If you have a boob and a baby, you essentially have what you need to breastfeed. This is if everything is going well.
There are products available on the market that address certain breastfeeding difficulties, and then products that are nice-to-haves and can make your life a bit easier. These includes nipple shields, nipple ointments, all types of cups and pumps, feeding and expressing bra’s, breast pads, breast milk containers and feeding pillows, to name some.
This section aims to provide information on the responsible use of products during breastfeeding. Some products can be extremely helpful, but can do harm if used incorrectly. Find out what you need, plus what you need to know when using it.
Congratulations on your decision to continue breastfeeding your baby for longer. Expressing breast milk is a momentous task. Below is a list the must-have items that you will need, as well as some nice-to-haves to make things easier for you. You can also book a Breast Pump Demo slot with one of our lactation consultants if you need more assistance in choosing a pump and in expressing milk. ITEMWHAT WILL YOU USE IT FORBreast pumpYour breast pump will play a[...]
For many years breast pumps came in a one size that (didn't) fit all. But breasts and nipples come in many shapes and sizes. It is crucial to your expressing success that you use the correct size breast pump flange. A flange that is too big or too small will lead to many pumping problems. Feeling confused? See our printable nipple and flange measuring tool to help you understand flange size and to determine the best size to use. Ideally,[...]
If you have started doing some research on breast pumps and are left feeling confused, you are not alone. Below is our in-depth discussion on breast pump options (Ps: We love sharing info! But if this looks like way too much reading, you can also see our shortened list of 10 things to consider when purchasing a pump). If you have never expressed breast milk before and are not familiar with breast pumps and how they work, you will not[...]
Do you really need an electric pump, or will a manual pump do? This is a difficult comparison as the quality of electric pumps differ vastly. A good manual pump is definitely worth more than a bad electric one. But it has some limitations. Below some advantages and disadvantages of both Manual Pump advantages: They are cheaperThey are smaller and lighter, and more easily fits into a bagSome moms feel that they have more control over the speed and suction[...]
Ultimately, all that you need to breastfeed is a baby and a boob! And if all is going well, and you are not going to be separated from your baby for any length of time for the first year or so of life, then the answer to this question is ‘probably not’. However, if you are going to be away from baby for longer periods than a quick grocery run, or if for any reason your baby is unable to[...]