At the back cover of this month's Baby Magazine, SM Baby Company had an ad entitled "breastfeeding essentials" which included breast pumps, breast pads, breast shells, maternity bra, nursing pillows, diaper bag, anti-stress cream/elasticising oil/breast enhancing serum/firming cream.
In last week's giveaway, I discussed about asked moms to share their most useful and most useless purchases. Several moms stated that their most useful purchase was their breastpump.
As a working mom, I certainly found my breastpump to be a very useful purchase. However, I did have some "breastfeeding purchases" which I never got to use like the nipple shield and lily padz.
Aside from my well used pump (I actually have 3!), I have also maximized the use of my nursing bras and nursing clothes. My bra size increased 1 cup and 1 size up so all my old bras don't fit anymore. I haven't purchased any new bra yet since I'm still nursing and I'm not sure if my bra size will shrink once I stop. Besides, I'm quite happy with the nursing bras I have :) (shameless plug!). Similarly, my nursing clothes have been put to good use. I find that a lot of the new brands of nursing clothes are quite fashionable and you really wouldn't know that they are for nursing.
However, there are several "breastfeeding essentials" pictured in Baby and Company's ad which I didn't think were necessary at all! Would you apply anti-stress cream, elasticising oil, breast enhancing serum or firming cream on your breasts while you are nursing your child?! And what has nursery bags got to do with breastfeeding? I know some moms who never purchased anything for breastfeeding - so there are definitely no "breastfeeding essentials" that you need to purchase. I don't recommend coming up with such lists especially since each mom varies with what they really find useful for breastfeeding!