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The breastfeeding tops I wore when feeding my daughter are pretty much all falling apart so can anyone recommend any nice brands of top for me to look out for?
Also I had horrendous cracked nipples (and I mean terrible) last time and got stuck on nipple shields until my daughter was five months old - this was even with multiple appointments with a lactation consultant and regular visits to LLL meetings. So basically is there anything I can do to prevent this happening second time around and has anyone used silver nipple caps? What was your experience of them if you did.
Oh and nipple cream - any recommendations? I had some from my lactation consultant and I’m sure it was called Rafael or similar but looking for that online I find it’s not widely available at all.
Thanks in advance
When I was in the UK, I found a store in London (that also does mail order) that had great nursing tops:
It is SPENDY as I recall, so hold out for the sales.
In particular the tank made by this company is great:
They were a smidge spendy as I recall, but I have 4, two tanks in the long version, and two in the normal and wear them constantly. After 3 years, they’re still in top shape, so in my mind worth every penny.
I also think that Frugi makes some nursing tops. I never tried them, but know from personal experience that their baby clothes are fab, and hard wearing. Maybe worth a look?
ETA: I forgot as for nipple cream, I always went with pure lanolin, worked well for me, Lasinoh is the brand I used…
SAHM to DS- 10/08 and DD 11/10
Lansinoh is excellent stuff, I also used bepanthen nappy cream on my nipples.
I would recommend avoiding those absorbent bra pads (forget what they are called!!)which catch milky drips if at all possible - I found they did not let my nipples air so they did not heal so well. i had some washable wool ones for when I was out of the house but luckily I was not too leaky.
I don’t think I can use those washable pads. I’d like to but I am very very leaky. (I was changing bed sheets nearly every other day and that was with a bra and pads at night). The lactation consultant said I have a very forceful let down and this was one of the main problems with getting a good latch as it meant my daughter would get so much milk she couldn’t swallow fast enough. The nipple shield, I think, helped her manage the flow a bit - so even though thats not why i used them to begin with its one of the reasons she I found it so hard to stop using them. Am hoping that this time round I can use a few other techniques that I got the hang of to help rather than the nipple shields because they really were a pain in the arse.
You could try the nipple cups to collect the drips rather than soak them up to try and get more air to your nipples - maybe not all the time, but during the day perhaps.
I feel that anything is worth a go so will try that out. Thanks!