Since I have breastfed two babies I have had the opportunity to use many breastfeeding and baby log type apps. Since there are so many choices I decided to put together a list of 10 of the best breastfeeding apps. Of course these are my personal opinion, and there are many great apps to choose from. These apps have either all been used by me for both of my babies, or recently discovered, but tested thoroughly before recommending. Hopefully this will help you narrow it down depending on what you are looking for exactly.
I only discovered this app a few months ago but it is amazing! This app is full of wonderful resources for a breastfeeding mom to find local support. It includes help finding locations to breastfeed, doctors and lactation consultants nearby and more. You can also add nursing or pumping locations to the app as you find them. I tested it out and did a lactation consultant search, and sure enough a lactation consultant I personally know popped up as being nearby. I also used the forums and it was full of supportive advice. All of this is included in a free app!
Get it FREE on iTunes
This app is full of breastfeeding support and information. Think of it like having a breastfeeding encyclopedia at your finger tips. It was created by lactation consultant with years of experience who is familiar with the most common issues breastfeeding mothers face. It also has an index of other helpful breastfeeding sites and resources included. It is the perfect app for someone who is looking for a breastfeeding resource they can have available right on their phone.
1.99 on iTunes
Nancy Morbacher Breastfeeding Solutions
Comprehensive resource for solving breastfeeding problems.
This app asks you questions to guide you to the 30 most common breastfeeding problems and the best tips for overcoming them.
Use the interactive solutions section to find the answers. There is also an index to help you narrow down what you are looking for. This is another app that is full of helpful information from a lactation consultant.
This app is also endorsed by Best for Babes.
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad 4.99 on iTunes
This is the app to pick when you want an app that will track everything, and I mean everything, related to your baby including breastfeeding. I have used this one since my first baby was born. It allows you to upload pictures of your baby and track anything you can think of. It covers the basics like sleep, diapers and feedings but also has things like meds, vaccines, growth, timers for all sorts of stuff and reminders. You can also export the data into various programs like excel or email, and it has 34 different types of graphs!
This app was picked by Apple as a featured app for Busy Moms and I can see why.
You can also add multiple caregivers to it, so I had myself, my mother, and my husband all adding data to it. You can also add more children as they come along. It syncs between devices and also has a desktop version you can log into as well. It is a little pricier but I think it's worth it. I have definitely gotten a lot of use out of over 3 years. Plus, I enter all the milestones so I can just look back over them and add to the baby book later. If you are anything like me you probably are not entering that information right as it occurs 🙂
This iPhone app is 4.99 in iTunes
There is also an iPad app for 4.99 in iTunes
The LactMed database is part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network. The database includes all kinds of drugs and dietary supplements that may affect breastfeeding.
It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and possible effects. I find it helpful for looking up drugs I am taking and finding basic safety information.
Free in iTunes
This is another drug database, this one from the Infant Risk Center. You must set up an account to access it.
It includes information for all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the safety of medications. Just search or scan the bar codes of thousands of medications and receive info right away.
It does include more features than the Lactmed app and the bar code scanner feature is pretty cool.
3.99 in iTunes
This is a free and very basic tracker. It times feeds, pumps, sleep and tracks diapers. This is a good app if you are looking for something free that will track diapers and sleep in addition to feedings, and you don't need all the bells and whistles of an app like Baby Connect. I found the interface very simple to use. It does have an ad at the bottom in the free version.
Free in iTunes
This app is for exclusive pumpers and it is the best one for just pumping and nothing extra. It records pumps and estimates how long you will need to continue pumping. The free version only records 50 entries. You will need to upgrade if you want to track more than the 50 included.
Free in iTunes
This is a no frills app with a picture of a cupcake to measure which side you are nursing on and that is it. It is designed to be very easy to use but it does record your feeds. This gives you a record so you know which side to start on next. This app is great for anyone looking for a timer and side tracker with nothing else to it. And.. I love the cute cupcakes!
Free in iTunes
Breast Milk Calculator
The breast milk calculator app will tell you exactly how much breast milk a baby is getting from the breast per day and per feeding. You just enter your baby's current weight, birth date, and how many times your baby typically eats in 24 hours. Now I am not sure how accurate this is, and I don't regularly track this kind of info since I am all about on demand feedings. But, I have used it with both of my babies for those times when I wanted to leave a bottle and have an idea what to leave. I also just found it fun to calculate it and look at the different amounts to at least have an idea how much my baby is consuming.
2.99 in iTunes
I hope you find this list helpful. There are so many apps to choose from and it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. These are definitely some good choices depending on your needs and what you are looking for.
Please let me know if I missed any good ones? Do you have a favorite breastfeeding app?