7 Breastfeeding Products You Actually Need
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Congratulations on your decision to breastfeed! By now you know that breast milk is the best choice for your baby, but what breastfeeding products you actually need?
There are tons of products on the market, so how do you know which ones to choose?
Over the span of eight years and three kids, I’ve breastfed 43 months. Over that time I have tried a LOT of breastfeeding products.
Here are my favorites.
My Favorite Breastfeeding Products for Nursing
I know, the Boppy is super popular. But I didn’t love it. My hips were a little too *ahem* wide for it. But the My Breast Friend? I loved it. It has back support and a little pocket which I kept nursing pads in. And it’s adjustable so you can make it fit to your body.
Sore nipples? Inverted nipples? Flat nipples? Difficulty getting baby to latch? Nursing strike? These nipple shields will help with all of those problems.
So that’s why I recommend you have one on hand in case you need it.
Confession: I have super-sensitive skin. Every time I have tried to nurse a baby, I end up with bleeding nipples. It has nothing to do with latch or tongue-ties, just my terrible skin. So with my third baby, I used a nipple shield right from the start.
Some folks say that nipple shields can interfere with your milk supply, but that has not been my experience. I have used them successfully for 22 months and counting.
3. Nipple Cream
Nipple cream is a lifesaver – or, uh…nipple saver. You can apply this cream shortly before delivery to make sure your nipples are moisturized and ready for all that nursing you will be doing. After baby arrives, be sure to apply some after each feeding.
I love the Earth Mama Angel Baby brand Natural Nipple Butter. It’s made with organic ingredients and free of GMO’s. It’s also non-toxic and completely safe for babies. Plus, it goes on easily and isn’t so sticky like lanolin.
When your milk comes in, you will leak. A lot. But take heart, my friend…it won’t be forever. Until the leaking subsides, though, you will need breast pads.
I like these washable breast pads for many reasons. They are better for the environment, cheaper than disposable, organic, softer and less itchy, and better for your skin.
If you are nursing, you are thirsty. All. the. time. Staying hydrated is also a key part of producing lots of milk, so drinking water is really important.
I love this Lifefactory water bottle. It’s made from glass, so you don’t have to worry about all the nasty chemicals that come from plastic bottles. And it’s super cute, too. 😉
In the early days, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting and nursing. Having everything you need within arm’s reach is such a sanity-saver.
Beside my rocking chair, I have a small caddy where I store nipple cream, pacifiers, a burp cloth, and more. For everything I have stashed in there, click here to read my post called How to Set Up a Pumping Station for Expressing Milk at Home.
Every nursing mom needs at least one GOOD nursing bra. Ideally more. Yes, they can be pricey, but boy are they worth it!
Be sure to choose one that is wire-free, as underwire can cause plugged ducts.
(Bonus product!) 8. A Sleep Bra
I know, I know. Who wants to sleep in a bra?! Trust me, you will. Going braless means leaking all over your bed. A sleep bra will be your new bff.
The great news is, these sleep bras are so comfy, you won’t even mind.
By the way, if you’re pregnant and planning to breastfeed, you’ll also want to learn how to pump! According to research, 85% of moms have used a pump at some point. The problem? Most breastfeeding classes and books skip right over pumping! The solution? Pumping Mom Academy! Click to learn more!
What would you add to this list?