Mother’s milk is the most important source of nutrition for the child in the first months of his life, as breastfeeding helps build his immune system to protect him from various diseases, as a result of breast milk containing insulin and cortisol in addition to amino acids, which have a great role in the development of the child’s digestive system and the development of his brain and build his auditory and visual sense.
After childbirth, the mother needs all possible support, especially during the breastfeeding period, as in most cases the breastfeeding is a little cumbersome and complicated, especially if it is or for the first time, so the mother will need some products to help her face the challenges of breastfeeding, whether inside or outside the home, thus making the issue much easier.
So, in this article, we have provided you with the 10 essential products necessary for breastfeeding
1- Breast pump
Many mothers face some problems during the breastfeeding period, such as the excess production of milk from the needs of their child and its accumulation, which may cause congestion and serious infections in the breast, so a product like a breast pump is very important for every mother as it allows you to suction breast milk in the event of its accumulation and store it in the freezer for use. If necessary. We advise every mother to pay attention to choosing a pure and healthy material for the pump, since it is in contact with the baby’s food (milk), so you should avoid inferior materials and counterfeit products.
There are different types, including a battery-powered pump, an electric pump that you must connect to a power source, and a manual pump that you will need to pump manually.
There are some good brands of breast pumps in the Egyptian market such as Chicoo, Medela, and Philips Avent
2– Milk bottles and containers
It is an essential product for working mothers who do not have time to breastfeed their babies every few hours, or mothers who suffer from excess milk production and need to store it. These bottles are where the milk that was pumped is stored with breast pumps. It enables you to store the milk at room temperature for a period ranging from 3 to 4 hours and in the refrigerator for a period of 3 days.
You should avoid storing milk for long periods and use the oldest bottles first and make sure that the milk is consumed in periods Close to the date of pumping, because over time, its nutritional value decreases. You can store milk in yogurt bottles or keep it in feeding bottles so that you can use it directly to feed your baby.
3– nipple cream
Use moisturizing nipple cream to prevent nipple cracks and infections that may occur due to the wrong use of breast pumps or the transmission of fungi from your baby’s mouth, which makes the process of breastfeeding painful and difficult.
There are many well-known brands in the Egyptian market now, some of them are safe in the event of contact with the child’s mouth and some require cleaning the chest well before feeding, such as Avalon Pharma Nipple Cream, Sanosan Nipple Cream Lansinoh Nipple Cream, Medela Purelan and Panthenol or you can use natural materials such as Aloe Vera, sachets Chamomile tea or a mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil.
4– Nursing bra
During breastfeeding, you will need special bras, because the regular bras designed to support and lift the breasts contain iron pieces that may block the milk veins. Special bras are useful if you are indoors or outdoors and your baby needs to be breastfed, so you can do so easily without loosening or taking off the bra.
5– Breastfeeding nursing Cover
Your baby may go hungry while you are outside the house and from here you will look for a place where you can breastfeed your little one without embarrassment, but by using the nursing cover you do not have to worry after the day, the cover is a cover-up bib that you wrap around your chest that gives you privacy so that you can breastfeed your child in public places.
It is preferable that the material from which the cover is made is light, opaque cotton, stay away from heavy materials that may disturb your son and cause his temperature to rise. You can choose the types that have a plastic curve that allows you to see your baby during breastfeeding.
There are many brands that offer different types and designs to suit all tastes that you can choose from, such as Nelly.
6– Nipple Nursing Shields
It is a flexible silicone condom, the basic cycle to protect the mother from biting the baby or getting cracks and wounds during breastfeeding, the condom must be in the shape of the traditional nipple in order to fit the child’s mouth and the opening is wide so that the child can absorb the milk easily.
* You must pay close attention when wearing a condom, as wearing it incorrectly may negatively affect the milk supply.
There are several brands that provide excellent nipple ounce such as Chicoo and Philips Avent
7– Breast pump and feeding bottles cleaning tools
When buying a breast pump and feeding bottles, you should pay close attention to the cleanliness of their internal parts so that the residue of milk does not cause mold that may cause your baby to become ill, you can use your hands to clean them, but this method is not as effective as desired. So, you need special tools to clean the pumps and milk bottles. All you must do is disassemble the parts of the pump or bottle, clean them with the designated brush, and rinse them with hot soapy water.
You can get custom cleaning tools from Chicoo or Philips Avent.
8– Nursing pillow
Many mothers suffer from pain in the arms and back, so the breastfeeding pillows are designed to help you support your baby in a suitable position close to your breast without the need to bend over so that you can breastfeed your child properly, and the pillow is a very important product as it gives your baby comfort and reduces the causes of feeling with reflux, colic and digestive problems that occur due to the wrong position of the child during breastfeeding.
* It can also be used in positions other than breastfeeding, such as sitting, as it helps to support your child’s back in a proper position or in sleep, as it is a comfortable pillow.
You can get a specialized nursing pillow here
9– Breast pads
Leaking breast milk on the clothes may expose mothers to embarrassing situations, especially if you are outside the home, so we recommend that you use breast pads, which are cotton pads used to absorb the milk leaked from the mother’s breast and there are two types of them, the first is used once and the other can be washed several times for re-use.
Major brands of breast pads are Avent and Dr Brown’s. BROWN’S
10 milk Bottle Heater
It is an electric or battery-powered device that warms milk bottles kept in the refrigerator to make them suitable for breastfeeding your baby, and it is a very important device as it allows you to warm your baby’s food when you are away from home with ease.
* Take care that the milk is not too hot before you introduce it to your baby by putting a few drops on your hand.
* You can also use the heater to sterilize the bottles and keep them clean.
There are multiple brands in the Egyptian market that offer milk heaters in the market, the best of which are Philips Avent and Chicoo
You must feed your baby within short periods of time or use milk pumps in order to avoid engorgement in the breasts, so that the milk supply in your breasts is regulated. You also have to take care of your health during that period, as many specialists recommend consuming 11-12 cups of fluids every day, and you can use nutritional supplements if the milk production is weak to increase milk production. But consult your doctor first before buying it from pharmacies
And with a diet that includes all nutrients, you can check out the 10 Most important meals for Breastfeeding Moms.
In order to be able to breastfeed your baby easily, Markitee has provided you with all the tools that you will need to feed your baby, including breast pumps, bottles and feeds needed to store and keep milk, nipple protector and cream to keep the skin of your breasts, feeding pads in its various shapes and feeding covers to maintain your privacy and comfort.