Breastfeeding Essentials

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There is a common misconception that breastfeeding is easy. It’s really not. There is a ton to learn and not a lot of time in which to learn it once baby arrives. There are some things that make breastfeeding a lot easier. I would recommend getting these before you have your baby. Here is my list of breastfeeding essentials. By the way, these items would be a perfect baby shower or new mama gift if put them in a cute basket.

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  1. Work with a Lactation Consultant: Yes, it’s worth every penny. Speaking of pennies, if you have insurance there is a good chance that it covers a lactation consultant! Take advantage of that. I visited one when Aiden was five months old. I really wish I would have gone sooner, if for no other reason than for her to tell me I was doing it right. We worked with one while we were in the hospital, but it was more general information and they were working with all the other new moms so there was not a lot of personal attention.  You can find a lactation consultant through your OBGYN, pediatrician or by using the International Lactation Consultant Association’s consultant finder. If you are part of a local mom’s Facebook group you can ask for recommendations there too.
  2. Lansinoh Therapearl 3-in-1 Hot or Cold Breast Therapy: These are great. You can heat them up to encourage let down, or freeze them to help with soreness. They are reusable so that gets extra points in my book!
  3. Coconut Oil: This stuff is a lifesaver. I have written about it a few times, but seriously, if you are breastfeeding you need it! You can use coconut oil directly on your breasts after feeding to help with sore or irritated nipples.
  4. Reusable nursing pads: There are two types of nursing pads. Disposable and reusable. I prefer the reusable ones because the disposable ones remind me of wearing a period pad…They also have the added advantage of being better for the environment and are easy to clean.  I love these fun unique nursing pads, or you can get plain ones.
  5. Nuroo Nursing Scarf: I love this nursing cover. It looks like a scarf so it is not so obvious, and you can wear it several different ways. This is a must if you plan to leave the house and nurse your baby.
  6. Nursing tanks: These tanks from Target are the best (and on sale buy one get one 50% off!). They are very comfortable while providing easy access for feeding. They also have  sports bras that make breastfeeding easier. While you are at it, you should get a hands free bra for pumping. My favorite is the Rumina. It’s like a sports bra so you can wear it all day and not worry about coverage issues.
  7. Water bottle: When I am breastfeeding I cannot stop drinking water. I am constantly thirsty, but water is also very necessary for milk production. This motivational water bottle from Etsy is perfect —  I find it’s always easier to drink more water if you have a cute water bottle!
  8. NursElet: This nursing bracelet is genius! When you are feeding your baby you use this to hold your shirt up so it’s not all over the place. I don’t know about you, but I had some back pain from being hunched over and trying to hold the shirt up. The NursElet solves that problem! When you are not feeding, you wear it on the wrist of the arm of the side of the last breast you fed on, so you know where you left off. Like I said, genius! It is also made in the USA by a mom which is wonderful because I love supporting mom-owned small shops. The NursElet also comes in lots of great colors and patterns– so cute! This is a must try product, and this is your chance! NursElet is generously giving away $20 in shop credit to one Baby Castan on Board reader. Enter the giveaway below!

 

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Resources:

  1. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers: I read this book during my pregnancy and I am so glad I did. It provides a lot of great information.
  2. Kelly Mom: This website is great. It has everything you need to know about breastfeeding!

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, so if you make a purchase using one of the product links, I may receive a small commission. This does not cost anything to you, and I only discuss/recommend products I love and actually use! Basically, it allows me to buy more baby things to write about 😉

 

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Kristie McCollum

    I need that bracelet! I’m forever struggling if I’m not wearing a shirt that likes to cooperate. Thanks for sharing these essentials!

    • Melissa

      Thank you for reading Kristie! Keeping the shirt up can be so annoying. I am glad NursElet created a solution (and one that is cute too!)

  • brittany

    That bracelet is pretty genius! And I lvoed those target tanks when I was nursing. I still wear them almost everyday!

    • Melissa

      Yes, they are so comfortable! I wish I would have found the NursElet even earlier. I was always like ummm… what side did I leave off on?

  • Ella Rucker

    I always need one more minute.
    Wait. Where’s my phone, the remote, some water, dinner before it gets cold. Did I change your diaper? Can’t end successfully if I don’t start well.

    Yes, another minute or two before we start is essential.

  • Ginny Myers

    Great list, I love that you included reusable nursing pads. I’ve used coconut oil for many thing but I never thought about using it for sore nipples! Thanks!

    • Melissa

      I love coconut oil, it seriously works for everything!

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  • Jill Rivera

    I very comfortable pillow, it the best thing for breast feeding.

    • Melissa

      Yes, a pillow is definitely helpful!

  • Rija Ranch

    Positively thinking momma and supportive daddy

    • Melissa

      So so true!

  • Because I Said So Baby

    Coconut oil is the ultimate essential!

    • Melissa

      Right!? It’s great for everything 🙂

  • love this list and agree, especially with #1. get a consultant because BFing is hard and no one should go at it alone

    • Melissa

      Yes, I wish I would have gone to one from the start!

  • There are some genius hacks here!! I never thought to use coconut oil! So smart!!

    • Melissa

      Thank you 🙂 I use coconut oil for everything!

  • Yes, I agree on the coconut oil! I use it for EVERYTHING!

    • Melissa

      Me too 🙂

  • I love reusable breast pads way more because they don’t stick to my nipples. I’m currently 2 months into breastfeeding and enjoying it immensely (after the clogged duct and mastitis). lol. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa

      I agree! Ugh clogged ducts and mastitis are not fun. I am glad it’s going better now 🙂

  • Heck yes with reaching out for help to a lactation consultant! It’s so important to remember that there are many supportive practitioners out there who can help. Those Lansinoh TheraPearls were life savers for me with both of my boys. I include them in baby shower gifts for all my expectant mom friends that plan to breastfeed.

    • Melissa

      I wish I would have found a lactation consultant sooner. I wish there was more information about what they do available to expecting mamas!

  • I can’t live without granola bars while breastfeeding! I’m always so hungry!

    • Melissa

      Oh yes! I always carry a snack 🙂

  • Anna Strazi Thompson

    Oh my gosh! The nursing bracelet is genius! I needed one of those when I was breastfeeding!

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