You probably know this already, but breastfeeding is one tough job. It can be a frustrating, painful and downright crazy adventure — whether you’re breastfeeding at home, in public, at work or, you know, while running a half marathon. Yet through all the hectic realities that come with breastfeeding, it’s also beautiful and natural and offers a host of benefits — and, just like any kind of feeding, it helps connect mother and child.
That’s all well and good and lovely, of course, but what about nipple chafing?
Lucky for you, there are plenty of products out there that can help. Some seem like strange torture devices on first glance; some are just plain essentials. Ahead are our top picks for the “must-haves” (or at least “try-real-hard-to-haves”) every breastfeeding parent should register for. They’re basically guaranteed to increase your quality of life — at least until weaning time.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.