Breastfeeding has gone much smoother the second time around. I feel much more prepared and confident in what I’m doing. It also helps that I knew exactly what I needed and was able to prepare in advance. Here are my top 10 breastfeeding essentials for new moms (whether it is your first baby or not!).
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Top 10 breastfeeding Essentials for New Moms:
I always recommend new moms meet with a lactation consultant at least once soon after baby is born (and not just the one in the hospital — if your hospital offers this). I didn’t do this until about six-months into breastfeeding with my first when we had a lot of issues. I think if I would have met with one earlier it would have prevented a lot of issues!
I realized quickly that with the summer heat my nursing scarves were not going to work. I love this car seat cover which serves several purposes including a car seat cover. I always have it with us, it’s lightweight and breathable for the summer, and it doesn’t take up any extra space.
I love having the Boppy for the first few weeks. I actually brought mine to the hospital and it was a great help in navigating breastfeeding while recovering from a c-section. After a few weeks, I personally don’t use it as much for breastfeeding because I like to keep Nolan upright to avoid gas, but the Boppy has lots of other great uses.
Mom brain is real. I can’t remember anything so forget about remembering which side I last started feeding on. I love having the NursElet to remember exactly where I left off. I place it on the wrist of the side I last fed from so I know which side to start on the next time. It can also be used to hold your shirt up while you are feeding which can be helpful as you are figuring things out or at night.
Breastfeeding takes time to get used to and it is definitely not the most comfortable thing, especially in the beginning. I have been loving this Mother’s Love Nipple Cream. Coconut oil also works well.
These are crucial during the first few months. There is nothing worse than leaking through clothes and as your supply regulates there could be a lot of leaking. I love that these can be thrown in the washing machine. They create less waste and they are just more comfortable than the paper disposable ones.
Some other useful items for catching milk that might leak are these breastfeeding shells and the Haakaa Breast Pump. I use one of these on the side I am not using to feed to catch any milk that leaks while I am feeding. You can catch a good amount of milk while your supply regulates in the first few weeks. The Haakaa can also be used as a manual breast pump to express milk for comfort.
This soap is perfect for breastfeeding moms. Not only does it remove soap from bottles, pump parts, and the breast shells, but it also can be used on clothes and the reusable nursing pads. I love that it doesn’t leave any residue like dishwasher and regular soap does on my pump parts and bottles.
At night I end up using some combination of my Spectra pump, Haakaa, and breast shields. I keep everything in a basket; however, I am not pumping during the day, at this time, so I leave the basket in my room. I use a square food storage container similar to this one to transport anything I used at night from my room to the kitchen to wash. It’s the perfect size to hold and soak everything so it doesn’t get mixed in with our regular dirty dishes. This Medela storage set can also be used for the same purpose and is useful if you need bottles to pump into.
Nursing Bras and Tanks
I love the Auden brand items from Target. They are very comfortable — I even like sleeping in them. I love the two pack nursing bra for night, the sports bra for every day, and I wear the nursing camis under everything.
Breastfeeding can be challenging, but having these breastfeeding essentials definitely makes life easier! What about you? Do you have any breastfeeding essentials? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!