Essential breastfeeding equipment

Be properly prepared with practical equipment to help make breastfeeding a happy and comfortable experience…

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  • Breastfeeding essentials - breastfeeding pillow

    A breastfeeding pillow is shaped to support your lower back by encouraging a firmly supported upright feeding position. It also elevates baby to the correct height and position for breastfeeding without you having to bend forward.

    Dreamgenii® Breastfeeding Pillow & Baby Nest, £38.99, Dreamgenii®

  • Breastfeeding essentials - nursing bra

    Choose a good quality supportive nursing bra while your breasts are holding the extra milk. It doesn't have to be frumpy either, this one has delicate embroidery and pretty ribbon detail.

    Panache Alisha maternity and nursing bra, £25.99, En Vie

  • Breastfeeding essentials - milk storage packs

    You can store breast milk in a home freezer set at -18 degrees C or lower for up to six months.

    Defrost in the fridge, or if you're in a hurry, with cool then warmed water. DO NOT defrost in the microwave.

    Ameda Milk Collection Freezer Bags - pack of 20 bags, £12.99, Mothercare

  • Breastfeeding essentials - feeding cover

    This discreet nursing cover secures around mum's neck (just like an apron) and has an adjustable strap. The clever neckline gives mum and little one unobstructed eye contact during feeding.

    Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover, £27.50, Bibs and Stuff

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  • Breastfeeding essentials-microwave sterilser

    Just one of the benefits of breastfeeding is less sterilising, so no need to invest in a high tech machine! This mini steriliser fits all microwaves and can sterilise two bottles or a breast pump in 5 minutes.

    Nuby Natural Touch Mini Steriliser, £9.99, Boots

  • Breastfeeding essentials - manual breast pump

    A manual breast pump is a good budget alternative to an electric style and is useful if you are out and about.

    Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump, £24.99, John Lewis

  • Breastfeeding essentials - muslins

    Muslins are perfect for clean ups, dribbles and protecting yours and baby's clothing.

    My Baby's Muslin Squares 12 pack, £5.78, Tesco

  • Breastfeeding essentials - cooling compress

    A chilled breast soother will help reduce swelling and soreness in painful and sensitive breasts. Alternatively warm in hot water and place on the breast prior feeding to increase your milk flow

    Cariwell Breast Soother, £14.50, Olivers Baby Care

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  • Breastfeeding essentials - electric breast pump

    An electric breast pump makes expressing milk much quicker. This double version allows you to express from both breasts at once, so that you can express more milk in half the time.

    Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump, £104.99,

  • Breastfeeding essentials - nursing sleepwear

    Keep night feeds as easy as possible with pretty and practical nightwear. Choose one with clips on the straps so you can release either side to do a night time or early morning feed without any fuss.

    Mixed print baby doll nightie, £28, Mamas & Papas

  • Breastfeeding essentials - nipple cream

    A good nipple cream will provide instant soothing relief for sore and cracked nipples. Look for one that does not need to be removed before breastfeeding.

    Medela Purelan, from £4.99 for 7g,

  • Breastfeeding essentials- nursing chair

    If your nursery is big enough, a reclinable glider chair will make help make nursing and soothing your baby comfortable.

    Kub Haywood glider chair and stool, £199.99, Mothercare

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  • breastfeeding essentials - breast pads

    Unfortunately breastfeeding can lead to embarrassing leaky moments! Be prepared with moisture-trapping disposable breast pads.

    Tommee Tippee 50 Disposable Breast Pads, £4.99, Babies R US

  • Breastfeeding essentials - nipple shield

    If nipples are particularly saw, nipple shields help you heal without having to stop feeding. Made of thin, soft silicone baby can still take milk through the perforations without making direct contact with your skin.

    Medala medium nipple shield and case, £6.15, Boots

Last updated on 8 August 2011