Do You need Products to Help You Breastfeed?
While you don’t need specific breastfeeding supplies to help you breastfeed, good products can make your life a lot easier. This is a list of the best breastfeeding products I have found to be helpful to mothers during their breastfeeding journey.
Lil’buds are all natural breast comfort packs that can be heated or cooled for treatment of engorgement, clogged ducts or mastitis. They are also super handy to wear while breastfeeding and pumping because they fit snuggly in your nursing bra. They are handmade and covered in a super soft flannel adorn in simply adorable prints.
Heat has been shown to increase efficacy of milk removal from the breast. An Australian study showed that by using warmed breast shields, mother’s could expect to remove more milk in a shorter time. Ultrasound supports these findings by demonstrating the effects of heat to the nipple and areola. Warming dilates the milk ducts allowing for quicker and more efficient removal of milk. This is can be very helpful for mothers who are experiencing clogged milked ducts or mastitis. Dilating the duct helps removed the the offending clog and resolve mom’s discomfort. It is also beneficial for moms who are simply looking to express more milk while pumping or breastfeeding.
Lil’buds can be stuck in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, which simplifies the heating process immensely. They keep their heat a lot longer than many of the of heat pads on the market and their soft flannel feels comforting against the breast. The half moon shape fits nicely in a nursing bra so that it can be worn while nursing without fear of pressing against the infant’s face. While pumping or when treating a (clogged duct or mastitis), two half moons can be combined to make a full circle for ultimate heating power. They can also be place in the freezer when cold treatment is needed.
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There is even an option of selecting a flax and lavender buds filling so you can bathe their sweet calming scent while pumping. These are an awesome handmade product that can be a lifesaving tool.
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Chertsey Breast Pump Bag
If you are going to be a working, pumping mama, having a pump bag is an essential tool. Part of successful pumping is have all necessary equipment available to you whether you are at home or away. A pump bag gives you a place to store your breast pump, supplies, and breast milk while at work or on the go.
All pump bags are not created equal. Some brands offer a carry bag option upgrade (not covered by insurance). These bags tend to be functional though utilitarian. If you have to pay extra for the pump bag, why not get one that actually suites your needs… and looks good doing it.
Chertsey Breast Pump Backpack is here to partner with you on your pumping journey. It has ample room for all the pumping essentials and personal items (it even includes a laptop sleeve). It’s simple and clean design provides a stylish look that works as well in the office as it does in the park. The lightweight material and compact design prevents the bag from looking and feeling bulky. This bag is all about pumping functionality while also giving mother’s space for their own personal items. Who only travels with a pump bag? No one. It is a major pain to haul a purse, diaper bag, and pump bag around (trust me… I’ve been that lady). Having a bag that accommodate all your needs is a life saver.
Chertsey’s key feature is it’s large thermally lined side pocket. This pocket is large enough to fit hospital grade pumps such as Medela Symphony and easily fits all other pumps with room to spare for expressed milk.
Details: Thermally insulated side pocket for breast pumps and expressed milk, Padded laptop sleeve, Velvet lined phone pocket, Spacious front pocket for personal items, Tear resistant stitching
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Pumping Pals are an awesome product that I first heard about through a mommy friend. This friend was exclusively pumping for TRIPLETS, so she was a bit of boss when it came to the subject of pumping. Pumping Pals are a unique flange that can be used with most pumps (it is compatible with all the major players like Medella, Ameda, and Spectra). Pumping Pals boasts to promote better flow and reduce irritation with a more comfortable fit. The graduated shape of the flange is designed to not constrict milk ducts and promoting better milk collection. The downward shape of the flange is also more comfortable for moms and ensures you do not miss a drop.
Why is this worth mentioning? As we know, milk output is all about supply and demand. The more you are able to empty the breast, the larger the order you are placing for the next serving of milk. A pump is naturally not as efficient at emptying the breast as a baby. This is why we use techniques like hands on pumping and the Marmet Technique to maximize our yield with each pumping session. The better job your pump does with milk removal, the more it encourages a healthy milk supply. Not to mention, if you are using your limited time and energy pumping, you want to get the most milk possible for your efforts!
Pumping Pals delivers on all fronts. I personally used Pumping Pals after my friend’s recommendation and I was immediately sold. It is much more comfortable than a traditional flange. If you are exclusively pumping or find your are getting nipple fatigue (is that thing? I think I just coined a new phase), then the Pumping Pal is a great fit for you. Honestly, if you plan on doing any amount of pumping, get this in your pump kit. They are worth every penny for the increased comfort and every additional ounce of milk they garner.
Some babies only feed on one side during a feed leaving the other breast feeling full or engorged. For many women, the other side will leak when the babe stimulates letdown on the nursing side. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could collect that milk instead of soiling your shirt? You can! The Haakaa is a silicon hand pump that is applied by squeezing the base and applying it to the breast. The suction generated holds the Haakaa in place while also collecting milk.
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I absolutely LOVE this product for a couple of reasons. It is so easy to use and it is way less burdensome than setting up your double electric pump. The ease of use to collect when you maybe wouldn’t normally go through the trouble enables you to collect some bonus milk and help stimulate your supply. By using the Haakaa a couple times a day while breastfeeding, you quickly build a freezer stash without much extra effort. I also love that it is one piece making it easy to wash. It is small and compact making it handy for sticking in a diaper bag or purse. There are times when you need to pump that you may not have your double electric pump with you. The Haakaa makes it possible to let off some milk and relieve heaviness. I can think of several weddings I went to while breastfeeding my kids that I wish I had a Haakaa in my handbag.
As a lactation consultant I love this product because it is great for stimulating a healthy milk supply. Many moms respond really well to the Haakaa and because it is so easy to use, they are more inclined to use it multiple times in a day if they need a supply boost. It can be part of a power pumping regimen that can feel less daunting than traditional plans. The Haakaa is a great tool to be used in conjunction with a double electric pump to maximize milk collection and output. For more info on how to use the Haakaa, check out this POST.
Buy a good hands free pumping bra. Really. You need one of these.
When you have a baby, or a toddler, or really any age child for that matter, you find that you have limited “me time.” Ironically, many moms find that the only time they have to sit down is during pump sessions. Buying a hands free pump bra can allow you an opportunity to read a book, scroll through your phone, or fall asleep sitting up. The options are endless. It also makes it easier to be “hands on” while pumping. Hands on pumping can help with increase pumping yield and ultimately your supply. For more information, CLICK HERE.
There are tons of hands free pumping bras on the market, but a favorite is the Supermom All-in-One Nursing Pumping Bra by Simple Wishes. Women love this bra because it multipurpose. It functions as a comfy everyday nursing bra but is also has a hands free pumping application. The bra straps can be worn over the shoulder or crossed over the back. It is stylish, comfy, and functional… what more can a girl ask for? Oh, the company is owned and founded by breastfeeding momas. Women supporting women. Even better.
Many women experience leaking early on in their lactation cycle. Some lucky ladies, leak throughout. Nothing screams postpartum more than milk soaking through your shirt. Breast pads are an excellent way to catch the milk so it doesn’t make it through to your shirt. The downside is that most breast pads leave a visible outline through your shirt. I use to wear multiple layers to try and hide my breast pad lumps. Bamboobies are super absorbent, washable breast pads, but they are also thin enough to not be visible while wearing. Bamboobies are also soft enough to not be irritating to your tender nips. This a great product made by a breastfeeding mom who saw a need in the market.
Milk Snob Cover
Milk Snob are 5-1 covers that where created by mothers who saw a need in the market and then killed it. This product was went viral after its appearance on Shark Tank.
Milk Snobs are a breathable cover that can be used to cover carseats, nursing, shopping carts, high chairs and infant swings. They are so freaking functional, you almost can’t live without one.
Milk Snobs are super lightweight which is part of the appeal when using it as a carseat cover for your sleeping babe. I am kinda a sleep nut with my kids but when I had my second it was very difficult to not nap “on the go.” With a Milk Snob covering the carseat, I could provide a dark, semi secluded space. With a little white noise, my baby was able to sleep almost anywhere.
Using the milk snob as a breastfeeding cover is an added bonus. There is a drawstring version of the cover that allows the opening to be completely adjustable. I love that this product is so versatile and that is can be easily stowed in your pump or diaper bag. Did I mention Milk Snob patterns? Palm Beach is my fav. Go check it out.
Are you a Marvellous Milk Maker? Then sport the pin. While this product may not help you make more milk, I love how it helps normalize breastfeeding. You put in the work now get your badge of honor. You deserve it.
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