastfeeding shortly after birth. 

First, I want to make it clear that, in my mind, breastfeeding is a CHOICE.  While society today does everything to encourage breastfeeding with fancy hashtags like #normalizebreastfeeding or #breastisbest, it's not the only way to feed and nourish your baby, and definitely not every mothers privilege or first choice.  

Lots of mothers wish to breastfeed, but can't for a variety of reasons. And that's OK. Some mothers prefer to pump and bottle feed. And that's OK.  Some mothers prefer to formula feed. And that's OK.  The point is this: whether we breastfeed or not we support each others choices as mothers.  For some mothers breastfeeding is not always a walk in the park, there are hard days, there is pain, and there are struggles, and the very fact that we have options in our day and age is wonderful, and we shouldn't judge another mother's way of feeding her baby.  Remember this, as a mother you do what is best for you and your baby and at the end of the day, fed is best. 

So, mama, if you've decided you want to breastfeed for the long haul, here are some tips that helped me keep on going.  


Tip #1: "Believe that you can, and you're halfway there."  - Theodore Roosevelt

Believing in yourself and your body is so important, and half of the struggle when it comes to breastfeeding.  When I breastfed my first baby I was constantly anxious over not having enough milk.  This came from my thinking these thoughts: 'I am a small cup size, I can't possibly make enough', 'I'm never engorged, so how can I have enough milk?', 'My daughter is colicky and crying all the time so she must be hungry'.  And maybe after a while, my anxiety did cause my supply to drop. I didn't believe in my body.  After six months I gave up and eagerly switched to formula.  I'm OK with that.  But here's what I didn't realize way back then... your cup size has nothing to do with how much milk you make.  Your body is made for making milk and believing in it does wonders for your conscious.  So, this third time around I changed my way of thinking, and instead of doubting my body, I believed in it and I think that made a big difference. 


Tip #2: Give your body what it needs to make a healthy milk supply.

On top of just believing in myself, I also realized I had to give my body proper water and nutrition to support lactation.   Here are a few things I ate routinely on top of a healthy (okay, healthy-ish) diet to establish and maintain my supply:  Water water and more water (you got to hydrate to lactate!), Oatmeal anything (high in iron for milk production), flax seed, sunflower seeds, avocado, Lactation Cookie Mixes (click here for a local favorite), Lactation Bars (click here for my favorite). 


Tip #3: Be the pacifier.

This is an important one for me.  After every one of my babies were born, I lost track of how many times nurses told me "Don't be the pacifier!"  I think their intentions were good, thinking they didn't want to make me sore from so many feedings in a short period of time, thinking that babies would get too dependent on the breast, or that newborn babies need a set schedule.  

The reality is, every time your newborn baby nurses it's telling your body to make more milk.  The more they suck, the more you make. It's scientifically proven.  So I say, BE the pacifier.  Listen to your baby, not the clock.  If he's fussing, feed him.  Even if it's only been 30  minutes, or an hour, since the last feed.  The more they eat, the better your supply will be.  Trust me.  And the happier they are, the happier you will be too.

My third baby literally lived on my chest the first 8 weeks of her life.. nursing whenever she fussed, sleeping on me in between feeds... and in those 8 weeks we established a healthy bond and milk supply as a result.  I didn't need to give my baby a schedule, she inherently fell into one herself. It's innate.  By the time she was 4-5 months old she had developed her own schedule and I noticed when her awake times were and when her nap times needed to be and planned her days accordingly.


Tip #4: Use a Breast Comfort Pack

Know this: that before you start the long haul breastfeeding, that there will be hard, difficult, knock-the-oomph-right-out-of-you kind of days. You'll experience things that will make you want to give up breastfeeding... maybe an improper latch, then later maybe a few clogged ducts, or.... mmmm-mastitis. (ugh!)  Going through mastitis was enough to make me want to give up breastfeeding altogether. Get a breast comfort pack to help you through those days, because they won't last forever.  I swear by these breast comfort packs (yes, our very own lil'buds!), because using them anytime I felt discomfort breastfeeding, or tenderness, or a potential clog helped me breastfeed mastitis-free this whole year.  For me, avoiding breast infections was the key to reaching my breastfeeding goals.


Tip #5:  Have a support network

Last tip. If it's your first, second or third time breastfeeding, it really helps to have a support network. Whether it's your partner, a friend, lactation consultant, doula or even a breastfeeding community on social media... having people who understand what you're trying to achieve and and being able share your experiences together does wonders for your confidence as a breastfeeding mother. 


Stay strong, mama.  You're already doing an amazing job.  I don't feel like I'm any expert in any way on breastfeeding, I'm just speaking from my own experience.  I know what works for one mother doesn't necessarily work for all.  So, I hope in the very least that some of these tips have resonated with you, and maybe they will help you make it through today. 



Photo credit to AK Photography Oahu

Milk Supply and Exercise

As a lactation consultant, a common question I receive from moms revolves around working out and milk supply.  A common misconception is that exercising leads to a decrease in milk supply.  However for most, this is not the case.

Ok, let’s back up for a minute and talk about establishing a healthy milk supply.  This is so important and begins with your first latch (or pump) after delivery.  Establishing a healthy milk supply from day one helps set you up for long term success.  We know that the more often that we drain the breasts (feed baby) the more our body is signaled to produce milk (supply and demand).

Here are my top tips to a great start:

  1. Limit visitors in your delivery room until AFTER your first breastfeed.  This is usually 1-2 hours after delivery
  2. Offer breast at least every 2-3 hours
  3. Feed On Demand for the first 4-6 weeks
  4. Offer BOTH breasts at each feeding (but if baby only feeds off of one side, that’s ok!)
  5. Softer breasts (and weight gain) after a feeding is a great indication baby is draining efficiently

So, you have established a healthy milk supply, baby is gaining weight and getting older, you have been cleared by your OB to resume physical activity and you want to start implementing exercise into your days but you don’t know where to begin.  You are a also little hesitant because you don’t want to lose your milk supply that you just spent so many weeks and a lot of hard work to establish.

Now, I am so excited to share with you my recommendations for a healthy post-partum journey. 

Give yourself grace.  As your adjusting to this new phase of life, cut yourself some slack because not every day will go according to plan and some days may feel totally out of control.  That’s OK!  Embrace the change knowing that every day will get better, easier, and feel more manageable. 

Set short-term goals.  Whether its daily, weekly, or monthly, set a goal for yourself to strive for.  Maybe it’s getting out for a walk every day.  Maybe it’s committing to do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout you found on Pinterest every day that you can do without weights at home.  Whatever your goal is, do your best to show up every day.

Proper sports bra.  This is KEY!  There are so many great “nursing sports bras” on the market but many of them don’t provide the support your breasts need if you’re doing medium to high impact exercise; think anything more than, taking a walk, yoga or Pilates.  I highly recommend investing in a few “high impact” sports bras.  These typically won’t be nursing friendly, but they will provide the support you need to help decrease your risk of plugged ducts, engorgement, or mastitis.  Check out my guide to finding the perfect bra for more details

Timing is everything.  Workout AFTER  feed your baby.  Your breasts will be less full making working out more comfortable and decrease your risk for clogged ducts, engorgement, or mastitis.  Your baby will also have a full tummy and hopefully drift off to sleep allowing you to complete your workout.  If you happen to get a little engorged or uncomfortable, Lil’buds are my absolute favorite for both cold and hot packs.  We use them for everything in our house!

Eat smart NOT less.  Fuel your body with WHOLE FOOD nutrition and WATER.  Skip the junk and processed foods, but definitely not the chocolate!  Throw out the long recipes with ingredients you can’t pronounce and keep it simple.  The less time you spend cooking, the more time you get to snuggle and nibble on those chubby baby cheeks.  Load up on the veggies and protein, save your fruit for dessert after meals, and indulge in oatmeal (which is great for milk supply).  As a breastfeeding mom, you will need 300-500 extra calories while breastfeeding so make them healthy calories and you will see a change mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Get an accountability partner.  Both in your breastfeeding journey AND your post-partum health journey, accountability is vital, it’s a must.  Whether it’s you SO, best friend, mom, or sister, share with them your goals and ask them to keep you accountable.  If you know yourself and you know that you need extra accountability to reach your goals, I would love to invite you to join one of my online accountability fit camp groups filled with women who share a common goal; to pursue their healthiest self, so that they can care for and love their families better.  I would love to connect and hear your story.  Simply shoot me an email with subject line “Fit Camp” and I will reach out to you asap so we can chat.  Or, you can find me on IG @milksprouts.

You are absolutely amazing mamma and I am so proud of you.  Remember to give yourself lots of grace as you transition into this new life.  You are nourishing this new life which is truly amazing and a huge commitment itself and your top priority.  Pursing post-partum health is another learning curve that takes a lot of practice.  Give you best every day, make healthy choices, and snuggle your little one to your heart’s desire. You got this!  


About the Author
Sarah Lang MS, RN, LC is a mom of 2 boys and 2 girls under 5.  She is founder of MilkSprout, a private practice offering breastfeeding support services both online and in-person through classes, consults, blog, and online support.  She offers online, in-home, or hospital services before and after baby is born.  Sarah's mission is to support and encourage moms through education to meet their breastfeeding and pumping goals along their breastfeeding journey.  To schedule a consult (online or in-person), please email  For more tips and tricks, follow her on Instagram @milksprouts.  She'd love for you to stop by and say "HI!" 

Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to a Bottle

As a Lactation Consultant it’s my job to help parents make feeding their newborns as easy as possible. Many moms who choose to breastfeed eventually want the option to give their baby a bottle. Whether you’re going back to work or just want a night out, there are steps you can take to make the introduction to a bottle a seamless one. 

Introducing your breastfed baby to a bottle takes some planning and patience. For a smooth transition, start offering the bottle somewhere between the third to fourth week when your milk supply is fully established and breastfeeding is off to a good start. This three- to four-week window is ideal because waiting longer can result in a baby who might reject the bottle completely.

Here are 5 tips for keep in mind when introducing your baby to a bottle:

· Experiment with different nipples and bottles. This will help you determine which works best for your baby. The best nipples require the baby to keep his mouth open wide while sucking, just like he does during breastfeeding.

· Have someone else offer the bottle. A breastfed baby will often refuse the bottle if he knows that mom is around. Sometimes it helps for mom to leave the house so the baby doesn’t sense her presence.

· Put some breast milk on the bottle nipple. Putting some breast milk on the nipple will give the baby an instant reward. Sucking instinctively initiates swallowing which can get the baby going in no time!

· Don’t wait until baby is hungry. It’s best to offer the bottle before the baby becomes hungry. Hungry baby = fussy baby. 

· Offer the bottle once per day. Don’t be surprised if your baby refuses the bottle the first time it’s offered. The most important thing is not to force the baby to accept it. Patience and persistence is everything so if it doesn’t work today, try again tomorrow.


Remember, just because you want your baby to take a bottle doesn’t mean you need to introduce formula. Pumping and feeding expressed breast milk is the next best thing to direct breastfeeding and a wonderful way to continue providing the ultimate nutrition to your baby even when you’re not available. 

About the Author

Rebecca Agi, MS, IBCLC is a Los Angeles based International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. To learn more about her services, you can visit her website and follow her on Instagram @BestMilkLA.


How to Relieve Pain from Engorgement

Hi mamas! I’m Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC, owner of Lactation Link. I’m here to share today some tips on engorgement. I get asked several times a week how to relieve the pain and pressure of engorgement that can occur while breastfeeding. This often happens within the first week of baby’s life. I hope these tips and solutions help!

1. Ensure a proper latch.  Sometimes new or expectant moms wonder why I spend so much time going over latch in my Breastfeeding Basics class.  Having a proper latch is what ensures milk is being removed.  If you are trying to breastfeed frequently as recommended, but the latch is poor and milk isn’t being removed, it makes engorgement worse!  Also, when breastmilk stays in the breast too long (due to an improper latch), you become susceptible to something called milk stasis, which leads to the M word (mastitis).

Ensuring a proper latch can make all the difference.

Ensuring a proper latch can make all the difference.

2. Feed frequently.  Sometimes infants have difficulty latching during engorgement because the breast tissue gets pulled tightly and may even shorten the nipple temporarily.  Feeding every 2-3 hours or sooner helps release the pressure surrounding the breast and enable easier latching.

Lil'buds® slip easily into a nursing bra or tank for targeted relief.

Lil'buds® slip easily into a nursing bra or tank for targeted relief.

3. Use Hot/Cold therapies.  One of my favorite things to recommend to moms for use during engorgement are lil'buds® Breast Comfort Packs (shop now with code 'LLINK' for 10% off).  They are infused with lavender and flax seed and can be heated or cooled!  I recommend using them for heat, 10-20 minutes before a feeding.  Some moms have found the warmth to be pain relieving. The warmth can also get the milk flowing. Before latching for a feed, throw the packs in the freezer.  After the breastfeeding session is complete, place the cooled comfort packs in your bra for a max of 20 minutes to reduce inflammation.  Doing this before and after every feed can relieve some discomfort.

4. Consider a pain-reliever. Many moms find ibuprofen to be helpful.  Even moms who are not sore due to delivery may consider continuing an NSAID pain-reliever like ibuprofen during engorgement.  Medications like this contain anti-inflammation agents that help reduce engorgement (an inflammatory process).

5. Hand Expression.  I teach hand expression in all my classes and personal consultations because it can be used in so many ways.  For engorgement, it can be used to help facilitate latch.  As I mentioned in tip #2 above, sometimes latch can become difficult during engorgement, due to tightly pulled skin around the nipple and areola.  You can utilize hand expression before latching to express just enough breastmilk to soften the breast tissue and latch your baby.

Useing lil'buds® hot or cold on engorged breasts helps relieve pain.

Useing lil'buds® hot or cold on engorged breasts helps relieve pain.

I hope these tips give you some solutions so you can continue to breastfeeding with confidence!  It's our goal to help every mama achieve their breastfeeding goals.  If you want more info, click below to visit my website, order video classes, get my free 6 day breastfeeding course, or schedule an econsult.

About the Author
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC is a mom of 2, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She owns Lactation Link, a private practice offering breastfeeding support through her breastfeeding video classes, blog, and online support forum. She also offers in-home (or hospital) lactation support services as well online lactation support services before and after baby is born. Lindsey’s goal is to empower women through education to reach their goals, whatever they may be.  To schedule an econsult with me, click here.


Welcome, Mama!  It feels surreal writing this first post, not knowing a blog would be a passion of mine, but suddenly it is.  I'm SO excited to bring you a space where mothers can connect, learn and gain confidence in themselves as women and mothers. Here's how this Lil'Blog will work: every month we will have a Guest Contributor from the community who will share on topics related to birth, motherhood, and breastfeeding. The goal is to connect you, Mama, with resources and information that support YOU.  We have amazing contributors scheduled for this year, so I hope you will join in the fun and learn with me.

To celebrate the debut of our blog, we've teamed up with some amazing local shops for a unique mama+baby giveaway at the end of this post!  

But first, a little bit about me and how lil'buds® came to be! 

These three are my world. 

These three are my world. 

A Little About Me

My name is Portland, and I am the mother who designed and created lil'buds® Breast Comfort Packs.  I was born and raised in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu.  I had no idea when I left Hawai'i to attend college in Boston that some day I would return here to raise a family and own a business! After graduating from Wellesley College, I got married and we made our way across the country and finally settled in Hawai'i where I taught middle and high school math and science for three years.  After giving birth to my oldest daughter in 2009,  I realized I wanted to focus on being a mom, so I left my teaching position to focus on motherhood.

The Idea

Lil'buds® started out as a little tiny thought, about 7 years ago, when I was battling mastitis with my first daughter.  Here's what I remember: laying on a towel and holding a wet warm washcloth on my breast.... biting my lip to distract me from the excruciating pain in my breast when my daughter was breastfeeding.... hot showers... painful massages... Every bit of it made me want to quit, but my OB kept saying - 'don't stop breastfeeding!'   So I survived, but It was horrible.  I thought, 'if only there was a better option for pain relief!' You see, back then (I sound as if it's ages ago, when really it wasn't), I had no smart phone, no social media, no support groups, no Amazon Prime, no hashtags to search like #mastitissucks or #breastfeedingproblems (those were the days when # still meant number, yeah, remember those days?).  Being a first time mom, with some postpartum anxiety, I wasn't keen on reaching out to strangers in a support group, so  my resources were limited to pretty much my OB and Babies 'R Us.  I went looking for some kind of comfort pack that wouldn't drip water everywhere... but couldn't find anything suited to my needs.  

Fast forward a couple years to after I had my second child.  I came back to my idea, I brainstormed, I sketched, I cut up some fabric, I tried out different fillings, and my nights were consumed with this little project.  Suddenly it hit me one day that this little idea worked.  I wanted a comfort pack that was: wearable, functional, chic, earth friendly, and dry.  Something that could provide targeted relief to an area of the breast, that could be hot or cold, and that would avoid a tender nipple.  After months of working on a design, I sent out a few pairs to family and friends.  The response: overwhelmingly positive.  So it was, lil'buds® was born.  

Lil'buds Classic Collection features Net flannels which are simple, modern, clean, and timeless.  

Lil'buds Classic Collection features Net flannels which are simple, modern, clean, and timeless.  

In launching my idea, my only hope was that lil'buds® would help make those not-so-enjoyable breastfeeding problems (clogged ducts, mastitis) just a little bit more endurable and comfortable - maybe even avoidable.  if lil'buds® could help a mom achieve her breastfeeding goals, whether it was 3 months, 6 months, or 18 months... then it would be worth it!

Making an All Natural Product

It was really important to me that I made a product that wouldn't add more waste to an already wasteful planet.  Living on an island, in the middle of the Pacific, we are maybe more conscious of the impact of our lifestyle on the environment around us.  Plastic pollution is a real thing here; it washes up on our beaches, it affects our marine life.  So everything about  lil'buds® is earth friendly from the recycled chip board box, to the 100% cotton fabric, to the all natural seed filling.  The best part about making lil'buds® entirely earth friendly and biodegradable, is that it makes a product that works, and works far superior to any plastic equivalent (at least in my opinion!).  

My Own Personal Experience

I didn't get the chance to use lil'buds® for myself until after I had my third child.  A little bit of me was scared that they wouldn't work for me like they had for everyone else who had tried my samples, or had already gotten a pair for themselves.  But, in the first few days after our third baby Reese was born, I was using my lil'buds® every 3 hours... all day... every day.  They were amazing.  I was using them hot to help maximize my pump sessions at the hospital.  If you didn't know, applying heat to your breasts before a feed or pump session helps to increase your let down, allowing more milk to leave the breast.  To get the most milk each pump session, I was placing warm lil'buds® inside my nursing bra at least 10-15 minutes before I pumped.  The heat felt SO good too. 

I've been exclusively breastfeeding more than six months now, with no mastitis. It's the longest I've made it with any of my children, and I thank my lil'buds® for this.  I've had several clogged ducts, but the blockages have always cleared by wearing heated lil'buds® before a feed or pump session and gently massaging my breast after let down.  I love my lil'buds® and hope you do too.  <3


Last but not least.... a GIVEAWAY!

We've teamed up with some of our favorite local brands to bring you a very special Aloha Mama+Baby giveaway.  One lucky mama will win goodies from each of the shops below.  Join us tomorrow (1/27/17) on Instagram to enter! 

Giveaway running on Instagram starting Friday 1/27/17.  Ends on Sunday 1/30/17.

Giveaway running on Instagram starting Friday 1/27/17.  Ends on Sunday 1/30/17.

Up Next

Next month we are so excited to have Lactation Link on the blog! Check out their website here

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