The only things that really need for breastfeeding are baby and mummy’s breasts. But, I find that there are a few products and accessories that make my lives easier.
1. Nursing Cover/ Poncho
Both my daughters need to be feed every 2hours from newborn to almost 6months. When at home, I will just open my shirt and breastfeed. However, I make sure to use nursing cover when breastfeeding in public. Basically, nursing cover is just a piece of fabric that cover to prevent strangers staring at you when you breastfeed. It’s a personal decision. For me, I feel more comfortable and more privacy when using it. And it helps baby to block distraction and focus on nursing.
2. Nursing Bra
Before my first baby was born, I only bought 2 nursing bras because I’m not sure if I really need nursing bra and what size I need. Well, I thought that I can just pull the regular bra up & down. Reality tells me that nursing bra makes breastfeeding in public easier and not pulling the bra or breast up and down.
3. Nursing Wear
Many advices that there is no need to buy special breastfeeding clothes to be able to breastfeed comfortably. However, I don’t like breastfeeding with button-down blouse because the upper part of my breast will be exposed and it is hard to unbutton & button with one hand while holding a baby. I can pull up loose or oversized T-shirt for breastfeeding too but my belly will be exposed.
Having the right clothes can, and will, make life easier during busy days especially with new baby. Breastfeeding fashion has come a long way. Nursing shirts and blouses come in so many different styles and colors. With a slit or a flap in the front or side of the garment, nursing clothes can make breastfeeding easier and more discreet. There are also styles that don’t look nursing tops at all. I can even continue to wear some of my nursing tops long after I wean my baby.
Not everyone needs a breast-pump because I can let the baby direct latch or I can even express by manual expression. But a good breast pump is a wonderful tool to have available when it is needed. I was discharge on the 2nd of labour but my first baby still in hospital & not nursing well. On the third day after labour, I started to have breast engorgement and I do manual expression by hand. I tried my best to manually express the milk for about half hour every two hours but it is very very tiring. On the fifth day, I begged my husband to go to buy an breast-pump as I was extremely exhausted with the manual expression.
5. Milk Collection Shell/ Breast-Shell
Every drop of breastmilk is precious. During the first six months of breastfeeding, I have lots of milk leakage. Milk Collection Shells feature a built-in spout so that I can easily empty the breast milk that has collected in them. It is designed to be worn discreetly. The soft silicone backs make them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. During the first few months, I will wear them during day time and all collected milk will be stored together with next pumped milk.
Whether if it is day or night, breastmilk will leak especially during the first few months. Nursing pads help to absorb milk that may leak between and during feedings. I wear them inside the bra to keep the bra dry and milk away from clothing. It takes a while for breastmilk to become regulated so I have to wear breastpad for a few months at least. I use disposable pads because of convenient, and do a great job of keeping me dry. I also use reusable cotton pads because it is a good choice to save money or want a greener solution to leaks. During the first few months, I will wear them during night time and while sleeping because milk collection shell can’t be used.