Breastfeeding can be a tricky business. While you already have the much-needed boobs, a few clever products can make your breastfeeding journey a whole lot easier and way more comfortable for you and your tatas!
Many of us think we will automatically just know how to breastfeed our babies, that it will just come naturally. And to some, it is an easy progression. But for many it takes time. And sometimes that time of learning breastfeeding skills is a frustrating, tiring, unbelievably painful and self-doubting period to endure. And often, completely overwhelming for any new mum. But with practice, patience and some helpful accessories, it does become easier!
It’s important to remember breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and that’s ok. Fed is best, after all – and there’s no shame in the feeding game!
Every mum needs a comfy breastfeeding station
It’s true, you can breastfeed your baby practically anywhere. But being comfortable makes a real difference, especially in the early days when you and bub are still learning and finding your breastfeeding groove! So what can you do to make yourself a sweet nursing nest or breastfeeding station? Here are our top tips below:
- Claim the most comfortable and supportive chair at home as your own because you’ll be sitting in it a lot! Choose a chair that gives you great back support and that isn’t so deep that you can’t get out of it while holding your baby.
- Invest in an armchair caddy or keep a box handy on a side table next to your nursing chair so that you have everything you need within your reach (very important if you’re home alone!).
- Keep a nursing pillow close by to raise your bub to your breast – it will stop you hunching over too.
- You could be feeding and remain nap-trapped for quite some time, so keep an extra phone charger next to your chair.
- Breast pads, just in case you leak from the opposite side.
- Burp cloths for any spitting up of milk while you burp your bub.
- Place a lightweight blanket or throw on the arm of your chair just in case the temperature drops and you both feel the chill.
- A book or magazine will help to keep you entertained. Nursing can be the perfect time to sneak in an extra cheeky chapter or two!
- A water bottle because breastfeeding is THIRSTY work and you need to keep your fluids up to help keep supply up!
Now that’s your cosy breastfeeding station sorted, here are our top picks for best breastfeeding products to make your breastfeeding journey just that little bit easier!
Best breastfeeding products in 2022
Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushion
Where to buy: Milkdrop
Good for: Mums who have sore or swollen nipples from breast pumping
Milkdrop’s mission is to help mothers pump comfortably – and they’ve done exactly that with the Good Design Award-winning Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushion. Designed to protect your nipples while you pump, it’ll be a game-changer for your pumping game.
An ultra-soft silicone cushion that stretches over your breast pump head, Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushion is designed to mould to your breast and nipple shape, stopping your areola from being sucked too harshly into the pump and reducing any discomfort, swelling, chafing and redness. Its silicone material has even been proven to be 10 times softer than your pump. Sounds comfy, right?
Free from BPA and additives, the Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushion is a cinch to clean too. It’s dishwasher, sanitiser and steriliser friendly! Delivery is FREE Australia-wide and if you’re not 100% happy, you can return for a full refund – now that’s a sweet deal for you AND your nipples!
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Just’nCase Reusable Nursing Pads
Where to buy: Just’nCase
Good for: The environment, heavy let-down, comfort and convenience
Unlike other breastfeeding pads which tend to bunch up, slip out of place and leak from the bottom, Just’nCase reusable pads are moulded for comfort. They also grip to the inside of your bra and feature a patented GravityDri pocket to lock in breastmilk leaks – so they won’t let you down when you let down!
Available in cute designs in black and beige, they’re super absorbent and leakproof with a soft, breathable, hypoallergenic and antibacterial lining that quickly wicks milk leaks away from your skin to keep you dry, comfortable and hygienic.
Best of all, these beauties can be machine washed and tumble dried, and because they’re reusable they’re better for the environment than single-use nursing pads, and they’ll save you money in the long run! Check out what 15 real-life mums had to say about Just’nCase nursing pads in our Mum Central Reader Review!
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Silverette Nursing Cups
Price: From $80
Where to buy: Silverette
Good for: Mums who experience cracked, sore and inflamed nipples
Silverette Nursing Cups protect nursing nipples using the magic of silver and they’ve been so effective they’ve been called a “life saver”, “game-changer” and “must-have product” for breastfeeding mums by customers. For more than 20 years Silverette has been the Number 1 trusted product of its kind to help mums repair their sore nipples during the course of their breastfeeding journey while getting baby’s latch just right.
It’s not unusual for a mum to experience sore and cracked nipples as she starts breastfeeding, usually appearing as mum and bub stumble through the first few days of feeding. Silverette Nursing Cups are made from 925 silver, and provide relief to sore, cracked and painful nipples, just what new mums need!
Designed to protect and soothe sensitive nipple skin, simply place the Silverette cups over the nipple and use your bra to keep it in place while the silver works its magic. Silver has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial benefits, addressing the wear and tear of nipple skin while providing a safe, healthy environment for delicate skin to heal. You’re going to want a pair, for sure!
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Pinky’s Boobie Bikkies
Where to buy: Pinky’s Boobie Foods
Good for: Nutritious, milk supply-boosting snacks
Breastfeeding is hungry work and mamas need snacks! Scientifically formulated for breastfeeding mums, Boobie Bikkies are created by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Pinky McKay alongside a team of dieticians, food scientists and nutrition professionals. These award-winning bikkies contain galactagogues – ingredients used for centuries to support a healthy milk supply.
Loved and trusted by mums since 2012, these delicious bikkies are ALWAYS a hit. They’re generously sized, filling and each bikkie is individually wrapped so you can grab one for the car console, one for the nappy bag and tuck one away next to your breastfeeding chair for an inevitable late-night nibble.
Choose from three scrumptious flavours – Vanilla, Orange and Cinnamon, and Coconut, Date and Seed, which is both gluten and dairy-free. And because everything you eat will be passed through to your baby via your breastmilk, Boobie Bikkies contain no preservatives or additives – just natural, organic and delicious ingredients. YUM!
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Cadenshae The Ultimate Bra – High Impact Nursing Sports Bra
Where to buy: Cadenshae
Good for: Big-breasted women (DD-G cup) who want AMAZING sports bra support
This nursing sports bra is an absolute gamechanger for active mums! Say goodbye to doubling up bras or layering crop tops to keep an ample bosom in control. This incredible high-impact nursing sports bra will be your go-to bra for any type of workout or activity, be it nap-trapped Netflix binges to running around the playground or hitting the gym.
This bra is destined to be your new exercising BFF, offering incredible wireless and moulded drop-down cups, padded strap comfort and support for 8 to 18, DD+ cup sizes, up to a G cup. It has a comfy extender on the band and can even convert into a racer-back style. Amazing!
The ultimate sports nursing bra is a must-have for mums who want to continue being active throughout their breastfeeding journey. Specifically designed to be the BEST nursing sports bra for large breasts, it’s unrivalled in offering maximum support, no matter your level of activity. Get one in your bra drawer today!
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Tommee Tippee Made for Me Double Electric Breast Pump
Where to buy: Tommee Tippee
Good for: Mums who want a discreet, portable, cordless breast pump!
Loved by mums for convenience, Tommee Tippee Made For Me Double Electric Breast Pump ticks the boxes of quiet and discreet and is perfect for busy mums to express more milk in less time! Mums don’t waste a single drop of breastmilk thanks to the innovative built-in closed system catching your milk straight into the bottle.
Mums can choose between five massage and nine express settings to stimulate flow, the cushioned cups with massaging petals are perfectly soft for tender breasts – and you can even pump from both breasts simultaneously for added convenience, expressing more milk in less time.
Charged by a small USB charger, this breast pump provides 90 minutes of cord-free pump time when fully charged so you can enjoy the freedom of expressing yourself any time and anywhere you want. The pump includes two 150ml Closer to Nature baby bottles with measurement markers to keep track of how much you’re expressing, and a handy LED display screen lets you know how long you’ve been pumping. It’s everything you want and more in a breast pump!
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Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow
Where to buy: le bébé Plus
Good for: A supportive and super versatile pillow you can both sleep and nurse with!
Comfort REALLY matters when you spend a large chunk of your day (and night) breastfeeding your little one. The dreamy Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow is filled with millions of light-as-a-feather microbeads and is antiallergenic, warm and super supportive.
The Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillows cradle your body in all the right ways, conforming to your shape and supporting you in whatever position you are in – be it lying down or sitting up. This pillow offers amazing back support while you sit feeding or if you find yourself hunching over to feed your sweet baby with tired arms, bring her to your breast height using the pillow. Simply sit the pillow over your lap, wrap it around your waist, and hold your baby on top of the pillow for added support and height.
Laundering the pillow is easy too. It’s completely machine washable with a removable cover, so you need not worry about spilt milk or nappy blowouts. Best of all, you can even pop the pillow in the tumble dryer!
Mumma Bear Natural Nipple Balm
Where to buy: Mumma Bear
Good for: Mums looking for an all-natural balm to maintain top-form nipples
The ultimate support act in keeping nipples in tip-top shape, Mumma Bear’s Natural Nipple Balm contains six organic ingredients and zero nasties. Formulated to protect, nourish, calm, soothe and heal nipples during your breastfeeding journey, we like to look at is as a spa package in a jar!
Offering great value for money, each 60ml jar is packed with skin regenerating, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, hydrating, soothing, healing and elasticity boosting ingredients. This 100% natural nipple balm is a powerhouse for healing and protecting the skin.
Mumma Bear Natural Nipple Balm glides on effortlessly and soaks in fast without leaving a residue and won’t mark your clothes. It’s also completely safe for the baby, so you don’t need to wash it off before the next feed. Proudly Australian-owned and designed, make sure you have a jar of Mumma Bear Natural Nipple Balm today for healthy and happy nipples tomorrow!
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