Let’s be honest breastfeeding isn’t always easy to do even though it’s the most natural way to feed our babies. Sometimes we need a little help to stick with it. I’ve been nursing my son for the last 22 months, a little longer than expected but I can say if I didn’t have a little help from some of these items I don’t think I would’ve made it this far. Some of my recommendations are pretty common others not so much but each one of these items can be very helpful.
Let’s jump right in…
If you’re having trouble getting your baby to latch nipple shields really come in handy. They are a godsend if you have flat or inverted nipples. I used these in my first couple of months of breastfeeding. Not only do they help with latching they aid in easing the pain of sore nipples.
This is a really common item for nursing mamas. Perfect for feeding your baby in public or just at home if you have company and you don’t feel comfortable just pulling your boob out, no need to leave the room! I really love this one because you can wear it as a really cute scarf and it’s also a car seat cover which you can use over the stroller as well.
We know these are a must-have for working moms so the baby can still have breast milk while she’s away but I would really encourage stay at home moms to invest in one as well. Even if you are the only person with your baby most days you can still pump and freeze your milk to have some ready when you have to be away from your baby. It’s also great to have expressed milk on hand so others in the family can feed and bond with the baby.
You could buy the standard bottle for your baby but babies who are breastfed tend to prefer the bottles with the wider nipple that were made to imitate the actual nipple.
I’ve mentioned this before in my Third-Trimester Must-H
These are great if you produce a lot of milk. You can nurse your baby from one side and not have to worry about losing so much milk on the other side in a breast pad. They collect about 2-3 ounces of milk that you can pour into a bottle for later or freeze in a storage bag. No more wasting that liquid gold!!
As mentioned above you use these bags to store your milk. They are pre-sterilized and hold about 8 ounces of milk which you can keep at room temperature for up to 4 hours for the next feeding (if your baby rotates between nipple and bottle). R
Think you can get away with regular bras while nursing?… Well, you probably can lol… But why would you want to when nursing bras make your life so much easier and they are much more comfortable.
nursing tanks are the best I wear them under my regular tops when I go out so if my son wants a drink I can comfortably feed him without my stomach and back being exposed. Sometimes older babies don’t like to be covered with the wraps because they like to look around as they nurse so nursing tops are a great alternative.
the nursing pillows are perfect for newborn babies, it gives them a boost to the boob they are soft and comfortable for both you and baby. There are lots of different types of nursing pillows out there but this is the one I used and I loved it.
In the early stages of breastfeeding, you absolutely need breast pads, there’s no getting around it. It usually takes a while for your milk to regulate in the meantime you want to avoid embarrassing leaks. There are plastic disposable pads and cotton pads you can wash and reuse. I’ve used them both but I prefer the disposable ones that I could just toss in the trash when I was done. The cloth pads will save you a bit of money because you just buy them once you wash them in the machine and reuse them.