Must-have breastfeeding accessories
By Linda Drummond |
Breastfeeding your baby really only requires your body, and a willing baby, but there are a few items that can help make the process smoother and more comfortable. Here are a few items you can buy, borrow, or even find in your home:
- A comfy chair is essential to avoid back, shoulder and neck pain. Sitting perched on the side of the bed for night feeds is the fastest route to poor posture, so a comfortable chair that you can easily sit in while feeding your baby will make life a lot easier.
- A nursing pillow can also help prop your baby into the right position for feeding, so your arms and shoulders don't have to do all the work. A regular pillow from your bed can also work if it's the right firmness. Just test and work out what works for you and your baby.
- Breast pads can stop leakage and keep your clothing drier, and keep moisture away from your nipples to help prevent cracking and chaffing. You can choose disposable or washable versions - it's all a matter of what feels comfortable for you.
- A breast pump can help you express breast milk, if you're planning on exclusively breastfeeding your baby, nut need to be away from your baby on either a date night with your partner or pals, or for work. What type of pump you buy or hire depends on your needs - if you're expressing regularly for work you might want to look into an electric model, but if you're just pumping every now and again, a manual model might be fine.
- Burping cloths or modesty cloths come in handy to drape over your baby for a bit of privacy if you feel the need in certain crowded situations and can also help mop up any spills and chuck-ups that happen from time-to-time. A multi-use muslin cloth is cheap, easily folds up in your nappy bag and can come in handy for a range of uses.
Find more tips and advice on breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding and biting
- Breastfeeding and contraception
- Breastfeeding and herbal medicines
- Breastfeeding and medicines
- Breastfeeding and other drugs
- Breastfeeding and your diet
- Breastfeeding after returning to work
- Breastfeeding attachment
- Breastfeeding benefits
- Breastfeeding breast care
- Breastfeeding lactation aids
- Breastfeeding let down
- Breastfeeding positions
- Breast milk supply
- Breast refusal
- Breastfeeding - taking care of mum
- Cup feeding your breastfed baby
- Expressing breast milk
- Myth-busting breastfeeding