Updated: Feb 18, 2021
I have to say, I consider myself relatively lucky when it comes to my breastfeeding journey with my first and now second child - but don't mistake my luck for ease.
Breastfeeding is hard work and doesn't JUST HAPPEN after you give birth - it takes work, work I put in and was thankfully rewarded with milk for my babies. From handling my breasts like hamburgers at an All You Can Eat, Hamburger Eating Contest to aggressively massaging them to kick start (then later to increase) my supply - easy is the absolute LAST word I would ever use to describe breastfeeding.
That being said, here are a few breastfeeding products that I love (some I used with my firstborn, but most with my second):
The LaVie Warming Lactation Massager is pretty awesome, and in my opinion is best used when you are engorged. It's the first milk expression tool that combines continuous warmth and vibration to improve milk flow, relieve pain, and save time when pumping.
By using the warming massage pads, You will:
Reduce clogged ducts
Cut pumping time
Empty more effectively
Improve flow and letdown (pumping or breastfeeding)
Another product from La Vie -- the LaVie Lactation Massager, it's a milk expression tool that helps improve milk flow and relieve pain caused by engorgement, plugged ducts and other breastfeeding symptoms BUT the best part is it's WATER PROOF mammas - so you can use it during a hot shower or bath! It's unique shape and multiple vibration modes, combined with La Vie's step-by-step care plan, make the Lactation Massager the perfect tool to restore your milk flow.
Relief from plugged ducts and engorgement
Faster milk letdown
Improved milk flow
Increased pumping output
Empties the breast faster
Softens the breast for better latching
Full disclosure here - I used to drink 1 - 3 cups of this tea daily. The traditional herbs in this tea helped me with my breast milk production and promoting lactation; however, the tea's blend of fennel, anise, coriander also includes fenugreek. After learning about why fenugreek free products may be better for mom and baby - I decided to limit my use of the tea and admittedly noticed a difference in my baby's behaviour. Not only was she was less gassy but she also slept much better during the day for naps and at night.
These bras I found on amazon.ca did the trick when it came to comfort. They are wire-free and stretchy with adjustable straps. I also like the fact that they have removable breast absorbent pads to absorb excessive breast milk from nursing which kept my tatas clean and dry.