Accessories for feeding babies make this activity much easier, so it is worth choosing the right products in advance. Accessories for extracting and storing milk will work for breastfeeding, and bottles, teats and a warmer will be needed for formula milk. What will be useful for a young mother?
Natural feeding accessories
Feeding will become more comfortable after getting a feeding pillow, which will relieve your shoulders, alleviate back pain and allow you to assume a comfortable position. In turn, the benefit for the baby is a lower risk of colic or reflux during feeding. This pillow is also useful for learning to sit down and for reclining, while being inexpensive and readily available.
For nursing women, special bras are recommended to protect the skin against overstretching and loss of firmness. Specially detachable flap does not require taking off underwear, and in addition, the bra has a convenient fastening and unfastening with one hand.
Breast pads are also recommended, especially during the first weeks after giving birth. They absorb moisture, protecting mum from embarrassing food stains on clothes. You can buy disposable, reusable, silicone or ecological inserts. A breast pump will also be useful if women have problems with manual pumping. It will prove useful during a journey or a child’s illness. There are electronic and manual breast pumps on the market. Food can be stored in special pouches in the refrigerator or freezer. They are comfortable and have descriptive stickers with the expiry date of the food.
Artificial feeding accessories
We feed the baby with modified milk using a glass or plastic bottle. Glass bottles are easy to clean and sterilize and are heat resistant. Plastic, on the other hand, is light, comfortable, but also prone to scratching and discoloration. Avoid those made of polycarbonate containing harmful BPA compound. At the beginning, bottles of 120-150 ml are enough, then 180 ml. Narrow bottles are more convenient to hold, and those with a wide neck are more convenient for cleaning. When the child is already holding the bottle, you can buy one with a hole inside. Anti-colic bottles are also available.
You should also remember about the soother. Silicone ones are more durable and harder, and rubber ones are brown, soft and susceptible to deformation and quick wear. It is best to choose anatomically shaped nipples, and for the youngest ones with slow flow. Preparing the food will be facilitated by a heater that will guarantee the right temperature of the milk. Some of them also function as a sterilizer, which guarantees full safety of feeding.