These days most parents are in agreement that breast is best. And whilst it is completely natural, it does not always follow that it is easy! Therefore we have done some research on products which help breastfeeding go a little smoother.
A breastfeeding pillow will put your baby at the correct angle for baby to feed. The pillow will give extra support for baby and take the load off for mum. It can also be used so the baby can sit up un-aided.
Nipples can become badly cracked and sore as a result of breastfeeding. Nipple shields can help alleviate this pain. Opt for organic covers as these contain no harmful chemicals and are odourless, so baby really won’t notice any difference. Whilst nipple shields can bring welcome relief, they should only be used as a temporary measure as long term use can prevent baby from suckling properly and eventually this could reduce milk production. There are also some nipple balms which can help soothe sore nipples.
Please remember that breast is best, we know that with nipple shields and breast compresses, we are really not selling the idea. Hot or cold compresses can help those who are experiencing breast pain due to plugged ducts or mastitis. You could create your own but specific breast compresses are shaped to fit the area better.
A breast pump can be a big advantage for mums. Firstly it can relieve engorged breasts and sec-ondly you can express milk and save for use later, or even to let daddy do the night feed whilst you get some much needed sleep.
Milk Storage Bags
If you are using a breast pump,you may choose to store in sterilised bottles for use at a later date. However you can also opt for milk storage bags which are strong, durable and leak proof.
One of the wonderful facts of motherhood is leaky breasts. Yes that really does happen. Breast pads sit discreetly in your bra and will soak any milk that leaks.
A maternity bra just makes feeding that little bit easier. The cups unclip from the strap so you can give baby easy access to your nipple without taking off your bra.
Breastfeeding is natural and you don’t need to worry about covering up. However if you prefer to, you could purchase a specialist cover, however a large cardigan or muslin will do pretty much the same job.