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Breastfeeding bra

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Breastfeeding bras are specially designed to enable you to feed your baby without removing the whole bra. Consult a bra fitting specialist before you give birth to find out what size breastfeeding bra you are likely to need. You will probably find your bra is loose to begin with, but once your milk comes in, your breasts will expand to fill it! Marks and Spencers, Mothercare and most department stores will offer a bra fitting service.

Seamless Nursing Bras
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 13
Lace Trim Maternity & Nursing Bras
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 14
Miriam Stoppard Nurture, Pack of Two Nursing Bras
Debenhams | £ 8.40
2 Pack Maternity Non-Wired Padded T-Shirt Nursing B-E Bras
Marks & Spencer | £ 29.50
Miriam Stoppard Nurture, Comfort Nursing Bra
Debenhams | £ 22
2 Pack Blooming Marvellous Maternity Spot Non Wire Nursing Bra
Mothercare | £ 10
Emma-Jane Lace Trim Nursing Bras
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 25
Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra
John Lewis | £ 30
2 Pack Miriam Stoppard Nursing Bras
Debenhams | £ 8.40
Freya Soft Cup Nursing Bra
Debenhams | £ 10.20
Royce Lauren Floral Nursing Bra
John Lewis | £ 28

Breastfeeding shawl

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A shawl designed to cover you and the baby while breast feeding making it more comfortable to breast feed in public.

Mamascarf Navy Breastfeeding Scarf.
Amazon | £ 17
Waterfall Feeding Cardigan
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 35
Grey Nursing Shawl
Seraphine | £ 42

Breast pads

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If your milk comes in, you breasts will start to leak - especially when a baby is crying. Breast pads will absorb the milk and save you constantly changing your clothes and bras - and smelling of milk!

Our mums say:

"It may be a day or two before your milk comes in, but it's worth having these in your hospital bag in case you stay in longer than you expected."

Johnson's Baby Nursing Pads
Mothercare | £ 3.98
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
Boots | £ 5.69
Milkies Milk-Saver
Tesco Direct | £ 4.85

Nipple cream

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Before your milk arrives, your baby will be constantly suckling. It will also take the baby a while to learn to latch on properly once your milk has come in. The result of this is that it will make your nipples quite sore. Nipple cream will help protect and heal them. It's best to start using it as soon as the baby arrives, as this will help prevent problems developing.

Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream
Boots | £ 7.87

Nipple shields

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This protects the nipple while the baby is breast feeding which can aid sore or cracked nipples. However, it can hinder breast feeding and is not a long term solution to successful breast feeding.

Medela 16 mm Contact Nipple Shields with Case
Amazon | £ 8.99

Bottles

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Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, it's worth having some bottles in the house as back-up, and to give your partner a chance to feed the baby. Ensure you have found a bottle that suits your baby before buying in bulk. The bottles listed below are designed for newborn feeding; as your baby becomes accustomed to bottle feeding, you may want to move to faster teats. These can be bought separately and should be of the same brand as the bottles you are using. Have a look at our Feeding Guide before you get started.

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Easi-Vent Bottle
John Lewis | £ 9.19
MAM Self-sterilising Anti-colic Bottle
Toys R Us | £ 5.49
Nuby Natural Touch Silicone Bottle Step1
Boots | £ 6.99
1 Pack Medela Calma Bottle
John Lewis | £ 15.95
Medela Breastmilk Bottles
John Lewis | £ 10
Yoomi 8 oz Feeding Bottle Warmer Slow Flow Teat Pod
Amazon | £ 18.99
Philips AVENT SCD271/00 Newborn Bottle Starter Set
Amazon | £ 12.50
Dr Brown Starter Pack
Boots | £ 19.99
Dr Brown's Deluxe Newborn Feeding Gift Set
John Lewis | £ 49.95
Philips Avent Bottle Feeding Essentials Kit
Amazon | £ 58.99
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Set
Mothercare | £ 65

Bottle brush

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This is a washing up brush designed to fit in a baby bottle so you can clean it properly. Bottle brushes come in different shapes to suit different shaped bottles. It is important to make sure a bottle brush is cleaned once you have finished with it, to prevent bacteria building up. The other end of a bottle brush often has a smaller brush to clean the teat which is very important too.

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Baby Bottle Brush
Boots | £ 3.15
Dr Brown's Bottle Brush
Boots | £ 4.49
Mam Soft Bottle & Teat Brush
Argos | £ 6.49

Electric bottle warmer

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Used to warm formula up or breast milk that has been kept in the fridge. Breast milk is body temperature so most babies will prefer their milk (breast or formula) slightly warm.

Tommee Tippee Close to Nature Electric Bottle and Food Warmer
Amazon | £ 21.99
Nuby Natural Touch Bottle Warmer
Boots | £ 15.99

Small flask

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A small flask is useful for keeping warm water in to warm bottled milk / food for babies while out and about or milk during the night so you don't have to go downstairs. Most babies don't enjoy cold milk / food.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle Warmer
Amazon | £ 8.40

Bottle drying tray and cleaning accessories

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There are additional items you might like to make using bottles easier and more organised. A separate drying tray and containers for the dish washer help ensure all baby equipment is kept as clean and sterile as possible.

Munchkin Sprout Drying Rack
Boots | £ 12.99
Dishwasher Basket
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 5

Breast pump

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A unit designed to allow a mother to express her milk into a bottle and comes in a manual or electric version. Expressing takes some practise and ideally needs to be part of the daily feeding routine to keep mothers' milk supply stable, but can allow the mother some rest time and her partner a chance of feeding the baby. It is best to establish breast feeding and wait at least 6 weeks before starting to express. Read our Feeding Guide for more information on expressing.

Our mums say:

"I found the electric pumps much better - the manual ones are just too difficult."

Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump
John Lewis | £ 24
Medela Mini Electric Breast Pump
John Lewis | £ 79.95
Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump
Boots | £ 134.99
Ameda Lactaline Personal Double Electric Breast Pump
Argos | £ 149.99

Storage bags or bottles

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These are specially designed to store breast milk in the fridge or freezer.

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags
John Lewis | £ 3.74
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Milk Storage Pots
Amazon | £ 4.29
Medela Pre-Sterilised Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags
Amazon | £ 9.95
3 Pack Medela Bottles
Mothercare | £ 11.99

Formula

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If you have decided not to breast feed you will need to take formula and you should discuss this with your midwife. You can also find out more about formula in our Feeding Guide.

Aptamil First Milk
Boots | £ 10
Cow & Gate First Infant Milk
Boots | £ 8.50
Hipp Organic First Infant Milk
Boots | £ 8.50
SMA First Infant Milk 900g
Boots | £ 9.75

Formula container/dispenser

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A milk powder dispenser designed to hold pre-measured formula milk powder in divided compartments - most hold up to three feeds, making feeding while out and about easier.

Brother Max Slimline Milk Powder Dispenser
Tesco Direct | £ 5.24
bibi Formula Milk Powder Dispenser
Amazon | £ 12.19
Clevascoop
Kiddicare | £ 8.99

Bibs

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A cloth or plastic bib that protects clothing during feeding sessions! It saves endless changing and washing. The fixed plastic bibs tend to work better once the baby is bigger as the necks of the bibs need to sit flat on the baby's neck to work well - generally they fit okay from about 9 months.

Pack of 2 Tommee Tippee Milk Feeding Bibs
Asda Direct | £ 8.99
3 Pack of Mothercare Layette Forest Bibs
Mothercare | £ 6
2 Pack of Mothercare Bibs
Mothercare | £ 2
Neckerchew
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 12
Bibetta UltraBib
Amazon | £ 7.99
Brother Max Catch & Fold Cotton Bibs
Amazon | £ 11.49
Deluxe Sleeved Splash-Proof Bibs
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10

Muslin squares

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Much like large thick hankies, these are great for cleaning up milk, sick and anything else! They can also be used to protect your clothing while trying to burp your baby. Traditionally white, you can now buy them in all sorts of colours and patterns. You will need to buy at least a dozen.

John Lewis Baby Muslin Squares
John Lewis | £ 8.50
Pack of 6 Bright Muslin Squares
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 12
Extra Large Elephant Print Muslin
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10

Steriliser

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Harmful bacteria grows quickly in milk and it is recommended that you sterilise bottles, teats, soothers, breast pumps and other feeding accessories. You can find out more about sterilising and the different options available in our Feeding Guide. A steriliser is one option, and this is a unit which enables you to fully sterilise a baby's feeding equipment quickly and easily.

Milton Professional Cold Water Steriliser
Kiddicare | £ 14.99
Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser
John Lewis | £ 13
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Steriliser
Mothercare | £ 13.49
Tommee Tippee Electronic Steam Steriliser
John Lewis | £ 24.99
Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser
John Lewis | £ 6.95
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Sterilisation Bags
Amazon | £ 5.99

Sterilising tablets

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Harmful bacteria grows quickly in milk and it is recommended that you sterilise bottles, teats, soothers, breast pumps and other feeding accessories. You can find out more about sterilising and the different options available in our Feeding Guide. Sterilising tablets are used for cold water sterilisers. You can buy a unit or use a container of your own and just drop a tablet into cold but recently boiled water. Equipment takes 30 minutes to be sterilised and needs to be fully immersed. The down side is cold water sterilisers leave the equipment smelling and tasting of chemical sterilising solution, but as long as everything is well rinsed, this does no harm to your baby.

Milton Sterilising Tablets
Boots | £ 1.35

Weaning equipment

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A small plastic bowl with or without a lid, and a soft shallow spoon designed to make feeding a baby easier. Storage pots are also useful to keep purees in.

Our mums say:

"Ice cube trays and freezer bags are a good alternative to storage pots if you're on a budget."

Out Of Stock - Brother Max Heat Sensitive Spoons
Precious Little One | £ 1.95
tommee tippee explora Easy Wean Spoons
Boots | £ 4.19
Philips AVENT Baby Weaning Spoons
Amazon | £ 4.50
Brother Max Easy Hold Bowl with Suction Base
Amazon | £ 8.41
Brother Max Home and Travel Weaning Bowl
Amazon | £ 7.75
Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls
Asda | £ 7.99
Vital Baby Feeding Range
John Lewis | £ Prices vary
Tiny Dinner Placemat
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 12
Star Print Floor Mat
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 16
Brother Max 1st Stage Weaning Pots
Amazon | £ 6.49
Philips Avent Baby Food Storage Set
Amazon | £ 26.10
Babypotz
Amazon | £ 17.98
FooGo Stainless Steel Thermos Food Containers
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 19
Lindam Mini Blender
Amazon | £ 14.69
Philips AVENT Combined Steamer and Blender
Amazon | £ 79.99

Beaker

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A plastic cup with a lid to introduce the baby to drinking with a faster flowing spout. They are normally designed with handles to make it easier for the baby/ toddler to hold it's own drink.

Philips AVENT SCF625/01 Bottle to First Trainer Cup
Amazon | £ 3.84
Tommee Tippee Explora Easiflow First Sips Cup
Amazon | £ 34.10
Bickiepegs Doidy Cup
Amazon | £ 5.97

Baby food, stage 1 & 2

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Whilst it may be nice to make all your baby's food youself, everyone needs a little help from time to time! Stage 1 food is baby puree sold commercially and recommended for use in babies over 6 months. Some babies are introduced to stage 1 food as early as 4 months, but you should consult your health visitor as to when it is suitable for you to start the weaning process.

Ella's Kitchen Stage 1 Organic Puree
Ethical Superstore | £ 6.54
Organix Fruit Pots Apple Vanilla & Banana / Plum
Tesco | £ 1.90
HiPP Organic Stage 1 From about 4 Months Mango and Banana Melba
Amazon | £ 17.99

Highchair

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A chair with straps, and normally a table, for feeding your baby in.

Antilop Highchair
IKEA | £ 13
Graco DuoDiner Highchair
Amazon | £ 94.95
Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair
Mothercare | £ 159
OXO Tot Sprout High Chair
Amazon | £ 169.04
Brother Max Scoop Highchair
Precious Little One | £ 199.99
Munchkin Travel Child Booster Seat
Argos | £ 19.99
Hippychick Totseat
Toys R Us | £ 24.99

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