Besides your breasts filled with milk you may find useful, or even indispensable, additional accessories. Check what you will need at the beginning and during difficult breastfeeding moments.
Daily breast hygiene and care
Super-absorbing and ultra-thin lactation pads of as many as 4 protective layers preventing contamination of your underwear, and Gel Action gelling insert containing all moisture within the pad. An adhesive strip running along the whole length of the pad prevents its shifting in the bra.
At the beginning of breastfeeding you may need a few cartons of absorbing lactation pads and lanolin cream for sore nipples. Pads with absorbing gel containing moisture within the pad are a proved solution.
When you have problems with oversensitive nipples, or they are flat or inverted, you can use special silicone breast shields for some time, after consulting a lactational advisor. While you are using them, check if the baby gains weight correctly.
You can find more about breast care in the article Caring after your breasts during lactation>>.
Its optimal, ergonomic shape guarantees maximum comfort to your baby, while relieving the strain on your back and reducing neck tension.
For breastfeeding to be comfortable both for the mum and the baby, a good solution is to get a few comfortable pillows or a special nursing pillow. They will provide proper support for your back, shoulders and the baby's body. The comfortable position on the pillows will reduce a risk of incorrect latching on to the breast or of pulling at the nipple.
Comfortable breastfeeding positions are presented in the article Breastfeeding positions >>
Problems with lactation or a need to extract milk frequently
Professional support in solving lactation problems (confirmed by 85% of interviewed mums). Fast and painless milk extraction. It mimics a natural, two-phase suckling pattern typical for a baby (a milk letdown stimulation phase and a deep extraction phase). The product holds the Polish hospital recommendation. Read more>>
In situations when the mum has to extract milk regularly (e.g., to supplement newborn's feeding or during a longer separation from her baby), an electronic breast pump is an effective solution. When selecting a breast pump you should check if it mimics a natural, two-phase suckling pattern typical for a baby.
The electronic breast pump is also a good solution to some problems with lactation, such as milk stasis or milk deficiency.
Basic support in milk extraction
An ideal support for mums extracting milk irregularly. Helps to solve minor problems with lactation. Exceptionally natural, delicate and comfortable method of milk extraction. No effort required - confirmed by 80% of interviewed mums. Read more>>
Every mum needs an occasional time for herself. Then the extracted milk can be given by the father or other person looking after the baby.
A manual breast pump is an ideal solution for irregular extraction. It is less expensive than an electronic one, but usually requires more time to get the required amount of milk.
What else is worth remembering:
It will be useful during temporary milk deficiencies. We recommend sugar-free herbal teas, such as fix teas from the Polish manufacturer, Herbapol.
Cotton bra with opened flaps
This is a must-have for a nursing mum. We recommend 100% cotton bras, which are breathable and ensure maximum hygiene. At the beginning, a comfortable bra without underwire is the best solution, as it will not press on milk ducts causing milk stasis.
During breastfeeding you need to supply fluids to your body (about 2 liters a day). Still mineral water is the best for you. You should always have it at hand while you are breastfeeding your baby, as you will often feel thirsty.