Saturday 21 June 2014

Keep Britain Breastfeeding: a few of my fav breastfeeding products!

Today I'm doing two posts for Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger hunt, why? Because I wanted to share my top tips for breastfeeding in my first post which you can find here but as well as this I wanted to share with you my favourite breastfeeding products which have made breastfeeding easier for me because I'd like to help other new/expecting mothers to find breastfeeding easier... obviously you don't need any of these items, all you need is your boobs! But I'd like to suggest what items have made a difference so far for me for different reasons.

First of all I'm going to tell you about this amazing breastpump from Ardo it's called the Calypso Double Plus Electric breastpump and oh my goodness I love it. Having used two other breast pumps I can really compare this one and know how much better it is. It wasn't a brand I'd heard of before reviewing it which will be coming soon - I wanted to use it for a while so I could give it a proper review but I just want to tell you how good it actually is, it's the only breast pump that hasn't hurt me at all, (Isabelle hasn't hurt my nipples at all and always had a very good latch, I know I'm lucky because with Oliver it was the opposite but the other electric breastpump I used was the only time my nipples have been so sore since having Isabelle that I needed to use cream on them but this breastpump is so gentle it hasn't caused me a single bit of pain - can you tell I love it?) it comes with various different sized shells meaning you can choose one that fits you correctly. It's super silent - I mean super silent! It's a closed system and very hygenic. It's also mains or battery operated which is great allowing you to change and not have to sit next to the plug. My review will be coming soon, so if you are looking for a breast pump and would like to know more about this one make sure you check back.

Second is a product that has really helped me to breastfeed in public, it is an obvious fav of mine and I own it in 4 colours - I literally wear it every day and don't leave the house with out one. I don't think theres anything wrong with breastfeeding in public without covering yourself, I'm just not 'brave' enough to and would prefer to be covered. I'm talking about the brilliant idea that is the Snoob breastfeeding scarf.
I started wearing a grey one that Michael got me for my birthday when I was heavily pregnant so there's nothing stopping you wearing it as a normal scarf after you've finished breastfeeding. While you are breastfeeding it's ideal to cover yourself & your baby as much or as little as you like. I have had people look at me before, probably wondering what I'm doing... then they realise and quickly look away.

From the day we got home, I have been using this breastfeeding pillow from Thrupenny Bits 
I absolutely love it, it's a gorgeous print and looks different to other 'normal' feeding cushions but most importantly it is an ideal height to get baby up from your lap to your breast. This really helped me after having my c-section because my tummy was so tender to touch and it helped me continue to feed Isabelle without her laying directly on my tummy and also I know it makes me sound whimpy because shes still only 10lb but when I'm holding her without support of a pillow it actually makes my arm ache. Now shes a litle bit bigger - only 3 months still, she loves to sit up and nose around at the world so I often let her sit up next to me using the pillow as support so we can have a little chat. I love that the outer is removable so you can clean it.
Nursing lingerie that fits correctly - a total must for me! I need to be comfortable or I go into adult tantrum meltdown, not even embarrassed to admit that so I know I'd need good comfortable nursing bras and I've been so lucky to be able to try various brands. When I had Oliver I had Mothercare and M&S... my top tip for you regarding nursing bras would be to avoid M&S, they measured me as 36c when actually I was a 36E... big difference! Mothercare however, I still like, they measured me correctly and have some reasonable priced bras however I wanted something a bit prettier than what they were able to offer and I have got a great little selection. My most comfortable ones so far are from Hotmilk  Cake Lingerie and Bravado and the only underwired nursing bra I have which I love is from Bella Materna. You can get a great range of nursing lingerie from Boobie Milk and if you've any questions then I'm sure Karen will be very happy to help you.

And finally another item that I've mentioned already this week but I love it so much, it's really helped me so far...
Lansinoh Therapearl 3 in 1 breast therapy can be used hot or cold and for me they encourage let down, whenever Isabelle needs a feed and I don't feel 'full' or like I've got anything there then these really help to get my boobs full. I pop them into the microwave (in a purple cover included) then put them inside my bra while I bath Isabelle and get her ready for bed then once shes ready for a feed I feel full. John Lewis have them for £9.59 I literally couldn't manage without these now. Sometimes I put them around the breastpump when I'm pumping! Maybe I'm obsessed with them? and ofcourse I love the breastpads that are ultra thin by Lansinoh.

Finally as a top breastfeeding product - my nursing chair, ofcourse it doesnt need to be a 'nursing rocking chair' it just needs to be somewhere that is comfortable for you to sit and feed baby. I feel Isabelle feeds better in the nursing chair because I am comfortable and relaxed.

I could literally go on and on about breastfeeding products but the above have been my most helpful to date, I'd love to know what breastfeeding products have helped you ?

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Some other bloggers involved are:
Mummies Waiting
Life With Pink Princesses
Going on an adventure
Visit From The Stork
My Little L

Some companies involved are:
Boobie Milk
Cherub Chews


  1. relax! and don't expect it to be easy to begin with!

  2. Learn to feeding lying down- it will let you get more sleep and save your sanity!

  3. dont be afraid to ask for help and advice

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  5. relax, some feeds take a long time, enjoy the "forced relaxation"


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