Establishing a breastfeeding relationship can be an emotional and exhausting journey, whether you're a first-time parent or an old pro. Luckily, you don't have to do it alone. No matter what you need to make breastfeeding easier, there's an app for that.
1. Baby Nursing
One of the simplest and easiest apps to use to track your baby's nursing times, average daily intake, diaper changes, and growth is Baby Nursing.
You can even add photos and notes to capture all your baby's milestones in one place. Best of all, it's free and available for Apple and Android devices.
If you're nursing, you know you need to check whether medications you take are safe before you breastfeed. When you're stuck in the cold medicine aisle of the pharmacy with no doctor in sight, that's where LactMed comes in. LactMed is connected to the National Library of Medicine's toxicology data network and it provides the most up-to-date information about medication safety for nursing parents. Plus, it's free and available for Apple and Android devices.
When you're away from your baby, it can be tough for a pump to stimulate the letdown reflex that allows your milk to flow. iLetDown helps you feel connected to your baby on-the-go by showing you pictures of your baby accompanied by the sounds of a hungry infant. It isn't free (iLetDown costs $0.99 on iTunes), but it can be a lifesaver for working parents.
If you're a pumping parent, you need the MyMedela app. It connects to the Medela Sonata breastpump so you can seamlessly track all of your pumping sessions, or you can enter your data manually.
It even offers a personalized daily dashboard of pumping tips and educational information, and lets you set goals and celebrate when you achieve them. It's free for Apple and Android devices.
5. Baby Feeding Log
A simple, no frills app for tracking breastfeeding sessions and diaper changes, Baby Feeding Log also easily exports data into spreadsheets. If you're a parent whose heart goes pitter-patter for Excel, you'll be in heaven analyzing every aspect of your breastfeeding relationship. It's free for Apple and Android devices.
6. Speedy Tots
Taking care of baby at home is tough enough, but it's a whole new ballgame when you venture out into the world. That's where Speedy Tots comes in. This app takes the guesswork out of finding baby changing stations and even locates restaurants with highchairs. It costs $1.99 and is available for iPhone.
One of the hardest aspects of going out in public as a nursing or pumping parent is finding places to nurse or pump. latchME was created to help you find places to nurse or pump.
It even connects you to breastfeeding-friendly doctors and local breastmilk banks. It's free for Apple and Android devices.
8. Baby Connect
Keep all of your baby's caregivers connected with the Baby Connect app. It lets multiple users track feedings, diaper changes, sleep, mood, activities, and even send each other messages. Baby Connect is free on Android, Apple, Kindle, and Windows devices.
9. Sprout Baby
Check in on your baby at a glance with Sprout Baby, a comprehensive way to track feeding, diaper changes, and even your baby's health. It's free for iPhone and iPad.
10. Total Baby
If you're looking for an app that's chock full of graphics and charts, total baby is for you. It turns your baby's eating data into colorful charts and graphs that are easy to share with all of your baby's caregivers and family members. Plus, it's free for Apple and Android devices.
11. Feed Safe
Let's face it, sometimes you just want that cocktail with dinner. Take the guesswork out of when it's safe to feed your baby with the Feed Safe app. Free for Apple and Android devices, it calculates the length of time it will take for your breastmilk to be free from alcohol.