I had decided I really wanted to breastfeed whilst I was pregnant so I asked around my friends who had breastfed for any tips they could pass onto to help make it a success which luckily for me it was. I breastfed my little boy for 8 months. So I thought I would share with you what I found to be My Breastfeeding Essentials.
This was so important I found the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream to be the best it is expensive but worth every penny. I put this on my nipples after every breastfeed and I never had sore, bleeding or cracked nipples. My little boy was a snacker as well so he was on and off the breast a lot so I would swear by this.
Disposable Nursing Pads
You just pop this into your bra, they have sticky pads to stick in place, and they absorb any leaking otherwise you can find you leak onto your clothes and end up with a wet patch on your top whilst you are out. My milk was quite heavy so I leaked a lot so I found the best ones for me were Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads because they were so much more absorbent than all the other brands but they do cost more so if you don’t have heavy leakage you may be ok with a cheaper brand.
These are comfy bras with good support for your breasts as once your milk comes in on day 3 your breasts become large and heavy. Also feeding bras make feeding so easy as they have a clip on the front of the strap so you can just simply unclip and pop your breast out to feed.
Breastfeeding Nursing Pillow
This is a small U shaped pillow that helps you to support your baby whilst they are feeding. I found this so useful for getting them at the right angle to support them whilst feeding and made it easier than trying to hold them as sometimes my little boy could be feeding for 20 minutes at a time and it could be hard to hold him for all that time, so the pillow really helped to support him and make it more comfy for him too. There are lots of designs you can choose from and the prices vary.
This is for expressing your milk so that your baby can be fed by somebody else with a bottle but still getting your breastmilk. I didn’t do this until he was 4 weeks old as I wanted to establish breastfeeding first, and didn’t want him to have nipple confusion. I found an electric breast pump was the easiest to use. I used the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump I found this easy to use and my milk pumped out quite quickly.
Nursing Breastfeeding Vest
This is a strappy vest that you can wear under your top that has clips on the front of the straps that you can unclip for feeding. I found this really useful for when I was out in public so I didn’t have to lift up my top and show my stomach.
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