Review: Breastfeeding Essentials from Vertbaudet and Cupcake

I have been breastfeeding for nearly five years, non-stop, sometimes one child, sometimes two, sometimes three, and pregnant in between too.  Yet I still have a couple of nursing ‘firsts’ to tell you about!  Let me introduce you to my first proper nursing top from Vertbaudet, and the first washable nursing pads which actually work, from Cake Maternity.

First the Cupcake nursing pads.  I have tried washable pads before but, having a rather good supply and a tendency to let down on both sides at once, they haven’t worked for me in the past.  In fact most disposable pads haven't been much good either, apart from the Tommee Tippee ones.  I don't know if this is to do with just supply, or if shape comes into it too.

Luckily the Cupcake ones are gently contoured to fit the breast well, and you can insert one or more extra pad to soak up any excess too.  I found them really comfortable to wear, they look fine under clothes and fit well into various types of bra.  But now Tatiana is nearly one my milk supply has sorted itself out to some extent, it will be interesting to see if these washies work so well when I next have a newborn.

Made from natural, organic cotton and hemp, the Cupcake Nursing Pads are washable, absorbent, soft and comfortable.  They are slim, and unobtrusive under clothes.  Up to two inserts can be added for medium to heavy absorbency.  They wash beautifully and just get softer and more comfy with use.  A great buy.  Prices start at £9.90.

The beautifully soft Colline Maternity & Nursing Top from Vertbaudet is cleverly designed for comfortable and discreet feeding.  Whilst I am not a fan of the breastfeeding cover (my feelings on that are basically, why should I?), neither do I wish to wave my boob around everywhere or expose my postpartum tummy to the world, so finding a great nursing top has been on my list for a long time.

This brand new Nursing T-shirt has a clever layered effect with top and bottom panels and boob-access slits for easy, discreet feeding.  It also has a flat panel at the hem for a good fit.  This design is such a great idea and the top looks fantastic on too, although I keep forgetting to ask Steve to take photos when I wear it so you'll have to take mine (and the model's!) word for it!

The length of the top is approximately 65 cm, and you just need to order your pre-pregnancy size as everything has been adjusted perfectly.  A short-sleeved version is also available.  The top is available in black, cerise, pine or a dotty version on a cream or navy background.  It is made from a soft, stretch jersey (95% viscose, 5% elastane), and is priced at £23.00.

A great top, perfect for any breastfeeding mama.

What are your breastfeeding essentials?