My Breastfeeding Favourites

Breastfeeding essentials

There are many published research on why breastmilk is best for babies up until the toddler years. I have always been pro-breastfeeding myself, that all the difficulties at the beginning of both my breastfeeding journeys for my two children are outweighed by the advantages. There are various reasons why breastfeeding can be easy, and from all of them, breastmilk being available on tap for my babies at the best temperature and content is my favourite. I can say that despite the broken sleep, which can be very challenging when you have to chase after children during the day as well or go to work etc, I have always enjoyed this journey.

I just want to share the little things that made my breastfeeding journey with both kids easier and more comfortable. Please read on and you might actually be able to relate or better add more!

  1. Lansinoh nipple cream. It’s one of the purest lanolin cream in the market. It’s a bit pricey (at least £8) but I swear by it. A little goes a long way and I used them both times and my cracked nipples heal faster with this.

  2. Breast shells. For the first month of breastfeeding, I use these every after feeding to let my melons breathe for 30 minutes! The lactation consultant who sorted out my first born’s tongue tie doesn’t recommend wearing them for more than that because they stimulate the breasts. She called them Madonna shells! Hilarious.

  3. Nipple shields. These are not my personal favourites but I do think they have their place in making breastfeeding comfortable. Of course they taste a bit rubbery and my babies didn’t really love them at first, but they saved me. They really helped my cracked nipples heal for the first few days.

  4. Nursing pillow. These U shaped pillow that fits around your body is not an absolute necessity as you can use any other pillow but they did make me feel comfortable while feeding. I had a bit of space to lean on while reading or being on my phone while feeding at night!

  5. Breast pads. I am blessed when it comes to milk supply but it also means that I need to be prepared when I lactate and can have embarrassing leaks. Breast pads are absolute necessities for me. I don’t really want to be chatting to another mum at pre-school pick up wit a wet top because I just lactated! I don’t have brand preferences really because I change them often but I do find the Avent pads (not photographed) of good quality.

  6. Breast care thermo pads. I had all sorts of breastfeeding challenges with my first born and the worst was thrush! I remember the agony so well every after feeding on my right breast! I had to use the Avent thermo pads which you pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Oh the relief it gives! I did this along with thrush cream until the thrush went. (There is only one thermo pad photographed because I overheated the other by accident and the tiny beads inside popped.)

There are all other sorts of remedy for engorgement and what I would find useful is a warm shower and expressing a little bit until comfortable. Also not photographed is my breast pump. I actually use two – an Avent electric one for home use and a Tommee Tippee manual pump. I hope you find this useful. Let me know of your breastfeeding tricks to make it enjoyable!

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