Products to make the beginning of breastfeeding easier:
Our top five recommendations of breastfeeding products
You may have heard from friends or family that have children that breastfeeding can be really challenging in the beginning. You may have heard stories of pain, engorgement, milk taking a long time to come in, or other common early breastfeeding issues. Breastfeeding certainly doesn’t come naturally, and it isn’t easy for everyone. We are here to help with a few products that can help ease some of the most discomforts, and help make your breastfeeding journey as easy as possible.
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Firstly, please ensure if you are experiencing pain during breastfeeding after the initial latch, please see a health care professional for assistance. Ideally, you should see an IBCLC, an international board certified lactation consultant. Otherwise, a midwife, Dr or Maternal and Child Health Nurse may be able to provide you with assistance. Please do not put up with painful breastfeeding.
Here are some great products we recommend for helping you through your early breastfeeding journey:
These little beauties can help you any time you have any discomfort associated with breastfeeding. Put them in the freezer for use with helping to sooth sore, sensitive or damaged nipples. The cold gel packs are also perfect for relieving discomfort associated with breast engorgement when the mature milk first comes in. These can also be heated for use when you have blocked milked ducts. They really are a necessity during the early days of breastfeeding. As these are reusable, they are a more sustainable choice than disposable products for breastfeeding mums.
Every breastfeeding mum who has used one of these will tell you how wonderful they are! This small breast pump has many uses, the main one being that it allows you to catch and save milk that would otherwise be wasted and go straight onto your breast pad. Just put it on your breast while you feed your baby on the other side. This way, your let down is caught and saved, and can be saved in the freezer for future use, without ever needing to use an electric or battery breast pump. You can also use the silicone breast Pump milk saver to help relieve engorgement, and some mothers are even able to use them like a traditional breast pump to express milk. Don’t forget to also add freezer bags for breastmilk.
Every breastfeeding mum needs a good nursing balm for sore and sensitive breasts. This nursing balm is naturopathically formulated to help sooth and moisturise sore nipples, with olive oil, shea butter, and essential oils. Put some of this nursing balm on after feeding baby to help sooth any discomfort you might be feeling.
Many, many breastfeeding mothers experience leaking of breastmilk. Some experience it during let down, or while experiencing engorgement. Many mothers know the feeling of a let down and leaking when they hear a baby cry, or even when they think about their baby! Breast pads are a necessity to protect your clothing. Reusable breast pads are a more sustainable option, and will be more cost effective in the long run.
Our lactation biscuits from Franjos Kitchen are naturopathically designed to help meet the nutritional needs of breastfeeding mothers. They contain galactagogues, designed specifically to support breastfeeding mothers. Something many mums-to-be might not know is that breastfeeding mums need an extra 500 calories every day for breastmilk production. And the hunger associated with breastfeeding is very real and intense. Snacks are essential! And lactation biscuits are a great option.
So there you have it – our top 5 recommendations of products to help make breastfeeding easier. Don’t forget to always consult a health professional if you are experiencing ongoing pain with breastfeeding.
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