Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Helpful Breastfeeding Products



Before Osian was born I hadn't really prepared for breastfeeding. It was hard to know what I would need, I didn't think I'd need anything at all to be honest. 11 months down the line we have ended up with quite a few breastfeeding related products, so I thought I'd write this list to hopefully help anyone who's preparing or thinking about breastfeeding.

In no particular order

1. Nursing Pillow - I really regret not buying one of these. I always wanted one in the early days of breastfeeding but I never got around to buying one. I think it would have come in so handy for our evening cluster feeds. I love the prints from the two I have shown so thought I'd add links to where I found them the first is a Boppy pillow by Chicco and the second is a PreciousLittleOne Nursing Pillow.

2. Breast Pads - Breast pads are an essential. Until my milk came in I was convinced I wouldn't need them because I didn't seem to leak, but I didn't know how different colostrum and the milk was going to be. To start with I used disposable pads, which worked very well. I then decided to try out some reusable pads and I was really impressed with them and much preferred their feel. I do wish I had bought them a lot sooner and saved a bit of money from all the disposable pads. I think it's a personal preference which one would suit you better, for me it was defiantly the reusable.

3.  Lanolin Nipple Cream - I loved this cream, it really is a life saver. It was recommended to me by a midwife in the hospital, my Mum kindly went to buy one for me and I was amazed by how well it worked. I used it before and after every feed for a few days, it really helped with the initial sensitivity. I continued to use it for a few weeks then stopped because I simply didn't need it any longer. It looks expensive for a tiny tub, but I can assure you it is so worth the money.

4. BelleBelly - I loved my BelleBelly. It's a band that you where under your clothes, turning any top into a nursing top. I really don't like my stretch marked flabby belly so felt more comfortable whilst wearing this band.

5. Freezer Storage Bags - If you only express milk that's to be used in the next few days days then you can simply keep it in the back of the fridge. If storing for any longer the milk will need freezing. Breast milk can last up to 6 months in the freezer. The bags are thick and will store the milk securely. You can also get a storage tray to go in the freezer and the bags fit nicely inside.

6. Breast Pump - One of my regrets was not expressing and freezing milk in the months I had a very good supply. I wish that in the first few months I had bought an electric pump and frozen a lot of milk. It would have been so much easier for when Osian started nursery. Having not personally used an electric pump I did a little research and saw a lot of really good reviews about the Medela Swing, so I wish I had bought this one!

7. Bottles - If you choose to express then bottles are handy for short term storing of milk in the fridge for also for feeding your baby. I have spoken to a few who chose to just use beakers but they tended to be for older babies. I'm really impressed with the Medela Calma Bottles and would highly recommend them.

8. Mamascarf - Is a lovely scarf which can be worn as part of an outfit, which can transform into a breastfeeding cover. I know a lot of woman will feed anywhere and not be phased by it, which is something I admire, but unfortunately I'm not like that. So this is a product for ones like me, who don't feel as comfortable with it, you can still see your baby the whole time whilst using the scarf.

I've just remembered about another thing, our Babybeads feeding necklace. Which was very handy when Osian had fiddly fingers, it's basically a beaded necklace that I'd wear and Osian would play with whilst feeding, it helped avoid a few hair pulls, pinches and scratches!

What about you? Have you got any handy breastfeeding product that I haven't mentioned?

12 comments:

  1. What a great list of #breastfeeding products! I'll second most of this but I have been lucky enough to not really need pads this time round. Yeah for Lanolin though!

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  2. Your son is just too cute for words! No wonder you've created a blog about him, I'd be proud to have a child that adorable too :)
    www.thevegantaff.com

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  3. Great List!
    Lanolin Nipple Cream was miraculous, literally. I cannot believe how amazing it was. I was reluctant to buy some as it seemed a bit pricey but I am so glad I did.
    I have been using disposable breastpads but wish I had bought some reusable ones. I do have the medela milk shells which I can wear when I am staying in and they collect the milk to then pour into a bottle for feeds which is handy.

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  4. Great little list of stuff you might need when breastfeeding. I wish I had seen your post before I had my first baby! #BinkyLinky

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  5. Realy good list. Llanolin nipple cream is my number 1 breastfeeding product! Saved my hoohahs!! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

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  6. good list i had one of them pillows and never used it even now its still in the box! love that nipple cream though literally the best thing ever!

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  7. Lansinoh breast pads were my must have, I had them EVERYWHERE in every bag, I kept finding them months after I stopped feeding !! (www.lovinglifewithlittleones.com)

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  8. Great post, with no.2 around the corner I have been thinking about things I never got round to buying last time that may make it easier this time, a nursing pillow is def up there! I found Johnson breast pads the comfiest but never thought of reusable ones, will have a look. The bellebelly is a good tip too, I've been looking at vests that do a similar job but will have a look at that! Xx #pocolo. (Caroline, becomingastayathomemum.com)

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  9. Great post for breastfeeding mamas! My medela swing has taken a beating today, it's the best one out there I reckon. Lanisnoh was a godsend for me in the eartly days too :) x #binkylinky

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  10. Fantastic list! I went through two Medela Swings, lol! They couldn't handle the work load. I currently have a Medela Freestyle which I love-it's a little pricier and only worth it if you pump all the time. Otherwise, the swing is great. I wrote a post with my list of BFing must haves too and it was missing the nursing necklace! I wish i knew about those a year ago!!! Great post!

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  11. I found that nipple cream invaluable. I had real issues early on and my nipples were cracked and sore. This really helped. A great list of products.
    Thanks for linking up with #BinkyLinky

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  12. Great stuff. This is really very useful to who all having born baby. And these products are very helpful. Thank you. Disposable pillows and nursing pillows are really a good product.

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