Breastfeeding is the best option for feeding your baby. Lagosmums supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of baby’s life. It may seem like an easy task that requires only the mother’s breast and the baby who wants to feed. However, there are several breastfeeding products, supplies, and accessories available to help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable.
Here’s a list of some breastfeeding accessories new mums should have.
1. Breastfeeding Pillow
A comfortable, supportive nursing pillow can encourage your baby to latch on properly. It will help support your baby and lift the baby up to the level of your breast. A nursing pillow can also help reduce strain on your back, neck, shoulders, and arms so that nursing is more comfortable for you. The wrap-around design secures the pillow to the body, helping mom and baby maintain ideal positioning for latch-on while preventing back and neck pain. The arm and elbow rest eliminate shoulder stress and there is even a convenient pocket for nursing supplies and other accessories.
2. A supportive nursing bra
Nursing bras are comfortable and easy to manage while breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding less stressful and comfortable both for the mum and baby. A good nursing bra will provide you with support, comfort, and convenience. Your nursing breasts will feel full and heavy, especially in the first few weeks after you have your baby when your milk comes in. A nursing bra will help to support your breasts and relieve strain on your shoulders and back. Additionally, nursing bras have cups that can be unhooked and pulled down so that it’s easier to access your breasts when it’s time to nurse.
3. Nursing Cover
Whether you are out in public or at home visiting with family and friends, if you are feeling a little uncomfortable about breastfeeding around other people, a nursing cover up can provide privacy while you nurse your baby. You can use a simple baby blanket, or you may opt for a more fashionable look with a scarf or shawl. There are plenty of options to fit your style and your needs.
4. Breast pads
Nursing pads, also called breast pads, are absorbent disc-like pads that can be placed inside of your bra to soak up any milk that may leak from your breasts. Leaking is common especially in the first few months of breastfeeding when your milk supply is adjusting. Most women will leak less or stop leaking altogether after a few months. However, some women with an overabundant milk supply may leak for the duration of their breastfeeding experience. Nursing pads can protect your clothing and prevent embarrassing stains.
5. Nipple cream
Nipple creams and ointments that are natural are useful to moisturize, soothe, and heal your dry, cracked, sore nipples.
6. Breast pumps
Many women find that using an electric breast pump helps to keep up their milk supply better than manual pumping. This way, they tend to have enough milk on hand at all times. Lagosmums supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of baby’s life. A good quality hands-free breast pump is highly recommended to help make it easier; especially for mums going back to work.
7. Pumping bra
They give mums the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. They can be used with all electric pumps and accommodates the pumping of both breasts simultaneously.
8.Storage bottles or bags
Breast milk storage bags and containers are specially made for the collection and storage of breast milk. They can protect your breast milk since they are designed to withstand freezing and thawing. Some mums are blessed with oversupply – so getting additional storage bottles or reusable bags to label and store your
gold milk is important.
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