My Breastfeeding Essentials

My Breastfeeding Essentials

As I’ve just finished breastfeeding my second (and last!) baby, I thought I’d share some of my breastfeeding essentials with you.

I breastfed both for 6-7 months and these are the products that really helped me, I hope you might find them useful too.  Links are affiliate links.

My Breastfeeding Essentials - Lansinoh Cream Boob Nursing Singlet Avent Washable Breast Pads

1.  Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream

This cream was a lifesaver for both times I breastfed.  This 40ml tube is a great size for your handbag, nappy bag or by your feeding chair at home and easy to pop on to your nipples before, between or after feeds to keep them from getting chapped and sore.  No need to wipe it off before feeding your baby so makes your life nice and easy too.

2.  Boob Nursing Singlets

I absolutely swear by the high quality singlet vests, tops and dresses from the Boob Nursing range.  They’re such good quality fabric, stay in shape throughout pregnancy and nursing and they’re so discreet to breastfeed in.

For those who do not want to cover up with a breastfeeding cover, these tops are awesome and have lasted me through 2 pregnancies.  I wear them on their own or under non-nursing dresses and tops too.  Even now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding, I still grab these vests over my normal ones every time as they fit so well.  Despite being a little more expensive than standard basic singlets, they’ve lasted me 3 years already and probably have another 5 years + in them!

3.  Philips Avent Washable Nursing Pads

I’m not a fan of the paper nursing pads, they’re scratchy and uncomfortable I think.  These washable pads are brilliant though and again, I’ve used them throughout both breastfeeding experiences as they wash and keep so well.

You get 6 in a pack so always have some to wear while others are in the wash and they can be thrown in the washing machine in their handy washing bag so that they don’t get damaged.

They stay in place really well and are very discreet under your bra too.

My Breastfeeding Essentials - Medela Swing Breast Pump Marks and Spencer Nursing Bras Valco Glider Nursing Chair

4.  Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump

My trusty Medela Swing Breast Pump is my favourite of all the breast pumps I’ve used.  It’s a hospital grade pump, is small and can fit into your handbag and worked great for me in helping to build my milk supply. to build a freezer stash when I returned to work and to express milk when I was away from my babies.

I also love the Lansinoh 2 in 1 Electric Pump and the Nuby Natual Touch Digital Pump if you’re looking for other options.

5.  M&S Nursing Bras

I love love love anything M&S but especially these lovely soft nursing bras.  Despite being non-wired, they give a really comfortable and supportive fit.

You get two in a pack, one black and one white – perfect!  They wash brilliantly and I also throw them in the dryer…because I’m lazy like that.

6.  Nursing Glider Chairs

I did NOT want to ‘waste’ money on one of these for so long after I’d had my first baby.  They looked ugly and I thought the price tag was just ridiculous.  Fast-forward a few weeks and my back was killing me from sitting on inappropriate chairs.  One day, in a baby store, I sat on a nursing glider and oh my word, that fugly chair became my new best friend over night!

I’ve had the Kiddicare Cloud Nine Glider and the Valco Zen Glider and loved them both.  They are so worth the investment but if you’re looking to save some money, see if you can get one second hand from eBay as they have likely only been used for a year or so so should be excellent quality still.  If you look after them, they can also really retain their value for if you want to sell on after you’ve finished breastfeeding.

I hope my list of breastfeeding essentials helps you :)

My Breastfeeding Essentials - Breastfeeding Products Breast Pump


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  1. 5th December 2015 / 5:57 am

    Lansinoh and washable breast pads are definitely on my breast feeding essentials list as well as lots of glasses of water and cake. Cake is on every essentials list I write ;) #thelist

    • 6th December 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Oh how did I miss cake – I might change it, what an error! x

  2. 5th December 2015 / 6:52 am

    Some great advice. I’m about to have number 3 but after a 7 year age gap feel like I’ve forgotten everything I need to buy and do! #thelist

    • 6th December 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you! Ah I bet – is forgotten after only a year! x

  3. 6th December 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Also, don’t be so preoccupied about the appearance of the chair. It has a job to do and purpose, to provide coziness and comfort. Just like singing, even if you are the world’s second worst, (I am the worst) sing and stimulate your baby’s verbal development and enjoy the closeness. One day your child will tell you when to stop singing, so enjoy it while you can. Every stage goes by incredibly fast.

    • 10th December 2015 / 1:12 pm

      So very true – they are the comfiest, ugliest chairs ever! ;)

  4. 10th December 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Oh, it looks like M&S have upped their game since I was breastfeeding – finding a not too hideous bra was always a challenge! Some great essentials – I like the look of the singlet too! Thanks for linking up for my last list! xxx #TheList

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you lovely and I am missing your linkiness already boo hooo x x

  5. 4th July 2016 / 8:28 am

    Awesome list! I initially had a medela swing too- but I think they are not hospital grade. The swing actually had a terribly hygiene issue in that there was no back flow filter to stop milk coming up the tube and into the machine. Mine ended up full of mould :/

    • 4th July 2016 / 9:45 am

      Oh wow really – that is not good! x

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