To use your Medela Symphony breast pump, you must use a Symphony retail double pumping kit or personal use pack. The Symphony Retail Double-pumping kit includes two PersonalFit Breast Shields in size M (24mm). Additional sizes are available for purchase which we hold in stock: S (21mm), L (27mm), XL (30mm) and XXL (36mm). Aislinn will assist you to find your right size breast shield when delivering your pump. It is not uncommon for your breast shield size to change during your breastfeeding and pumping journey.
It is also common to need two different sizes for your breasts. We can supply additional sizes at the time of delivery at minimal cost. It is very important to have the right size breast shield to ensure you do not harm your nipples or breasts while pumping and to make sure you collect your milk efficiently.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or pumping, you will definitely need breast pads to protect your clothing. There are many different styles of breast pads including disposable and machine-washable styles. Breast pads can be worn inside your bra or nursing bra. The New Mummy stock both Medela and Ameda disposable breast pads which are plastic lined to ensure your breast pad doesn’t soak through with milk.
Breast shells are designed to protect sore and cracked nipples from rubbing against your clothes. Medela also produce breast shells designed to help ‘draw out’ inverted nipples. Breast shells are small plastic, cup-shaped containers that fit inside your bra.
Nipple Shields and Protectors
Nipple shields (or nipple protectors) are soft, flexible silicone or plastic shields which act as a barrier between your nipple and your baby’s mouth. The nipple shield protects your nipple when nursing, while letting milk pass through to your baby. Nipple shields are great when used appropriately but can sometimes affect your baby’s ability to fully transfer milk from the breast. Nipple shields are not one-size-fits-all and are available in a variety of sizes. A lactation specialist can help you find the right size as well as here at The New Mummy Company, where we support women to find the right product for them. We stock Medela, Phillips AVENT and Ameda nipple protectors in our Oakville store.
Nipple creams are designed to soothe sore, dry or cracked nipples. Sore and cracked nipples are usually a sign there is an issue with your baby’s latch. While you and your baby learn to navigate latching and positioning it is a good idea to have nipple cream to hand! Nipple creams are available in a variety of forms from lanolin to organic nipple creams.
A breast pump is a machine which can be used to express milk for your baby. They are great if you are going back to work or simply if you want to build up a stash of your milk for a time you are going to be separated from your babe. Some moms choose to pump milk for their babies exclusively and some mothers express milk to supplement feed their baby if their baby is having trouble latching to the breast. Breast pumps are available in a variety of models for all different pumping needs. If you are unsure which breast pump you need, you have the option of renting a hospital grade breast pump to see if pumping is for you and to explore how often you will pump. The New Mummy Company stocks both Medela and Ameda hospital grade breast pumps with a wide range of pump parts and accessories.
If you decide to pump using a double breast pump (an electric breast pump that expresses milk from both of your breasts at the same time) using a pumping bra can be a life saver! A pumping bra is designed to hold your pump to your breast for you, meaning your hands are free during your pumping session. Pumping bras are available in both strapless styles and bras with adjustable, multi-way straps. It is important when investing in a pumping bra to buy an adjustable, well fitting bra that will stand the test of time during your postpartum journey. The New Mummy Company stocks a wide range of brands and styles of pumping bras which you can comfortably try on in our Oakville store.
Breastmilk storage bags
Breastmilk storage bags are sterilized, plastic bags that are used to store your expressed breast milk. They are designed to store your milk safely in both the refrigerator and freezer.
Nursing pillows are a highly-recommended aid when nursing. A nursing pillow can both support your baby to the right height for nursing and provide comfort for you when breastfeeding. Nursing pillows are very helpful after cesarean section birth and instrumental births when you need comfort when supporting your baby during feeds. There are many different shapes and sizes to nursing pillows from v-shaped to u-shaped, depending on how much support you need. Nursing pillows are a great shower present for any expecting mom as they can be used when bottle feeding too to support your shoulders and arms!