Happy International Breastfeeding Awareness Week!
This campaign aims to raise awareness of the advantages and benefits of breastfeeding, ensuring that all families have access to information and an opportunity to breastfeed, and is celebrated from 1st-7th August annually. We’ve selected some of our top breastfeeding products here at PregnancyandBaby.ie which will make the journey that little bit easier. Breastfeeding has a wealth of benefits, such as delivering important nutrients to your baby and lowering risk of allergies, eczema, and asthma. Many new mums, however, can sometimes find it tricky, so our essentials such as equipment and accessories from the leading brands in the industry are here to help you on your way! Keep reading for the top breastfeeding essentials that every new mum needs!
No more will you lose your precious milk in pads, this Haakaa pump is made of silicone and uses a suction method to pump your breast milk. It draws the milk from you breast and is great for catching any let down. It’s ideal for you’re on the go because it’s hands-free and portable, giving you the freedom to express whenever, wherever. It’s also 100% food grade silicone and is BPA, PVC and Phthalate free, and is complete with a suction base to ensure your pump won’t fall over, avoiding spills.
A Breastfeeding pillow is one of our top essentials for any new mum. The My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow has an innovative design; it wraps around the body and secures to provide sufficient support for both you and your little one. This reduces the risk of latch on difficulties for baby, back problems and sore nipples for mum. This pillow has been round for 25 years and is also the number one choice of breastfeeding experts. It is also endorsed by Paediatricians, Lactation Consultants and the La Leche League, so you and your little one can trust the experts! Additionally, the pillow features a convenient pocket, which is ideal for nursing and holding your other accessories, and is complete with back and elbow rests for your comfort while baby rests on the firm flat cushion that closes the gap between mother and baby and lifts the baby into the ideal feeding position.
Once known as Breast Angels, these pure 925 silver cups fit over the nipples and help to protect them from cracking. A top reason given by mums for stopping breastfeeding was sore, painful nipples, but Silverette is here to turn that statistic on its head! Silver is a natural antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial metal that also contains anti-inflammatory agents, so it heals and prevents cuts, wounds, cracks, soreness, and infections. Silverette cups are constructed in Italy by fully licensed silversmiths, and they’ve been widely popular with mothers, midwives and obstetricians since 2002! Additionally, Silverette cups don’t require any other ointments or creams, so there’s no need to worry about your baby ingesting any ingredients. They’re also nickel-free and can be used with absorbent breast pads when placed over the cups. What’s more, they’re totally reusable as their high quality nature means their efficacy remains the same no matter how many times or how long you have used them for!
These compresses are a success with with many mothers. Did you know that 80% of people who breastfeed experience sore nipples? These compresses offer immediate relief to breastfeeding mums as they create moist, healing conditions for the nipples whilst preventing infections such as mastitis, and conditioning the area surrounding the nipples. The gel is natural, safe and harmless when swallowed, so you needn’t be concerned about any risk to your baby, and you can use it right after feeding, leaving it on for around 30 minutes for the best results.
There are multiple benefits to using an electric breast pump, including quickness and efficiency. Using a double electric breast pump will allow you to express milk at a faster rate, and the Ardo Calypso reduces your pumping time by half! A double electric breast pump is also ideal if you’re feeding multiples. This pump is complete with Vacuum Seal technology which ensures 100% protection and prevents contamination of pump or milk. It also features a compact design and reduced sound level allow for quiet discreet expression and is said to be the quietest breast pump on the market! With single or double expression for you to choose as it suits your needs, the Ardo Calypso is also NHS approved and BPA-Free.
A nipple cream will be a welcome addition to your breastfeeding kit, and Lansinoh Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin is the safest, purest nipple cream and completely hypoallergenic! It has been specially developed to help soothe and protect sore, cracked nipples in breastfeeding mums, it’s the world's purest Lanolin Nipple Cream. You won’t need to remove it before breastfeeding, and it’s paraben-free with no taste, colour or smell. It’s also a multi-tasker, as many mums use it for nappy rash, itchy stretch marks, minor cuts, burns and abrasions, dry skin patches and as a lip balm!
The Haakaa Ladybug collects let down breast milk throughout the day, saving every precious drop of your milk instead of losing it in breads pads. All you need to do is pop this in your bra and go about your day. Yes, it’s that simple! The Ladybug is a handy one-piece design that’ll attach securely to your breast, and it’s complete with small feet so it can stand alone, avoiding spilling your milk. And to extract more milk than the natural lactation process, just press the Haakaa Ladybug to your breast. The light suction will maximise the amount of breast milk leakage it catches.
Breast pads are a must for any breastfeeding mum, and the Lansinoh Breast Pads are comfortable, ultra-absorbent, and designed to fit all breast sizes. They’ll ensure that you’ll stay dry, whatever time of the day or night. These breast pads feature a soft, stay-dry lining which is designed to draw breast milk away from the skin and into the core of the pad. It is then absorbed by a special honeycomb polymer to prevent leakage, and the breathable waterproof outer layer keeps your clothes dry. They’re designed to hold their shape no matter your flow, and feature a discreet design that won’t bunch or crease. What’s more, each Lansinoh pad is individually wrapped for your convenience and hygiene, so you can simply pop one in your bag for whenever you’re out and about.
If you need to breastfeed in public, the Breastvest will turn any top into a breastfeeding top! Created, designed, tested and approved by breastfeeding mums, it’s secured in place by specially designed straps and sits just under your breastfeeding bra and covers your postnatal tummy. It can also be used during pregnancy to avoid your tops riding up and exposing your tummy, and the specially designed fabrics stretch all the way to fit you into your third trimester! It’s an ideal solution to help you enjoy your pre-pregnancy tops again and a must-have for any breastfeeding mum’s wardrobe.
Milk storage bags are an essential for breastfeeding, although they may not be something that you would think of as one! Instead of using non conventional zip lock or freezer bags which weren’t designed to store volumes of breast milk, Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags were specially designed for convenient and safe storage and freezing of breastmilk, and they’re leak-proof with a double zipper seal. They’re also pre-sterilized medical grade and 100% Bis-phenol-A (BPA) Free, so your milk will be safe and uncontaminated for your little one.