Breastfeeding Toolkit C
If I had my time again, I would have this whole kit on hand before bub arrived. This kit assumes you have an electric breast pump.
If you don't have electric breast pump but have a microwave, check out our Breastfeeding Toolkit A.
If you find you are pumping to help build your supply (particularly in the first few months) and your current pump isn't strong enough, then a hospital-grade pump such as the such as the Spectra S1+ or Spectra Dual S (two motors but must be plugged into a power outlet) could be worth considering. All our breast pumps include free same-day shipping so if you need it, you can have it right away.
Breastfeeding Toolkit C includes:
Haakaa silicone breast pump & silicone cap 100mL ($29.90) is a gentle silicone suction vessel which is great for resolving blocked ducts (half-fill with warm salty water, squeeze until the water is near the top, then place it over your affected nipple). It's also great for 'letting off some steam' if your breasts are uncomfortably full or your let-down is a bit strong for your baby. This isn't typically a pump that can fully drain your boobs.
Haakaa Silicone Colostrum Collector Set ($12.90) to catch drops of colostrum before your breast milk is produced.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Milk Storage Bags ($19.90 for 36-pack) to freeze whatever milk you have collected, whether it's with your Haakaa milk collectors, Haakaa pump or Spectra hand pump, toss the milk in here, date it, and throw it in the freezer. You'll have a full 'spare' bottle for emergencies in no time. Comes in a pack of 25 pre-sterilised, double zip-lock, self standing, freezer-safe, drop-proof milk storage bags.
Medela Purelan 100 Nipple Cream lanolin ($21.90) to apply after every feed to help you avoid and treat dry or sore nipples.
Medela Hydrogel pads ($32.90) for emergency treatment of very sore nipples. You can wash and reuse a single pad for 24 hours and if you pop it in the fridge beforehand it will be more soothing. Also, arrange a visit from a lactation consultant as crazy-sore nipples are usually a sign of latch problems when bub is breastfeeding (check out the list of lactation consultants in our breastfeeding guide for recs!).
Medela washable bra pads ($26.90 for a 4-pack) to stop milk leaking through your shirt when you're not using your silicone milk collectors.
Hands-free Double Pumping Bra for Spectra, Medela and Hegen ($79) so you can pump hands-free and get busy with other errands or spend some me-time with a book.
Adapter to Pump Directly into Breast Milk Storage Bags (Spectra/Medela/Avent) ($17.90 per pair) to pump directly from your Spectra Breast Pump into your milk bags.
Dr Brown's 4oz glass bottle ($19.90) as a back up. I'm a big fan of glass baby bottles (think: heating milk), and the silicone sleeve means the glass won't shatter when (not if) you drop it. These ones have a cool inner air vent so you don't aerate the milk as you feed the baby, helping with gassy, refluxy, colicky babies. Even if you don't use it until later, having one bottle on hand (as a Plan B) can do wonders for your mental health.
Dr Brown's Silicone Narrow Neck Nipple ($8.90 per pair) for vacuum-free feeding to reduce colic, spit-ups, burping and gas.