Since myself and Arlo have made it to 4 glorious months of breastfeeding together and still going strong, I wanted to share with you my Top 5 Breastfeeding must haves for those gorgeous expecting yummy mummy’s out there that plan on breastfeeding. The products I’m sharing with you have been amazing for me and are what have worked well but that doesn’t always mean they will work for you. I’ve definitely picked up quite a few tips too on this journey but I will share those in another post.
1. Haakaa Breast Pump
I highly recommend these bad boys, I would be completely lost without mine now, they’re really great for popping onto the other boob while you’re feeding from the other as it catches all the precious milk you lose from the let down. I have to say I don’t really pump as I use this and I’ve managed to stock up on my milk and have quite a lot in my freezer. It’s so easy to use and if you’d like me to do a full review on this amazing pump then please let me know as I’d be more than happy to do one.
2. Snacks & Drinks
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again who knew that breastfeeding was thirsty (and hungry) work?? This is the one thing I always make sure I have with me at all times. I’ll make sure I have some type of snack at hand whether it’s fruit, some nuts, yogurt or even some Weetabix minis (I like to mix the chocolate & banana ones) and to accompany my snack I have to have water or a glass of squash. Before I go to bed as well I try and make sure I have a drink and snack next to me because I do get so thirsty and hungry while feeding. If I’m really tired then I do tend to skip the snack but will always make sure I’ve got a drink to sip on.
3. Nipple Cream
I’ve been using this lovely Weleda nipple balm and especially in the early weeks it was such a lifesaver, I have to admit I don’t use it after every feed now but I do make sure I’m using it a good few times in the day and at night. It really does help protect those sore and at times cracked nipples from being in baby’s mouth. You do experience a little bit of sore nipples when you start to breastfeed but as soon as you have the latch down it becomes pain free but I always keep this with me because it really does help especially on those days your baby wants constant nursing, for me I’ve found it’s when he’s had his injections, if he’s just generally feeling a bit rubbish or having a growth spurt. I absolutely love this brand and this balm is just amazing.
4. Reusable Nursing Pads
Have you spotted a bit of a theme going on?? Most of my top picks are of course eco-friendly. I picked up these amazing organic bamboo & cotton reusable breast pads on amazon for about £10-£15 for maybe 10-12 pairs. I bought 2 of these so that I had more than enough to keep me going even on laundry days. They’re so comfortable and thick enough to use at night too. They come with a handy little wash bag to wash them in, and they do last really well. Mine still look brand new and hardly used even though I use maybe 1-2 pairs a day. Definitely have a look into these instead of buying disposable ones, these will last such a long time and of course you’re saving yourself money.
5. Nursing Bra
One of the most important things while breastfeeding isn’t just some feeding friendly clothes, it’s the bras you use. For me it’s all about comfort and these ones that I bought from Debenhams have been great. I won’t buy expensive ones but I don’t mind paying £20-£30 for 2 nursing bras. They have to be comfortable and also give support to your boobs. I’m really trying to find some nice t-shirt style ones that give you a really nice smooth look, and again I’d highly recommend going and getting a bra fit because your body will change shape after having the baby as will the size of your boobs.
If you would like me to do a full review on any of the products I’ve shared with you today, please don’t hesitate to ask at all. I’d be more than happy to share my views, more information and how the product works with you. Do you have any breastfeeding must haves?? What can’t you live without??