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Breastfeeding Checklist

Essentials

Breast Pump and Bottles Pumping your milk helps ensure there’s food for your baby when you’re not around (plus Dad can take on some of those late night feedings!).

Disposable Freezer Bags You’ll need a supply of freezer bags to store your milk (you can freeze breast milk for up to six months).

Nursing Bras (3-5) Not only are they essential for breastfeeding your baby, they are usually quite comfortable, offer great support, and make nursing easier for your baby.

Breast Pads (2-4 pairs of washable, 1 box of disposable, or 1 set of silicone) You may be surprised at how much and how often you can leak breast milk. Avoid embarrassing situations and keep your nipples clean with breast pads.

Recommended

Bottle and Nipple Brush Even if you are using a steamer or dishwasher to sanitize your baby’s feeding supplies, you’ll still need a brush to help get into those tight places.

Dishwasher Basket To prevent losing your bottle supplies in the washer, you’ll need a basket to safely hold nipples and other small items.

Receiving Blankets (5-7) From keeping baby warm to catching spit-up to acting as a lap cloth or breastfeeding curtain to cleaning up messes, receiving blankets are a great addition to your baby’s list of supplies.

Burp Cloths Protect your clothes and wipe spit-up from Baby’s chin with burp cloths..

Niceties

Nipple Cream You may experience sore or cracked nipples. Keep cream on hand to help heal and prevent chafing.

Nipple Shells These handy products help protect sensitive nipples by keeping skin away from potentially irritating clothing.

Breast Ice Packs For those times when you’re sore, engorged, or suffering from an infection, these ice packs can bring much relief. They are shaped to fit around your nipples and can discreetly fit in your nursing bra.

Nursing Pillow From Boppys to good throw pillows, these items can help you and your baby get comfortable and reduce your chances of getting a cramped back, shoulders, and neck.

Bottle Warmer Need a time saver? This is a great buy.

Bottle-Drying Rack Here’s a good way to spread out your baby’s bottles for fast and easy drying.

Bottle Sterilizer Electric bottle sterilizers are perfect for fast, easy, and safe bottle cleaning.

Glider Rocking Chair The ultimate indulgence for you and your baby! A glider is so much more than just a rocker; its gentle motion will soothe both you and your little one.

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