Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, though it can be one of the most challenging too. Luckily there are tons of amazing breastfeeding products to help you have a positive experience. There are many organic and eco-friendly breastfeeding brands, but here are our 10 of personal favorite products for breastfeeding.
Hygeia Breast Pump
Due to hygiene, breast pumps are one of the must have items that you can’t borrow from a friend, that is, unless it is made by Hygeia. Hygeia sells personal accessory sets for their consumer pump so it can be used by multiple users and not end up in a landfill. The personal-use breast pumps feature a unique bacteria/virus filter that is designed to block bacteria, viruses and fluid from entering the pump or causing cross contamination. The Hygeia Breast Pump has been confirmed free of toxic chemicals by The Soft Landing Seal of Approval system. Think it has a hefty price tag? As part of Obamacare, starting August 1st breast pumps and lactation consultants are covered by your insurance, so give them a call to see if your plan is eligible for this benefit yet and you could get the pump for free. Also, keep any receipts since pumps and accessories are tax deductible!
My Posh Pads Nursing Pad
My Posh Pads makes a variety of stylish, organic nursing pads fit for everyone mom’s style. Each nursing pad is made with a layer of organic flannel, organic cotton, and a layer of bamboo. They chose bamboo since it is naturally antibacterial. My Posh Pads are made in 7 different lines with multiple pads in each collection. My Posh Pads also makes organic panty liners, hospital gowns, and breast soothers.
Leading Lady Nursing Cami
Leading Lady makes a great organic nursing cami and organic nursing bras. Their organic nursing cami is naturally colored with no dyes or bleach. The nursing cami comes with an inner sling for extra support and has a quick one handed clasp for easy nursing.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter
Nipple cream is an essential to breastfeeding especially if you have sore, cracked nipples. If you are allergic to wool be sure to stay away from lanolin cream, which also can contain trace amounts of pesticides and other allergins. Earth Mama Angel Baby makes a clinically tested, hospital recommended Natural Nipple Butter that is not sticky and goes on very smoothly. Made with ingredients like soothing organic calendula, organic shea butter, organic cocoa, and organic olive oil, you won’t find any toxins here. It ‘s 100% safe for your baby so no need to wash off before a feeding. Apply when needed and after each feeding.
Some breastfeeding moms prefer to use some sort of cover when nursing in public. Bamboobies makes an extremely soft Nursing Shawl made out of organic cotton and soy fiber. It is hand sewn in Colorado. The Nursing Shawl is stretchy and changes to fit and flatter your changing body. The Bamboobies Nursing Shawl comes in two sizes (S/M and M/L) and four fashionable colors: Bright Marine Blue, Hot Purple, Stone Blue/Grey, and Jet Black.
Westcoast Baby Nursing Pillow
Finding the right eco nursing pillow can be a challenge. There are several organic options, though some do not offer substantial support. Foam inserts should be avoided since they are doused with flame retardants. The Westcoast Baby Nursing Pillow is made with bamboo jersey and is very soft. It is overstuffed, so your baby will not sink into the pillow and will be at your breast. The pillow comes in seven fun colors.
The KoalaKin sling is a great alternative to a nursing pillow and it gives you free rein of your hands. If you have another child or are working while nursing, this is the perfect solution. The KoalaKin helps with backpain and can provide the correct position for babies with a poor latch. You wear the sling and position your baby to your breast. The sling has shoulder clasps that make it easy to switch breasts for feeding and it supports babies up to 35 pounds.
Organic Mother’s Milk Tea
Every now and then a mother’s milk supply can decline and it needs a little boost. Mother’s Milk Organic Tea uses a combination of anise, fennel and coriander to help increase breastmilk supply. The company recommends drinking three to five cups daily.
Yummy Mummy Cookies
Yummy Mummy Cookies offers a variety of cookies made with organic ingredients known to help increase your milk supply. Yummy Mummy Cookies also offers a wheat, egg, and dairy-free cookie. You can get three different flavors: Lovely Lemon Poppy Seed & Fenugreek, Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Seed, and Roasted Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie. They are high in fiber, protein, and a variety of different minerals and vitamins.
Whoever said “don’t cry over spilt milk” obviously never breastfed. Milkies Milk-Saver is a wonderful invention that allows you to collect leaking breastmilk while you are breastfeeding. You simply put your nipple through the opening on the side you are not nursing on and then you breastfeed. The Milk-Saver collects the leaking milk in the cup, even up to 4 oz., and you can store or reuse the milk immediately. Milk-Savers are BPA and phthalate free.