Breastfeeding isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
Luckily for the breastfeeding moms of our generation, we've got some gadgets that make things a little easier. The more resources you have at the beginning of your breastfeeding journey, the more confident you'll be as you reach your goals.
Not all of the gadgets that made our list are high tech, some of these just lend a welcome helping hand. So grab your shopping carts and introduce yourself to some of your new "breast" friends.
Healthy Mama Nipple Spray
There's lots of controversy in the breastfeeding world about remedies for dry, cracked nipples. When expressing milk onto the area doesn't give you the relief you're looking for, many moms turn to over the counter remedies. Healthy Mama's "Soothe Those Suckers" nipple spray is a mess free alternatives to messy salves, oils and creams that just leave you feeling uncomfortable. This spray is 100% natural, vegetarian, hypoallergenic and totally fragrance free. Since it's so lightweight, entirely safe for baby and keeps germy hands away from those uncomfortable cracks and irritated area, it's the ultimate spray for any nipple discomfort along the way. Not to mention it also works great for dry skin, eczema and rashes.
The Boppy Pillow
The Boppy is one of the most amazing marvels of our time. You can use this curved, comfortable pillow for just about anything, but the Boppy is specifically designed to help mothers improve their baby's breastfeeding position. Most breastfeeding discomforts come from improper latch and the Boppy pillow helps you support your baby's weight in different positions to get a better latch and stay more comfortable during feedings. They also come equipped with a washable cover in a variety of adorable colors and patterns.
Bellema Effective Pro Double Electric Breast Pump
Not all breast pumps are created equal. Some pumps on the market are priced high and don't offer the versatility that makes pumping more comfortable. The Bellema Effective Pro is one of the most comfortable pump units on the market with adjustable suction settings to find the one that works best for you. It's very easy to clean and hygienic with an anti-backflow closed system. The unit is lightweight and battery packs can be purchased separately so you can take your breast pump neatly on the go. For value and efficiency, this little guy is top rated.
Kiinde Breast Milk Collection
The Kiinde breast milk system gives parents a convenient way to collect, store, warm and serve pumped breast milk. These pouches are super sterile and with the set's storage system and warmer, there's no more transferring milk to different containers like a scientist in a laboratory and running the risk of spilled milk. They're also very sleek, stylish and modern for a little extra flare to your pumping routine. You can pick up this set for around $100 from the Kiinde website and in the breastfeeding world, that's just a drop in the bucket.
These pro picks are a great place to start.
Whatever tools you choose to get yourself started, your comfort should be a top priority and that might take some time to find the products that work best for you.