My favorite Breastfeeding and Pumping Products
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After having trouble breastfeeding and starting to pump for my little one I used my share of different products. It seems like every brand has a nursing pad or a storage bag and they all differ at least a little bit. How was I supposed to just pick one? I could never find a good review on why people chose the products they did. So, I used different ones myself to figure out what I liked. Since I have some knowledge from what I used I want to share it with all of you! So here is what I learned about breastfeeding and pumping products.
I was given a pack of Target brand nursing pads and I used those first. They didn’t differ very much from the flat pads that they have at the hospital. I didn’t like that you could see how they puckered up under a cami. The Nuk nursing pads have a foam like feeling and are very flat as well. You can definitely see them if you are not wearing them under a bra. I liked them for my “around the house” pads since I got so many for so cheap at a consignment sale.
The Lansinoh pads(my favorite) contour around the breast and are much less noticeable to wear under a cami. They also feel a little softer in my opinion. I did buy some of the Medela washable pads and liked them the first hour(hehe). After my milk let down a little then dried up I had hard crunchy spots that were very irritating. So I vote no on the washable pads. Lansinoh pads win out for me.
My insurance covered a few refills of the Ameda storage bags. I loved them when I first started pumping. They will stand up in the fridge and they also have a little “spout” on the side you can tear off to pour the milk. When my supply really established and I needed to start freezing milk I was no longer a fan. The ameda bags do not freeze flat and they only hold 5 ounces of milk. Medela bags were pretty much the same, minus the spout on the side to pour the milk from.
Next I tried were the Babies R Us brand. These are bigger bags and about the most price efficient brand you can buy in a store. The bags are very thick and zip very tight which is a plus. They are also very narrow and do not freeze more than 6 ounces very well. My goal was to be able to fit 10 ounces in a bag to freeze because of how much I was pumping. The Lansinoh brand won out on this one again. They are wider and allow the milk to freeze flatter, which allows me to store more bags in a smaller place.
I never really had any issues with my nipples, other than they got dry with nothing on them. I was given a tube of the Medela Lanolin and used that to begin with. To be honest the only reason I ever tried anything else was because I hated the smell of the lanolin. I tried Palmer’s nursing butter next and liked it just as well but it smelled so much better. I also used coconut oil some, on my whole body really. Coconut oil is said to help with stretch marks(which I had a few on my hips) and it also has an antifungal property that can help prevent thrush. I liked the way it made my whole breast feel soft and moisturized. So, I would say my favorites tied between the Palmers and Coconut oil.
- The Medela Storage Bottles are what I used to make bottles in to start with and they were great. Also, all the Medela, Ameda and Dr Browns bottles/lids are compatible! I have tons of all 3 and they always get mix matched
- My Ameda Purely Yours Pump was what my insurance covered and I have loved it! I even use the 8 ounce Dr Browns bottles to put in the morning with I know I’m going to pump a lot!
- I got a Medela Hand Free Pumping Bra from a consignment sale and I will say it does exactly what you would expect it to do. However, it is kind of a pain to out the pump pieces through every time to get it on and off(the bottles have to be taken off) so I rarely use it.
- I live in my Nursing Camis most of the time, especially on my days off and between those and the nursing pads I rarely even have to wear a nursing bra. Get as many camis as you can, the different brands don’t seem to be that different to me.
While you’re here be sure to check out my breastfeeding experience and pumping schedule as well as some great pumping tips! If there is anything else I can help give an opinion on, by all means let me know! Tell me you opinions too!