When I first fell pregnant breastfeeding was always something I wanted to do. I didn’t have the easiest of journey’s with Emilia but we got through the rocky start and I fed her until a couple of weeks after her second birthday. I am at the start of my journey with Ava and whilst it hasn’t been plain sailing we are getting there slowly. Breastfeeding is one of the toughest but most rewarding things I have ever done, much like most of parenting.
When starting out there are a few things I would definitely recommend that can make breastfeeding that little bit easier.
Nipple Cream – OK this is top of the list as it is something you just can not do without. Start using it from day one as you can get sore nipples even if everything is fine. You want to make sure you pick one that you don’t have to remove when feeding as that is an issue you definitely don’t need. The one I use is Lansinoh* and I have lots at home and have been using it a lot.
Nursing Pillow – Emilia was small as a baby and I really struggled to get her to latch properly. Having a nursing pillow really helped me position her correctly and offered support. It can feel like you are feeding non stop in the early days so they can also give your arms a bit of a break. Mine with Emilia was a gift, but I bought a simple cheap one to use with Ava and you can see it here*.
Haakaa Pump & Storage Bags – Whilst I always knew I wanted to breastfeed I also wanted to try and get Emilia to take a bottle of expressed milk. I didn’t want to invest in an expensive pump if feeding and pumping didn’t work for us. Which actually it didn’t. I went on to combi feed with formula after quite a few issues. However I can not recommend the Haakaa* pump enough it is amazing and such good value. It’s small, easy to clean and uses the suction to catch let down from the boob you are not feeding from. Perfect.
Breast Pads – I honestly never realised how much I would come to rely on these trusty little pads, boobs leak ALOT! There is no way around it, especially in the early days. Stock up on these to give you that extra security and so you don’t ruin all your clothes with those wet patches. I used Lansinoh disposable pads* with Emilia, but I am using mainly reusable ones this time around. I am lusting after these ones from MilkMakingMama. As mentioned in my previous post, which you can read here, I am really trying to make more sustainable choices so these are a great alternative to disposables.
Nursing Bras/Vests – I didn’t really buy a huge amount of breastfeeding specific clothing with Emilia, preferring to buy normal clothing suitable for feeding. But a couple of things I do recommend are good nursing bras and a couple of good nursing vests. I found the vests good for sleeping in, or you can buy specific sleeping bras. They are also good for wearing around the house if it’s warm, or for one up one down when out and about. I really struggled with good nursing bras, they were all so dull and unattractive so this time around if things go to plan I want to buy some nicer ones as I may be in them for a while.
I recommend checking out JoJoMamanBebe for nursing wear here.
Breastfeeding can be a challenge, so I think anything that can make that journey easier is worth investing in. I hope you find these tips useful, is there anything else you would recommend for new breastfeeding Mums?