Milk Makers Series: Top 5 essentials for mastering breastfeeding

In Features, MD Rated, Motherhood, Pregnancy + Birth, Stories, Tried & Tested by Nicole Fuge

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Breastfeeding? Here are the top 5 must-haves you need. Because we’re all about keeping your honkers happy.


This feature is Part 5 of our Milk Makers Series in partnership with Medela, deep diving into all things breastfeeding – from preparation through to weaning. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, and sign up to our newsletter for more.


Let’s face it – breastfeeding has its highs and lows, with moments of pure joy and pure pain … IYKYK. But don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with 5 must-haves that’ll keep you and your baby smiling through each and every feed (and in between).

From soothing sore nipples to keeping the milk flowing like a dream, these essentials will take you from ouch to ahhh. Think of it as self-care for you and your breasts.


“REGULAR MASSAGES NOT ONLY HELP WITH MILK PRODUCTION BUT ALSO OFFER SOME MUCH-NEEDED RELAXATION, WHICH BOOSTS YOUR MATERNAL WELLBEING.”

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1. Nipple balm

No one tells you how sore and dry those nipples can get, right? Nipple balm is your new best friend (or should we say, breast friend). Go for natural ingredients like lanolin and olive oil to keep things gentle. A quick dab after each feed can prevent cracking and discomfort, making breastfeeding a much comfier experience. Simples.

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2. Breast massage oil

Mama, breast massage is a game changer. It boosts milk flow, prevents clogged ducts, and eases engorgement. Make sure you pick a baby-safe, organic breast massage oil with goodies like avocado oil. Regular massages not only help with milk production but also offer some much-needed relaxation, which boosts your maternal wellbeing. You gotta look after yo’self babes.

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3. Nipple shields

Struggling with latching or dealing with nipple pain? Nipple shields can be a total lifesaver. These thin silicone covers protect your nipples and help with latch issues, especially for babies with oral problems or mamas with flat or inverted nipples. They make breastfeeding smoother and more comfortable for both you and bub. No more wincing in pain every time your baby latches.

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4. Breast shells

Let’s talk about breast shells – discreet and super handy. These little wonders protect sore nips, catch leaks, and collect that precious excess milk during feeds. They’re perfect if you’ve got a heavy letdown or are dealing with engorgement. Plus, wearing them between feeds can relieve pressure and keep you feeling comfy.

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5. Hydrogel pads

Hydrogel pads are like a cool breeze on a hot day – instant relief for sore, cracked nipples. These gel-filled pads soothe and heal, giving you a break from the discomfort. They’re mess-free and super easy to use, making them a must-have for any breastfeeding beauty.

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There you have it, our list of essentials for mastering breastfeeding. Helping you feel more supported on your journey. So, go on … get ready to pamper those perky pals and keep the milk bar open with a smile.

This feature is Part 5 of our Milk Makers Series in partnership with Medela, deep diving into all things breastfeeding – from preparation through to weaning. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, and sign up to our newsletter for more.

SUPPORT RESOURCES

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand

Local Child Health Nurse


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