I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding my baby for about 3 months now, and I’ve already realised which breastfeeding-related products have been totally worth buying.
Admittedly, I was initially a little nervous about breastfeeding, because I’d heard and seen from others the possible challenges. And it wasn’t something that came naturally to me at first while at the hospital after giving birth.
However, the following products have made a world of difference in making breastfeeding an easy and enjoyable experience, for both baby and myself!
So here are the 6 essential products for breastfeeding mums:
1. Nursing pillow – for comfort
One of the struggles I had in the first few days after giving birth, was adjusting to holding my tiny little newborn in the right position for feeding, while also trying to get the latch right and maintain that position for up to an hour. It wasn’t particularly easy, and my arms and back ended up cramping from the awkward positions I ended up in while trying to get it right.
Once I was back at home, I tried out the nursing pillow I had previously purchased. And it was a lifesaver! It allows your baby to be elevated to a good height for breastfeeding so you don’t need to strain your back or sit awkwardly. You can also be handsfree, which is great for doing other things while breastfeeding (because realistically, a lot of your day particularly in the early weeks is spent nursing) like reading, eating, blogging Plus they’re comfy for baby to lie on too!
2. Nursing bra – for convenience
When your little one is breastfeeding 6+ times a day, wearing a nursing/maternity bra makes such a difference! Quick and easy to adjust, they allow you to also be more discreet when breastfeeding in public.
If you’re buying this while pregnant, aim to get it towards the end of your pregnancy or stock up on more after baby is born. Anticipate an increase from whatever bra size you normally go for! I definitely can’t fit into my old bras anymore, although perhaps after I wean off breastfeeding…I guess we’ll see.
Also, you don’t have to spend extravagant amounts of money on nursing bras either. I own a couple of $10 maternity bras from Kmart and they’ve been really great!
For example, my favourite is actually this one from Kmart. It’s super comfortable and supportive for everyday wear, has the drop down cups and clips, and best of all it’s only $10!
3. Breast pads – for protection
3 months postpartum and I’m still using them daily…is that even normal? Anyway at least when I’m out and about I don’t have to worry about leakages or wet patches showing up on my shirt. One less thing on my mind is always a preferable option!
From the beginning I’ve been using the disposable Pigeon honeycomb breast pads. The honeycomb design is the new and improved version of the original Pigeon breast pads. They’re softer, more absorbent and more comfortable while still ultra-thin and discreet with a natural fit. What more could you want?
I’ve also heard good things about Bamboobies – washable and reusable breast pads made from sustainable fabrics.
4. Heat/cold packs – for relief
A couple of weeks ago, I was convinced I was coming down with mastitis (thankfully I didn’t though). I was super sore, particularly when turning/twisting/basically whenever I moved… So I did my online research and came across the Lansinoh Therapearl 3-in-1 breast therapy gel packs (that’s a mouthful!) and put in an online order. By the time the delivery arrived, I was feeling much better and didn’t need them anymore.
BUT I’ll be ready for next time engorgement comes knocking on my door!
These Lansinoh Therapearl packs provide unmatched therapeutic relief. Use them cold to help relieve pain from the swelling of engorgement, or hot to encourage let-down and for plugged ducts/mastitis. They can also help reduce time expressing when used with a breast pump!
What I particularly love about these is the design, which easily conforms to your breast for providing relief all over, all at once.
5. Nipple cream – for soothing
Lansinoh HPA lanolin cream soothes, protects and heals sore, cracked nipples. It’s 100% natural with no preservatives so it’s completely safe for your baby, and there’s no need to remove before breastfeeding. In fact, it’s the #1 recommended nipple cream by lactation consultants and doctors and is even endorsed by La Leche League International. This is undoubtedly the cream to get!
I actually haven’t used this, since luckily breastfeeding is starting to come quite naturally now and thankfully baby also latches on well. But now that I think back to the early weeks of breastfeeding, I really should’ve used some (no idea why I didn’t…postpartum fuzzy brain!) because it was quite painful as I got used to the whole breastfeeding thing.
This brand of nipple cream is so well rated and reviewed, so I’m glad I have it waiting and ready. Perhaps if I have another baby I’ll remember to try it out!
6. Mini bamboo muslins – for bub
I love mini muslins! They’re great for so many different things – from tossing over your shoulder during burp time after a feed, to using as a bib, or wiping bub’s drool. A compact alternative to regular-sized muslin cloths, easy to tuck away in your bag for speedy access.
My favourite are the Weegoamigo bamboo pastel mini muslins – it was definitely worth spending that little bit extra for bamboo muslins rather than regular cotton ones. They’re extra soft which is what you want when wiping your little one’s face and mouth during feeds!
Special mention – burp cloths
Personally I don’t actually own any burp cloths (which are essentially bib-type cloths made to put over your shoulder when burping your baby). You can even get some fancy types that are curved to the shape of your shoulder/neck.
It’s not part of the main “essentials” list because I reckon you can be fine with the versatile mini bamboo muslins during burp times. However, these burp cloths are probably more absorbent, and if you have some extra baby funds to spare, go ahead and get a few. If I was to purchase one, I’d probably go with the Aden And Anais burpy bibs which have some super cute designs!
So that’s a wrap for the list of essential products for breastfeeding mums! Is there anything I’ve forgotten? Would you have a different list of top products? Drop a comment down below!