Breastfeeding is a different experience for every parent, and it can be tough under the best of circumstances. After all, you’re expected to be the food source for your baby while trying to juggle other important things like showering, working and generally trying to go about your daily life.
Top that off with the fact that you’re trying to produce and store breastmilk on a regular basis, and the experience can be more than a little stressful. Luckily, there are a bunch of breastfeeding products and accessories available that can help to make the whole journey a little easier. They also are great baby shower gifts, too.
Leaks are a natural part of breastfeeding, but they’re also a waste of precious breastmilk. That’s where Milkies Milk-Savers come in. You simply attach the device to the breast you’re not using when you’re nursing or pumping, and it catches the excess milk for you.
All that milk you pump has to be stored somewhere. While you could opt for disposable milk storage bags, they can really add up cost-wise and aren’t exactly great for the environment. Kiinde’s twist pouches are lead-free, PVC-free, BPA-free, nitrosamine-free and phthalate-free, and are easy to freeze, clean and re-use.
Your nipples aren’t always ready for nursing at the same time as your baby, and that’s especially true if you’re one of the ten to 20 percent of women who has inverted or flat nipples. Lansinoh’s Latch Assist helps draw your nipple out so your baby can easily latch on.
Pumping milk is one thing; actually figuring out how to store it in a way that won’t overtake your fridge or freezer is another. This kit, which comes with 25 extra-thick bags, holds your milk in a thin layer so that they can easily and neatly be stacked in the accompanying organizer.
This portable bottle warmer is earning rave reviews online thanks to the fact that it’s easy to use and doesn’t require electricity. Before you leave the house, fill it up with warm water. Then, when you or your partner is ready to warm up a bottle, simply insert the bottle, let it warm up, and feed your little one. Bonus: It doubles as a food-warmer when your child is older.
Revolutionary new discreet pumps you can wear under your clothes have hit the market in the past few years, but they can also come with a hefty price tag of up to $500. The Freemie, which uses lightweight cups to collect up to eight ounces of milk per cup, offers the same wearable system for a fraction of the cost. You can also easily charge up your pump via USB port before wearing it on the go.
For some women, building up a good milk supply is no problem. For others, it takes some serious work. Boobie Bars, which were formulated by a lactation consultant and neonatal nurse, are herbal breastfeeding bars that contain oats, flaxseed and coconut oil, as well as herbs that are thought to help boost your milk supply like moringa, turmeric, shatavariand fenugreek.