Every year there’s some sort of new innovation when it comes to the oldest food in the world — breast milk. Gone are the days of manual breast pumps and home remedies to cure nipple sores. Now we have gel packs that warm and cool, electric pumps and even hand crafted pillows to adjust to your baby’s size.
Here are 8 different products to make it a lot easier on us – and our boobs.
AN ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP
A great electric breast pump like this model by Philips saves you time and frustration when you’re pumping. If you’re on the lookout for a breast pump- here is what you need to know.
FLEXIBLE NIPPLE SHELLS
When your nipples are raw, bleeding and cracked,you may need a nipple shell to serve as a protector between your fragile nippless and the evils of your bra. The Medela Nipple Silicone Shells are easy to slip on under the bra and can be used from the 7th month of pregnancy.
You never know when you’re going to have a heavy let down, so breast pads to pop inside your bra are a must. We love these reusable pigeon ones. The super absorbent polymer traps excess milk and locks it away, keeping your skin completely dry.
You need several really good nursing bras that are comfortable, easy to work one-handed, and adjust well. Marks & Spencer and H&M have some great options. For pumping and post pregnancy – here are the best nursing bras you must try on.
These can be warmed up if you’re suffering from a plugged duct, or chilled if you’re sore or engorged. They’re also great on mosquito bites.
MILK STORAGE BAGS
Most pumps come with storage containers and bottles, but a great space-saving storage option is to use bags which you can freeze.
Some people, swear by the boppy, while other people may prefer my brest friend. Whichever you choose, get a nursing pillow. It will save you your back.
This is a high quality formulation with tons of amazing reviews, and can really give you some cooling comfort when your nipples are going through those painful days.
Whether you already have all of these and need some advice, we would love to hear what’s on your mind!