These are the things I really couldn’t do without for the first three months after having my baby boy, Freddie. I really hope this post helps you if you are pregnant or have just had a baby. I would love to hear what your favourite things are, let me know in the comments below!
H&M Nursing Vests– I lived in these after Freddie was born and we were getting breastfeeding established. They do have a bit of in-built support (although not enough to support my giant post-partum boobs…) but they were just so easy to feed in. They are also great for layering under jumpers or other tops so that you can lift your first layer up, unclip the vest and then feed. Highly recommend!
New look Nursing Tops– Once the weather started to warm up, layering nursing vests under another piece of clothing was just too hot. This top from New Look was brilliant for fuss-free feeding and kept me nice and cool as well. For a nursing top, I think it’s quite a nice design and paired with some jeans, was an easy thrown on outfit.
Ju-Ju-Be Changing Bag- When I was pregnant, I bought a normal rucksack thinking that changing bags were overpriced and a con. After a few weeks of rummaging around in the cavernous rucksack I had foolishly purchased, I had had enough and decided to find a changing bag that was practical and looked nice too. After a bit of googling, Ju-Ju-Be kept popping up as a brand that combined functionality and design. I LOVE this bag, the print is lovely and it is so well made. Having a purpose built changing bag has made my life so much easier! It has multiple sections and pockets to keep everything organised and it means I can find whatever I’m looking for in seconds. I like having a rucksack because it’s so much easier to wear whilst also carrying a baby or pushing the pram. My husband doesn’t mind carrying it too, which is an added bonus!
Haakaa Breast Pump– I have recommended this to every pregnant Mama I know! I wish I had had it from the start. It’s a ‘pump’ that suctions onto your other boob during feeding and not only collects milk but somewhat magically pumps milk too. I built up a little freezer stash using this because it collects a fair amount whilst your baby is feeding. It’s easy to clean and an absolute bargain and the reviews speak for themselves. A real essential for any breastfeeding Mama!
Lansinoh Breast Pads- I have tried quite a few different types of breast pads along our breastfeeding journey but I always come back to these. They are the only ones that don’t fold or scrunch up in my bra and they are nice and thin too. They have a piece of sticky on each side and bend in the middle ensuring a good fit. It turns out breast pads are something it’s best to spend a little more money on!
Medula Breast Pump– This was a panic buy after being told I would need to express milk to give Freddie his medicine for his silent reflux. It was so easy to clean, sterilise and use, at a time where I was really stressed and had no idea what I was doing! It’s quite compact and very effective whilst still being very comfortable which was something I was apprehensive about.
Le Leche League (Breastfeeding Helpline)- I rang this helpline two weeks after having Freddie, when feeding was still very painful and I was on the brink of stopping. I was put through to a breastfeeding counsellor, in her own home, and it was like speaking to a lovely, but very knowledgeable, friend. She was just so, so kind and I will never forget her words of encouragement and support at a time where I really needed it. I rang a few more times during those first three months and found each phone call immensely helpful.
ASOS Maternity Wear– ASOS maternity/nursing wear is in my opinion, the best out there currently. They have some really lovely items that I would have been happy to wear before I had a baby-, which is something that can’t be said for lots of other breastfeeding-friendly clothing brands! I had a couple of these t-shirts, which were great to throw on in a rush.
High Waisted Pants– Once I ventured out of my jeans and into dresses/jumpsuits, I realised that my clothes fit very differently on me and I will be honest and say I found that very, very hard. I discovered these pants after a failed bra-shopping trip and they were just what I needed. They come up to just under my belly button, which makes me feel a bit more supported in the tummy area. They also have lace edging along the back so no dreaded VPL!