Accessories, Products, Gifts to Make Nursing Easier and More Comfortable
To breastfeed successfully, you really don’t need anything more than your breasts and your baby. However, there are plenty of breastfeeding products, supplies, and accessories available to help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable. Here is a list of some useful items designed for nursing mothers.
A Breastfeeding Pillow
A supportive, comfortable nursing pillow can encourage a good latch . It will help to support your baby and lift the infant up to the level of your breast. A nursing pillow can also help reduce strain on your back,shoulders, neck and arms so that nursing is more comfortable for you.
A Supportive Nursing Bra
A good nursing bra can provide you with comfort,support and convenience. Your 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 you to support your breasts and relieve strain on your back and shoulders. 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.
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Nursing pads, also called breast pads, are absorbent discs-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 during the first few months of breastfeeding when your milk supply is adjusting. Most women will leak less or stop leaking after a few months. However, women with an overabundant milk supply might leak for the duration of their breastfeeding experience. Pads can protect your clothing and prevent embarrassing stains.
A Nursing Cover Up
Whether you are out in public or at home, visiting with family and friends, if you’re 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 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.
A Breast Pump
Breast pumps remove breast milk from your breasts. They can be used to collect and store the milk, relieve engorgement, manage an overabundant milk supply, or stimulate an increase the amount of breast milk that you make. Pumping also allows you to provide milk from the breasts to your baby if he or she is in the hospital, or if you need to work. There are different types of breast pumps available depending on how often you need, or want to pump.
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Storage bags and Containers for breast milk
Breast milk storage containers are specially made for the collection and storage of breast milk. They can protect your milk since they are designed to withstand freezing and thawing. Depending on your needs, you may choose to use bags,plastic storage bottles, food-safe glass containers and/or breasts milk trays.
Shells for breast can be used to help draw out and correct inverted or flat nipples. If you are leaking breast milk, they can be used to prevent embarrassing stains by collecting the breast milk as it leaks. Shells for breast can also provide a barrier to protect sore nipples from rubbing against your clothes.
Under the direct supervision of doctors or lactation specialist, a nipple shield can make all the difference if you are breastfeeding a preemie, breastfeeding with large nipples, or nursing a infant who has difficulty latching on to your breast. Nipple shields can also be used if you have very sore nipples.