If you’re like most American women, you plan to breastfeed your baby; at least for a period of time. In 2015, the most recent year for which there are statistics, 83.2% of moms breastfed their baby. More than half (57.6%) breastfed their babies through the first six months of life. That dropped to 1/3 of moms at the baby’s first birthday. (35.9%)
Whether you plan to breastfeed for a month or a year, there are products to make breastfeeding easier.
In this catch-all category of “stuff” associated with breastfeeding, you’re sure to find something you want or need. There’s breast milk storage bags. And a lactation massager. There’s nipple balm. And a breastfeeding log. You may want a hands-free nursing clip or need a 9 volt car lighter adapter for a breast pump.
Even though you’re breastfeeding you’ll still want baby bottles so that others can help you with feeding the baby. When you are breastfeeding, you’ll want to find bottles that feeling like our breast and imitates the motion and flow of your breast milk. Lactation consultants suggest that you wait at least three weeks before introducing a bottle into your baby’s feeding schedule. Click here to read Working Mother’s 10 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies.
You’ll pretty much live in these until you’re finished nursing, so you’ll want to make sure you choose a few that meet all your needs. Comfort and good support are key features for the perfect daytime bra. Many women choose to wear a sleep bra through the night as well, opting for something with optimal comfort, but some support. A fantastic third option is the nursing tank. The right tank will provide good core support for a body that is gradually returning to its pre-pregnancy shape. The easy access straps mean you won’t have to practically undress at each feeding. A tank will also make a comfortable and nursing supportive “shirt” to wear under a zip-up sweatshirt, hoodie or cardigan sweater.
There are plenty of items that will cover you when you’re nursing. Our favorite is the Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf. It offers you a fashionable, everyday style that is convenient to wear and use while breastfeeding. Nothing to take on or off, just unwrap the Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf from around your neck and adjust the fabric to cover all sides of you and your baby. This infinity scarf offers you full coverage in front as well in the back without snaps or buckles, while providing airflow and ability to maintain eye contact with your baby. It’s stylish, easy to wear or carry in the diaper bag and machine washable.
5. Breastfeeding Foods
Two popular foods to increase lactation are cookies and tea.
According to Parenting Magazine, “Lactation cookies may be the best-kept secret among breastfeeding mothers. The ingredients in these yummy cookies work in a number of different ways to help moms boost and maintain their milk supply.”
Lactation tea to increase milk supply is made with 100% organic herbs. With a blend of proven galactalogues, herbs like fennel seed and fenugreek help ensure your breasts overfloweth within hours of use. Rich in vital nutrients, this powerful breastfeeding tea may also help with colicky babies and alleviate digestive complaints in newborns, such as gas and indigestion. Unlike manufactured tea bags, our herbal lactation tea to help increase breast milk contains whole, loose leaf herbs that preserve the medicinal properties of each plant. Drink up, so you can pump out!
The question is, which type of breastfeeding pad do you prefer? Reusable (cheaper) or disposable (convenient)? Silicone (puts pressure on the breast to suppress leaking) or hydrogel (helps soothe sore nipples)? It’s all personal preference.
Back in Mom’s day, if she breastfed, she likely used a bed pillow to help support her babies while breastfeeding. Thankfully we have pillows specifically designed to provide support for mom and baby while helping ensure proper positioning for breastfeeding. The first generation breastfeeding pillow resembled the neck pillow airline passengers use. They are horseshoe shaped and somewhat bulky. Moms place them on a firm surface, place the baby on the pillow and lean over the baby with her breast. We prefer the Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow by Baby Cubby. It’s smaller, shaped more like a boomerang, which makes it easy for mom to hold the pillow and the baby, bring both up to her breast, which is more natural and comfortable for mom and baby.
There are many types and styles of breast pumps; portable, manual, electric, but our favorite breast pump is the wearable breast pump by Willow. It’s quiet, it’s spill-proof and it fits inside your bra!
One of our favorite sites for shopping for shirts and/or dresses that are designed specifically to make breastfeeding easy is Undercover Mama. They have a nice selection and a variety of styles that won’t break the bank.
There’s a wide array of breastfeeding supplements from postnatal multivitamins to essential oils to powdered drinks to promote breast milk supply. Before taking any supplements, discuss them with your doctor.
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