A new baby feeds every three hours around the clock. That is 1/3 of their (and your) day! Feeding is one of the most important aspects of a newborn’s life and your schedule will always revolve around the “next feed.” In this section we discuss the tools needed to feed your baby. Much of this list depends on your baby and what their specific feeding needs are. Whether you choose to breastfeed, pump breast milk, or use formula, or use a combination of all of them. Here are some things that will leave you well equipped to handle any situation.
- 2 Nursing Bras Easy access when the baby is hungry! These can be pricey so watch for sales during your pregnancy.
- Breast Pads Pads are a necessity the first few months until your breastmilk supply levels out.
- Breast Pump If you intend to work and express breastmilk then this is a must-have. It is also wonderful to have around so someone else besides you can help out with that 2am feeding.
- Bottles If you are bottle feeding or supplementing with formula you’ll need 12 bottles and four slow-flow nipples (you’ll get faster flows as they get older). But if you plan on mostly breastfeeding we suggest you start with three bottles and three slow-flow nipples.
- Bottle Brush It is impossibly difficult to clean the bottles without this little tool.
- Breastmilk Storage Bags When your supply is getting established you may want to pump extra and freeze it. They cost a little more but the Medela Brand freezer bags have a much better reputation for not leaking when it comes time to thaw the milk.
- Nipple Cream Ouch ouch ouch. Have nipple cream on hand, thank us later. Try Lansinoh or Mother’s Love.
- Nipple Pain Relief Soothies help while your toes are curling, these are especially helpful that first week.
- Milk Band use this bracelet to help you remember the details of your last feed. It is so easy to forget at 3am.
- Hypoallergenic Formula This is the kind used in hospital nurseries. Most pediatricians recommend starting with hypoallergenic formula since many babies have a hard time digesting the Cow’s milk protein.
- Nursing Tank The first few weeks you’ll spend a surprising amount of time without a shirt on. These nursing tanks are great because when the unexpected guests pop over to see the baby you are already mostly dressed. Throw on a cardi and you are decent. Bravado makes one that we love.
- Breast Feeding Pillow This supports the baby at the right height so your arms won’t get tired. Besides the unfortunate name we love the Brest Friend. A favorite of lactation consultants.
- Bottle Warmer Definitely under the extra category, but so wonderful to have if you are heating up bottles a lot (since breast milk cannot be microwaved) or for at night when you need to simplify tasks. We like the Munchkin bottle warmer and pacifier cleaner.
- Hands free-pumping Bra If you choose to pump extensively, this is extremely helpful. The bustier style is our favorite because you can use it over your nursing bra. Easy-on, easy off.
- Breastfeeding Cover These stay tied around your neck and give you a little modesty in public from your baby’s sudden moves. There are many brands to choose from, just choose a color you like. Definitely an extra but wonderful if you feed in public a lot and are worried about it.
- Bottlerack If you don’t have a dish dryer this doodad comes in handy. Skip Hop makes a great one, who knew a bottle rack could be so cute?
Money saving tips
Some baby gear will be vital one week but will sit gathering dust the next. Don’t pay full price for items with such a short shelf life, instead buy almost-new gear off sites like Craigslist.