There’s not much you need to buy if you plan to breastfeed your baby. The basic equipment is obviously already there! But in the early days there are a few breastfeeding products that I found made my life a bit easier and more comfortable.
My 5 favourite breastfeeding products
This cream was a lifesaver for me. It’s a little pricey at £10.49 for quite a small tube, but it will be the best tenner you ever spend. And it lasts for ages—I actually still have two half tubes left. I had some nipple damage from a bad latch in the first week of feeding and this really helped it heal and prevented any more happening. After the first 6-8 weeks I didn’t really need it every day, but it was occasionally useful again if Jacob started feeding frequently during a growth spurt. It’s also a great lip balm!
I previously wrote a more detailed blog post on the medela swing breast pump. There are loads of breast pumps on the market. Some are cheaper, but I do think this is one thing it’s not worth scrimping on. I’m usually all for saving money, but breast pumping is time-consuming and the last thing you want to do it spend more time doing it because you wanted to save a few quid. It’s just not worth it.
If you aren’t sure whether you’ll need one before birth, don’t buy one. You can always do next day delivery on one after the baby is born if you are desperate. Although, having said that, I did use mine a lot in the first year.
The Lansinoh Therapearl 3 in 1 breast therapy was a lifesaver when my milk first came in and I had engorgement. I’d frozen them in advance and the relief when I put them on was amazing. They can also be heated in the microwave for relief from mastitis and blocked ducts, and can also be used when pumping to warm the breast and increase milk flow. I didn’t need to use them often, but when I did need them they were brilliant. I’ve also used them since as a first aid item as a cold compress! Multi-use!
Not everyone agrees with this, and I know lots of people just fold down their normal bras, but—particularly at first—I found a nursing bra so much more convenient. The last thing you want when you are trying to get the baby to latch correctly is to have to fuss around with your bra. Hot Milk have a great selection of pretty and comfortable bras.
These Lansinoh breast pads are the best ones I found. I tried various brands, supermarket cheap ones and these, and although they were more expensive, they didn’t soak through like others. Definitely worth splashing out on.
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