For manual pumps, I like one handed pumps. The Medela Harmony has a very cool feature where it lets you pump quickly to stimulate a let-down. Then you switch to the longer part of the handle to get longer periods of suction to express your milk once it has let-down.
The Haaka Manual Breast Pump gets a special mention. This inexpensive, low tech, manual breast pump is a mom favorite.
Most moms use it by attaching it with suction before she starts breastfeeding and it catches all the milk she leaks when breastfeeding. It enhances milk expression by the suction. It can also be used without breastfeeding.
It is at such a great price point that you may be able to consider getting two or three and keeping them in strategic places. Keep one in the car, one in your diaper bag and one at the bedside or next to your breastfeeding chair.
Hands free pumping bra
There is no denying that pumping takes time. Time is one thing that all new moms are short on. The hands free pumping bra was a game changer for breastfeeding mamas.
Even if you are only pumping once or twice a day, what mama doesn’t need to multi-task? One of these will allow you to do something else while you pump. You can hold your baby, work at your computer, use your phone.
Simple Wishes has the most reviews on Amazon and has a 4.5 star rating. Simple Wishes can be used with or without straps. It is available in two sizes, xs-l and l-plus. and two colors, pink and black.
The Spectra pump has become very popular pump. The bottles it comes with are wide-mouth. These adapters will allow you to pump right into regular bottles or into bags, saving you the step of transferring the milk. Sometimes a little time saved can make a big difference.
Breastfeeding Accessories for Sore Nipples
Sore nipples happen. Even when you do everything right, they can still happen. A lot of moms give up breastfeeding because of sore nipples (Source). What mom wants to be in pain? I’m sure you don’t. Fortunately there is a wonderful breastfeeding product for your sore nipples.
Gel pads for sore nipples
Gel pads were another breastfeeding game changer when they came on the market. They can make the initial period of breastfeeding when sore nipples are common a little more comfortable.
The Ameda ComfortGels are the only brand that I recommend. They aren’t too sticky, which makes a gel pad uncomfortable to take off. They don’t have cotton backing that can get wet when you rinse them off. They don’t fall apart. They can last up to six days.
If you buy two pairs you can keep one in the fridge when you are breastfeeding and have a nice cold pair to put on when your baby is finished.
If your nipples have any cracks or bleeding, get a lactation consult ASAP. If sore nipples don’t start getting better after four days or don’t resolve within two weeks get a lactation consult. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy fix. Honestly, I’ve had moms tell me I changed their life after I helped them make some easy adjustments to the way they were positioning and latching their baby.
Shells for cracked nipples
If your nipples have deep cracks they need something that protects them from anything rubbing against them between feedings. Shells definitely have helped speed up healing time.
The shells for sore nipples is the best option if the crack is located on the top of the nipple. The shells for inverted nipples can be best for the mom with a crack at the base of the nipple. The shell will help keep the nipple protruding and allow it to heal. Talk to a lactation consultant to see if this is the best type of shell in your situation.
Silverette nursing cups are made from 925 silver and are used by moms to help sore nipples. Silver has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties (Source). Although not a lot of moms have heard of them, the moms who have used them said they made a huge difference.