The BreastFeeding box

When I had my pseudo-babyshower (I just had a fun day with the girls for a manicure and dinner out, whilst swapping baby tips and advice,) one of my friends gave me a breastfeeding box. She had been given one by her best friend and found it really useful, so she decided to pass it on. It has been one of the most useful things I received pre-baby so I wanted to share the idea with you – either for those mamas out there who may find it handy, or if you want to buy a really useful gift for a mum-to-be. The bits are all stored in a click lock box and the idea is that you always have everything you need for a feed. I wasn’t sure how useful it would be at first but once I sit down to feed Bea I find I’m constantly asking Pete to bring this or that and the other, (invariably a muslin,) and particularly in the early days when I was less mobile and sore, I knew if I had the box, I had everything I needed.

  1. Lansinoh nipple cream – I used this from the first feed and used to apply after every feed, now I just use it twice daily, after a shower then before bed.
  2. Lansinoh Breast pads (disposable) – I was told not to bother with any others, just stick with these as they are the best and I did, until I forgot some when we went away for the night recently and I had to pick up some in Tesco’s, which were dreadful. These have something in the middle that absorbs moisture and sucks it in forming a gel. They can be really heavy with fluid when I replace them so obviously work well as they never soak through. The own brand ones didn’t compare in absorbency and didn’t stay put as well. I tend to change them a couple of times a day or night so keep 6-8 in the box.
  3. Hand cream – For frequent hand washing and because sitting feeding may be the only chance you get to put some cream on yourself.
  4. Lip balm – Because BF makes you thirsty and dehydrated.
  5. Hair bobble and kirby grips – In case you want to get your hair out of your face.
  6. Infacol (or similar if required) – We went through a phase of trying infacol and if you are using it or something similar then it makes sense to keep it in the box then you have it for every feed.
  7. Phone with breast feeding app! – My friend recommended this app – I think there are loads of them and this one is probably similar to others, but it has a lot of features and I find it easy to use. I use it to remind me which side to feed from, and to monitor when she is due a feed or how often she has fed. Hopefully one day it will show me a pattern!

Other things that were in the box I was given:

  • Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 breast therapy – I didn’t use these as I didn’t have too much soreness but they can be used hot or cold and I imagine would be really soothing – I threw mine in the freezer straight away for when I needed them.
  • Washable breast pads – I haven’t progressed onto these yet so I’ve taken them out of the box for now.
  • A pen and notepad could be really useful too.

It wouldn’t fit in my box but two other essentials are a muslin for wiping Bea’s face and for pushing under my breast between my skin and bra to catch any dribbles or drips so my clothes don’t get wet, and a pint glass of water or sports drink bottle to stay hydrated.

I’d love to know if you guys did anything similar or if there is anything you would have put in the box that I haven’t listed here?


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10 thoughts on “The BreastFeeding box

  1. I love the idea of this, and one of my best friends is due her first baby in December. I’m just wondering what people who are mums think of a non-mum giving this as a gift? I’m not sure if it would be a bit strange, as I know a number of my friends have wanted to breastfeed but for reasons beyond their control haven’t been able to. I don’t want to put unintentional pressure on my friend, especially as I don’t have a little one myself!

    • I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a non-mum giving this as a gift. If just scope her out first on if she wants to. I had already talked openly about really wanting to make BF work and if she feels the same I’m sure she will appreciate your support. X

  2. This sounds super useful. I had a box kind of like this only a lot bigger (one of those that goes in an IKEA expedit bookshelf) where I also put the pump, on those early days when I was pumping 7 times / day to bring breastmilk to the hospital. Of course this is not everyone’s situation, but I love this idea.

    Maybe some healthy snack like dried fruits or some biscuits? Even now
    (7 months in) after each breastfeeding I have to eat something (an apple, some nuts…) and have a big glass of water.

  3. One thing about the breast therapy pads – I used them cold the other night after I woke up with really full, sore breasts when my 8 week old had slept for longer than usual. As she’s now nearly 6kg, I decided to make the most of it and let her sleep on so used the frozen pads to make me more comfortable. Trouble was I think the cold inhibited the let down so that when she did eventually wake, starving, she couldn’t get any milk. Cue one very hangry baby and one very tearful mum at 4am.
    I don’t think I’ll use therm again until I eventually want to stop breastfeeding.

  4. Chocolate! I was also very anaemic after giving birth and my milk was slow to come in so anything that boosted my iron levels like nuts, dried fruit and orange juice was great.
    I also invested in some washable breast pads and found these much more comfortable than the disposable type. Sometimes the sticky side would shift around and get stuck to my skin, yuck!
    Lansinoh was great though, used it before/after every feed for a couple of weeks and then gradually stopped. Never had any soreness.
    I also found the Facebook page Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths a good source of information.

  5. Nipple guards are my default gift at all baby showers! Thanks to them and sheer determination, we overcame the tough early days and enjoyed 10 happy months of breastfeeding bliss (until little madam decided that biting was more fun). I would have given up without them and cannot recommend the Medela ones enough.

  6. A great idea but I’d probably hesitate to give this as a baby shower gift as I’d be afraid of making the recipient feel awkward if they didn’t breastfeed. I have actually done ‘birth boxes’ where I’ve included lansinoh but only as this makes an excellent lip balm if they don’t breastfeed 🙂

    Seriously though, I’ve had a couple of close friends who have almost been apologetic to me for not breastfeeding, feeling like they have to make an excuse why they’ve not done it and I think that this is because I’m always banging on about how good it was for us and so now reign it in a bit! I’m very much pro-breastfeeding but in no way anti- bottle feeding!, I’d hate for any new mum to think I was judging them, I’m just happy we live in a world where we have a choice.

    Anyway, back to the post, bobbles are exceptionally handy to use as a reminder as to which side you last fed from, just pop it on the wrist on the side you last used 🙂 After a few months you won’t need to remind yourself though, a quick prod of your boobs will tell you!

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