7 products for breastfeeding moms that might make your boobs leak

Crystal studded breast pump and other breastfeeding accessories

When I took a picture of this crystal-studded breast pump, I didn’t realize one could actually order the product. I thought the company had produced it just for fun, to attract attention at a baby products trade show. It worked — I posted it on Instagram and Twitter — so if it was social media the brand was seeking, they got it. And guess what? If bling’s your style, you can order one just like it.

Other products I encountered on my trip to the ABC Kids Expo offered a more quiet style of genius, and I wanted to share them with you guys.Breastmilk freezing system and other accessories for nursing moms

1- Milk Trays for freezing pumped milk. Since the traditional square shape of ice trays results in a cube too wide to drop into many bottles, these templates were designed to generate 1 oz “milk sticks” that can do the trick. The storage system provides 16 cavities and an air-tight lid that keeps out freezer burn or freezer smells. Once frozen, pop the milk sticks into a freezer bag for storage, giving you flexibility to create bottles of any volume. When baby is weaned, use the trays to freeze baby food. {Find them at Drugstore.com}

5 useful breastfeeding accessories

2- Simple Wishes hands-free pumping bra + {coming soon} all-day bra. The sturdy hands-free pumping bra from Simple Wishes has been around for a while now. (Three cheers for San Francisco sisters Joy, Keren, Lydia, and Debra for founding this company!) What I got a sneak preview of is an all-in-one nursing and pumping bra, meant to give women enough comfort and support to wear it throughout the day: unlatch it to feed baby, but also use the slots in the front to hold up pump flanges and bottles that are getting heavy (we hope) with milk. {The new bra will be available in 2014.}

Gifts for breastfeeding moms

3- Milk It Kit for pumping moms who return to work. Adorable vintage-styled signs to hang on the door and to label expressed milk in a shared fridge. “Not for lattes”! Ha! This is a cute gift item, and moms who have ever lost any breast milk will appreciate the company’s “Will cry over spilt milk” onesie. {Find the labels on Amazon.com}

Breast pump bag and other accessories for nursing moms

4 – Juno Blu Breast Pump-friendly handbags. This line of stylish purses is made special by the engineering of compartments designed to tote breast pumps and milk. If the black nylon backpacks that come with most pumps are not your style, maybe one of these bags is. Obviously file this under nice-to-haves, not must-haves. {Browse the collection at Juno Blu.}

Breastpump handbag and other accessories for nursing moms

Breast pump tote and other accessories for nursing moms

5- MilkMaker-brand cookies support lactation with organic ingredients. One thing you may not know about Heather is that she is always hungry and she is very particular about food. Since she loves these lactation cookies, I feel pretty good about putting this link here. Individually wrapped for your on-the-go snacking convenience, these cookies are made with nourishing ingredients that help moms make more milk. We’re not going to lie: these are expensive cookies at $1.50-$2.00 per serving, but compare to something you may buy as a snack at Starbucks, this is a far healthier choice for your money. One of our contributors tried a competitive brand of lactation cookies and did not recommend them, so stick some MilkMakers in your diaper bag. Then stick them in your mouth.

lactation-cookies

6- Undercover Mama tanks turn any shirt into a nursing shirt. While I’m sure your postpartum jelly belly is truly beautiful, you might not want to reveal it everywhere you might be feeding your baby. Once I was wearing a terrible shirt for nursing and had to feed my baby in a coffee shop on a road trip in a not-super-progressive part of the state. I was hot with embarrassment, but had no choice but to let it all hang out. I wish I had known about these garments which hook on to your nursing bra, creating a second layer of shirt that stays around your torso when you lift your top or open your cardigan.

Undercover-Mama-nursing-tanks

Comes in many colors and sizes up to XXL. They even have one with a slimming panel built in, but we love ourselves just as we are, so we don’t need that, right? Right? {Find Undercover Mama “tanks” on Amazon.com}

 

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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