RD 10 of the best products for breastfeeding

From nursing bras to the best nipple cream, we’ve hunted down 10 top items to make breastfeeding and expressing breast milk easier

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  • Help for breastfeeding and expressing mums

    Whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding or combining breast and bottle there are products out there that can really help make feeding your baby easier.

    Firstly, a good nursing bra is vital – for your comfort and for discreet feeding in public. Then, a nipple cream to soothe any soreness and breast pads to soak up those embarrassing leaks are both on the list.

    If you’re combining breast and bottlefeeding, you’ll want a bottle design that makes switching between teat and nipple easier, a good breast pump for expressing – either a manual for occasional use or an electric pump for more regular expressing – and a steriliser.

    And to help you feel like a woman, not just a mum, we’ve found the sexiest nursing bra around, which has combined glam looks with true comfort.

    Here’s our pick of the top 10 items every breastfeeding mum should know about…

  • Emma Jane nursing bra (428-Mary), £25

    The Emma Jane Nursing Bra 428 Mary is an ideal breastfeeding basic. This nursing bra offers good support, is comfy to wear and the drop cups are super ease to unclasp and re-clasp. The cups are made of breathable cotton and have seams that won’t rub, which is music to the ears of any breastfeeding mum with sore nipples.

    Our MFM reviewer found it invaluable, and described it as comfy and practical.

    Check out the full Emma Jane Nursing Bra 428 Mary review here.

    Available from Amazon

  • Cake Lingerie Cookies and Cream maternity and nursing bra, £30

    Feeling sexy and fabulous may all be in the mind, but a bit of glamorous lingerie can certain help you kick-start that feeling! The Cake Lingerie Cookies N Cream maternity and nursing bra is a real treat. Yes, it’s beautiful, but it also feels wonderful against your skin and is comfortable. The cut of this Cake bra also lets you wear lower cut tops without showing off your underwear.

    See exactly why our MFM reviewer rated the Cake Lingerie Cookies and Cream maternity and nursing bra so highly.

    Available from Amazon

  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream, £10.49

    Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is a must-have if you’re suffering sore, cracked nipples, but is also ideal to have on standby. It instantly soothes and helps heal your nipples. You can leave it on while breastfeeding too, with our reviewer noting her baby didn’t notice it was there at all. A little goes a long way, so don’t get too worked up about the price tag. And here’s an inside tip: this is fab on dry lips, too.

    Check out how well Lansinoh HPA Lanolin scored in our review as well as other nipple cream reviews– and why other MFM mums call it a “miracle cream”!

    Available from Boots and Amazon

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  • Johnson's breast pads, £3.98

    Johnson’s Baby Nursing Pads are absorbent, leak-proof breast pads. Our reviewer said these were so good you’ll even forget you’ve got them in your bra. The shape means they’re not visible through your clothes, and the adhesive strip works really well at keeping them exactly were they should be. If you’ve got sore nipples, you’ll be delighted to hear these pads have a handy nipple indentation.

    Read the full Johnson’s Baby Nursing Pads review.

    Available from Mothercare and Amazon

  • Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature combined feeding bottle, £5.49 each

    If you’re going to be feeding your baby with a mix of breast and bottle (sometimes called combined feeding), having a bottle designed to ease the switch between your nipple and a teat is ideal.

    The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle is suitable from birth and is BPA-free. Most importantly, its anti-colic teat has been designed to mimic the flex and feel of your nipple.

    After being used by 27 MFM mums, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle scored an excellent 4 out of 5 stars – make sure you check out what the mums had to say.

    Available from Boots and Amazon

  • Medela Harmony manual breast pump, £24.99

    If you only need to express breast milk occasionally, a manual pump makes a quiet, inexpensive option. The Medela Harmony Breast Pump with Calma Teat was tested by an MFM reviewer, who rated it highly. It’s comfy on your breast and easy to use. It also lets you express quite fast compared to many other manual options.

    See exactly why our MFM reviewer liked Medela Harmony Breast Pump with Calma Teat so much.

    Available from John Lewis and Amazon

  • ARDO Calypso double electric breast pump, £129.95

    If you’re going to be expressing breast milk regularly, an electric breast pump is a convenient and faster alternative to a manual option. The ARDO Calypso is a portable electric breast pump that can be used as a double or single pump, and works from the mains or using batteries.

    Our reviewer loved that this pump was genuinely much quieter than other electric pumps out there, and that it was such good value.

    Read the full ARDO Calypso pump review here.

    Available from Amazon

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  • Philips AVENT Electric Steam 3-in-1 Steriliser, £59.99

    If you need to sterilise a breast pump or bottles, the Philips AVENT Electric Steam 3-in-1 Steriliser is a space-saving, top performing option that’s speedy to use. Its adjustable size can take six bottles, and it sterilises them in six minutes. Very handy!

    Plus this product scooped the top spot in the steriliser category of the Prima Baby Awards 2015.

    Available from Mothercare and Amazon

  • Breastvest top, £15

    Even celebs will generally have a post-baby belly for many months after having a baby, so it's comforting to know the Breastvest is endorsed by the likes of model mum Nell McAndrew and former Hollyoaks actress Joanna Taylor!

    The Breastvest hides the mummy tummy when feeding, and turns any of your favourite clothes into a breastfeeding top. Available in black or white and in five sizes, the cutaway top covers your tummy, while allowing easy access for breastfeeding.

    Available from Breastvest.co.uk and Amazon

  • Medela contact nipple shields, £8.99

    Medela Contact Nipple Shields can be a lifesaver when breastfeeding with sore, cracked, flat or inverted nipples. Made from ultra thin, soft silicone which is odourless and tasteless, they allow maximum contact between mum and baby. Three different sizes mean you can get the perfect fit, and the nipple shields come with a hygienic portable case.

    Available from Amazon

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