Should You Try a Breastfeeding Tracker App?

What They Are and How to Use Them

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Babies require a lot of nourishment, and if you’re breastfeeding, that means your little one will be spending a lot of time nursing—especially when breastmilk is their only source of nutrition. To make your life easier, many companies offer a variety of products and tools to help you track how often you’re breastfeeding your baby.

One tool in particular that seems to be popular among new moms are breastfeeding trackers. Designed to provide you with one source for tracking all of your information, breastfeeding trackers allow you to record and monitor the time you spend nursing, how often your baby is feeding, which breast they last fed on, and so much more. 

Benefits of a Tracker

Whether you’re new to breastfeeding or on baby number four, being a parent requires a whole lot of time and organization. No matter how well-prepared you are to tackle the demands of breastfeeding, there are going to be plenty of times when you forget which breast you fed on last or how often your baby actually nurses. 

Rather than racking your brain trying to remember everything you did during the day, or even a few hours ago, why not download a breastfeeding tracker app that helps take the guesswork out of monitoring your baby’s feedings?

Breastfeeding tracker apps give you the freedom and ease to keep tabs on everything related to nursing, pumping, and feeding.

Some apps even come with extra features such as diaper trackers, timers, graphs and charts, and the ability to share the data with family, doctors, and caregivers. 

There are many breastfeeding apps available, which means that you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Here are seven of the top breastfeeding tracker apps available for iOS and Android. 

Baby Breastfeeding Tracker App

The Baby Breastfeeding Tracker app for Android and iOS not only helps you keep tabs on your nursing sessions, but it also gives you a place to log information about diaper changes, doctor visits, height, weight, and more. Other features include a timer, nursing progress, diaper changes, growth, among others. If you like to monitor how your baby feeds at certain locations, you can also track where you’re feedings occur. Plus, the app gives you unlimited ability to add photos, sound, and video to see how your baby grows and develops.

Baby Tracker—Newborn Log App

The Baby Tracker app for Android and iOS is designed by busy parents who understand exactly what you need to make your life easier. The app includes a nursing timer that tracks per breast and total for full nursing sessions, settings for formula or breastmilk, sleep schedules, diaper changes, a log for medical history such as medicines and vaccines, and a place to keep milestones such as first tooth and smile. Share with caregivers and loved ones via your phone or download to a spreadsheet and print out. 

Breastfeeding—Baby Tracker App

The Breastfeeding — Baby Tracker app for Android tracks feeding at the breast and so much more. The breastfeeding tracker is free and includes tracking for time, amount, side of the breast, and other meals. After gathering enough data, the app will also display your typical breastfeeding times. There are several add-on options you can purchase to make this app multi-functional.

For pumping moms, the app allows you to record and analyze pumping time and quantity. It also comes with a sleeping tracker, measurement tracker, and place for you to make a note of daily events such as bathing and diaper changes. 

Pump Log App

Moms who exclusively pump will love this breast pumping tracker app for iOS. The Pump Log app comes with features unique to pumping including a built-in timer, a place to track the ounces you pump, and the ability to send you a reminder that it’s time to pump. It also allows you to track your daily averages and log your freezer stash, plus estimate the “use by” date for your pumped milk.

In the information section, you can find all kinds of tips on how to increase milk production and what to look for when it’s time to drop pumping sessions. 

Baby Feeding Log App

If you need a simple yet effective nursing tracker with a timer, the Baby Feeding Log app for iOS is worth checking out. Record information about nursing sessions, bottle-feeding times and amounts, naps, diapers, and so much more.

This app allows you to email a spreadsheet to your doctor or caregiver giving them access to your feeding log, which makes newborn appointments so much easier. 

Feed Baby

The hugely popular Feed Baby app for Android and iOS is perfect for tracking the eating habits of babies and toddlers. This app allows you to track a variety of feedings such as breastfeeding, bottle, solids, and pumping. Glance at your daily activities via the “Today” screen to see how many nursing sessions you’ve completed and how many you have left.

If you want to get even more detailed, you can break it down by the hour in the “Timeline” screen. It also has a place for you to log medications, diapers, sleep, and solids. Plus, if you install Feed Baby Pro, you have the option of tracking two babies, which is a bonus if you have twins. 

Baby Manager App

The Baby Manager app for Android and iOS is a comprehensive tool that not only allows you to track all of your feeding data, it also offers the option to share data with your partner in as little as four seconds. This helpful feature helps both parents stay involved in the feeding schedule. Track breastfeeding sessions, sleep times, diapers, growth, meals, and moods (mom's and baby's).

The "reports" screen gives you access to all of your daily activities and helps you recognize your baby’s feeding patterns. 

A Word From Verywell

While there are some universal truths about breastfeeding, ultimately, how you go about your nursing experience is individual and unique to you. If using a tracker helps you stay on schedule and reduces stress, then it's worth using. But if continually monitoring and plugging data into an app sends your anxiety into overdrive, then take a deep breath, relax, and remember to do what works best for you. 

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