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Gosh, breastfeeding can certainly be tricky can’t it? It’s the most natural thing in the world, yet for some people (I’m definitely one of them), it can take a little while to master.
I have been on two very different breastfeeding journey’s (but that’s a post for another time), firstly with my now five year old daughter and secondly (and currently) with my six week old son. As someone who has experienced both the best and worst of breastfeeding, I will admit that there are some really handy essentials out there, that make breastfeeding your baby so much easier!
5 Breastfeeding Essentials
Here’s ‘5 Breastfeeding Essentials’ I really couldn’t live without and that I honestly could not recommend enough. Whether you are about to start a breastfeeding journey of your own, or you are already established with feeding, I hope this list will help;
1. Lanolin Cream
I was recommended Lanolin by Lansinoh after I had my first little one. I had really sore, cracked nipples and a few people at a breastfeeding group could not recommend it enough. It was such a saviour!
As soon as I started shopping for baby number two, this was honestly one of the first things I picked up. I knew I would need it and honestly, I really have! Breastfeeding a newborn is a big learning curve and even if you’ve done it before, every baby is different and your nipples have to seriously get used to feeding again. This cream not only protects them and prevents cracking, but it also soothes and heals them if you do have any issues.
2. Nursing bras
A good fitting, comfortable nursing bra is definitely a breastfeeding essential. When I had Evie, I have to admit, I was a little bit stingey when it came to nursing bras. I got really cheap ones that were uncomfortable and they ended up giving me backache and falling apart after only a few washes. This time around I’ve made sure to invest in some really good quality nursing bras.
The ones I chose are from Bravado Designs and I really cannot recommend them enough. Six weeks in and they are holding up perfectly. They’ve adapted to my growing boobs (which have experienced some engorgement), they feel so supportive and the fabric is super lovely on my sensitive skin.
3. Breastfeeding Friendly Clothes
Breastfeeding friendly clothes are definitely an essential. But, I have to admit, it can be really hard to find suitable clothes for breastfeeding, that actually look nice and that aren’t super frumpy. You can imagine how jammy I felt when I recently stumbled across a beautiful collection of breastfeeding clothes that are not just stylish, but they’re practical too.
Frugi, the organic Cornish clothing brand, have just launched their ‘Bump To Breastfeeding‘ range and they honestly have some really stunning pieces in their first collection. I picked up a couple of their nursing tops and a dress and they have been an absolute dream to wear while feeding, as well as helping me to feel a little bit more like ‘me’ again in the style department. You can see both tops and the dress in my Instagram post here;
I really cannot recommend getting a breast pump enough. Even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, a pump can be so helpful. It can help to relieve engorgement in those early days, it can be wonderful for helping you to get a break from baby occasionally, it can help you to build a milk supply and if you ever have any issues with your boobs (I had sore, cracked nipples at one point that were too painful to feed through), then a breast pump can be a saviour!
If you are looking for a good breast pump, the Medela Swing is one of the best breast pumps on the market. My favourite thing about Medela breast pumps is that most of their pumps feature 2-Phase Expression technology. This means that the pumps mimics babies’ natural sucking rhythms, which helps you to express more breast milk in less time.
I was kindly gifted the Medela Swing Pump and Feed Set that you see above. It honestly meets all the needs of a breastfeeding mum perfectly. It comes with so many handy things, such as; bottles, a bottle stand, some handy ‘pump and save breast milk’ bags, a quick clean microwave bag and so much more. The ‘Calma solitaire’ bottles the set comes with, are honestly amazing too! They are designed to mimic the breast so that your baby can maintain their natural sucking behaviour, which makes it so much easier for you to switch from breast to bottle and back to breast again.
5. Reusable breast pads
When I had Evie, I honestly didn’t even realise you could get reusable breast pads until about three months in! Silly me. I can’t even tell you how much I must have spent on boxes of breast pads. This time around, I invested in a couple of packs of reusable, cotton pads and they really are much better value for money (as well as being better for the environment) and they’re much more comfortable than the throw away kind.
They also usually come with a handy little ‘wash bag’. This stops them from getting lost in the washing machine and it’s also great for storing them in. I picked up a couple of packs from Boots, but you can find them in most maternity stores or stores that sell baby goods.
So, those were my 5 Breastfeeding Essentials! If you want to read more about my breastfeeding journey so far, pop over to read my post:
If you are breastfeeding your little one, I really hope it’s going well. Or, if you are pregnant and you are planning on breastfeeding your baby, I hope this post was really helpful.