On the previous post, I talked about the benefits of breastfeeding or formula feeding (click here to view). Today I will be sharing with you, some of the best baby feeding products there are for whichever way of feeding you choose to do. – Remember, you could choose to combination feed, which is basically a combination of both ways.
So, firstly I will list the things you may need for breastfeeding. You don’t have to get some of these right away but it’s good to know what products could be useful for you.
Products for Breastfeeding
I tried to breastfeed, but gave up after 3 weeks of not getting enough supply and my baby not latching on, but what helped me when I couldn’t get my baby to latch on, was a breast pump. I tried to use a manual one, but because I didn’t have enough supply, I was there for ages, pumping with my hands (it would literally take half an hour for less than an ounce of milk!) Bear in mind, this could have been because of the way I was using it.
I then borrowed a family members electric breast pump to test it out – medela – and this made a BIG difference in expressing. It didn’t take that long and although my milk supply was still low, it did pump up a lot quicker and with lesser work involved.
So if your in the same or similar situation than I was, then I would recommend an electric pump, for a stress free way to express.
A manual pump doesn’t cost as much as the electric one. Manual pumps are also very tiring for your hands, so another point to note.
Electric pumps are much more expensive and can be a bit noisy (although it’s not extremely loud, just a vibration sound, which some people may not like).
The manual pump I used was the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Pump.
The electric breast pump I used was the Medela Swing Flex Breast Pump.
In my opinion, Lansinoh nipple cream is the best cream. When I had mastitis, this really helped soothe the area. This is what my midwife recommended and I agree. This is something you should have because in the early weeks, you will get quite sore and itchy with cracked nipples.
It is 100% natural, paraben free, no additives, preservatives or chemicals in it. It is very safe and you don’t have to remove it before feeding.
I would say to only get 1 pack to start off with because some people don’t leak, so they won’t need it. You could get reusable ones, which you need to wash and re-use (You will need lots of these) or there are disposable ones available.
It is best to get measured for these at around 38 weeks if you are planning on breastfeeding. These make it easier to feed baby without having to take of your normal bra.
I prefer the ones at M&S because of the quality and they are so comfortable to wear. But you can go and look around and see which ones you feel are best for you.
Now this one is not absolutely necessary. It does make breastfeeding more comfortable though 🙂
Products for Formula Feeding
These are a list of things which I used and found very helpful.
Bottles and Teats
Bottles are obviously necessary for formula feeding. I would say get about 2 or 3. Also, get the regular sized bottles, small bottles won’t be of use after a few weeks.
The teats come in different sizes depending on what type of flow your baby needs – slow flow for 0months+, medium flow for 3 months +, fast flow is for 6 months + and variflow is from birth onwards. You can change the teats depending on how well your baby is drinking.
You could just get a bowl of water and sterilize that way, but I just bought a steriliser.
There are steam sterilizers or cold water sterilizers where you put the sterilizing tablets in.
For my first child, I used a steam sterilizer. I found it to be more time-consuming and also it was bit more expensive than the regular sterilizer. The cold water sterilizer was less hassle, just change the water every morning and put one tablet in and your done.
I used the Tommee Tippee sterilizers, they were both good but I do prefer the regular sterilizer. Each to their own I guess 😉
This I something which I found so helpful, especially on nights. I could just fill it up with boiling water and take it up with me. Also, it was great for going out, saved me the worry of finding water when we were out.
This is something I would use when going out, they have 3 compartments and you just fill it up with the formula and your ready to go! Saved me from carrying the whole milk box.
Muslin Squares or Bibs
This one is a must for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding. You will need loads though 😉
So there we have it. The Best Baby Feeding Products for you baby. If you have anything to add or have any questions then comment below 🙂
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