Breastfeeding is an emotional journey and doesn’t come easily to everyone. It can be painful, uncomfortable and all-round stressful - and that’s if you’re lucky enough to be able to produce milk.
But there are thousands of products designed to make your experience nursing your child easier.
To make choosing which to buy easier, we’ve rounded up the top award-winning accessories and aids.
From versatile nursing bras to smart breast pumps, soothing nipple cream and adaptable pillows, here are all the must-haves for new mamas.
The Breast Pump
The Elvie breast pump is a one-of-a-kind creation, offering mums a discreet and completely hands-free experience.
Included in Mumsnet’s 'Top 10 best breast pumps 2019' round-up, the small device can simply be placed into your nursing bra and monitored by a free app on your smartphone where you can track everything from milk flow to pumping history.
It’s also available in a single and double pump design.
The Elvie Breast Pump | £249 | Shop it here
The Nursing Pillow
Taking home a gold award at the Made For Mums Awards 2019, this Ergobaby firm foam pillow is specially designed to help comfortably position baby tummy-to-tummy when nursing - and for only £42, it's sure worth every penny.
Ergobaby Nursing Pillow | £42.24 | Shop it here
The Nipple Cream
Shortlisted at the Mother & Baby 2019 Awards after receiving a bronze award in 2018, the No Harm Nipple Balm continues to be a favourite with new mums.
The 100% natural breastfeeding nipple balm was developed by midwifes so that it’s safe for your baby, as well as making sure it relieves soreness and repairs cracked skin.
No Harm Nipple Balm | £16.50 | Shop it here
The Nursing Pads
Founded by a breastfeeding mum, the Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads feature much needed one-way moisture technology and leak-proof lining.
The product not only won bronze in the Best Product for Breastfeeding category at the Mother & Baby Awards 2016, but, is also the number one selling disposable nursing pad in the US.
Nine out of 10 mums also said they would recommend the product at the Mumhub Brand Survey in 2016.
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Breast Pads | £19.20 | Shop it here
The Breastfeeding Top
When it comes to practical and stylish breastfeeding garments look no further than royal-approved brand, Seraphine. A favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, the British band won Best Maternity Wear at the Absolutely Mama Awards 2018.
The label creates numerous wardrobe staples needed for every stage of maternity - for example, this chic draped nursing jumper has a flexible fit to adapt to your growing curves throughout pregnancy.
One your baby is born, however, the double layer design opens up to allow easy breastfeeding access.
Seraphine Sybil Cross Over Nursing Sweater | £49 | Shop it here
The Nursing Bra
Cake Maternity’s nursing bras have continuously been hailed on the awards scene for several years - not only praised for its product design at the Mother & Baby Awards, but also, its sustainability at the Eco Excellence Awards.
Designed for every stage of your journey, the wide variety of styles will also ensure that there is one that suits you.
Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Nursing Bra | £33 | Shop it here
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