From nursing bras to the best nipple cream, we’ve hunted down 10 top items to make breastfeeding and expressing breast milk easier
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 discrete 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 more regular expressing – and a steriliser.
We’ve also got a directory for local breastfeeding classes and groups. 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…
After breast feeding dd3 for 10 weeks and realising that the back ache was because my daughter was getting too heavy for me to hold in position without slouching I bought the My Brest Friend feeding support, its expensive but as I justified it to my husband (who nearly had a heartattack at me spending £45 on it), if it helped me to carry on bf for another 6wks it only cost the same as buying formula. 14 weeks on I still use it and wish I had bought it when my eldest was tiny! I had a stack of cushions for her because she was a tiny premature baby and used to feel like I was losing her in them sometimes. I've recommended it to everyone I know who is planning to bf and will carry on using it as long as I can!
I also love the feeding tops from JoJoMamanBebe and the NCT shop, no-one has ever realised I've been feeding while wearing them and I find the aprons a hassle with 2 young toddlers to deal with as well, does require a bit of practice at home wearing them first as every top is slightly different!
I also admit to having a bit of a thing for pretty nursing bras and making sure I have the matching sets where possible (not easy when trying to get 30F!). I always feel better in nice underwear and don't see why that should change because its a nursing bra!
I think all the above helped me exclusivly bf dd2 for 8 mths before she finally accepted food was for eating not throwing at the dog and I'm aiming to try and do the same with dd3.
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