Ask mom of two Brooklyn Decker for breastfeeding advice and she'll tell you: It's not for the faint of heart. We caught up with the actress and entrepreneur at the Black Forest Gummy Harvest in New York City (Brooklyn is a huge fan of the brand as a healthier alternative to other gummies) and had a chance to chat with her about lessons learned now that she's a seasoned pro, having breastfed both her son, Hank, 2, and daughter, Stevie, 8 months.
Her go-to trick? Invest in gel-based burn pads. "Whenever someone has a baby, I send them a recovery kit, and burn pads are the most requested item," she explained. "They come in a gel sheet and all you have to do is cut them into quarters and slap them onto your nipples. Then you just peel them off and re-apply in between feedings."
And here's why Decker swears by this breastfeeding hack: "For me, there was a lot of cracking and some bleeding. It was shocking. Why does no one tell you about that? They're all like, yay, breastfeeding! But it's gory—at least in the beginning and then it's fine. Burn pads were a game-changer. It helps you heal, it soothes the nips and it's safe for baby. It's a miracle."
*Adds to hospital bag.*