Breastfeeding essentials
Breastfeeding baby boy

Although there are plenty of areas of parenting where we can benefit from going old school as our mothers and grandmothers did, breastfeeding is one that definitely benefits from modern-day inventions.

Gadgets to get to help nourish your newborn

Make your feeding experience a little easier with the help of these crucial gadgets.

Breast pump

Not being able to breastfeed your baby the natural way all the time can be upsetting for many mothers. But being able to offer your little one all the benefits of your own milk while you're at work or out for the night can make it a little easier. There are many breast pump options to choose from, and ultimately it comes down to what works best for you. Some women prefer manual pumps because they are less expensive, quieter, more convenient to travel with, and they allow you to control each and every pump. Other women find this process too slow and prefer the convenience of an electric model that can automatically pump for you, such as the Medela Swing breast pump (sears.ca, $190). A good breast pump is one of the most important gadgets a new mom needs, but it may take some trial and error to settle on which option suits you and your baby best.

Breastfeeding pillow

Choosing a good breastfeeding pillow primarily comes down to one factor: comfort. You want to be comfortable during the process and also feel your baby is cozy and secure. A good example of what you may be looking for is the My Brest Friend original pillow (mybrestfriend.com, $44). In addition to the comfy, flat cushion for your baby, the device also has a back pad and armrests, which reduce tension in your back and shoulders. You simply secure the feeding pillow around your waist, clip it in place and sit down in comfort!

Nursing pads

Just as you didn't enjoy having your period show in high school, you certainly don't want to have any unexpected leakage show through your shirt post-pregnancy. Thank goodness for nursing pads! Thyme Maternity offers a pack of four that are washable and reusable (thymematernity.com, $8). They sit securely over your breasts to make sure you can go about your day free of any worry of embarrassment.

Nursing tops

Being able to quickly and efficiently get your baby access to your breast is good for both you and your little one, and having good nursing tops will help you to do just that. The stretchy fabric and crossover design in something such as Toys R Us's Thyme Maternity nursing tops make immediate breasfeeding a breeze (toysrus.ca, $35). And they're stylish to boot!

Nursing cover

Breastfeeding in public is a completely personal choice. If you don't want to miss what's going on but would prefer to be discreet with your feeding, nursing covers are exactly what you need. Bebe au Lait has a wide variety of stylish options to choose from, so you don't have to feel out of place when your little one needs some food (bebeaulait.com, $35).

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