The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) organizes the World Breastfeeding Week annually for August 1st to August 7th. The goal of the week as well as for WABA as a whole is to “Protect, Promote, and Support Breastfeeding Worldwide.” In the spirit of the week here are some of our favorite breastfeeding accessories.
Our favorite disposable pads are Lansinoh’s ultra thin pads. However cloth pads will save you money and are more comfortable to boot. Our favorites are the invisipadz from AmazPadz. These pads are huge, super soft and will soak up anything but are sewn just right so they are invisible under your clothing. Perfect. They come in a range of colors and styles. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to put in your custom order.
There are quite a few contenders in this area the most famous being the Boppy and My Breast Friend. I own both and use them all the time and they are great pillows but our favorite is Theraline’s Original Nursing Pillow or as its affectionately called the “Big V.” The Original Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow has a filling made up of millions of micro beads that are light as a feather. This amazing filling conforms to the shape of your body, no matter what position you are in… whether lying down or sitting up and it always remains firmly in place without giving way. All of these features make it an ideal nursing pillow as well as a great maternity pillow for sleeping. We love our baby products to do double duty and that’s just what you get here.
We used the Medela Nursing Stool. It’s hard to imagine such a little stool can make such a big difference but believe us it does. Using this stool relieves so much pressure off our your legs, back, arms and shoulders. The stool also promotes good positioning for your baby which means a good latch and no more sore nipples. Hallelujah!
Our favorite is the Medela Harmony Breastpump. Even if you own or plan on registering for an electric pump I would still highly recommend a manual pump. The Harmony travels so much smaller and lighter. There are no cords or batteries or large backpacks. Its also great for those early days when your milk comes in and you don’t need a full pump but you do need to relieve the pressure before your baby latches on. The Harmony is set apart from other manual pumps because of its 2-Phase Expression® technology– a dual pumping pattern that comes closer than ever to the way a baby naturally breastfeeds.
Lanolin cream is a Godsend in those first few days with your newborn. Lanolin naturally soothes and heals sore and cracked nipples. Since its all natural it does not need to be removed before breastfeeding. If you are allergic to wool you unfortunately will not be able to use Lanolin. Our favorite is Lansinoh since its pure lanolin making it safe for baby. Be careful of other brands that add moisturizers since you may have to wipe it off before nursing. While your husband is making a midnight run to the store for the Lanolin cream you can use your own breastmilk in the meantime. Breastmilk also has a lot of soothing and healing qualities. You never need to clean or dry off your nipples after a feeding. Actually rubbing the milk around the affected area and then allowing time to air dry is recommended and will do wonders for sore nipples.
If you have a baby who is tolerant of being covered by a blanket while nursing then you can find a nursing cover useful in public. Two of our favorites are the Balboa Baby and Bebe au Lait nursing covers. They both have structured reinforced necklines so you can make eye contact with your baby while feeding yet not put on a show. The tie is also adjustable to fit the cover just right. Balboa Baby has a convenient pocket included in front and Bebe au Lait features pockets on the inside for nursing pads or other essentials. The styles are very fashionable and will fit right in with any wardrobe or diaper bag. If your baby refuses to be covered by a blanket or cover there are some very clever alternatives like the Moboleez Breastfeeding Hats or Baby Bond Couture.
You may hear the cash register going off in your head with so many accessories being listed but take comfort in all the money you are saving by not having to buy formula every week.
-Contributed by Melissa