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Because sore boobs happen.

Engorgement, cracked nipples, clogged ducts, under supply, oversupply… sore boobs happen. These are the tool you turn to above all others to give comfort and relief to your breasts post birth.

Silverette Silverettes

As voted for by The Holistic Birthing Expert Yahna Fookes, The Editorial Director Alexandra Whiting, The Midwife and Lactation Consultant Tanya Maschio, and Sleep Expert Dr Golly.

Getting the nod from four of our judges, these silver nipple covers are the top choice for the breast care of breastfeeding mums. Used to prevent and heal sore cracked nipples and the surrounding skin, these little cups are made from pure 925 sterling silver which is a natural antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial metal that also contains anti-inflammatory agents.

What our judges say:

“The silver in the Silverettes of course offers wonderful healing properties, but what I find the mums particularly love is the small discrete style cup, which offers protection for the nipples between feeds, stopping irritation from breast pads or bras touching the nipples.” — Tanya Maschio, Midwife and Lactation Consultant.

Silverettes 101:

  • Made from pure 925 sterling silver
  • 100% nickel free
  • Antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial
  • Protect and repair nipples and surrounding skin that is sore, cracked and sensitive from breastfeeding.

2. Medela: Nipple Shields

As voted for by The Editorial Director Alexandra Whiting and Sleep Expert Dr Golly.

Like an instant bandaid for sore nipples when breastfeeding. Pop these nipple shields on for a few days or weeks to help you continue breastfeeding even whilst delicate skin is healing, or use them if you're having trouble getting your baby to latch.

What our judges say:

“For me, these were the difference between being able to breastfeed and not. I left the hopital with bleeding nipples and not a lot of success with feeding, but on the advice of a friend, I started using the shields and my son and I found our feeding rhythm. They gave him something more to grab and suck and they minimised the pain for me. We used them for about four months until we had both become pros and found I didn't need them anymore.” — Alexandra Whiting, The Editorial Director.

Nipple Shields 101:

  • Perfect for sore nipples or when having problems getting your baby to latch
  • 3 sizes to choose from
  • BPA free
  • Made from transparent, ultra-thin, soft silicone

3. Mere Botanicals: Nipple Cream

As voted for by The Community Advocate, Maggie Chretien

A nightstand essential for the first few weeks and beyond when breastfeeding. We adore Mere Botanicals products and their dreamy moisturising nipple cream is no exception. Perhaps the best part (besides hydrating, soothing and healing sore skin) is that you don't need to wash it off when breastfeeding. It's all natural and has no added fragrances either so it won't interfere with the smell of your breast milk.

What our judges say:

“Because my cracked nipples deserved a bestie that kept them from stinging in those first few weeks!” — Maggie Chretien of The Peninsula Mumma, The Community Advocate.

Nipple Cream 101:

  • Soothes, heals and hydrates
  • no added fragrances
  • Nourishing Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter, and soothing Chamomile
  • Safe to leave on when breastfeeding

4. Milk Drop: Breast Pump Cushion

As voted for by The Editorial Director Alexandra Whiting.

If you're planning to pump, something you'll be surprised about is that it can be rather uncomfortable. The breast pump cushion from Milk Drop makes it so much easier! It's a super soft silicone cushion that fits over your pump. It uses silicone that is 10x softer than your pump head, and the ridges on the back of the cushion are designed to mimic the motion of your baby suckling; you might even feel them gently massaging your nipple while you pump.

What our judges say:

“Man, I hated pumping, but there were times when it had to be done. This cushion is so thoughtfully created to make pumping so much less painful.” — Alexandra Whiting, The Editorial Director.

Breast Pump Cushion 101:

  • Medical-grade silicone pad to put over your breast pump
  • Makes pumping more comfortable
  • Moulds to your nipple and areola
  • Dishwasher, sanitiser and steriliser friendly.

5. Multi Mam: Compress

As voted for by The Midwife and Lactation Consultant Tanya Maschio

Need an instant sore nipple soother? The compress by Multi Mam is a wonder worker, instantly soothing pain and reducing swelling from breastfeeding. The compress creates an optimal skin condition, supports the natural healing process and stimulates the repair mechanism of damaged nipples. Plus, it contains a Bio-Active gel content that blocks the development of harmful microorganisms and thus prevents infection.

What our judges say:

"I like that these are for short term use and there is no need to wipe’off any residual gel before a feed. I recommend using the Multimam immediately following the feed, for approximately 10 mins, then take it off and pop on the Silverettes. Dream team." - Tanya Maschio, Midwife and Lactation Consultant.

Multi Mam Compress 101:

  • Soothe pain and reduce swelling from breastfeeding
  • Includes 12 compresses
  • Supports natural healing process
  • Stimulates repair mechanism of damaged nipples
  • Bio-Active gel that blocks development of harmful microorganisms and prevents infection

6. Body Ice: Breast Ice & Heat Pack

As voted for by The Holistic Birthing Expert Yahna Fookes.

A forever favourite, we'd be remiss not to include the Body Ice pack. You can use these ice and heat packs whether you're pregnant or postpartum to help relieve discomfort and swelling from your breasts. Choose from cooling or warming relief - they are both freezer and microwave safe.

What our judges say:

"After birth during the fourth trimester, the body will naturally radiate more heat, due to lack of yin essence post-birth. I think these packs work beautifully to soften or soothe the bodies tissues and allow milk to flow with ease. Particularly good for feeding people who are experiencing mastitis." — Yahna Fookes of Radiant Birth, The Holistic Birthing Expert.

Body Ice 101:

  • Ice and heat pack
  • Soothe discomfort, pain and swelling
  • Includes 2 comfy breast pads and sleeves
  • Freezer and microwave safe

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