Being a first-time mom can be overwhelming and intimidating because you don’t always know what you’re doing and there is so much to learn. Going shopping for baby gear and supplies can boggle your mind if you don’t have another experienced person with you. There are many needed supplies for a baby and many more products out on the market today compared to twenty years ago. There is a constant flow of products that aren’t recommended anymore and products that are new to the market. You may be asking yourself questions such as: “What is this for?,” “Do I really need this?” and “What does this do?” Let’s dig into some of these products on the market that relate to breastfeeding that you may be wondering about.
1. Nipple Cream
This product is foreign and not known to many women unless you have breastfed previously. Sometimes when breastfeeding your nipples can get sore and cracked. This is especially true at the beginning of the breastfeeding journey when the mom and the baby are just learning how to breastfeed. Nipple cream helps moisturize the nipple to prevent skin irritation and cracking. This product is made by many different brands and is available in-store or online. Some moms may benefit from nipple cream while others may never have a use for it.
2. Nipple Guard or Nipple Shield
A nipple guard or shield is typically made from flexible silicone material in the shape of a nipple. It is placed over the woman’s nipple when breastfeeding to reduce pain, irritation, and / or help with latching problems. These come in different sizes to fit the woman’s nipple. They are usually used under the supervision of a lactation consultant to help aid in any lactation and breastfeeding issues. Not every breastfeeding woman will find a nipple guard necessary.
3. Nipple Formers
Nipples come in all different shapes and sizes. If a woman has inverted or flat nipples, they may benefit from the use of a nipple former. This product helps prepare the nipple so that it is easier for the baby to get a good latch on the nipple to breastfeed. A nipple former is not needed for every single breastfeeding woman. Speak with a lactation consultant if you think you may benefit from a nipple former.
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