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My Top 5 | Breastfeeding Essentials

6th August 2016

The 1st-7th August marks World Breastfeeding Week. WBW aims to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, placing an emphasis on the health benefits, protection from diseases and on the role in which breast feeding can have in reducing poverty and hunger worldwide.

Breastfeeding is by no means a walk in the park but to me is one of the most rewarding things I have done as a parent. Luckily, Woody was born a champion feeder (Nora definitely wasn’t!) and we’ve had no issues with latching or weight gain. Seeing him grow, thrive and turn into a right little chunk solely from something my body has produced is quite amazing.

With this in mind I thought I’d share some breastfeeding tips that have helped me through the last sixteen weeks of exclusive breastfeeding. Hopefully they may help make other new mamas’ breast feeding journeys a little easier!

Nursing Pillow – Mamas & Papas // So useful for getting comfy, especially during those newborn days. These pillows go around your waist to support baby whilst nursing, they close the gap between baby and your breast meaning no stooping and less backache. We have semi-retired ours now at almost sixteen weeks but its still a comfy spot for Woody to have a rest. Also, how cute is this grey and white pattern, it matched perfectly with his nursery (and it’s now in the sale!).

Nursing Bra – Bravado // When you think of nursing bras I’m sure you think of massive, unattractive, unflattering, hammock-like contraptions? Luckily for us, Bravado have created not only the comfiest bra I have ever worn, but it doesn’t look half bad either. I was kindly sent two of the Body Silk Yoga Seamless Bras to try out and I’m going to be honest here – I’ve literally never had them off. They are the perfect every day nursing bra. They’re super comfy, give a nice shape and plenty of support and can be unclipped with one hand. The cups pull down off the boob completely for extra skin-to-skin contact. They also come with a bra conversion kit so when you’ve finished your breast feeding journey, you can continue to wear them. Amazing!

Nipple Cream – Lansinoh // I never thought I’d think so highly of nipple cream that I’d rave about it on my blog, but seriously, you can not breast feed without this! Those first few weeks can be pretty sore but this stuff is amazing. Pop it on after feeding to avoid cracking and soreness and you don’t even have to remove it before baby feeds. It also makes a pretty good lip balm!

Breast pads – Lansinoh // I really hate breast pads. I find them itchy and uncomfortable but they are oh so necessary – no one wants a surprise wet boob! After weeks of irritation I’ve resigned myself to the fact that with breast pads you certainly get what you pay for. Always go for the Lansinoh ones, they’re a bit more costly but so much more discreet and comfortable. They’re also individually wrapped so you can pop them in your bag for when you’re out and about.

The Right Dress // To this day I’ve not discovered any nice nursing wear. Loads of retailers have tried but everything tends to be either super unflattering or require you to expose your entire boob whilst feeding. Now for someone with enough boobage for four people, that’s just not feasible. I’ve discovered the perfect discreet way of breast feeding this time around and I so wish I’d known this trick with Nora. All you need is a nursing bra, a basic black vest top like this one and a dress. The dress needs to be either a swing dress or a smock style dress, also go for something made from a relatively light material. To feed you simply lift up your dress and pull down your vest top and pop baby on. The dress covers the top of your boob and the vest top hides your mum tum! I’m loving all the festival style smock/swing dresses by Glamorous – I have a total collection going on right now. I got this patchwork style a little while ago but there is a short sleeved version available on ASOS at the moment. I also have this flutey sleeved number on rotation and this festival style is next on my list. An extra tip, opt for something quite patterned. Those little milk splats really show up on blacks/greys.

So those are my top five bits of breast feeding advice! I really hope they help some of you on your breastfeeding journey. If anyone else has any top tips to share, feel free to leave them below!

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  • Jen 8th August 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I am coming up to my ninth month of breastfeeding and I hate the restrictions I feel when it comes to dressing. I wish I had treated myself to a few more things at the start (which I definitely deserved after getting through that tough six week period). Instead I made do with what was in my wardrobe and I’m getting pretty bored now!

    • Jess 8th August 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Wow, 9 months is amazing!! I totally understand the clothing restrictions, its so hard to find clothes that fit all of the essential breastfeeding criteria! I’m so pleased I now know the vest top trick, it’s allowed me to wear lots more dresses I couldn’t have before. You should treat yourself now Mama, you deserve it! xx

  • Alex Rice 4th January 2017 at 12:28 pm

    hi I was just wondering if you used a breast pump at all and if so if you would recommend any?
    deciding to breast feed when the little one is born didn’t know if pumping is useful.

  • Claire 5th July 2017 at 10:18 pm

    This is really interesting! I’m not a mom but I think I will find this useful in few years! I also agree with you on comfortable dress as I believe breastfeeding is a lot of work.

    • Jess 7th July 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I hope this helps you when it’s your time! Breastfeeding is hard but so rewarding :) xx

  • sivjini 9th July 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Some important tips out there. Soon, these tips would be useful for me. I love that dress colour mix.