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Got Milk? Nursing products our mom-friends love, just in time for World Breastfeeding Week

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Got Milk? Nursing products our mom-friends love, just in time for World Breastfeeding Week

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Apparently the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. Yes, the (marketing) powers that be have decreed the first seven days of August be dedicated to all things breastfeeding. While you technically don’t actually need anything to help you nurse (except for a hungry mouth and boobs), there are a plenty of products out there that make life easier for you if you do. We polled some of our mom friends for their favorites and came up with quite a list!

Bras and undergarments

Several friends recommended Hotmilk Lingerie—nursing bras that are actually sexy. As mothers know, this is a tall order. Hotmilk sells lacy bras and panties, some in both classic black and white. The brand’s undies are so stylish that you’ll want to wear them when you aren’t nursing. I really like the red-and-black Mystery Nursing Bra ($57.90 at Hotmilk Lingerie) and the Dawn Red Nursing Bra ($43.50 at Hotmilk Lingerie), which has pretty floral detailing over a rose-colored bra.

Hotmilk Lingerie nursing brasMystery Nursing Bra (left) and Dawn Red Nursing Bra by Hotmilk Lingerie

 

Ariel Meadow Stallings, the founder of digital publishing company Offbeat Empire and author of the book Offbeat Bride ($12.03 at Books-A-Million), sings the praises of Glamourmom’s nursing tanks ($39–$69 at Glamourmom) for their “full coverage on the deflated postpartum belly situation.” The tops come with built-in nursing bras and can be worn alone or underneath a dress or shirt.

Glamourmom nursing tankThe Glamourmom nursing tank features a built-in nursing bra.

 

My friend Gina, an editor in New York City, raves about the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier ($23.79 at Amazon). “It’s like a zip-up bustier with holes where the nipples are, so the pump can get in (very kinky),” Gina says. “It was my best friend.” [Editor’s Note: The image for this product goes into the Hall of Fame for Most Ridiculous Stock Image Ever Created.]

Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free BustierMake phone calls while you pump with the Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier.

 

Miscellaneous things that make your life easier

Just about everyone loves My Brest Friend ($44.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond), the wearable breastfeeding pillow that straps around your waist and creates a soft platform to rest the baby on while feeding.

My Brest FriendMy Brest Friend is a wearable breastfeeding pillow that makes a soft cushion for baby while feeding.

 

Emma Kate Tsai, a mom and writer, raves about TL Care Organic Cotton Nursing Pads ($5.99 at Amazon). “You don’t throw them away and can rewash them,” Emma says. “And hey, the baby can chew on them as a teether with just a little water and freezing.” She also loves the Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra ($39 at Simple Wishes), a rather utilitarian-looking bra that holds an electric pump that does all the hard work for you.

TL Care Organic Cotton Nursing Pads (left) and Signature Hands Free Pumping BraEmma Kate Tsai recommends these washable nursing pads (left) and hands-free pumping bra for breastfeeding mothers.

 

Not stopping there, Emma also recommends the Philips AVENT Day Disposable Breast Pads ($7.17 at Amazon), which keep you from leaking through every shirt you own. “I remember being at a comedy event in the biggest venue in Houston and just completely soaking through my velvet black top,” Emma says. “Thank God it was dark outside.”

Philips AVENT Day Disposable Breast PadsPhilips AVENT Day Disposable Breast Pads

 

Last on Emma’s list is the Boppy Bare Naked Pillow ($39.99 at Target), which is similar to My Brest Friend, and wraps around your waist to help hold the baby while you nurse.

Boppy Bare Naked PillowThe Boppy Bare Naked Pillow also wraps around your waist to help hold baby while you nurse.

 

Despite the fact that it’s totally normal to breastfeed, nursing covers exist. And if you’re going to drape yourself with a drapey thing while you do the deed in public, you might as well make it a pretty drapey thing. Bébé au Lait makes a plethora of nursing covers in a variety of styles. They’re shaped a bit like cooking aprons but rather than tying tight, they hang loose. Choose from styles like the Monroe ($36 at Bébé au Lait), which has a navy, coral and white pattern inspired by Spanish tiles, or go for the sixties-esque Sevilla ($36 at Bébé au Lait), with its pastel turquoise, white, black and beige swirls.

Nursing covers by Bebe au LaitIf you prefer to use a nursing cover, Bebe au Lait makes pretty ones in a variety of fabrics.

 

Things to read

Finally, breastfeeding and pumping milk takes time—sometimes as long as an hour per feed—and you’re bound to get bored. Use the time wisely and read. One mother recommended grabbing an issue of The New Yorker. (Her reasoning: You can hold it in one hand and consume an article in a nursing sitting.) Another mom suggested subscribing to One Story magazine ($1.49 per month at Amazon), which features new short fiction every week that automatically uploads to your Kindle once you subscribe.

Or you could do yourself a solid and read about breastfeeding while you do it. Natasha Marin’s multimedia e-book of poetry, MILK ($4.99 at MILK), explores “nurturing and motherhood in the digital age.”

Things to make with your milk

So it’s perhaps impossible for your baby to consume all of your milk. I mean, probably most of it will be gobbled up. But you don’t want to let the rest go to waste. You can actually, yep, cook with it. There are recipes for pancakes, milk shakes, cheese, chai latte cupcakes and pies and popsicles. Look, they sound delicious in theory, but folks, you’re on your own with these.

Breastmilk Pancake recipe from the blog Love and Duck FatPhoto: Love and DuckfatWhole wheat, banana and breast milk pancakes

 

Coupon tips from our editors banner

Hotmilk Lingerie: Save 15% off your order.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Take 20% off one in-store item when you sign up for Bed Bath & Beyond emails.

Target: Enjoy $5 off $50 in select items, plus get free shipping on select orders.

Bébé au Lait: Check out these sales before you make your purchase.

 

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