7 best breastfeeding buys

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Planning to breastfeed? Here’s some of our tried-and-tested breastfeeding buys to make the journey a little easier. By Tammy Jacks

Whether you’re pregnant for the first, second or third time you might be planning to give breastfeeding a go. Although your experience with each baby will be unique, these breastfeeding buys should be included on your registry list. Why? Because they’re more than just vital supplies – they’re designed to make breastfeeding more comfortable and hassle-free. Isn’t that what we all want?

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Best buy: Nipple cream

Why we like it:

Breastfeeding, especially in the first 6-12 weeks can take a toll on your nipples. To prevent your nipples from becoming cracked, dry and sore, it’s important to treat them with a good nipple cream between feeds. Bennetts Nipple Cream, R50, is great because it contains soothing and healing ingredients and doesn’t need to be washed off before feeding your little one.

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Bennetts nipple cream

Best buy: Nipple shields

 Why we like it:

If your little one is going through a growth spurt and you’re nursing around the clock, consider using nipple shields. The Phillips Avent Nipple Protectors, R113, are ideal because they’re made with ultra-fine silicone and are shaped in such a way that it makes bonding and breastfeeding simple and pain-free. The aim of these nipple shields is to allow you to breastfeed more frequently.

 Avent Nipple protectors

Best buy: Nursing shawl

 Why we like it:

Some babies don’t like feeding (or sleeping) under a heavy blanket, which is why we love this lightweight shawl, also known as a Bonchi, R296, cherrydotstudio.co.za. Not only is it simple and easy to use in public, it’s also pretty and practical, and can be worn as a poncho long after you’ve weaned your little one off the breast. It’s also wide enough to hang over the pram for extra shade.

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Nursing Shawl

Best buy: Milk collection shells or cups

 Why we like it:

There’s nothing more uncomfortable or embarrassing than your breast milk leaking and staining your clothes. If you’re lucky enough to have ample milk supply and your breasts leak milk often between feeds, the Philips Avent Comfort Breast Shell Set, from R250, will be your lifesavers. They fit snugly inside your bra and around your nipples, offering much-needed relief from sore, hard breasts and give you that extra bit of support when breast pads aren’t enough. You can also empty the shells regularly, which guarantees that no milk will be wasted!

avent comfort breast shell set

Best buy: Electric breast pump

Why we like it:

There’s a reason why Medela is the chosen hospital brand in many local hospitals and maternity centres. Whether you’re wanting to store milk, have gone back to work or plan to pump so that your partner can help with feeds, Medela’s Swing Electric Breast Pump, from R2 500, is worth the price. This pump has a two-phase system including a stimulation phase to encourage let down, and an expression mode to promote faster pumping. All Medela’s breast pumps are fairly silent too, so you can pump right next to your sleeping baby or in a private cubicle at work without causing any disruptions.

Medela swing pump

Best buy: Breastfeeding pillow

 Why we like it:

The Chicco Bobby Pillow, from R900, is a great buy because it’s ergonomically designed to make breastfeeding as simple and comfortable as possible, allowing you to sit up straight and prevent back and neck strain. It can also be used later on to encourage tummy time as it’ll provide your little one with the right neck and back support.  

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Breastfeeding pillow

Best buy: Tank tops

 Why we like it:

Nothing beats the versality and ultra-comfort of tank tops. Layer them under dresses, button down shirts or on their own, and you can breastfeed anywhere. Look for tank tops that have a stretchy cotton fabric and adjustable straps. Woolworths Strappy Stretch Cotton Tops, R89. 95, are a breastfeeding wardrobe classic.