Wednesday, 17 October 2018

My Top Three Breastfeeding Favourites/Must Haves

Today I thought I would talk about my favourite or must haves for breastfeeding. As little as it may seem, when I think of it I only really have three favourite/must haves when it comes to breastfeeding. Yup just THREE!
I currently only use two every day, but the third is super handy to have for those sore days and that is the Lansinoh nipple cream.
This is the first and only nipple cream I have ever tried and tested. I first tried in back in 2010 when I had my daughter so when I knew I was going to breastfeed Harrison I bought a new tube (obviously I didn't keep the one from 2010!)
I haven't really needed to use it, only when we got the yeast infection at the start of our breastfeeding journey and it helped a lot. I have a feeling it is going to come in handy when Harrison starts getting teeth, ouch!

My two everyday essentials are a good nursing bra and breast pads.
When it comes to nursing bras I feel like I have found the perfect one for me. I've always hated a 'thin' bra and the idea of people being able to see my nipples on a cold day. I have  always wore a padded wired one and whilst I found a nursing one like that, it just wasn't comfortable with the wiring so I had to try something I'd never tried before, no wires!
Luckily the first one I came across is the one I'm still using to this day. It is the H&M nursing bra and it is so soft and so comfortable and padded, so no chance of seeing nips on a cold day.
They aren't wired either, but they defiantly still give you that lifted look. Bonus they come in packs of two!
When it comes to breast pads I have tried and tested a few. I've tried your typical supermarket own brand, a well known brand and the freebies you are given in pregnancy packs. I had been reading a lot about leaking as I had my nipple pierced and decided to take it out and read that it would leak quite a bit. So when I was ordering all my breastfeeding essentials I came across the Lansinoh breast pads. These are the only breast pads I would personally recommend, I love them.
They don't feel 'cheap' like others can, they are soft and pretty much feel as if you aren't even wearing them. Also when you have to apply nipple cream they don't stick or irritate like I found with other breast pads. They have two sticky pads instead of one, so they stay in place which is especially great for in the night if you move around quite a bit.
They aren't the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. I buy mine in bulk at just under £20 so it works out cheaper and four boxes will usually last 4-5 weeks.
If you breastfeed or even formula feed what are your top three must haves? You could have a favourite brand of bottle or you might find a pump if in your top three, let me know!

take care xo
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