I have a friend who has Raynaud's and is pregnant with her first. I found these two items useful during my own nursing journey --- anyone who has experience with Raynaud's who wants to weigh in on if they think these would be useful gifts?
https://www.target.com/p/philips-avent-thermal-gel-pads-2-count/-/A-13956468 (used for heat obviously not cold...)
kiwi / 705 posts
I have Raynauds but didn’t have any difficulty breastfeeding (beyond the typical pain every mom experiences). Personally, I think this specialty nursing stuff has a low probability of being used and is better purchased as needed. If you want a thoughtful gift related to her condition maybe a nursing stool to keep her feet elevated? Or some kind of foot/hand warmer (blanket? Warm socks?) for late nights nursing?
pomegranate / 3375 posts
I had really specific needs when it came to pads and dealing with Raynauds. This kit was released right after I had LO2, and I loved it so much: https://lunacomfortkit.com
pomegranate / 3350 posts
I have/had Raynaud's with no specialty nursing supplies needed. Actually I think pregnancy significantly reduced my Raynaud's symptoms so I wonder if that is common? I would hold of anyway and see if she has any issues first.
persimmon / 1271 posts
@JCCovi: @skipra: thanks!!! My friend has always noticed symptoms in her nips & its been worse during pregnancy.....i can remember during 1st trimester she was putting those hand warmer packets in her bra at work!! We've talked about her concern about nursing.
@littlejoy: thanks!! Ill check this out!
persimmon / 1310 posts
I have it. Pregnancy helped, I believe because of the increased blood flow. However, it was the first time I ever saw my nipples purple. After birth was a hard time; maybe the body is trying to regulate again, so you get some extremes. I had a really hard time for maybe 6 weeks or so with them turning white, stiff, and painful. I dreaded taking showers. I used the recommended supplements, which were somewhat helpful but I quickly switched to the prescription nifedipine because of the severity of my pain. It DID work really well. It eliminated my symptoms body-wide for maybe six months, but I found the side effects for the two week duration of the RX to be really unpleasant.
Nursing my second baby, it was less severe. I never had to resort to nifedipine. I was just really vigilant to keep them warm, used lansinoh often, and it was enough that time. The vasospasms ended up almost going away after about six weeks. Now I don’t take any precautions and rarely have one.
My advice would be to prepare warmth, like an electric blanket or heating pad wherever she plans to nurse and a portable heater in the bathroom. And have lansinoh on hand since that barrier seems to help insulate from those brief exposures to cold air. The heated breast pads sound intriguing too. But for everything else, I’d probably wait and see.
persimmon / 1390 posts
I had Raynauds and it seemed to go away when I was pregnant with DD1, and it has only come back now that I am 21 months postpartum after DD2. DD1 was 21 months old when I got pregnant with DD2 ironically, so maybe if I hadn’t gotten pregnant the symptoms would have come back. It was freezing the winter DD1 was born too and I never had a problem nursing.
pomegranate / 3601 posts
I desperately had to keep my boobs warm with my first or I would get excruciating pain. I love the Boob Design Hoody or sweatshirt because it has a fleece lining in the bust area so it keeps it warm and it's totally comfortable and totally practical for BF (http://www.boobdesign.com/products/maternity-nursing-activewear/b-warmer-sweatshirt-faded-rose-m). Don't know if that's within your budget though