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Booby Tubes - No Really! Wish I'd had Them

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Pretty much any mom that breastfeeds for more than a couple of weeks gets to deal with at least one really bad bought of mastitis. As an exclusive pumper, I got to deal with it three times. (One time so bad that I spiked a fever of almost 103 and spent a day or so hallucinating...)

About the only thing that really helped was to stand under a hot shower, or to heat up some ziplock bags full of rice and use them as a heat compress before I pumped.

Now, flash forward to the week that I thought it'd be a good idea to quit pumping cold turkey rather than slowly easing off over the course of a few weeks. (what was I THINKING?) Engorgement...not fun! Not fun at all! Cold compresses that time, lots and lots of cold compresses (and a few shots of whisky probably wouldn't have hurt either...)

If I'd been thinking, I would have ordered myself a set of "booby tubes" early on in the game and made good use of them to help prevent the joy of mastitis and engorgement.

So what are booby tubes? Basically, they are hot/cold packs that can either be frozen or microwaved and are then placed inside of your bra to act as hot or warm compresses. Nuke them to create a nice hot moist compress when you're dealing with mastitis or pop them in the freezer to help you get some relief from engorgement.

You can get them online from Noss Galen Baby, a great company worth checking out. (The founder left the rat race of a corporate job at PayPal to start the company so that he could spend more time with his wife and kids...yay for him!) They also sell the one baby sling that I like enough to consider buying the next time I have a baby...

Anyway, check out the booby tubes. If for no other reason than because you can tell people that you saw booby tubes. :)

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