57. Quick Tip Tuesday: Do you need milk collectors for breastfeeding? - The secret power of breast shells! - Tips for new moms, first time moms, and postpartum moms with babies
What are milk collectors, and do you even need them? Milk collectors, AKA breast shells, are one of those seemingly random breastfeeding products that no one talks about.
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Hey friends, it’s Quick Tip Tuesday where I answer a quick question submitted by you, my awesome podcast listeners. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer on a Quick Tip Tuesday episode, just go to my website, Angel swan.com/quick tip and submit your question. So today’s question is from Anna and she asks, Do I need milk collectors for breastfeeding? Okay, so first of all, what are milk collectors? Let’s talk about that. Milk collectors, also known as breast shells are slim plastic cups that fit inside your bra. And the cups are sealed with a silicone piece that has a little hole for your nipple to fit through. And the cup rests in your bra and collects any milk that you leak in between feedings because you do have letdowns, you know, when your baby cries or you brush your boob up again, something like anything will trigger a letdown. So to answer your question of, do you need these? Well, if you’re leaking a lot like saturating your nursing pads super quickly, and you want to collect that milk to store it for later, instead of just letting it soak in the pads, and then you have to throw it out, then yes, these would be great for you. That is what these brush shells or milk collectors are made for. But I wanted to tell you why all breastfeeding moms, even the ones who are not leaking should have these, especially if you’re getting the hang of breastfeeding. So if you have sore cracked nipples from breastfeeding, you can actually use these breast shells to help your nipples heal. This works because you’re giving your nipples time to air out, you’re preventing them from rubbing on your bra or your shirt and chafing. And all of that combined is going to help them heal faster like airtime is truly one of the best ways to let any open wound heal. So these were great for that. These are also really great if you have inverted nipples or flat nipples. So wearing the breast shell in between feedings to help will help your nipples come out and be easier for your baby to latch on to little like it’ll make them erect. You don’t have to do any special tricks like pumping before feeding to try and get them to come out. You can just wear these in between feedings, and it’ll help your breasts get into the proper shape for latching. So do you need the milk collectors? I think that yes, like most moms would totally benefit from having them. Even if you’ve gotten the hang of breastfeeding. You know, a couple months from now your baby might go through this thing where they start latching like improperly. It’s happened to me several times it’s happening to my clients several times anything will trigger it, you know, asleep regression teething, they’ll just kind of start doing this thing where they do a shallow latch or they’re gnawing on you a little bit and your nipples get roughed up. So you you to even if you think you’ve got the hang of breastfeeding, you could totally benefit from having these in your back pocket for those times when you just need to give your nipples a break. So yes, I think that everybody who’s breastfeeding should have milk collectors, also known as breast shells. Okay, so if you’ve listened to my podcast thus far, and you haven’t taken one minute to leave me a review on Apple podcasts, please, please do me a giant favor and go do that for me today. If you’ve learned anything, anything in this podcast, if I have helped you in any way, the best way to support this show and to support me is to leave me a five star rating and or a written review. It literally takes one minute not even it takes a minute of your time. And it makes a huge, huge, huge impact on my day. It puts a huge smile on my face. And it also helps other moms find my podcast simply because you took that that two seconds to leave me a review. Oh and don’t forget you can totally come hang out with me on Instagram at Angel dot Swan and grab my awesome free postpartum planner on my website. That’s Angel swan.com. Remember swan is spelled SW o n you guys. Just in case you didn’t know everything is linked in the description. But you guys that’s all for today’s Quick Tip Tuesday. So thank you so much for listening and I will talk to you soon. Bye bye