Having finally found myself stepping out of postpartum world and into I’m-officially-a-mommy land, I starting thinking about the tools that I found the most usual during my recovery time. This list isn’t about baby; this is all about taking care of mommy, and staying green at the same time.
1. Lunapads Organic Postpartum Pads Kit. The one thing (or things) that I could not have lived without are my postpartum reusable pads. I bought mine from Lunapads, a great place for reusable menstrual pads (which I’ve been using for my period since college). So much more comfortable than disposable pads, and so much greener! I simply throw them into whatever load of laundry I’m currently working on (and these days, that’s several a day). I would recommend not using these until you leave the hospital, since, if you’re anything like me, you’re bleeding far too much for a thin little cotton strip (sorry for the TMI, but hey, it’s the reality of childbirth. Deal).
2. Peri bottle. Steal this from the hospital to make cleaning down under a whole lot easier. In fact, while you’re at it, steal everything you can from the hospital. Take blankets, combs, anything plastic, because even though plastic ain’t green, what the hospital is going to do with all the crap in your room certainly isn’t (i.e. throw it all in a dumpster).
3. Earth Momma Bottom Balm. More ways to deal with the mess down under. Hemorrhoids and soreness are just another of God’s gifts to us ladies post-birth. Earth Mama Bottom Balm is uber-soothing and works wonders, and uses only all-natural ingredients.
4. Earth Momma New Momma Bottom Spray. For when you’re still sore down under, but just need a little pick me up. A lot easier to use than the Bottom Balm and less messy. Smells good, too.
5. Earth Momma Natural Nipple Butter. Yes, I went a little crazy with the Earth Momma products. But they’re just so good! This one is for us breastfeeding ladies. Your nipples will burn. This will help. Trust me. My baby, bless his heart, has decided that my nipples are playthings to be abused at his will. So far, this lanolin-free cream is the only thing that helps.
6. Bamboobino Nursing Pads. These are the softest nursing pads ever, made from green fabric (bamboo rayon and cotton).
7. Kleen Kanteen Water Bottle. I swear, I have never been so thirsty in my life until I started breastfeeding. Having a good, solid (and green!) water bottle to carry around helps. We actually own 4 of these, and they are always littered all over the house.
8. Glamourmom Nursing Tank Top. I live in this. Literally. Since us postpartum ladies walk around in a state of sleepless stupor, it’s a lot easier to wake up and just through on something lightweight and breastfeeding-friendly. Not exactly a “green” product per se, but it saves my sanity, which is good for everyone on the earth.
So there you have it, my recommendations for all of you postpartum or soon-to-be new mommies. Note: A lot of these products can be found elsewhere, but I included in the links where I purchased everything (in other words, I’m not trying to endorse anyone or anything, just letting you know where and what I use).