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Babble’s Best Breastfeeding Accessories

Breastfeeding can be a beautiful thing and a terrific way to bond with your child. But make no mistake; for many moms, becoming a human milk supply can have its challenges. Sore nipples, leaky breasts and finding a private spot to nurse are some the issues facing the lactating crowd. Beyond pillows and pumps, here are few indispensable items that help keep your dignity and your enthusiasm for breastfeeding. Beyond pillows and pumps, here are few indispensable items that help keep your dignity and your enthusiasm for breastfeeding.

  • Lansinoh Breast Cream – $20 for a 3-pack

    Newborns require feedings every three hours. All that gnawing can leave mommy’s breasts dry and sore. What works to relieve the tenderness and chaffing? Sweet lanolin. The brand of choice is Lansinoh. Read any new-mom forum or breastfeeding blog and you’ll see for yourself. Lansinoh uses medical-grade lanolin to help heal cracked nipples. Their pure lanolin contains no preservatives, so it doesn’t need to be removed from the breast at feeding time.

  • Lily Padz Breast Pads – $21.95

    Most moms have an embarrassing breast-milk-leakage story to tell (mine involves a dressing room at the Gap). To avoid the leaks and stains that go part and parcel with breastfeeding, invest in these reusable pads. Unlike bulky disposable pads (which feel like wearing a maxi pad in your bra) these shields block the milk from seeping out of the breast by applying gentle pressure on the nipple. Plus they are cost-effective; one pair of Lily Padz can be used continuously for up to two months.

  • Peanut Shell Nursing Cover – $29 and up

    Babies get hungry at the most inconvenient times. I attest to breastfeeding on the F train between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Friends have shared their own moments of discomfort feeding in front of their father-in-law. Breastfeeding is a natural act to be sure, but some women don’t want to share this bonding moment with the world. For a bit of privacy while out and about, slip the adjustable strap of this nursing cover over your head and tuck baby underneath. Your breasts are no longer on display and baby gets to feed free from distraction.

  • Milk Bands Nursing Bracelet – $6.95

    Remembering my name and address was a big enough challenge in the first few sleep-deprived weeks of parenthood. Forget about tracking feedings and remembering which breast I started on the last go-round! My makeshift system to identify the “go-to” breast involved a safety pin – not a terrific idea to use a tiny sharp object. The Milk Band is a much safer solution. A sliding tab keeps track of feeding duration and the flipable band tells mom what side is up for the next session.

  • Bella B Nipple Nurture Cleansing Pads -$9.99 for 80 

    No one wants to dine on a dirty surface. Bella B Nipple Nurture Cleansing Pads can be used to freshen up before and after breastfeeding. I found using these pads helped clear up the breakouts on my daughter’s face while simultaneously making my life more bearable. Fortified with aloe vera, these wipes also help sooth sore nipples. They are extremely helpful for moms who have to feed under sweaty circumstances – either from an over-heated office or a summer heat wave.

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