To help you navigate this wonderful yet demanding phase of motherhood, we've put together an essential guide that covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby while fostering a strong bond between mother and child. However, this journey can sometimes be challenging, especially for new mothers. To help you navigate this wonderful yet demanding phase of motherhood, we've put together an essential guide that covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding.
1. Breast Pump
A breast pump is a must-have for every breastfeeding mother. It allows you to express milk for times when you're away from your baby or when you need to relieve engorgement. There are two main types of breast pumps: manual and electric. Electric pumps are more efficient and suitable for regular use, while manual pumps are portable and handy for occasional use.
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The Alyssa is a compact, wireless, portable, cordless, and rechargeable modern breast pump. It is an efficient, high-quality, medical standard device, with a user-friendly and intuitive interface. The breastpump can be used for either single or double expression.
Compact, light, and easy to use
The Alyssa's compact size and USB rechargeable integrated battery allow for maximum mobility, meaning the breastpump can be used anywhere, at any time. A fully charged battery allows you to pump up to 8 times.
MyArdo App - controls the pump via your smartphone
Connect the Ardo Alyssa to the free MyArdo app to track your pumping history and duration and control the breastpump directly and easily with your smartphone. The Ardo Alyssa also works without the MyArdo app.
Power Pumping - increase milk supply with this innovative function
Ardo Alyssa is the world's first breastpump with an automatic Power Pumping programme. This imitates the baby's cluster feeding which is the sucking behaviour that occurs when the baby is in a growth phase and demands the breast more often. With this behaviour, the baby naturally stimulates milk production.
Memory Plus – personalised expressing at the touch of a button
Your pumping pattern is a very individual combination of suction strength (vacuum) and suction frequency (cycle) with different durations. Once you have found the ideal settings that make your milk flow best, you can save them by pressing the Memory Plus button. This function saves the entire pumping history and automatically recalls it the next time pumping takes place.
2. Nursing Bras
Invest in comfortable, well-fitting nursing bras. These bras are designed with easy access for breastfeeding, making nursing discreet and hassle-free, whether you're at home or in public. Look for bras that provide adequate support and allow room for growth, as breast size can fluctuate during your breastfeeding journey.
Comfy & supportive with soft clip-free feeding access, our Bamboo Maternity & Nursing Sleep Bras are a nightwear game changer. Made in the softest bamboo viscose with plenty of stretch, these bras are hypoallergenic, antibacterial & they even help to wick away moisture – perfect for new nursing mamas. Offering gentle elasticated support & simple crossover nursing access, these bras are free of clips & hooks – helping you to drift off for a better, more comfortable night’s sleep.
Set of two nursing & maternity bras
Suitable for both breastfeeding and pumping
Soft bamboo (hypoallergenic, moisture wicking & antibacterial)
Crossover v neckline for nursing
Comfy elasticated support
No clips or fastenings
3. Breast Pads
Leaking breast milk is a common occurrence, especially in the early months of breastfeeding. Disposable or reusable breast pads can help keep you dry and prevent embarrassing leaks. Keep some in your bag for on-the-go convenience.
4. Nipple Cream
Breastfeeding can sometimes lead to sore or cracked nipples. A good quality nipple cream can be a lifesaver in such situations. Look for one that's safe for both you and your baby, as you won't need to wipe it off before nursing.
Soothing for mama and safe for baby.
Soothe and moisturise dry skin with a natural origin blend of coconut oil, calendula and vitamin E that helps care for mama and is safe for baby.
5. Nursing Pillow
A nursing pillow can provide much-needed support and comfort during breastfeeding sessions. It helps lift your baby to the correct height and angle, reducing strain on your back, shoulders, and arms. Many nursing pillows are designed with various shapes and sizes to suit your needs.
6. Breastfeeding Cover or Shawl
If you prefer privacy while nursing in public, a breastfeeding cover or shawl can be invaluable. They offer a discreet way to nurse your baby without exposing yourself, making both you and your baby feel comfortable when out and about.
7. Breastfeeding App
Here are the 3 apps that you can use for breastfeeding and pumping.
In the digital age, there's an app for everything, including breastfeeding! A breastfeeding app can help you track feeding times, diaper changes, and growth milestones. It can be a handy tool to ensure your baby is getting enough nourishment and staying on track with their development.
8. Hydration and Nutrition
Don't forget about yourself! Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet is crucial for your milk supply and overall well-being. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day and eat nutritious meals with an emphasis on foods that support lactation, such as oatmeal, leafy greens, and lean protein.
9. Lactation Consultant
Consider having a lactation consultant on speed dial. These professionals can provide invaluable guidance and support, especially if you encounter challenges like latch issues or low milk supply. They can offer personalized advice to help you and your baby succeed in your breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding is a unique and deeply rewarding experience, but it can also come with its fair share of challenges. By equipping yourself with these essential items and seeking expert guidance when needed, you can make your breastfeeding journey smoother and more enjoyable. Remember that every mother and baby pair is unique, so don't hesitate to reach out to healthcare professionals for tailored advice and support. Embrace this special time with your baby and cherish the beautiful moments that breastfeeding can bring to both of you.
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