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A guide to the best breastfeeding apps

Breastfeeding mums need all the help they can get. We think now is the time to turn to tech! We have trawled the App Store to find the best breastfeeding apps to help you along the way!

Breastfeeding has so many benefits and some women find it a breeze that makes them feel connected to their precious tot.

However, it can feel isolating or like a tricky minefield that you don't quite know how to navigate. You might find your friendship circle shrinks or you're mum-shamed for how you decide to parent.

It's not all doom and gloom! Breastfeeding apps can help you track your feeding times, guide you with positions and offer advice.

There is an app for everything whether it's breastfeeding guides or ways to meet like-minded women.

Check out this list of the best free breastfeeding apps available now in the UK.

8 of the best free breastfeeding apps:

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1) Baby Feed Timer

This app is designed for mothers who want to track when and how long their baby feeds, including a useful reminder for when a feed is due. It even tells you which breast to start on! This app is recommended by NHS midwives across the UK as you can easily log data using different phones or check online at babyfeedtimer.net which makes it easy to share your baby's day with your partner. It creates easy to read charts so that you can see your baby's day at a glance and quickly spot trends!
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2) Baby Tracker - Activity Log

Designed by busy parents, for busy parents, Baby Tracker offers a simple, streamlined way to track your baby’s daily habits, health, and exciting “firsts” of those precious early days and months. Record feedings, nappy changes, and sleep patterns with a quick one-handed tap, then feel free to go back later and add details and even photos. Baby Tracker makes it simple to track all of your child’s important information for doctors and caregivers, as well as share all the exciting milestones of his or her development with friends and family. Perhaps most importantly, Baby Tracker handles all the details so you never have to take significant time away from the joys of parenting. 
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3) Breast Start

The Breast Start App will give you evidence based information from NHS professionals about all aspects of breastfeeding. The Breast Start App will help you find support locally, now covering 10 areas of UK, and nationally get your baby breastfeeding, solve problems, teach you to hand express, offer you rewards, talk about donor milk, guide you to local breastfeeding friendly places and much, much more!
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4) LactMed

LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®), is a database of drugs and dietary supplements that may affect breastfeeding. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced. The app also features links to breastfeeding resources from credible organizations.
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5) latchME

latchME collects great breastfeeding resources shared by mothers just like you, then connects you to those resources based on your location. Think of it as a breastfeeding tracker app that tracks super helpful people, great advice, fun support groups, and convenient places to feed. latchMe allows you to easily locate and book an expert today for a home visit, ask mothers and professionals anything via chat and get instant advice, improve your baby's latch with clear videos and instructions and read other breastfeeding mothers' experiences.
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6) Pumping Tracker - Breast Milk Pump Log for Mama

As a new mama, there's an overload of information you need to keep track of. This app makes it easier than ever to consistently track your pumping sessions, and it'll even send you reminders so you don't forget to pump. You can time the pumping, track the duration and amount of each pump, monitor the freezer stash and estimate the days to reach your goal.
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7) Feed Finder (Breastfeeding)

FeedFinder has been designed with breastfeeding mothers to provide an easy and convenient tool for finding and sharing good places for breastfeeding. You get a handy map all of the places near you that have been reviewed by other mothers. You can use FeedFinder to find places around you where other mothers have had positive breastfeeding experiences. Every recommended place on the map will have been reviewed by someone who's breastfeeding. You'll be able to see not only how they have rated that place, but also any handy comments that they have added about their experience or the location, like whether they have toys and a menu for toddlers, or where the breastfeeding room is if it's a bit difficult to find.
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8) Peanut - Meet Mum Friends

When you have a little one and you find yourself stuck inside a lot breastfeeding, it can feel isolating. This is why it is so important to meet likeminded people to help support you along your breastfeeding journey. Peanut is the app for mothers. They make it easy to connect and learn from like-minded women because let’s face it, the more women in your life, the better it becomes. You can connect with mamas like you, near you, chat and create meetups and share experiences across meaningful topics.

Now read:

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Do you use any breastfeeding apps? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

Catch her running along the Thames or eating her way around London's restaurants.

 

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